Unknown Greece: Tips for Travellers

Have you ever been to Greece? Probably you’ve already seen Delphi and the Acropolis in Athens. I’m sure that you enjoyed the warm sheer waters and soft sands of the Greek beaches. Now it’s time to get acquainted with the real Greece without noisy bars and crowded streets.

So what’s better to begin with?

At first, buy a detailed map. Don’t hesitate to spend a few extra euros on it. By buying good guide you will purchase knowledge, freedom and the possibility to choose. You will know for certain if your destination is quite near to your inn or is it on the other side of the island.

If you have a driving license it may be sensible to rent a car. You will have the opportunity to see the whole country in the time of a week and visit the places which show you the real life of the country. Wild beaches, ancient monasteries, pine forests or rocky mountains…Go wherever you want!

Try to find a cheaper inn in the suburbs. You may be lucky to stay in a authentic Greek house where a hospitable owner will offer you a plate of olives or grapes just because you’re traveling. The sheets and pillow covers are snow white and every morning you find a bouquet of fresh flowers on your bed table. If you don’t like anything just cross the street and knock on another door.

You may also enjoy the wild beaches which are located in the distance of four or five kilometres from the city. Pebble beaches are usually deserted and you will have the chance to relax in the sun or swim in silence. But in that case you’d better take an extra thick towel or a rug to lay on.

And the last but not least is the food. Here follow a simple rule. If you see a long queue of tourists don’t have a meal in that place. Drive along the surroundings and explore the local taverns. If the menu is in Greek don’t be shy to ask questions concerning the food. Or just offers a little amount of every dish. So you will try more authentic food that way. And again if you have a detailed guide you may find some information on the Greek cuisine. Everybody in Greece is fond of a good food that’s why there is no reason to worry about the quality of the products in taverns or local food stores. Usually every tavern owner bakes fresh bread and makes delicious wine by himself. His wife wearing a starched pinafore will be happy to offer it for free.

And finally the last tip. In Greece it is not allowed to camp outside the specially equipped areas. If you are caught on your way at night you’d better try you luck in the nearest house. The locals will give you a shelter with pleasure as the respect for travelers is a part of the pilgrim culture taking its origin from Greece.

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