When thinking of creating a list with lifetime trips, Greece is definitely among the first that comes to mind. No wonder. Offering something special for every taste and desire, it pampers any type of requirement, delivering on its promise for unique and outstanding experiences. The country that is regarded as a cradle of civilization, arts, philosophy, medicine, fair play, and democracy is also a blessed land with the most beautiful natural landscape, a rich history and cultural heritage, and both summer and winter-perfect destinations to please everybody. And, if you are still scratching your head as to why a visit to Greece will be the trip of a lifetime for you and your loved one(s), simply keep reading!
Ancient times masterpieces
It doesn’t take a history buff to appreciate the countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites and spectacular monuments spread across both the mainland and the Greek islands. From the iconic, centuries-old Acropolis of Athens and its glorious museum to the birthplace of God Apollo (Delos island), the Delphi archaeological site, the Old Town of Rhodes, the Knossos Palace in Crete, the ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese, and the Byzantine ruins of Thessaloniki, Greece is filled with archaeological treasures that impress. Feel free to wander around the sites where monumental events in time have taken place, such as the Olympic Games, and enjoy a fantastic plethora of exquisite museums, such as the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum, to soak up as much of Greece’s monumental cultural influence and allure as possible.
There is nothing you can possibly think related to nature that you won’t find in Greece in profound abundance. In the summer, its lacy coastline, and the thousands of pristine islands that dot both the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea on the east and west of Greece, are home to idyllic terrains. If your version of a trip of a lifetime includes laid-back experiences to fine-sand shores, crystalline waters, and remote beaches where it can only be you and the cloudless Mediterranean sky, Greece has you covered. Less touristy destinations like Milos, Kimolos, Astypalaia, Halki, the Corinthian Gulf, and Ikaria are dreamy places for a slower pace of life and holidays away from bustling cities.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to mingle with partying crowds and celebs savoring their beach time and cocktails by the sea, then the more cosmopolitan Mykonos, Crete, Kos, Ios, Zakynthos. Rhodes, Skiathos, and, of course, Athens and Thessaloniki will give you what you wish. You simply pick the desired scenery – will it be a powdery shore, pebbled beach, volcanic coast, or seaside area featuring imposing rock formations, forests, olive groves, pines, vineyards, quiet bays, and/or isolated caves?
As for the winter months, the rugged hills, dramatic mountain ranges, green valleys, magnificent waterfalls, quiet lakes, lush forests, and snaking rivers that characterize the Greek mainland offer opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing, rafting, and many more.
Clearly, Greece’s diversity is astonishing and fits like a glove to a traveler’s needs, no matter the desired color, flair, or taste.
Greece hardly ever sleeps, unless, of course, you select a more traditional village or small town that has its own rhythms. In any other case, you can claim your fair share of what people call “the time of your life” in Greece. Night-long parties that don’t end until the early morning hours, events where champagne is used to shower with, festivals that invite you to the most vibrant of evenings (or days), family-run tavernas serving delicious local cuisine, elegant restaurants for fine-dining experiences, local feats (aka panigyri), clubs, bars, and cafes to suit your desires at any given time of the day or night await on the other end of your trip to Greece. From vivid Thessaloniki, Athens, and Mykonos to Zakynthos, Halkidiki, and Ios, Greece is a huge party land for those who wish to get this type of experience out of their travel here.
Not many countries the world over can claim, and actually prove, that they are all-around family friendly. Greece is an exception as it combines great weather for the most part of the year, world-class family resorts and luxury villas that have everything a family may need during its visit, culture, history, calm seas, incredible beaches, and tons of outdoor activities for the entire family to join and have utmost fun. From cooking classes and sailing cruises to waterpark slides, horse riding, bike tours, boating, jet skiing, cycling, caving, and family workshops, expect to have a full plate in front of you to explore.
With more than 6,000 islands, a growing agritourism industry, the legendary and warm Greek hospitality, and a mainland screaming family-oriented, Greece has something to do for each family member. The most important of all? Everything is provided to visitors with pure love for strangers, remaining loyal to the way of living of the ancient Greeks.
As for the most ideal places to visit with the kids in Greece, we suggest Athens, Crete, Naxos, Santorini, Mykonos, the Peloponnese, and the northern regions of the country, including Meteora (for its amazing rock-built monasteries), active Ioannina, Mount Olympia and Delphi, especially if you would love to inject generous doses of ancient Greek mythology to the mix.
Mouth-watering Greek cuisine
Based on Mediterranean-influenced gastronomy, the local cuisine is infused with local produce, seasonal vegetables, olive oil straight from the olive groves in Greece, home-made honey, local liquors, world-renowned wines, and food specialities featuring hearty dishes (in the mountainous areas) and fresh seafood (mainly along the Greek islands and seaside destinations). From delicious spinach pies and dolmades (stuffed vine leaves with seasoned rice) to mousaka, grilled meat or octopus, there is definitely a huge variety of options to cause a lip-smacking explosion your taste buds will remember for a really long time!
If you decide to live your lifetime trips to Greece (nobody can have enough with a single dose of the Greek magnetism!), chances are you will leave with the most memorable endeavours written in your book of life! Be it a luxurious or more budget-friendly the experience you are after, Greece cannot possibly fail you.
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