Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe. Walking along the vast stretches of coastline, exploring the ancient ruins, taking in some breathtaking sunsets, relishing the delicious feta, and sipping a cup of coffee in Greece is definitely a dream of every globetrotter. You can learn about the ancient Grecian civilization on a visit to the Acropolis among other sites that stand testimony to its rich history. The Mykonos Island, Crete Island, Rhodes Island, Santorini Island, villages of Dodecanese and Cyclades, etc. are some of the major attractions here.
Best time to visit Greece
Greece experiences a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. Mid-April to mid-June is the best time to explore this place, when spring is in full swing, and tourists few and far between. If you are up for some fun in summer, then July to September will shower you with sunshine graciously, letting you bask in southern Aegean Sea’s Santorini Island and explore the amazing beaches. Plus, enjoy the awesome nightlife in the Mykonos Town, and Heraklion region’s restaurants, cafes, beaches, etc. October to December is also a great time to witness a totally different side to Greece when autumn sets in.
How to reach Greece
Greece has impressive air connectivity. Athens International Airport is a major airport that serves Greece, besides other airports like Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, and Corfu. Top international airlines like British Airways
, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Air India
, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Swiss, Lufthansa
, Turkish Airlines, Jet Airways
, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways
, etc. provide convenient flight schedules. They also offer cheap air tickets from time to time. Now planning your vacation to Greece from Delhi is very simple, with nearly 520 connecting flights operating on a weekly basis.
Where to stay in Greece
Greece embraces every traveler and provides excellent accommodation options. There are boutique hotels in Thessaloniki, Athens, and Mykonos Island; budget and luxurious hotels, simple to cliff-top villas and apartments for rent in different parts of the country; tents, quiet hostels for couples in Crete and Rhodes. You can also find hostels for solo travelers, as well as beach-side rooms, yachts, etc. The hotel rates range from a minimum of INR 1,400 to a maximum of INR 75,000.
Must-see tourist spots
The country offers a plethora of attractions that you must see when you are holidaying in Greece. Major attractions in Athens, the capital city of Greece, include the Acropolis and Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, Lycabettus Hill, and The Agora (Central Market of Athens). Lindos on the Rhodes Island is a beautiful medieval village offering enticing views of whitewashed houses, coastline, and harbors. Samaria Gorge in the southwest of Crete, is a 16 km long canyon that walks you through ancient pines and cypresses, leading you to the Libyan Sea at Agia Roumeli. The Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia’s northwest part is known for its mix of magical colors and jaw-dropping views. You must also visit Meteora, the Delphi Theatre, Mykonos Islands, and the Santorini Island.
Shopping in Greece
Apart from aesthetically pleasing views, Greece offers a variety of places to shop from. For the elite traveler, the Attica Department Store near Syntagma Square in Athens is the best option. Other shopping destinations in Athens include Plaka, Central Market Varvakeios Agora, Athens Metro Mall, Monastiraki Flea Market, Folli-Follie, Kanakis, Aidini, Apriati, and many more! They specialize in unique jewelry, accessories, metal creations, watches, bags, souvenirs, etc.
Greek cuisine includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, seafood, olive oil, cheese, zucchini, eggplant, herbs, bread, olives, yogurt, lemon juice, and meat (both red and white). Some of the must-try dishes here are Moussaka, Dolmades, Taramasalata and their variations, feta and cheese, Courgette balls, Honey Baklava, fresh fish, octopus, and grilled meat.
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