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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Greece

September 13, 2013
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So I just came back from my recent holiday to Greece and yes, I do have a lot of things to write about that really awesome vacation. For now though, to keep the blog running as it has been dead for the past few days since I left I’ll give you a few reasons why you should do what I did – visit Greece.

I am no expert of Greece. I have been there only twice but luckily I was able to explore this beautiful country in depth thanks to the Greek boyfriend who was gracious enough and agreed to be my personal tour guide/driver. Having him with me during both travels made it really easy to fall in love with the country but I think even if I was to explore the country myself it would’ve still left me in awe.

The first time I went there was in 2011 at the height of the economic crisis and at the time, the riots in Athens. However, when we arrived in August of 2011 I have not seen nor felt the crisis. Tourists flocked the Acropolis and we can’t even find ourselves a table in Thisseo for dinner. It was THAT packed and I was glad that I didn’t let the media affect my decision of traveling to Greece during that time or else I would’ve missed the opportunity of crossing it out from my bucket list.

Here are my top 10 reasons to visit Greece

Because they’ve got a very rich history, culture and loads of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I believe that history and culture always go together. A culture roots down from the history of a particular place and with Greece’s history dating as far back as 3000 years ago, I think anyone will agree with me that they’ve got a very rich one. At the moment, they have 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well – 3 of them I’ve seen and visited. I’m not so sure about you but I have this fascination of seeing UNESCO sites and I’m planning to see as much as I possibly can. 🙂

The Acropolis, probably Greece's most famous Archaeological/UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Acropolis, probably Greece’s most famous Archaeological/UNESCO World Heritage Site

Because they’ve got a fantastic weather.
Coming from the Philippines, I have only experienced 2 kinds of weather – rainy or sunny. While some of the Westerners may love the sunny side of the Philippines, I really do hate it! It’s very humid and the sun bakes me to a charcoal-black whenever I go sunbathing. Not tan but black. :p In Greece on the other hand, even if the sun is shining at its peak – the humidity is bearable, well at least for me. After having spent almost two weeks in Greek beaches, I am now sporting a red-ish, gold-ish tan which I really do love. The country receives a lot of sunshine which is basically what they are famous for. The best time to go is between May to September which is almost half of the year.

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Because their cuisine is one of the best!
I always make it a point to eat a Greek local dish in every meal, apart from the seafood. If you follow this blog, you probably already know that I’m a big sucker for seafood. It’s not so hard for me to give up the seafood though as the Greek cuisine has a lot to offer to my taste buds. Pastitsio and gemista are two of my favorites. Followed closely by Pastitsiada of Corfu. For seafood, I love them all but if I am to choose a favorite it’ll be htapodi xythato (octopus marinated in vinegar), gavros marinatos (anchovies marinated in vinegar) and garides saganaki (shrimp with tomatoes and feta cheese). I must mention too that I have tasted the best grilled pork steak in Meteora. Yum!!! Obviously, a trip to Greece will cost you to gain a few pounds but who cares??? You’re on holiday! 🙂

And will I ever forget the famous Greek souvlaki?

And will I ever forget the famous Greek souvlaki?

Because it’s a colorful country.
Does the combination of blue and white reminds you of Greece? It does for me but after this recent trip, I realized that there are some other colors splashed to this amazing country that will probably make all the painters, artists and photographers go crazy about.

Photo taken from an alley way in Parga. It's not filtered and was taken only by my dependable iphone5. :)

Photo taken from an alley way in Parga. It’s not filtered and was taken only by my dependable iphone5. 🙂

Because the Greek hospitality is not only a cliche made popular by Hollywood.
During this recent trip, I have had a great opportunity to meet the boyfriend’s family (now my husband) and it was awesome. Probably the highlight of the trip for me. The warmth, love and genuine hospitality can be felt as soon as I walked in their house. It was a really amazing experience which I will explain more on a different post. Yes, a whole blog post is needed for me to explain that.

Because it is accessible.

