10 Greek Experiences You Can’t Wait To Have After The Pandemic Is Over
Envision yourself having some of these incredible Greek experiences. Your time will come!
The Holiday Preparation
Greek experiences don’t start when you land in Greece. They begin long before this. It’s in the excitement you experience when you choose your island destination, or in the care and preparation you take to pack for Greece. After a long time of not traveling you will be even more excited than usual at the prospect of getting on that plane and every detail that goes into planning your trip.
Dance Your Heart Out
It begins as just a gentle foot tapping to the beloved sound of the bouzouki. Even if you’re unsure of what it is, when you hear it, you’ll instantly recognise the metallic melody to be distinctly Greek. A Greek instrument that creates a tingling in your feet. Before long you’re engulfed with an overwhelming urge to dance. You relent and fold into the swaying crowds of a balmy Mediterranean evening. After too much time at home you’re probably ready to dance like no one’s watching! Why not dive right into all the cultural Greek experiences and learn some traditional dances?
Dine At A Traditional Greek Taverna
Imagine, checked tablecloths, the tinkling of the bouzouki and a taverna abuzz with laughter and good energy. These are the things you will love about dining in a traditional Greek taverna. It has a different feel than a restaurant, and rest assured you’ll be amongst the locals! Traditional food feels so authentic when served in a taverna. It should be one of the Greek experiences at the top of your list for when you next travel.
While you are unable to travel you might want to try making some traditional recipes for some Greek experiences in your own home! Set the scene, put on some Greek music and get cooking!
Make Friends With The Locals
If there has been one thing we’ve learned from this pandemic, it’s that it makes us hungry for genuine human connection, especially when deprived of it! But the silver lining is that it makes us appreciate it so much more when we do have it. It’s these moments that we miss when we are not traveling. The moments when a local goes above and beyond to help you with directions. Or they take a keen interest in you and where you are from. Travel lets us learn different perspectives and make lifelong friends. The people you meet on holiday are often the ones who make the trip. This is why having a local guide can make all the difference!
Enjoy The Hustle And Bustle Of The Markets
Markets provide one of the most unique Greek experiences and the flea markets in Athens are no exception. Sellers here have everything you could imagine on offer. But part of the fun of a market is the atmosphere. Locals are haggling good-naturedly for an acceptable price and sellers are yelling out their daily specials. You are shoulder to shoulder with an energetic crowd of people bustling about on their daily business. This is what we’ll appreciate when we can travel again.
The Café Culture
Café culture in this country is another one of those Greek experiences you have to try for yourself. There is just about a coffee shop on every corner. So, when the time comes, sit down and take some time to relax. Soak up this longstanding ritual. There is no denying the significant importance that is placed on coffee, cafes and, the important break it gives people. It gives people time to catch up on themselves and time with their friends and family. There is no rush here. There is merely a chance for reflection, laughter, and connection with every sip.
Take Part In A Traditional Festival
Unfortunately, during a pandemic, festivals are often unable to go ahead. But they are a large part of Greek tradition and if you want to have a genuine Greek experience, you’ll want to go to at least one! So, when you get the chance you can take your pick from some amazing festivities that run from January to December. Whether it be a food festival, a music festival, a film festival or a religious festival. There is something that will appeal to everyone!
Take A Cooking Lesson
The best Greek experiences are those that leave you with an amazing new skill set! As well as eating delicious traditional meals in Greece, it’s even more special to be able to learn how to cook them for yourself. Then long after you’ve left, you’ll know how to craft a delicious meal in your own home. A tasty reminder of the memories that your trip to Greece gave you.
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Have Fun On A Guided Tour
Whether it be a sightseeing tour, a bike tour or a walking tour this is the perfect way to see a city. One of our favourite bike tours is COCOMAT.bikes, a company that offers a fun and informative way to see the city all while getting some exercise and cruising about on their wooden eco-friendly bikes.
Being guided by a local is a fantastic Greek experience as no one knows the country better than they do. You’ll be guided by expert locals who are fun, enthusiastic and often quite humorous, making for a fun and entertaining way to learn something new. This is the best way you could immerse yourself back into travel, as well as supporting locals and the tourism industry in Greece.
Explore The Islands Like Never Before
The islands are on many people’s bucket lists and I imagine you are no exception. After months at home, nothing will cure your restlessness quite like a Greek holiday. It’s just a matter of choosing the right one for you. Santorini and Mykonos are well known and loved. But perhaps you’d like to escape the crowds and venture to some of the quieter Greek islands. The underrated Greek islands offer you the chance to see an authentic side of Greece. In the meantime keep dreaming and keep planning!