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Kastoria, Greece | © Alexandros/Flickr
Kastoria, Greece | © Alexandros/Flickr

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Greece at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Picture of Ethel Dilouambaka
Updated: 14 June 2017

Still undecided on where to go this summer? Sit back and relax as here are 10 reasons why you should have Greece firmly on your bucket list. From ancient monuments to magnificent landscapes, there are many reasons why you should pay this country a visit.

Glorious Masterpieces Of The Ancient Times

If you have never been to Greece, you must rectify this heresy. Whether you are a history buff or not, Greece is home to marvellous monuments and UNESCO heritage sites. Take the time to see the beautiful Acropolis in Athens and its stunning museum, visit the archaeological site of Delphi or the open-air island museum of Delos, the stunning Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, the myth-laden Palace of Knossos or the breathtaking medieval Old Town of Rhodes.

Ridiculously Delicious Food and Drink

Greece boasts a great variety of food and drink, with a vast array of Greek wines, local liquors and world-known dishes. Discover food specialties of the islands or the hearty dishes on the mountain villages. Savor fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables cooked with a healthy dose of Greek olive oil. Visiting Greece is a feast for the senses.

Breathtaking landscapes

Rugged mountains, exotic, pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters, green valleys, quiet lakes and lush forests – Greece has it all. Get the chance to discover different lifestyles and wonders all in one country as the natural beauty and diversity is bound to astonish you.

Vibrant Nightlife

Whether young in age or at heart, the time of your life can be had in Greece. From party islands such as Mykonos, Ios or Zakynthos, to cosmopolitan cities such as Athens or Thessaloniki, Greece hardly sleeps. And even if you are finding yourself in a more romantic or bucolic area, experiencing a typical panigyri (local feast) is a memorable moment that will make your holiday special.

Full Shot of Vitamin Sea

With its extensive coastline, Greece has a plethora of beaches that seduce everyone. From sandy to pebbly beaches, isolated coves and quiet bays, you will always find somewhere you can soak up some vitamin D.

Walking on sunshine

Speaking of sun, Greece is known for the perfect summer. But the country is an ideal destination for every season, whether you visit it during your spring break, as a Christmas destination or during the summer.

Adrenaline-pumping Fun

Because of its diversity of landscapes, outdoor activity aficionados can also have their fair share of fun. Take a surfing holiday in Tinos, climb the unique geological rocks of Meteora, base jump in Zakynthos or simply dive in secluded coves and underwater caves, whatever you feel like doing, you can do it in Greece.

Rural Tranquility

The beauty of Greece also lies in the fact that rural life has remained simple and authentic. It is not rare to see young city couples moving back to the country to rediscover a quiet lifestyle. This constant flow means age-old villages hardly die, and can maintain enviable living conditions. If looking for quiet places to relax and unwind, there are countless rural areas, both in mainland and on the islands, where you can recharge your batteries away from the crowds.

Affordability

Whether you are travelling on a budget or looking for luxurious options, you can find it all in Greece. Life is less expensive in Greece than in many other European countries and locals and visitors alike can still enjoy all the pleasure of life at affordable prices.

Creative Tourism

The economic crisis has given rise to a plethora of innovative tourism options, with many unique tours. Are you into photography, street art or ancient history? Or are you simply tired of all-in options where you barely leave the resort? Whatever tickles your fancy, there are easy to find tours to satisfy all interests.