Last Updated on September 4, 2020 by Celeste
Travel Bloggers Greece love to promote Greek travel destinations. So, when we were asked if we’d like to take part in an interview about Christmas in Greece, by Hype Magazine – the Holiday Hypermarkets UK travel blog, we were only too happy to oblige.
Travel Bloggers Greece with Holiday Hypermarket Blog
We talked about everything from where to visit and what to do, to what makes Greece and particularly Grecian locals so special.
To read the full interview, head over to the Holiday Hypermarket blog.
Here’s a small snippet:
Where would you advise our readers go to get the best feel for Greece if they only have a long weekend spare?
You can get a feel of Greece anywhere to be honest, even if you come to Athens and spent a few days here, the options are endless.
The Acropolis is a must-see, as is watching the sunset from The Temple of Poseidon, swimming in the Athenian Riviera, and taking a day trip to Delphi.
You can even island hop over three islands in one day with a cruise where you can visit Hydra (the island with no cars but only donkeys), Poros, and Aegina (where they grow the famous Greek pistachios, or visit the Temple of Aphaia).
Visitors coming to Athens can also go on a day trip to explore fantastic Greek wineries in Nemea, which is home to the Agiorgitiko grape variety (red). Nemea is one of the most historic wine regions in Greece.
If you wish to experience something out of this world then head towards Central Greece and visit Meteora – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to extraordinary rock formations, which are literally suspended in the air.
Here visitors will find the six operating monasteries which dominate the high natural pillars.
What Greek dishes do you find yourself recommending time and time again?
Anywhere you go in Greece you can find vegetarian dishes, as the Mediterranean diet is very healthy and incorporates a lot of vegetables and fruits. From rich salads, to dips like the fava, melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) or tzatziki (yogurt-garlic dip), an array of greens, beans, baked vegetables and stuffed vegetables.
For example, gemista orfana is a popular dish – stuffed capsicums and tomatoes made with rice and herbs, baked in the oven with potatoes.
Briam is another popular vegetable dish made with zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers baked in a rich tomato sauce.
And you should definitely try dolmadakia – stuffed vine leaves made with rice and herbs. Many restaurants make the meatless versions, which are called the orfana.
Or, opt for Spanakorizo – a rice dish made with spinach. If you want something indulgent, saganaki fried cheese is best enjoyed with freshly squeezed lemon.
You’ll notice that Greeks love fresh lemon and use it in many of their dishes. Boiled vegetables are another option, or boiled wild greens called horta, which are served with plenty of olive oil and lemon juice.
Don’t worry about finding the right food in Greece – there are plenty of options to please all palates.
Greece is primarily known for sun, sea and sand. But what else does it have to offer visitors?
It also offers snow! If you visit Greece in winter you’ll be amazed with the snow-covered mountain peaks. In fact, in Greece you can see the sea while skiing.
In the region of Pelion which is in Central Greece you can be near the beach at one moment and 30 minutes later skiing in the mountains. Greece has plenty of hidden gems that people absolutely don’t know about.
Do you have any suggestions for activities or days out you’ve tried and loved in Greece?
If you love sailing, then you’ll definitely enjoy sailing in Greece – one of the top experiences. Also, hiking in Meteora, or join one of the Athens tours to learn more about the Mythology if you’re a fan of history and myths.
Watch a performance at Athens’ Odeon of Herodes Atticus in the summer months, visit a Greek winery and eat plenty of Greek food. Flamingo and bird watching on Lesvos was also a fantastic experience for me.