They’ve got it all covered for you to be able to explore the country in depth – by land, air and sea. We’ve taken a cruise from Lefkada to visit some other nearby Ionian islands for a day. The only regret I have was that the itinerary for the cruise doesn’t include a longer stay in each of the islands.

The cruise made me seasick though. :p

The cruise made me seasick though. :p

Because most of the Greeks speak English.
I have never had a hard time buying my souvenirs or ordering frappe, the Greeks are very accommodating to tourists and will have a good command of the English language. It wouldn’t hurt though to greet them in their own language just to show your respect towards them as well.

Because it’s safe.
Of course I have the boyfriend with me whenever I walk through the streets of Greece late at night but even then, I have never felt threatened. According to the boyfriend though who knows better, it won’t be the same in bigger cities like Athens and Thessaloniki.

Parga at night

Parga at night


Because it has a very diverse nature.

On our drive from Lefkada to Igoumenitsa, I have seen a lot of different sceneries – rolling hills, mountains, rocky walls, lakes and the sea. It has all kinds of things to offer for just about anyone. This applies to the beaches that they have too. There are rocky beaches, sandy beaches, pebbled beaches, beaches hidden inside a cave or beaches which can only be accessed by the 300 steep steps. It’s amazing!

Eggremni Beach in Lefkada which can only be accessed by boat or the 300 steps which is quite a hike.

Eggremni Beach in Lefkada which can only be accessed by boat or the 300 steps which is quite a hike.

Because it’s in your bucket list.
Admit it, who doesn’t want to go to Greece? At some point, everyone might have probably dreamed of seeing the Acropolis or the whites and blues of Santorini and Mykonos. Well this I tell you, whatever your reason is for traveling – I’m sure Greece has it for you. 🙂

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Note: I have deliberately posted most of the unedited, raw pictures that I have of Greece. The photos don’t do much justice on the beauty of this country. You may visit my Facebook page if you wish to see more: Pinay Flying High

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39 Comments

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    […] Ah! Athens! Do I even need to say the reasons why you should visit this city? The ruins, the history, the architecture, the food and the loveliness of the Greeks aren’t enough for you to visit it? If you need a little bit more convincing, you may want to check out this blog post I made previously which was featured in Visit Greece website: Top 10 Reasons to Visit Greece. […]

  • Reply marv March 29, 2015 at 18:52

    See you soon Santorini! 😀 😀 😀

  • Reply Kathleen Crawshaw February 21, 2015 at 00:32

    You have explained to all why Greece is the best place to visit! The amazing welcome you get from people you might have met once before has to be experienced- it is “Philoxenia” !

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2015 at 17:40

      It definitely is! I can’t wait to go back there this year. 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by the blog.

  • Reply Real Chios February 3, 2015 at 00:57

    Greece is something amazing. Plenty of hidden jems all around… You need a life to unveli real Greece. Start planing… Life is Short… Welcome to greece!

  • Reply Georgia February 2, 2015 at 08:09

    I am from Greece and your article was very touching to me.I love my country more than anything and it truly makes me happy when I read about others’ vacation there loving it.Greece,for me,is home and truly PARADISE ON EARTH!!!I highly recommend everyone to have this once in a lifetime experience and visit!!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 2, 2015 at 09:46

      Thank you for visiting the site Georgia. Your country is beautiful. 🙂

  • Reply The Sargasso Sea January 30, 2015 at 01:44

    I like how we came to the same conclusion that the photos don’t do justice =)
    Love your photo of the stairs in Paraga!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 07:45

      Photos will never do justice, it just doesn’t capture the totality of what it really is like to be there. 🙂

  • Reply simonpetersen March 4, 2014 at 06:23

    Greece is awesome! So much history, colour and amazing food. Gotta love those gyros and souvlaki!

  • Reply surprisebjg February 22, 2014 at 14:56

    LOVE Greece! and very true 10 reasons.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 22, 2014 at 18:09

      🙂 i can’t wait for my next vacation there. It’s hard not to fall in love with the place.

