Where do I start?
Greece has so much to offer and has definitely exceeded my expectations as from what I saw in movies and read in books. It is one of the those few places where I felt like I never wanted to leave.
I never like going to Must-See places; thus, my travel guides here are very brief that only tackle accommodation, public transportation, and a brief on sustainable travelling which I add in the end. However with Greece, everywhere I walk almost always leads me to a Must-See place where, without an itinerary, I got to visit the Acropolis, Delphi Ruins, Agora and the Museum of Heraklion after getting my morning coffee; the Temple of Olympian Zeus on my way for lunch; Thessaloniki and Meteora on my way to Athens; and Parga as I was leaving Athens. Staying in Greece felt like staying in a living museum!
Some Tips on Visiting Greece:
- There is so much to see and do in Greece and it’s nice when locals make all the effort to attract as much visitors. Staying in Greece is really affordable. I stayed in AthenStyle Hostel at the city center, making all must-sees very accessible. The hostel owner’s mother also cooks the best Moussaka, a casserole dish made of potato, spiced minced meat, eggplant, and zucchini. This is available on the hostel’s rooftop in time for dinner.
- Santorini and Mykonos may be famous for their beaches, but locals actually go to Parga for their beach getaways. You can enjoy the sceneries more with fewer structures, noise, and consumer stuff and activities. Add that it’s way more affordable here than in Santorini and Mykonos. I stayed in Villa Diamond 2 which is a stone’s throw away from the beach.
- Download the Greek Travel Guide app. This will save you loads of time in trying to find walking routes. Also, I suggest that you read on ancient and modern Greek history prior to travelling so you get to appreciate the sights and culture even more.
- Why I want to go back: As a fan of Greek mythology, history, and literature, Greece doesn’t seem to be a country worth leaving. It’s one of the few countries that truly made a mark in my heart (cheesiness aside!).
- As with any country in the world: Do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂
P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in the local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