At TBG we love to promote Greek travel destinations! So, when we were asked if we’d like to take part in an interview about Greece, by Hype Magazine – Holiday Hypermarkets UK travel blog, we were only too happy to oblige.
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 spend 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.