Discovering Quintessential Greece For First Timers
First time travelers to Greece don’t have to settle for just one travel experience, there are several options, something for everyone. It’s diversity and abundance of destinations seem to make discovering the country’s quintessential charm a somewhat daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be, provided you know what kind of holiday you are looking to experience. Here are three types of holidays in Greece that may fit your vacation bill and give you the means to achieve your travel goals, this summer or the next.
Santorini - Revive The Fairytale
Greece first timers should definitely aspire to incorporate a visit to its most iconic island of the Cyclades. Those who haven’t experienced the enchantment of Santorini first hand, will never be able to get its elusive aura. If a picture speaks 1000 words, then real life visuals can write whole chapters in your travel book. Romance oozes from every corner and every frame, at every cobblestone street you traverse and each traditional church you come across. As for the world-famous sunset, it is never the same while it is gloriously overwhelming from every angle you witness it. It is this sublime, natural beauty of Santorini that cannot go unnoticed, and spending a few days in the captivating setting at some of the best luxury suites in Oia will revive the fairytale that Santorini is known for. And while Oia is definitely the most iconic place to stay in Santorini, discovering other locations by renting a car in Santorini will reveal an entirely new vantage point of the island. The caldera cliff town of Imerovigli, the seaside settlement of Kamari (with those stunning black sand beaches) and one of the most authentic villages such as Pyrgos, are all incredibly charming, each in its own special way.
Kos - Discover a far away island
For those of you who prefer a more authentic feel for your first ever Greek vacation, it makes sense to leave the popular, crowded islands in favor of the quieter, more laid-back ones. Typically these are islands that are situated in the far corners of the Greek seas and are usually not so well connected. Yet this inconvenience in accessibility is actually to thank for these destinations maintaining their traditional, authentic allure. And in recent years the developments include air transfer which saves you many many hours on the ferry. So if you can reach Kos island, which belongs to the Dodecanese cluster, in about an hour from Athens by air (compared to 10 or more hours by ferry), there is absolutely no excuse to not discover this far away island. You can still have a ton of amenities even in the most remote of places, and in Kos, luxury hotel living gives your Greek holiday a resort type luxuriousness that at is once in a lifetime experience.. It is perfectly suited to families seeking comforts or for groups of friends who want some peace of mind when it comes to conveniences. Kos is an island that has a unique character that nature and culture lovers can admire. With activities within nature, such as hiking, trekking, horseback riding, bird-watching, as well as loads of cultural treasures to explore.
Exploring The Greek Island’s On A Cruise
Discovering quintessential Greece for first timers may pose a destination dilemma, to which a boutique Greek island cruise has the answer. If you have a week or so to spend in Greece and would rather travel around and see as many destinations as possible, without the hassle of hauling all your luggage from one place to the next, then a cruise type holiday could be exactly what you need. For Greece first timers, choose a cruise with several stops that will be a healthy mix between some popular, some less known and some surprising destinations. Sailing or cruising is the most quintessential way to get to know Greece; after all, it has been fulfilling its destiny as a nursery of seafaring for many centuries now. Countless tales have been written and innumerable stories have been told of incredible feats, formidable creatures and glorious quests that have the Greek seas as their common denominator, like a silent protagonist.
Athens + Day Trips To Porto Heli
Last but certainly not least, the capital city of Athens should be treated with the respect it commands. Although it is where most international flights arrive, it is strongly recommended not to treat Athens as a stop over, before onward travel to your chosen destination. First timers in Greece should consider a few days of Summer in Athens, which can be highly rewarding. The weather is just what you would hope for while its coastal location allows you to spend a day on a beach, if you so wish it. The history is simply overwhelming while the leisure options, day or night, are literally countless. You can easily combine a short getaway to the lovely Porto Heli, a town that is considered to be a sublime resort in Peloponnese, favored by many Athenians for a short escape from Athens. And you know what they say, when in Greece, do as the Greeks would do, and you’ll have discovered the essence of Greece from within.
Helen-Marie Joyce is an SEO and Creative Copywriter. She is a Greek-American who specializes in travel and destination marketing in Greece. Having traveled within Greece and abroad, she has gained many priceless experiences while discovering new cultures with visuals that will remain etched in the mind for years to come, She has a true passion for writing, to express her feelings, thoughts and reflections, as well as convey as vividly as possible, pictures made of words, of the places she considers worth visiting.