According to Countries and Exchange Rates, the geographical localization of Greece determined the main ingredients of local dishes – seafood and fish. It is known that the first recipe on the planet originated in this country, when a step-by-step instruction for the proper preparation of fish was created.
Fishermen deliver their catch to Greek restaurants and fish taverns (psarotavernas) every day, so there is a wide range of fish dishes. Greeks consume salted, dried, stewed, smoked, baked, stuffed, fried and pickled fish.
Greek cuisine is also known for its cheese called feta. It is made from sheep and goat milk, after which it is aged for at least 3 months in wooden barrels.
The mild and warm climate of Greece makes it possible to grow fruits and vegetables all year round. Vegetables and fruits such as olives, eggplant, grapes are especially popular in Greek cuisine. Onions, peppers, cucumbers, artichokes, tomatoes, green beans are no less in demand.
As a soft drink, Greeks prefer various varieties of coffee. In the warm season, frappe is especially popular here – a special chilled coffee with ice.
Entertainment in Greece
- The Athens Surf Nissalia club allows tourists to surf and kite surf (it is possible to train beginner surfers, rent equipment). The club is located 25 kilometers from Athens. In addition, on the island of Rhodes there is a station for kitesurfing Windsurfers’ world, where both beginners and professionals can practice;
- Water parks and aquariums. In the aquarium, located in the northern part of Rhodes, there are sea turtles, clams, octopuses and corals. Crete is home to the Water City Water Park, where there are 34 water activities and special tropical drinks. The Waterland water park in Thessaloniki welcomes guests of all ages. There are wave and hydromassage pools, slides for rafting, as well as children’s and adult pools.
Sights of Greece
Greece, whose sights are numerous and varied, every day attracts an increasing number of tourists, including those who did not manage to see all the antiquities and rarities on their first visit. Some of the most recommended places to visit include the following important cultural and historical sights:
- Athens. Perhaps the most famous attraction in Greece and the main architectural monument of Athens. At one time, the Acropolis was erected by the best architects and sculptors, and over the centuries this building has not lost its grandeur. In the center of the Acropolis is the Parthenon temple and several other monuments;
- The temple is located on the island of Kos. In ancient times, the Greeks called hospitals and temples asclepieions, because they were created in honor of a god named Asclepius. People came here for a cure in the evenings and fell asleep in order to analyze dreams in the morning and prescribe a suitable treatment. It is believed that classes of Hippocrates were held here in the past;
- Acropolis in Lindos. Its age is more than 3 thousand years, it is considered the second largest after the Acropolis in Athens. Here are the ruins of the temple of the god Apollo and the stadium, where at one time the Greeks held various ancient games, as well as mass tournaments;
- White Tower in Thessaloniki. The Greeks call it Cooli Blanca. It is located on the boulevard near the seashore. The modern building appeared on the site of the old Byzantine fortification;
- Mount Olympus. A place known to children and adults all over the world. Here, according to legend, the ancient Greek gods lived. Olympus is located near the Halkidiki peninsula;
- Castle of the Knights of John. Once the island of Kos was ruled by the Knights of the Order of St. John. For two centuries, the indestructible fortress of Neratzia was built to protect against enemy invaders;
- Labyrinth of the Minotaur. According to the legend, King Minos ordered to build a palace with an incredibly complex system of internal passages. Soon the king sent the Minotaur there – a monster with a bull’s head and a human body, to which instead of food every seven years he brought 14 youths. Theseus saved people from the monster with the help of Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, who gave the young handsome man a magic thread. The ruins of the palace are located 5 kilometers from Heraklion;
- The sunken city of Olus. It is considered the “pearl” of the island of Crete. The legendary city is located at the bottom of the Poros Canal. Olus used to be an important center for merchandise exports and had its own currency. The city is not in guidebooks and sightseeing routes, and there are no road signs to it, not every local resident knows the way to it. It is better for tourists to plan the path here clearly and in advance.
In Greece there are hotels and hotels of any level, they can be found on the islands and the mainland. There is both a “star” (1-5*) and a “literal” classification of levels, starting from E (analogous to 1-2*, “without category”) and ending with L (analogous to 5*, “luxury”). Often the service of a class E hotel is much better than the service in hotels and class C hotels (equivalent to 3 *).
IMPORTANT: There are both large private (Hilton) and Greek chain (Louis and Chandris) hotels. The price of settling in such establishments starts from 150-200 euros to 700 or more euros.
Pensions are a place where it is easy to feel the Greek good nature and hospitality. In the city, tourists are offered rooms and apartments with 2-3 beds and a shower, in the suburbs – houses with 4 beds and all amenities. Prices vary from 40 to 60 euros per night, there are discounts. In big cities and large hotels, class C (3 *) accommodation costs 60-100 euros, class B (4 *) – 75-120 euros or more (depending on the location of the institution).