  • Reply sueslaght February 21, 2014 at 07:39

    I loved Greece. Your photos make me want to go back right now!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2014 at 11:41

      Thank you, the photos do not do justice to its beauty though and you know that. :p I can’t wait for my next summer in Greece too. 🙂

  • Reply lindsaycummingswrites February 10, 2014 at 23:02

    I’ve only been once for about a week. Loved it! You’re right. The food, the historical sights, the culture. All of it. Amazing.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 10, 2014 at 23:12

      I can’t wait to go back! 🙂

      By the way, I am doing a collaboration with travel bloggers and was hoping you can join? Topic is: your worst/funniest travel experience ever. I figured your chainsaw massacre experience would be great but if you have any other (i hope not as bad) please do send it to me before 01mar – pinayflyinghigh@gmail.com 😉

      • Reply lindsaycummingswrites February 10, 2014 at 23:28

        Wow, thank you so much for thinking of me! I will get something together for sure. Hmmm…I have so many…must pick one. I won’t let you down 🙂

        • Reply Pinay Flying High February 10, 2014 at 23:29

          Oh yay!!!! That is awesome!!!! I’ll be waiting for it! Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply freebutfun October 15, 2013 at 21:59

    I agree with all the reasons! It’s been years since I was travelling Peloponnese and island hopping but I’d love to take my family there now.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 15, 2013 at 22:02

      You should!!! They will love it. I am now planning my next vacation there again. :-p

  • Reply malorirbender October 15, 2013 at 17:25

    It’s so wonderful to read about your travels to Greece, and I am looking forward to reading more! I just returned from Greece two weeks ago and am totally reliving my whole experience through blogging. It is so hard to leave anything out because it was such an incredible trip! I am so glad we shared the same experience of terrific hospitality and accommodating locals. Like you, I am definitely recommending Greece as a must-do vacation!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 15, 2013 at 18:30

      And I cannot wait as well to read more of your Greek adventure. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  • Reply alovetriangle October 14, 2013 at 01:33

    Greece is definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for giving me more reasons to visit it sooner 😉

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 14, 2013 at 07:32

      Your welcome, i will be waiting for your posts about it. 🙂

  • Reply Kim 24/7 in France September 28, 2013 at 17:53

    Surprising to see pebbly beaches like here in Nice! Thanks, too, for visiting my blog and bon weekend!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 28, 2013 at 18:10

      I have been to Nice and it’s also very lovely. Although we were not able to swim at the beach as we were there for only a couple of days. I’d like to be back soon though. 🙂 I am jealous of you.

  • Reply Anna September 24, 2013 at 21:13

    Great reasons and beautiful pictures. I love the photo you took with iPhone in the alleyway in Parga, so pretty! And the cuisine… ohh I am hungry now!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 24, 2013 at 21:15

      Thank you Anna, you should go back there now. 🙂

      • Reply Anna September 24, 2013 at 21:15

        Absolutely!

  • Reply shaw September 19, 2013 at 03:36

    i wanted to go there ever since. i really love to see the ancient Parthenon and other mythological sites. i’m fascinated by their culture and I love to taste their food. is there a free way tour to Greece? hehe

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 19, 2013 at 04:13

      If you’re a travel agent like I am, yes there is! Quick! Career change now! 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by the blog.

  • Reply Ademar Garcia Aragon September 18, 2013 at 09:35

    it’s not true of the saying ” The Beauty That
    Was Greece”….it should be ” Behold The Breathtaking Beauty That Is Greece”!!!

  • Reply destinsands September 13, 2013 at 20:38

    OMG! You don’t have to convince me Greece is awesome! We went Sept. 2012 and I will fully attest to every single one of your reasons for going. Especially the safety thing–that was my family’s first question, to which I replied, “You watch too much TV.”

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 13, 2013 at 20:52

      Hahahaha! Yeah, that is always the first notion. I have not even thought of it until the trip was over. I was feeling very safe and at ease wherever I go and whatever time it may be.

      You went September too, that’s great! They said there will be less people during that time but it was still very crowded. :p

  • Reply taide September 13, 2013 at 20:27

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to visit Greece!

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