Many people are understandably concerned about traveling to Greece at the moment. You only have to turn on the news or look at your Facebook feed to see that the situation in Europe seems to be getting worse every day, with refugees arriving in their thousands.
But theres no reason to avoid traveling to Greece next year, and in fact, you may find that youll enjoy fewer tourists, lower prices, and the chance to see things youve only dreamed of.
While the financial crisis has made life more difficult for Greeks, its great news for those looking for a deal. is a must for anyone with an interest in history, culture or art, and youll still find everything youre looking for in the country including deep-blue water, mouthwatering food, incredible scenery and ancient history.
Tourism makes up approximately 15% of the GDP in Greece, and the Greeks are known for their openness, hospitality and friendliness. Many Greeks speak English, making it easy for tourists to get around, and youll be able to see the famous Acropolis which looms over Athens. From here, visit Delphi, travel a little farther to the Peloponnese, or explore the wild landscape which is dotted with the ruins of palaces, temples, and medieval castles.
Political protests are common all over the world, and demonstrating is something which is woven into democracies in Europe. Greece needs our money right now, and it makes no sense to stay away from such a beautiful country simply because its dealing with tough times.
You cant go to Greece without visiting the Greek Islands. And with so many to choose from, youre sure to find the perfect one for your needs and budget. Ferry boats leave throughout the day and can take you from island to island, with a shuttle bus in the harbour which can transport you to other boats. If youre planning to island-hop, the best idea is to plan your itinerary around which islands have connections to each other.
Here are some of the most popular Greek Islands for you to visit in 2016:
Lesvos is almost like a country, with cheaper accommodation and food than the even more popular Cyclades islands. Youll find pine forests, an abundance of fish and olive groves here, and as the third largest Greek island youll also be able to see a variety of different landscapes, including inland seas, mountains, and fantastic beaches.
As the number one island in Greece, you cant miss Santorini. The sunsets are some of the most incredible in the world, and youll also find some of the best wine here, due to the many wineries on the island.
Mykonos is known for being a favourite among the rich and famous, and the white houses and stunning beaches make it a great place for honeymooners, college students and families. Be sure to eat out here, as some of the best restaurants in Greece are located on the island.