Most of us travellers will only ever go to a country once.. simply because there are too many countries and too less time… 😂😋 So while we are in one, why not make the most of it?!?
Hello my dear Travellers!
And I am back with my second blog. This one’s about how to make the most out of your experience at Greece. When you plan a trip to Greece, first things that every website would tell you is to visit the Parthenon Acropolis, the monuments, the White and Blue domes of Santorini, the Party Paradise beach of Mykonos and what not!
Here are some things that most of these websites won’t tell you. Somethings that are really worth doing in Greece!
Amstel Lemon Radler 🍋
Haha! Yes! Starting my blog with a beer… but I thought let’s get over with some less intoxicating things first. 😉 Coz Greece will definitely leave you with a long hangover!!!
If you are a beer lover, the Amstel Lemon Radler is a must try. And if you are not, it’s still worth a try. Amstel Radler is a lemon juice infused Beer. It’s light lemony taste and the 2% alcohol level make it a tasty drink for the hot summer days. In Greece, they have kiosks that sell drinks at almost every 500 meters, specially in the city of Athens and major tourist attraction areas on the Islands. I wasn’t able to find this particular beer everywhere, but in Athens in the Plaka market. You can also try the Mythos Lemon Radler from the Kiosks at Little Venice in Mykonos.
The amazing thing is that you’ve got Kiosks every few meters to buy drinks and snacks in this country!! It’s like the Indian Chai and Sutta stalls in Metro cities, present every few meters!
Regency Casino Athens (with a breathtaking view)
I know Casino is not on most people’s list when you travel abroad, specially if you are travelling with family. But what if I tell you, this casino visit is a combination of a drive upto a hill, a FREE Telepheric ride (cable car in Greek) to the top of Mont Parnes with the most mesmerizing view of the entire city of Athens followed by a 10Euro free card per person if you are going there for the first time, to play and spend it on a myriad of gaming options?!!?? Sounds awesome eh?
Moreover whatever you win out of the free 10euro card you get, you can encash it!! And there are Soo many machines and also live poker and Roulette tables in there. We saw a man get rich over night when his name came out in a lucky draw!! So it’s definitely worth experiencing.
All non alcoholic drinks are free and you get discount coupons for food and one alcoholic drink free per person.
Swim where the water, the land and the mountains meet!
Yes. You heard that right!! The Kamari beach with the Mesa Vouna Mountain at Santorini offers this breathtaking beautiful view. The beach is not too crowded and the waters are a nice and clear blue. The beach bars across the beach provide nice beach beds, umbrellas and showers so you can take a swim, relax and treat yourself to some food and drinks along with this mesmerizing view.
Tip : Do enquire about closing time of the pubs as some of these close quite early while others are open till later
Oh and then I did this video!!! Something I always wanted to do.. and this place seemed just perfect!! It dint come out that well.. 😋 but I did it!!
Take your swimming gears, some water proof sunscreen and your towels along!! You can change at one of the bars. Don’t know how to swim???? Just get into the water and have fun.. oh and don’t forget to click pictures!! After all we are here for this view!! 😃😃
Sunset with the Windmills
One of the most beautiful sunsets of Santorini can be seen at Oia ( pronounced as Ee-aa 😋 ) in Santorini near the famous windmill spot.
The next perfect spot is from the shores of little Venice in Mykonos!!
In the evening people just sit on and around the pebble beach and the sun puts on a magnificent show, going down the sea with all it’s grace, changing a thousand colors spread across the sky. And as it sets putting the show to an end, People applaud with happiness and gratefulness for being able to witness this beauty! Miss this…and you’ll regret it for a long time!
The restaurants in Little Venice are amazing and offer a great and comfortable seating and view of the sunset, but they are quite expensive! So if you are just aiming at the sunset, you might want to pack some snack and bring it along. You can get beer, cocktails and soft drinks, from the nearby kiosks!
TIP: Do not forget to check the sunset timing on the net before planning your sunset trip. Time varies too much across the year and you don’t want to be too late or too early! ⏰
Get your name written in Greek in Athens
If you are looking for one thing to buy for yourself or to gift someone special, which reminds you of your trips to Greece… This is one thing you must do!! At the Plaka market there is a guy who writes your name or essentially anything you want in Greek and creates a beautiful accessory like a locket, keychain or bracelet!! It’s the cutest gift specially for your girl bffs!!
