Numbering several thousand, at least 200 of which are inhabited, the islands of Greece really do offer everything you could want from a singles holiday.
If you want relaxing, secluded beaches under the sun, you’ll find them. If you are looking to soak up ancient culture, look no further. Or maybe your dream holiday is one with lively night life, dancing, singing and eating the finest cuisine the Mediterranean has to offer – you won’t be let down. Give yourself a week or a fortnight and you can do them all, of course. Spare a day or two and you can tour dozens of these jewels of the Aegean.
There are several main groups of islands to explore, each with its own characteristics. In the south there’s the island of Crete, a modern destination with a rich history. In the south east are the Dodecanese, which literally means twelve islands (although there are many more), best known for its main island Rhodes, the holiday haven of Kos and the timelessly idyllic Symi. In the centre are the Cyclades, home to Santorini and Milos. And finally there’s the North Aegean, where you can find Samos, Lesbos and countless others.
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The postcard picturesque white washed buildings festooned with blue roofs, doors and windows, wouldn’t conjure up the image of Greece if it wasn’t adorned with the azure blue skies and vast rays of sunshine – a feat the country have become somewhat famous for!
As a general overview Greece is a country that enjoys extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year, whilst having a typically warm Mediterranean climate, enjoyed throughout the country. It is known to have only two seasons; hot and dry weather from April through to September - with temperatures occasionally reaching 40 degrees Celsius, followed by mild and sometimes rainy winters from October to March.
The country is known to possess its on microclimate, with the northern and western regions experiencing a wetter climate, which creates a rich diverse landscape, whilst the east and central areas have a much drier and hotter climate. In the mountainous north, winters are much cooler and snow can frequent the region, whilst winters in the south are generally much warmer.
Spring and autumn are often heralded as the best seasons for hiking, biking and generally enjoying the mountains. In spring temperatures are cooler and the fauna really comes into life with an abundance of wild flowers sweeping the land, whilst, autumn sees the landscape turn to take on autumnal colours from buttery yellow to amber orange and burgundy red leaves – a true sight to see.
Greece has a great abundance of truly majestic beaches, all offering different landscapes, from black volcanic sands to crystal clear turquoise waters and white sandy shores. Whether you’re looking to relax and listen to the waves lap on the shoreline or in search of a lively beach where bars line the shore Greece has something for everyone.
A trip to Greece wouldn’t be complete without taking part in an authentic Grecian night of Zorba dancing – learn the traditional steps, set against a backdrop of authentic music – your evening is sure to be a night to remember filled with laughter and entertainment
TRADITIONAL GREEK CUISINE
A holiday to Greece wouldn’t be complete without trying some of its authentic Greek dishes and delicacies. The cuisine is an exotic blend of Middle Eastern cultures, from takeaway snacks such as Gyros or hearty meat dishes such as Souvlaki and specialty cheeses such as Feta. Tavernas (Ouzeri) offer Mezes with a variety of dishes available to give you a taste and flavour for what Greece has to offer, often washed down with an Ouzo, a traditional Greek liquor
Greeks are very friendly and hospitable people, notorious for being generous hosts making you feel at home from the moment you step foot through their door, whether that be a restaurant, bar or taverna. They have a rich passion for dancing, drinking and eating enjoying a rich Mediterranean diet, with many a taverna often bustling with a hype of activity.
Many offices and businesses close in the afternoon, from 2-5pm, not only to escape the heat of the day, but also because Grecians are known to stay up late into the night. During this time it may be hard to find an open post office or pharmacy etc, however you’ll find a plethora of bars and restaurants open for business.
In the evening most restaurants are open until very late at night, with most bars serving liquor and its native spirit Ouzo, until early in the morning.
Kissing and hugging in public is widely accepted ad seen as a way to communicate. Greeks usually greet each other by embracing and kissing each other once on both cheeks
Tipping is not a local tradition in Greece, however most service staff are paid insufficiently, and have become accustomed to foreign tourists contributing to their livelihood, so a small tip will be warmly appreciated.
GREETINGS & LANGUAGE
If you’re looking to socialise or greet your fellow Grecians whilst away on holiday, here are a few handy phrases to help you on your travels.
To say hello, it’s ΓειÎ¬ Σας (pronounced YAH sas)
Before lunch say ‘ΚαλημÎρα’ (pronounced ka-li-me-ra) which means good morning
‘ΚαληνÏχτα’ (prounced ka-li-ni-hta) means good night
Be sure not to forget your please and thank yous, to say thank you its ΕυχαριστÏ (pronounced ef-ha-ri-stoh).