Glorious Greece

Caírete (Hello in Greek language) or Kalimera(Good Morning)

Why Greece – Miles and miles of indigo and aquamarine colored coastline with crystal, clean waters and countless islands with virgin sandy beaches having volcanic rocks.  Typical Mediterranean climate makes Greece as a perfect destination for tourists.

Ancient and mystical land of Greece is heaven for history and archaeology lovers. Nature has blessed Greece with mountainous landscape also so that mountain lovers or trekkers also find it a perfect destination.

People of Greece are also full of warmth talkative and welcoming.  Different styles of white houses with colored doors on narrow streets is peculiarity of Greece.  Greek food is also famous for its uniqueness and that is why food lovers find Greece very tempting.

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Greece tourism can be divided into two parts

  1. Mainlands
  2. Islands

Top islands of Greece which are recommended –

  1. Crete
  2. Mykonos
  3. Santorini
  4. Rhodes
  5. Corfu
  6. Hydra
  7. Samos
  8. Skiathos
  9. Ithaca
  10. Cypros

How to go to Islands from international airports – Many cruises, ships and local airplanes takes you there. We took Ryan Air, Blue Star Ferry and Super Jet for commuting to islands.

We covered Santorini, Mykonos and Cypros.  Beautiful islands and recommended stay is 2 nights each on each islands for enjoying beaches and town side walk with sunsets and exploring each and every corner of the island.

 

Most famous island of Greece in whole world because it is set amidst indigo colored Agean Sea on volcanic rocks. As it is hilly so houses are nicely patterned up and down forming a beautiful landscape. All the white houses have view of blue waters and hills as they are on top of rocks.  Sunset from Santorini is amazing.

Take Rent a Car for roaming around on whole island. Things to see in Santorini – Old churches with blue domes, Red Beach, Black Beach, Oia(famous for sunsets) town, Fira town(more lively area),Akrotiri(pre historic sites and beautiful drive way).

 

 Mykonos – Greece’s most glamorous island destination is Mykonos. Mykonos is also known as windy island so lots of winds with waves on sandy beaches having crystal clear aquamarine waters.  Mykonos is known for beaches and streets with white houses with blue doors.

 

Here in Mykonos also rent a car to roam around the city.  Go to beaches and parking is not an issue as on islands you can park your on the side of road because population is very less here. Also you can rent quad bikes or motorbikes to move around.

Attractions to visit in Mykonos – Little Venice, Windmills, Waking in the town(must)

Top Beaches of Mykonos – Paradise, Super Paradise,Lia, Elia, Paraga, Platis Gialos, Pssarou.

 

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Cypros – Beautiful island while going towards Athens from Mykonos.

 

GREECE MAINLANDS

We visited Athens, Delphi and Meteora. Delphi and Meteora are 2 days trip from Athens with overnight stay near Meteora by road. Rent a car is the option or many tour operator are available from Athens who take you there.

Athens – Famous for Acropolis mainly.

There are many archaeological sites, beaches, ports, modern city, Olympic stadium, Parliament building, shopping cenres, bars, greek cafes, Palaka(old style shopping) to be visited. Many Hop on Hop Off buses runs in the city which is great option and Athens can be covered in 2 days. Stay near Acropolis for old style city life and if modern style of staying then stay near Parliament or University area.

 

 Delphi – On the Greek mainland, Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was sacred to the ancients, who came here on pilgrimages to worship Apollo (god of light, prophecy, music, and healing) and to ask advice from the mythical Oracle. It is made up of the crumbling ruins of numerous temples, a theater, and stadium, dating from between the 8th century BC and the 2nd century AD. Nearby, stands the Delphi Museum Archaeological Museum, displaying an impressive collection of finds from the site. Delphi lies 180 kilometers northwest of Athens. While going to Delphi from Athens via Archova beautiful drive is there because of hilly drive. Mediterranean landscape with agricultiure on hilly slopes with snow clad peaks in between. Picturesque and must visit drive way.

