Stunning Places Every First-Timer Should Visit in Greece
If there is one thing Greece can promise the inquisitive traveler, it is the sun-soaked scenery of its stunning landscape. Whether you are looking for an adventure holiday, exploring remote beaches, or seafaring in the Aegean Sea, look no further than this land of olive groves and philosophers.
Sun-drenched Santorini (Nea Kameni)
Santorini boasts some of the best views of all of the Greek islands. This makes it the perfect place to take a hike and sample the breathtaking vistas over the stunning Aegean coast. The island was created by a massive volcanic eruption in the second millennium BCE and visitors to the region can take a volcano tour from the old port of Fira. The tour takes visitors to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni in the center of the caldera, and is an excellent way to take in the scale of the island. The pockets of whitewashed buildings nestled in the Santorini cliffs against the contrast of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea is a sight well worth the visit.
Olive harvesting in Crete (Chania)
One of the first things you will notice upon arriving in Crete, are the many miles of gray-green olive trees. During the months of January and December, olive rich areas like Chania, welcome an influx of visitors to take part in olive harvesting. A tradition which stems back many thousands of years, the process has not changed much during this time. 350,000 tons of extra virgin olive oil are produced every year in Crete. And you can even turn your hand to olive picking yourself, though it is hard work! If olive harvesting does not appeal to you, you can also choose to learn the art of traditional Greek wine creation or visit some of the smaller regions to get to discover some artisan producers.
Sample the sea food in Anavissos (East Attika)
Anavissos is known all over Greece for one thing- the best seafood money can buy. If you can, make a trip to Psarou Restaurant for its fresh seafood. Served in a traditional laid-back Greek setting, rows of wooden tables sprawled with fresh bread and olives welcome you before the friendly staff settles you in. If you are looking for something a bit different, give the classic Greek macaronatha a try. Octopus meat in a delicious tomato sauce is served over macaroni, topped with grated sheep’s milk cheese.
Images by Maggie Meng used under Creative Commons license.