Off Season in Greece

No, March is NOT the ideal time to visit Greece for most people.  I was reminded of this countless times as I traveled along Athens, Santorini and Crete every time I saw a “closed” sign and an empty street.  Traveling during off season isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I found many positives in the experience- and to be honest I don’t think it’s ever a bad time to visit a country like Greece.  I was beyond impressed and can’t wait to go back.

There are too many highlights to share in total- and if you follow me on social media you’re probably fed up by now with the millions of pictures- but below are my favorite parts of Greece.  If you’ve visited, surely you are nodding your head in agreement.  This is a seriously beautiful and unique country, and anyone who’s seen it is extremely lucky.  The pictures and my words don’t do it justice.  Get out and see Greece as soon as you can, off season or high season.  It’s all good!

LOCALS in Greece renew your faith in mankind and give you so many heartwarming moments.  Never have I seen such hospitable and genuinely caring people.  For me, the people make or break an experience with a new place and the Greeks stole my heart.  Whenever I was in need of anything at all, the locals were so quick to come to my aid.  They really just want you to have the best experience in the country that they are so proud to call home.  It also helps that they all speak English, and aren’t offended when you don’t speak Greek.  Most countries are not like this.  Greece has some of the best people I have ever been around, making it an easy place to visit.

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Our new friends “Papa” of Mama’s House in Santorini, and our waiter Kostas.

BEACHES that blow your mind.  Pink sand, black sand, white sand, red sand, and crystal clear water.  You can find all of these on the Greek islands.  My personal favorite is the pink sand, of course.

Elafonisi Beach on the island of Crete

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Red Sand Beach on Santorini Island

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Black Sand Beach on Santorini Island

ANIMALS everywhere.  Adorable (and fuzzy) little dogs everywhere you go, donkeys on Santorini, goats on the mountains of Crete.  I love them all.  goats.jpgfuzzy dog santorini.jpg

SUNSETS…The sunsets are ridiculous they’re so pretty.  They totally live up to the hype.  No matter what time of year, you just can’t beat a sunset like you will see in Greece.  

Sunset in Oia- Santorini

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OUZO and RAKI.  They taste so good you are bound to take more than you’ve bargained for and will find yourself a little tipsy at noon, because that’s when the Greeks will serve it to you, and often for free.  They will say “It is tradition.  If a Greek puts raki in front of you, you MUST take it.”   Okay, twist my arm.

SOUVLAKI and GYROS aka my extra 10 pounds now (and I don’t even care).  These things are so addictive!  French fries in a pita with chicken, tzatziki, fresh tomato and onion?  YES please, I’ll take five.

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And all the other FOOD that will ruin your standards (and your waistline). 

 
 

 

HISTORICAL SITES that you’ve grown up fantasizing about.  Some of my favorite history studies in school revolved around Greece.  I was always fascinated with the culture and how the Greeks influenced all of us, especially those of us of European descent.  It was always a goal of mine to see these sites in person.  No matter what time of year you come to Greece, you can take in the experience of seeing them.  Walking around the Parthenon and the Archaeological Museum was absolutely mind blowing, and totally worth the wait in line with the other tourists- which I hardly ever say!    
  

In the end, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything coming to Greece during off season.  I actually felt like it only added to my experience to come at a time when things were quiet.  Sometimes it felt like I had the place to myself!  It may have been a bit cold for my taste, but all of these things and more made it one of the best experiences of my life.  I can’t wait keep coming back and I hope to bring all of my friends and family here some day.

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