I was with my husband there and he asked us are you on your honeymoon?? I said no! We have been married 3years! His immediate reaction was – ‘Oh! You look so happy!! I thought it was the honeymoon period!’ 😂 He also told us about his Indian friend Mr.Chaddha who said that Indians bargain, not because they do not have money!! They do so coz it’s in their Blood!!! 😂😂 So damn true!!
P.S. Don’t forget to ask him for a discount and mention about this blog to him! You will surely get a nice Discount!! 😉😃
Drive in Santorini
Okay! First things first!! If you are ever planning to take a self drive car on rent abroad, you must get an IDP – International Driving Permit which allows you to drive in 150+ countries and is issued by the RTO in India, if you have a valid Indian driving lisence..
Read the article for more information on this
So Santorini is on the best places in Greece to drive in and also with quite limited public transport. Taking a self-drive car on rent will cost you lesser and save more time!
If people could drive through heaven, this is what it must feel like!!
Tip: Pick your car from the port or the airport itself when you enter Santorini. It is cheaper than if you take a car within the city. There are many people working in Greece from Pakistan and they are very kind as to guide you and talk to you in Hindi among the less English speaking people out there.
TIP: Take a video of the whole car inch by inch before you start driving. Any unknown damage can cost you a lot of money. The video along with one of the shop guys will help you prove it wasn’t you.
The drive is right side drive with a lot of ghat section so only go for it if you are extremely confident!
Take the Hop on Hop Off in Athens
Well Hop on Hop off is a must take in Athens. Cut down on transport costs, maximize utility of time. Across the whole city of Athens in 15 Euros per person for 2 days!! Read more : http://tipstrickstravel.com/hop-on-hop-off-tour-athens-greece/
Lunch at the Mountain Lake, a Natural Thermal Spa in Athens!
I’m calling is the Mountain lake coz it sure looks like the Mount Hymettus is protecting Lake Vouliagmeni. The water here is warm throughout the year and is rich in many salts and minerals. Enjoy a swim with some declicious lunch and drinks. Entry costs up to 10Euros for swimming and over and above for whatever you order. But the experience is really worth it!!
The lake can be reached using the Glyfada line of Hop on Hop off bus in Athens or you can take a cab directly. Public transport is a little less frequent here though. Right in front is the beach, so you can plan a whole day for this side of the city of Athens and spend it dipping in the Lake and the Sea! It’s very less crowded and extremely peaceful experience!
Dine at Mikrolimano in Pireaus
Now this is one of the most romantic and fun things you must do when you are in Greece! Visit Pireaus and take a cab to Mikrolimano. You can walk around this semi-circular port and pick up something to eat or drink from the Kiosks. It’s like Marine drive in Mumbai or Kochi, but with diners and candle light dinner at the sea line.
Food is surely a little expensive and a small meal for two can cost you between 25-40Euros. If you do not want to spend much here, there are a couple of chains of Pizza and Burger joints across the street. You can pack something and have it sitting around the port line facing the sea.
If you are taking a ferry to the Islands of Mykonos or Santorini from Pireaus port, you may want to spend an evening at Pireaus and visit Mikrolimano before your ferry! It’s the best part of this side of the city. Pireaus has some amazing cafe & pubs.
Oh and if you are a vegetarian, do ask for food that is vegetarian and has no FISH! In most restaurants Fish is considered vegetarian food!!
The Ferry ride
Now if you are travelling to the Islands from Athens, you can either take the Flight or take a ferry! I suggest if you have time take the Ferry! It’s cheaper than the flights and it’s an experience in itself! It’s like a passenger cruise! An early morning or evening ferry will give you a beautiful view of the sunrise or sunset.
That’s the view of Sunrise as we drift away from the port !!! 😍😍😍
The most amazing feeling was to just sit on the deck and listen to lovely loud music and watch the blue waters… I could sit there forever and ever… It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere… And life is so peaceful!! If you are a writer.. don’t forget to carry your pen and notebook to write the most amazing words that will take birth right in your heart through your eyes with this view!
No amount of images or videos will ever make you feel what you are actually gonna feel out there!
Greece is a total mix of Adventure with various water sports activities, history with it’s archaeological treasure, nature with it’s spectacular landscapes and stunning beaches and Soo much fun!!!
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So guys untill my next blog…
Ghoomne Raho.. Ghumaate raho.. and make happy memories!