Last 18th January was Blue Monday. In other words, the most depressing day of the year, according to some scientists. If you are already looking forward to enjoying your summer holidays but still don’t know where to go,we have selected 5 places that may convince you to visit Greece.
Nicknamed “The Flower of the East” by the Venetians, Zakynthos is a popular tourist destination, famous for its iconic beaches and loggerhead sea turtles. There are opportunities here to volunteer with the turtles, and with a big airport, it’s fairly easy to get to from most places.
A couple of hours away from Crete with a fast boat, or around 5 hours away by ferry, this gorgeous island is not to be missed. Built on a steep hillside – the remains of a volcanic erruption – this island is idyllic with its traditional white and blue houses, many swimming pools and donkey transportation. It overlooks gorgeous beaches made up of red, white and black lava pebbles from the eruption, and is a favourite stop for many honeymooners.
The party island of the Cyclades, this is the ultimate place to stop if day and night partying on the beach sounds like your idea of heaven. It is aptly named after “Mykonos”, son of the Greek god of music, Apollo. It is one of the more expensive places to visit in Greece but you can easily get a good deal on a shared apartment when you arrive at the port, and haggling is an accepted practice.
Crete is the largest island belonging to Greece, and arguably the most diverse. On the west coast you have beautiful shallow water beaches that stretch on for miles and miles. Along the south are cliffy and dramatic coastlines. In the middle of the island you can go on a wonderful trek through the Samara Gorge and feel cool even in the middle of summer. The cities dotted along the north of the island are each unique and charming, with perhaps the most interesting being Chania, with its old mosque and cobbled streets around a port. Towards the east you can see some of the Minoan ruins or head to Agios Nikolaos and take a day trip to the island town of Spinalonga, the old leper colony. Crete deserves a couple of weeks on its own to be travelled and enjoyed.
Finally, no trip to Greece is complete without a stop in beautiful Athens. You can go up to the Acropolis and admire the centuries-old structure and spectacular views of the city, before heading down to cool off in the Acropolis museum. Take a stroll through laid-back Plakia with its many cafes and trees, enjoy the flee-market of Monastiraki or visit the hip anarchist Exarchia area for an alternative vibe. If you’re feeling political, you can stop by Syntagma Square, famous amongst other things for being a hub of political demonstrations and speeches. And while you’re there, help yourself to a delicious koulouri, a popular circular bread with sesame seeds.