Greece is the land of myths and history. Situated in the southern tip of the Balkans peninsula, this land offers you the chance to immerse yourself in a culture dating back thousands of centuries. But that’s not all this place has to offer. You can stroll along the beaches, visit the sites and enjoy authentic Greek food while in here. If you are thinking about where to camp, then there’s no need to worry because you can rent a house in Greece. This will make it easier for you to bring along your family as well. So before we traverse the places worth visiting, how about taking a little break and enjoy some authentic Greek food? What to try, here we got the list.
It is a gluten-free Greek almond cookie which is very popular in the country. You should try it out with a hot cup of coffee. Get your family and friends together for a morning gathering and then enjoy this, as the cookie is supposed to reflect the memories of good times and warm relationships. The recipe will vary all over the country but the one stable ingredient is almond.
This is kind of sweet pie, but keep in mind that it won’t be that sweet according to Greek standards. Made up of semolina custard and phyllo pastry, this food is for all times of the day. Exquisite in taste, you might want to consider eating this from a roadside food court so as to get an extra zest sweetness with the sprinkled cinnamon and powdered sugar on top.
Dolmadakia (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
This traditional Greek appetizer is a sign of the versatility of Greek food since dolmadakia are actually tiny dolmades made up of stuffed grape leaves. What’s inside you may ask? Ground beef or lamb is stuffed inside along with rice. Generally, it is served with lemon wedges as an appetizer. It tastes exquisite and should be enjoyed by everyone.
Courgette Balls (kolokithokeftedes)
A popular Cretan meze, this veggie starter food will surely take a spot in your list of favorite dishes. This food should be crispy on the outside while maintaining a creamy texture on the inside. Your taste buds will surely appreciate its salty and yet flavoured texture which it gets from the feta cheese along with a bit of mint.
Tomatokeftedes (Santorini Tomato Fritters)
This is a traditional meze and main course vegetarian food item found in Santorini as well as Syros. These tomato fritters require proper drainage of the tomatoes to prepare this delicious food item. Here’s how they should look if you plan to have them- have rough edges and be filled with tomato, onion and mint chunks.
Everyone has at least heard of this quintessential Greek food. Containing nuts, butter, and sugar, this cuisine is a delectable combination which is completed by pouring sweet syrup all over it. That syrup then gets absorbed into the crispy phyllo layers, making the food delectable. With its flaky crust and exquisite flavors, it is probably the most popular food item amongst all Greek desserts and should be eaten at least one while you are touring.
After having some appetizers and cookies, how about heading out exploring the place? Here are the places you should not miss:
Dedicated to St John the theologian (who is believed to have written the Book of Revelation on this island) Patmos has arguably the most beautiful main village. Built around the monastery, the ideal time to visit this place is actually during July when the International Film Festival is going on. You can also pack up and visit during the August, Patmos Religious Music Festival. But music isn’t where it all ends, you can also witness the three-day event called Patmos revelation where there will be running and open water swimming races. It will take place at the end of June. Want to get away from the hub-bub for some time? This place got you covered with its gorgeous beaches, most notable of which is called Lambu and Psili Ammos. Pro tip: If you want to get away from civilization for some time then the uninhabited (almost) islands of Arkoi and Marathi is worth visiting.
If you are planning to visit this place then make sure to pack in both your flip-flops and hiking boots because there’s a whole lot to explore in this stunning village. The natural beauty called ‘Sifonas Trails’ is actually the largest network of paths developed in Aegean. There is more than 100 km to explore. Keep these in mind: there are 19 professionally marked footpaths which will take you to various places- chapels, quaint villages, ancient temples, olive groves and even farmhouses. This Cycladic Island has a number of hotels to stay in and is famous for being pretty hiker friendly. Here you can find equipment, maps and much more. But you don’t have to journey here alone; this is a family-friendly site and has great restaurants and taverns which serve delicious good. Pro tip: If you are visiting in September then do check out the Cycladic Gastronomy Festival Nikolaos Tselemedes which is held over three days.
Greece has a lot to offer if you are ready to explore. So put in your beachwear along with your hiking gear and get ready to experience a conglomeration of hospitable people, accompanied by their delectable food and adventurous places.