 

Meteora – One of the most beautiful place to see in Greece has to be the Thessaly Plain where  rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries-old monasteries of Meteora. On the UNESCO World Heritage list, six of the monasteries are open to the public. You need to climb up several stone steps carved into the rocks to reach each monastery, and inside, you’ll find flickering candles, religious icons, frescoes, and burning incense. Opening hours vary, and to see all six monasteries, you need to spend at least one day in the area. The nearest town is Kalambaka for night stay. From Delphi go to Meteora have a night stay and on next day see all monasteries and return back to Athens which is a 4 to 5 hours drive.

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CURRENCY OF GREECE – EURO

LANGUAGE – Greek but most of the people understand English

Food – Mediterranean cuisine, feta cheese, sea food, Mousaka, Stuffed Tomatoes, Greek Salad.

Shopping – Greek sandals made of authentic leather, Greek styled brass jewellery, olive handmade soaps, pumic stones from natural volcanic rocks, hand made cotton white colored clothes, some precious stones, olive products, strawberries, and all natural handmade cosmetics.

Dance and Music – Enjoy Greek dance and music in old tavern styled Greek restaurant with Greek cuisine.

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Most famous International Airport – Athens(Capital of Greece).

As an artist I get inspired from my travel to paint something so after coming from Greece I painted Mykonos Town. Have a Look….

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83 Comments

  1. I have been fortunate enough to go to Corfu and it is definitely a beautiful place, the people are fantastic, the food is gorgeous. My mum and dad keep going to Rhodes as they love it there

  2. A comprehensive post – all the relevant info that we need to know about Greece. Love your photos! Thanks for sharing this post with us 🙂 Cheers.

  3. Thanks for sharing a very informative post, great job. I would love to visit the islands so gorgeous and the views are outstanding.

  4. This is a really informative post on Greece! Your pictures are stunning! The whites and blues are beautiful. I hope to go someday!

  5. There are so many places to visit in Greece, and your photos totally capture them! We’ve been to Athens, which was not my favorite, and Santorini, where I’d love to spend a summer. That blue and white is breathtaking.

  6. I have not been to Greece yet. Your post makes me feel that Greece is the best getaway destination. There are so many things to do and see there. I do love going to the beach. I think Greece has a lot of mesmerizing beaches. Your painting looks nice. It is a good piece of remembrance that you can share with your loved ones.

  7. I really want to visit Greece. I have a uni friend who lives there and he always vacations on the Greek islands. I would particularly like to visit the monasteries of Meteora. Amazing!

  8. We spent 2 weeks in Greece just last month. What a fabulous place. We saw a few things on your list – Delphi and Santorini but there is so much more to see. I would so love to go back.

  9. I would love to go to Greece someday. Everything about it is so beautiful. I love the monastery on the cliff. I would definitely hike up the stairs to see that!

  10. Everything about Greece looks so beautiful! Especially the water, it’s such a striking shade of blue. I’d love to visit Crete and eat lots of feta! Santorini has been on my list for a long time too, such a spectacular view with all those beautiful white buildings against the blue. Glorious indeed!

  11. Greece is one of those places that I’ve been literally DYING to get to, but schedules and ticket prices haven’t really cooperated with me yet. My initial reaction to your opening line of “Why Greece” was “why not?” There are so many amazing things to experience, taste, smell, see…it’s really like one of those places that you have to try really hard to not have a good time!

  12. We visited Athens, Mykonos and Santorini on a cruise a couple of years ago and it was a great way to get an overview and know where we’d like to return. I thought I’d love Santorini, but we ended up enjoying Mykonos much better!

  13. I haven’t visited Greece but it’s always on the top of my list. Hope that I can visit these beautiful islands one day. Santorini looks like a paradise, right?

  14. Greece needs no introduction but I loved these images. The sheer blue and white patterns on the Mediterranean shores look too beautiful to be true. And it has so much history and civilization attached to it that it becomes hard to resist.

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