10 Great Reasons to Visit Greece on Your Next Holidays


If you are wondering about the real reasons for visiting Greece, I can easily think of quite a few. Ever since I was a kid, Greece has been a mystery. My dad did not read me fairy tales at bedtime but everything about Greek myths. So, I grew up dreaming of Pandora’s vase and wishing to see Greece. Until I did, I fell in love forever. So much so that, a few years ago, I finally decided to move to Greece. So why should you travel to Greece for your next vacation? If you don’t mind some extra passion, let me tell you about them.

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Why You Should Visit Greece Soon

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Santorini when the sun has set.

Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and one of the most beautiful countries. With an endless coast bathed by the pristine waters of the Mediterranean, the country enjoys mild weather and a long summer season compared to other European destinations.

Greece boasts unique and varied landscapes, from picturesque seaside villages to mountain hamlets and fantastic old towns. The country is great for summer and winter holidays, offering unique activities you can enjoy at any time of the year.

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Mykonos port at night.

And if all those reasons still haven’t convinced you, you will only need to join a village festival with dance and music or try the spectacular local food and some fantastic Greek wines

Need more reasons to fall in love with Greece? Read on!

Breathtaking Landscapes

Skala and Windmils in Patmos, Greece
Patmos, Dodecanese.

The geography of Greece is as varied as you might imagine. All the rainbow colors have a leading role in the Greek palette. And it’s possible to find any landscape you want in Ελλάδα. I’m sure you’ve seen those pristine white roofs cut against ravishing blue skies.

And yes, that’s Greece too. But the Greek landscape doesn’t end there. Sunsets on the beach are as attractive as the high mountains of Crete.

More than half of Greece is covered with mountains, so there are caves, gorges, and hiking trails, as well as flat meadows, skiing resorts, and isolated plateaus. Besides, not everything is about the islands.

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Port of Sifnos.

Even if many of them have turned into super popular holiday destinations in Greece, including Santorini, Mykonos, or Corfu, there are stunning landscapes to discover in mainland Greece as well, such as Nafplion and Epidaurus in the Peloponnese, of Pelion and Meteora in Thessaly.

All these things can be done without forgetting the extensive list of things to do in Athens, the capital of Greece.

Greece is the Perfect Place to Relax

Elafonisi, Crete.

The Greek way of life is usually relaxed. Problems? Sigà, sigà, will be the answer. Or better, take it easy!

The Greeks will certainly teach you that there’s no reason to worry whenever you have a problem you can’t solve. This is Greek philosophy at its best. What’s done cannot be undone, or so they say. Let’s enjoy life.

Locals everywhere in the country will tell you what they think or feel through simple gestures. And those will stick with you forever.

Sailor repairing net in Greece
Port of Chania, Crete.

I love it when they thank you for something by putting their hand on their heart or when they say now, just slightly lifting their heads. When words are not needed, they won’t use them.

Greeks have also learned to enjoy the simple things: a cup of coffee, the beauty of the sunset, the joy of tasty Greek food, music, and family gatherings. All the rest comes and goes. Pleasures are baking bread, talking with friends, and walking by the ocean.

In Greece, take your time, disconnect the Wi-Fi, and connect with your inner self; everything invites you to do so. You will go back to your routine and feel better.

To Discover Philoxenia

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Delicious Cretan salad.

Philoxenia is a Greek word you will only learn about if you visit Greece. It’s so deep in the people’s nature that it’s difficult to explain.

Philoxenia is enjoyed, and you will feel nostalgia for it when you are away. It relates to friendship towards the xeno, the foreigner, and the welcoming smile waiting for you at the airport upon arrival.

It’s a glass of ouzo with sweet grapes kindly offered after a meal. Greeks offer help when lost, in need, or a very difficult situation. 

Fresh fish and cheese saganaki
Fresh fish and cheese saganaki.

Greece is a generous country with generous people. Locals take pride in welcoming visitors; the best compliment you can give them is saying so.

In return, you will get the best of what they have: Their best food, wine, and honest friendship.

To Travel on a Budget Greece

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Travel on a budget.

A holiday in Greece is by no means expensive. Accommodation is generally very affordable, and the norm says you usually get value for money.

When visiting Greece, the range of accommodation opportunities is immense. You can go on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation or travel on a budget.

There are always cost-effective destinations, hotels, and attractions. Generally, prices for good food, fun activities for children, water sports, guided tours, and car rentals are also low.

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Local souvenirs save you money

Greece is still one of those places where it is not hard to find a good deal while still making a difference for the local community. Invest in buying local souvenirs and food and avoid international hotel chains or coffee shops.

You’ll get better prices, representing a valuable economic help for the communities. Also, remember that many of these communities make a living mostly thanks to tourism, which is a seasonal activity.

Sometimes, your holiday, stay, food or boat trip will generate an income to last all through the low season. By the way, do leave tips whenever you can. Those few euros mean the world to seasonal workers.

Fun Holidays in Greece

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Local traditions include plenty of dancing and music!

