Destination of the Month: Greece


Looking for a fabulous location for your next holiday? Greece is a great option for many reasons.

Although there are more than 6000 Greek islands to explore, only 227 are inhabited. This means that you have plenty of choice when island-hopping on a small ship cruise adventure.

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Each island has its own unique charm and identity, and stunning scenery. During the hottest months of July and August you can expect temperatures to skyrocket, although the average is 85°F (30­°C), with 12 hours of sunshine. Honeymooners and holidaymakers will benefit from cooler temperatures and reduced crowds in June and September.

 

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Greek History & Culture

It’s fair to say that the Ancient Greeks made a huge impact on civilisation. The country’s magnificent landmark historic temples, monuments and structures may be in ruins, but they continue to attract visitors from all over the world every year. Literature and theatre have also greatly benefitted from the influence of Greek culture.

If you appreciate history and culture, Greece has plenty to entice and offer. Amongst the top tourist attractions are the Athens Acropolis, the Parthenon temple, the Delphi UNESCO World Heritage site, the sacred archaeological site of Delos, and the awe-inspiring scenic islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Explore Greece on a small cruise ship and explore monumental antiquities and ruins from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.

As a country of diverse interests and culture, the people of Greece certainly know how to offer world-class hospitality. Wherever you go, on a small ship island-hopping cruise in Greece, you can expect to receive a warm and friendly welcome, regardless of whether or not you know how to speak Greek. Greece hosts everything from traditional cultural and religious festivals to modern music events. The Greek culture truly comes alive with a fascinating display of traditions, different dancing styles, and colourful folk costumes.

 

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The Lay Of The Land

Geographically, Greece is a combination of stunning scenic mountains and countryside, and beautiful shimmering turquoise sea. It has a high standard of living, a large tourism industry and high-income economy. In the past, Greece has been the European Union’s largest producer of cotton and pistachios. It also produces vast quantities of olives, figs, almonds, tomatoes and watermelons.

The country boasts a unique island-hopping experience between the Cyclades, Saronic Gulf, Sporades, Ionian, Dodekanese and Northeastern Aegean islands. Each island and region is different and diverse, and well known for its history, culture or food.

Known as the island of love, Santorini is a romantic retreat that is favoured by honeymooners and lovers. The picturesque countryside is studded with cobalt blue roof, whitewashed buildings, churches and houses that create a stunning exhibit against the sparkling blue sea.

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Mykonos has something of a jet-set reputation and a party vibe that attracts international tourists. By day, you can explore the island’s atmospheric hub of charming cobbled streets and quaint cafes, restaurants and shops. In the evening, the vibrant nightlife transforms the island into an electric party scene.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination in Greece, Crete is a top choice. Greece’s largest island features fine sandy beaches, archaeological attractions and enchanting villages.

One of our small ship cruises in the Greek islands is wonderful way to take in multiple stops. Our small cruise ships can dock in small harbours where large cruise ships are unable to go.

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Food & Drink

Although Ancient Greek cuisine was often characterized by frugality, the country’s culinary traditions have thankfully evolved throughout the ages. Today, Greek food is one of the major tourist crowd pleasers, with visitors flocking to the beautiful archipelago islands in search of authentic tasting experiences. The food in Greece is delicious, diverse and plentiful, and usually also reasonably priced. Popular Greek wines include Assyrtiko, Retsina, Agiorgitiko, and Vinsanto.

When dining in a local restaurant you can expect to see any of these tempting traditional Greek dishes on the menu:

  • Greek salad – tomatoes, olives and feta cheese
  • Gyros – meat wrapped in flatbread and served with tomato, onion and tzatziki
  • Kalamari – deep-fried squid
  • Kleftiko – slow cooked lamb marinated in lemon and herbs
  • Moussaka – layered minced lamb, aubergine, tomatoes and cheesy sauce
  • Pastitsio – pasta and minced lamb in a béchamel sauce
  • Souvlaki – meat and vegetables on a skewer
  • Spanakopita – flaky pastry spinach and feta cheese pie
  • Stifado – traditional Greek beef stew

Greece is the third largest olive oil producer in the world after Spain and Italy. Its several varieties of olives like Halkidiki, Amfissa and Kalamata are famous the world over.

 

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Greece’s Recent Economic Collapse

Although debt-stricken, Greece continues to attract holidaymakers and record numbers of annual visitors. The increase in arrivals has ensured steady revenues for the locals. There is an entrepreneurial spirit in the air that has helped to develop many regions that were previously teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. As many of the Greeks islands have been hit with tax increases, you may find your Euro expenses are a little higher than you initially expected once you arrive at your destination. Overall, the Greek economy creates a new job for a local every time 30 extra tourists visit the islands.

Here are Unforgettable Cruises, we are experts on small ship cruises and the best Greek islands cruises. Give us a call to find out more information, or browse our Greek Islands Cruises here.