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PackitUp Travel Guide
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Welcome to Greece, the longest coastline in Europe! Located at the southeast end of Europe bordering the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. Its neighboring countries are Bulgaria, FyROM, Albania and Turkey. Land of the ancient culture, wonderful landscapes, not only beautiful beaches and lovely people but best-known as the perfect holiday destination. Greece is so rich in culture and beauty that it never seems to be completely explored, no matter how many times you visit it.
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As Greece lovers we would like to give you some hints in order to make your trip more enjoyable. Let’s start discovering all the peculiar customs of this awesome country.
- The best season to visit Greece, in my opinion, is during Spring and Autumn season. Still nice weather to go to the beach but you will not melt on the street during summer or get blown away in winter. Furthermore, the landscapes are much more beautiful and of course less crowded.
- The official language is Greek. Try to say a couple of words, as kalimera instead of “good morning” and efxaristo instead of “thank you” they love it and you will see some big proud smiles in their faces.
- Greeks are friendly and always willing to help. This is the reason why hitchhiking is the cheapest and also the funniest way to travel around if you are patient and not in a hurry. Sometimes, you not only will arrive at your destination, but you also will be fed and get fruits or vegetables for your trip. I remember lots of amusing stories, but this is another chapter. 😉 If you are planning to hitchhike, you can check https://hitchwiki.org/en/Greece to get more useful information.
- Wild camping in Greece is forbidden by law. But there are still a lot of beaches where you can camp for free and without police problems. You can camp freely anywhere in the mountains or valleys. Anyway, it is best to ask other wild campers. You can also check a website about legal camping sites in Greece.
- Greeks loves food and their gastronomy is delicious. They usually cook with lots of vegetables and their tasteful olive oil. The best-known Greek food is gyros, a folded type of sandwich with pork or chicken, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and their tzatziki sauce. You can also find the vegetarian option with Halloumi cheese, what I personally love it. Additionally, they have lots of other different and tasty typical dishes, seafood and cheeses.
- The atmosphere in the Greek taverns is very festive, especially if the locals frequent there. The Greeks usually dance Sirtaki, their traditional dance and if you are willing to learn fast you can try and join them. Laughter is insured.
- The Greeks have a super relaxed and casual attitude towards life. They have a popular saying, “siga-siga”, which means, “slowly-slowly”. Unfortunately, sometimes “siga-siga” is not only a way of life but a work ethic. So, be patient and do not take it personally, even when sometimes seems as indifference.
- Whether it is their strong Greek coffee “eleniko” or an iced frappe, coffee is a religion in Greece. Do not mention how similar is with Turkish coffee you will start a war.
Now that you have gotten these tips, you just have to buy the tickets, check who is travelling there on the PackitUp app and put this into practice!
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Greece has a large number of islands, with estimates ranging from 1,200 to 6,000, depending on the minimum size to take into account. The number of inhabited islands is variously cited as between 166 and 227.
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