If what you are looking for is fun, you will also find it. A local once told me that life in Greece is about eating, drinking, and dancing. After seven years of life in Greece, I can’t help to agree.

Eating is all about great tastes but also about enjoying a table with family and friends, sharing whatever simple delicacy is around.

Even just a piece of cheese, some bread, good olive oil, and homemade wine. And everything comes with moderation.

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Dancing by the sea

Greeks enjoy their alcoholic drinks wisely and with unique timing. Usually, a glass of water comes with them. There are many myths about Greeks’ drinking habits being exaggerated, I’ve heard it many times, especially in Crete. Yet, I still have to see a drunk Greek around. I never did.

On many islands, partying goes hand in hand with Greek holidays. You have to choose the right spot, but there’s plenty of fun for all tastes.

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Whether it’s extreme adventure sports or dancing all night in discos, pubs, or clubs, you name it, you have it.

What’s more, Greeks’ easy ways towards sex can make some of their destinations a paradise for gay couples as well as for people open to new experiences. Nobody will judge you wrong in Greece, freedom runs in their veins.

Greece for a Romantic Escape

Couple in Santorini

Who has never dreamed of a wedding with a romantic background? Or even a dreamy honeymoon destination? Greece is perfect for both.

More and more couples are choosing Greece not only for their honeymoon trip but also for their wedding.

It can be a luxurious wedding in Santorini, a private ceremony on a yacht sailing the Aegean, or even a beach in Crete.

Greece is also ideal for a romantic getaway. Perfect for your first trip as a couple. Various activities, sports, sceneries, and proposals will suit everyone’s needs without compromising.

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An iconic Santorini photograph.

If you love to take pictures but your partner enjoys sunbathing, or if one is into shopping while the other prefers a more natural atmosphere, Greece has it all.

Moreover, is anything more romantic than watching a sunset by the sea? It will be a dream come true: You and he will enjoy a breathtaking landscape only seen in luxury magazines. Those landscapes are nothing but the truth when you are in Greece.

Family Holiday Destination

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Sunset in Greece.

For those looking for family holidays, Greece is truly a paradise. There are some beaches where you can completely relax because they do not pose any risks.

Shallow and calm waters, as well as coves repaired from the wind, are almost everywhere. Check our list of beaches in Crete, Naxos, or Antiparos.

Endless extensions of white sands, such as Elafonisi,  seem to be just there for children.

Kids will play for hours, feeding bread to the fish, playing with the sand, or just learning to swim. Natural bays protected from big waves are little family paradises.

Of course, children will love Greek food. Treats such as delicious homemade French fries, unique varieties of cheese, and tasty seasonal fruit are among kids’ favorites.

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My kid in Corfu

Corfu, Crete, and Rodhes are good examples. The only way locals cultivate is bio—but not because it’s trendy—because that’s how it’s always been in Greece! Genuine vegetables taste good.

You can start the day with some rich Greek yogurt and honey. Is there anything better? And let’s face it: in some locations, kids are the true stars in some locations… Greeks adore kids and always go one step further to make them feel great.

Greece is the Right Place for Those Who Love History

Parthenon Aropolis Athens from the article: 10 Reasons to Visit Greece (on your next holidays)
Parthenon detail.

Greece is a land of millennial culture and rich history. A place made of a past that can still be seen and felt almost everywhere you go. Not just in Athens, as many believe, but everywhere.

On each island, there are secrets and treasures from the past, and locals are eager to share them with visitors.

Old settlements, ruins, and windmills… but also impressive castles, museums, and archaeological sites from every historical period. Sometimes, there’s so much to see that it’s hard to choose.

Of course, visiting Athens can prove unique, but find cultural proposals everywhere, not just in Summer. Greeks love exhibitions, museums, and art galleries.

If you happen to visit on May 18th, Greece celebrates International Museum Day by opening every museum in the country, which anyone can enjoy for free.

Knossos Palace, Crete

But traditions are also part of the rich Greek past. Even if you visit an isolated mountain village, take your time to see how people bake, cook, or brew…

These everyday chores carry traditions and habits, and they are part of a culture passed on from one generation to another. 

Greece is The Place to Go for Foodies

Delicious home-made food from Crete.
Local food.

Mediterranean cuisine is at its best in this region. Every part of Greece has its specialty and traditional dishes that are easy to appreciate and love.

However, as a general rule, when tastes are genuine, and the soil is generous, the result can only be luscious.

Mild weather, plenty of sunshine, and enough rain throughout the year are also key to Greece’s favorable agricultural panorama.

All of these combined are simply a feast!

Greek food.

The best olives will give you the best oil, and the best grapes will produce the best wine. The sea, the land, and the wise hands of the inhabitants—together, they produce a unique combination of flavors you will never forget and will long to take home with you.

And what is the best reason to come to Greece? To Get That Comforting Homeland Feeling!

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Could be your cat, right?

There’s nothing to do about it when you are in Greece you feel at home. And it’s not just me saying so, it’s also hundreds of tourists I’ve met these years here in Crete.

