Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016
Lapped by the Mediterranean Sea and steeped in history, Greece is definitely a maverick travel choice for bleisure tourists. The country will never fail to amaze you with its finest architecture, tastiest recipes and richest history. Here are top reasons why Greece should be your next holiday destination.
Holding on to the history
The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilisation. Bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world, it is one of the greatest architectural complexes. Situated in the valley of Peloponnesus, the site of Olympia has been known to be inhabited since the prehistoric times. It is where the remains of the sports structure erected for the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. are still held. Another outstanding example of architectural ensemble can be found at Rhodes which depict the significant period of history of the Crusades. Temple of Bassae is another unique artistic achievement which stands out with its archaic features.
The sunshine beaches
Once known for the cave-dwelling hippy community, Mátala now has every appeal to draw tourists. One of the top windsurfing spots is in the Koureménos Beach where you can also enjoy staying in the camper vans. Another island of unspoilt beaches and fishing villages, with an elegant 19th-century capital, Syros, is the place of the Greeks who want to avoid mass tourism. Galissas beach in the south-west of the island is a busy and worldly place to enjoy the summer. Elafonísi Beach is what might look like an exotic shock. Coral, aquamarine waters, salt-encrusted rock pools and bright-red starfish is what the beach boasts about. As you lay on the fine white sands in the early autumn, the palm-lined beach at Vái will make for a thoroughly secular contrast to the spiritual tranquility of nearby Toploú monastery. The other well known beaches are Gávdhos , Sweetwater Beach , Frangokástello, Gaidhouronísi etc.
The specific cuisine of any place will make you associated with the principle characteristics of the particular society while divulging more into its cultural and economical antiquities. Greece is the world’s largest exporter of extra-virgin olive oil. Taramasalata, Dolmades, Moussaka, feta, kefalotyri, graviera are some of the exotic dishes which you must taste along with a glass of ouzo.
Is it safe to travel Greece now?
As the travel companies try to persuade tourists to ignore the risk of food, medicine and cash shortages in the country, there is another side to them where these tour operators are offering up to 70% discount on the holiday packages. According to Skyscanner, the return flights are being sold at £181 on an average compared to £335 this time last year. However, whenever one books a holiday package, it is covered via the Civil Aviation Authority’s Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) scheme which protects the travellers from losing money or being stranded in the foreign land if the tour operator is out of business.
The country’s tourism industry which accounts for nearly 20 percent of GDP is expected to experience a slowdown if the financial situation worsens. Although multiple travel companies found that a wave of people is considerably concerned about travelling to Greece, most of them still opted to go. As a tourist, all you need to be aware of is the possible banking service disruptions and you should be equipped with more than one ways of paying. Moreover, you should book in advance as much of your plans as possible before arriving in the country in order to lock down the expenses beforehand.
Keeping aside all the brouhaha of the hegemonic condition of the state, Greece is still considered to be one of the finest travel destinations. So, sit under the shade of a tree in a small tavern by the sea, enjoy a sip of glass of ouzo and grilled octopus, talk about the majestic beauty of the place and add it all to your memory-scrapbook.