Greece

My favorite country in the world

Before going to Greece I thought Greece would be full of incredible nature, crystal clear turquoise waters and small villages. I thought there would be lots of red wine, greek salad with feta cheese and “food in bread”.

Greece has over 2.000 islands, but I only went to the mainland this time, traveling around in my Van.

The official language in Greece is Greek, but everyone I met spoke English and they also have all road signs in English too.

 

Time of the year I was there: February – April
Best time to travel there for sun: April – November

The nature was above and beyond my expectations. Turquoise blue waters, silver gray olive trees, great weather, amazing beaches, laguns and beautiful mountains. And sheep, there were sheep everywhere.

Living in a van I mostly experience a country through the nature and the people I interact with during everyday life. It’s very seldom I treat myself with going out to eat. However, when I was there a friend of mine came to visit and we went out for some food.
It’s impossible to be more pleased with the experience we had. The food was presented on a huge platter so you got to see what all the dishes actually were, then you just pointed at the ones you wanted. We stuffed ourselves with food and wine and had a really great time.
The restaurant went above and beyond to present the best service in my eyes. They didn’t rush us at all but were still there as soon as we wanted something else. I don’t know what we did to deserve it but we even got a jug of wine and dessert for free.

Olympus is Greece highest mountain peak.
In Greek mythology, Olympus is the home of the gods. It was here that Zeus and his brothers built their home after winning the war over the Titans.

If you like to move around a bit while you’re traveling I really recommend going on hikes.

“Samaria Gorge Trail
A World’s Biosphere Reserve, the Samaria Gorge is a magnificent national park in southern Crete. The trail is 13-16 kilometers in length and allows you to explore the whole park while following the river. It is a very scenic path that passes through many beautiful Byzantine ruins and breathtaking nature, but if you do not feel like traversing the whole trail, a few alternative routesare possible.” – theculturetrip.com

Greece has a coast of over 15.000km, there’s so many beaches to go, so much nature to see and experience. During low season chances are high you’ll get a beach all to yourself except maybe for the occasional fisherman.

As amazing as the nature was, the Greek people was even more so. I’ve never felt more welcomed and at home anywhere, anytime, ever before. Maybe it’s a combo of the great weather and nature that makes them so relaxed, happy and friendly towards others. Maybe it’s the fact that the tourism contributes with around 25% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. No matter why I can really understand why Greece is one of the most visited countries in the world, and it will forever be one of my favorite places in the world.

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