They all agree on that… so I can’t be that wrong.

The Greek way to say “Welcome” is “Welcome home”. It may sound strange since their language is unique; it’s spoken almost only there…

So how could a place with such a different language be home if language is usually a defining part of one’s identity? Still, when you set foot in Greece, you feel at home.

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Chios, Mesta village.

Could it be because most Occidental countries set their roots in Greek history, culture, and traditions? Maybe… but then, how do you explain how Chinese, Japanese, Thai, or other more remote cultures also feel “at home” in Greece?

From Greece, we’ve inherited democracy, philosophy, ethics, theater, and many other things. A great part of our words is Greek, too.

Why is it that we love Greek music so much? We did not grow up dancing it… and who can stay still when watching that famous scene from the film Zorba?

Why is it that we love a culture that has evolved with time to become so different from ours?

Never mind the reasons. We’ve learned to love Greece for its culture, natural beauty, and picture-perfect landscapes.

We’ve learned to feel happy and excited about our arrival, and we cannot wait for Greece to welcome us home.

Are you planning a trip to Crete and don’t know where to start? Check out these insanely practical tips for holidays in Crete!

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About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

17 thoughts on “10 Great Reasons to Visit Greece on Your Next Holidays

  1. Evangelos says:

    Dear Gabi as a Greek I feel the need to say thank you and express my gratitude for everything you write about Greece and Greeks. I am grateful. We expect all of you to come to Greece to experience Greek Xenia or “Φιλοξενία” Philoxenia ( “Φιλοξενία” is a compound word consisting of two separate words that are pronounced as one.Τhe word “φιλώ” = love and “ξένος” = stranger). Greetings from Greece!

    • Gabi says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. I love Greece, I adore to write about it but what thrills me the most is when Greek people read my posts and appreciate my love for their country.
      Your words make me completely happy and proud.
      I have always said Greece is a magnificent country I love with all my heart. I feel it as my Home. Believe me, I am convinced that among all the reasons that make Greece so beautiful, the landscape, the nature, the amazing food, the real richness of the country is their people. You Greek make that land a wonderful place to be. Thank you for all the love you express to visitors… I am honored to be your guest.
      Σας Eυχαριστώ Πάρα πολύ.

  2. Tatiana Bastos says:

    Hi Gabi! I tottally understand your love for Greece, as I live in Santorini for 8 years now, and am a tour guide! 🙂 I am brazilian, but to speak greek is one of the things I am proud of! Your blog is super cool and I love the illustration on the headboard. Keep on with the good work!

    • Gabi says:

      Hi!! How nice to welcome you here. I’ll be in Santorini in April to make some articles for the Blog, it could be nice to get in touch!! Do feel free to send me an e-mail or contact me so I can reply you. I would like to forward you some questions, since you are a guide we can work on something together. I’d be happy to connect.

      Hope to hear from you soon

    • Gabi says:

      I read somewhere the temperature was close to 26° in Crete last week… so if it’s not Summer, it might be close. Oh my beautiful Greece… I’d just love to have the possibility to travel there any moment I want, can someone love a place that much?

    • Gabi says:

      Hi Iman,

      Thanks for visiting our blog. Yes, it was a Greek friend who first introduced me to this concept, and let me tell you it is something you can only understand when you share sometime with Greek people, they are really special people, open-hearted and so caring. You will love it.
      Hope to see you around soon!

  3. Katrina Stephens says:

    Read your post, sounds so amazing so I shared it on facebook. Would love to one day travel to Greece. The architecture, landscape and people seem amazing. Pretty sure I’ve got some Greek Ancestry down the line 😉

    • Gabi says:

      Hi Katrina!
      Well first of all thank you so very much for sharing! That’s something we bloggers can’t never thank enough!!! 😉 I really appreciate it.
      Then, your name has some Greek in it, I’ve met some Greek Katerinas in my life, so… why not?
      Yes, definitely put it in your “to visit” list of places. Greece is amazing, the weather, the food, the people, the music, the landscapes.
      I guess there must be a drop of Greek blood or two running in my veins as well. Otherwise I cannot understand such a love affair 😉

      Cheers, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sabine says:

    This article about Greece is so true, all 10 reasons of it. My favourite reason to visit Greece is the tasty food. I’m lucky that in my hometown in Belgium there are lot’s of Greek immigrants, who opened lot’s of good restaurants with tasty food.
    And furthermore, Greece is so beautiful and so much culture to visit…I guess I need to go back soon!

    • Gabi says:

      Hi Sabine!
      Thanks for your comment… I had to set myself a limit, because I could have found another ten reasons in no time if I wanted to… But yes, life in Greece is just like that, simple when it has to be simple and enjoyable when there’s need for joy! I guess we all have so much to learn from mother Greece.
      You’re so lucky to have Greek food around you. I have to just search for recipes online and do my best to imitate those amazing flavours, with doubtful results, of course… What can I say? The perfect excuse to keep coming back! 🙂

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