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Self catering holidays in Greece

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Greece is a Mediterranean country with a wealth of options for self catering holidays. Once a cheap holiday destination for many Brits, with the introduction of the Euro, Greece has become increasingly exclusive. Staying in self catering accommodation though can often be helpful when it comes to keeping costs under control. Popular for summer sunshine holidays, many are attracted to Greece by images of white washed buildings, sunny skies and beautiful blue seas. Others are fascinated by Greece's ancient history and fascinating historical sites. Some people of course are lured by Greece's reputation for friendly welcoming Greeks and tasty food with Greek salads being a big favourite.

The Greeks are by and large a welcoming and direct bunch. Do remember that their language is somewhat different from English. The Greek language lacks the politeness of English and it is a direct language. You can say please and thank you, this is generally appreciated but do not be taken aback by a direct tone and approach as this is characteristic of the Greek language. Greeks don't generally have the same sense of reserve as the British and it is not unusual for Greeks to unabashedly ask all sorts of personal questions about income and personal life than many Brits would balk at. All of this adds to the fun you can have on a self catering holiday in Greece if you get a chance to interact with the locals.

 

Highlights of Greece include:

  • The world famous capital city of Athens with its gleaming white Acropolis
  • Meteora with its amazing rock formations
  • The beautiful Greek islands

 

 

Athens

The major attraction in Athens is of course the Acropolis. On a hot summer day, the sun glistens off the white marble of the Acropolis and gives this historical site quite a magical feel. The views from the Acropolis of Athens are really quite spectacular. It is amazing to think that this impressive structure has been around for thousands of years. History buffs should simply adore looking around the Acropolis museum.

 

Many visit Greece in the summer time but if you want to enjoy seeing the cultural attractions in a moderate temperature you may find it better to visit Greece during the cooler months of April or September.

If you are after outstanding views of Athens, the best viewpoint is arguably from Lykavittos hill. This hill offers you the highest viewpoint from Athens and on a good day you can see for miles and miles. It is possible to climb up this hill or alternatively for a fee you can take the funicular which will take you all the way to the top. At the top there is a stylish café where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cappuccino and marvel at the views.

The best shopping in Athens is arguably in Plaka. In Plaka there are jewellery shops galore and many shops selling souvenirs for tourists. Plaka itself is not too far from the Acropolis and is considered by many to be the most charming area in Athens. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes in this part of the city. The buildings in Plaka are old and have considerable charm and character, quite different from many parts of Athens where you will find modern apartment block after modern apartment block.

 

Meteora

Whilst taking a self catering holiday in Greece it is worth visiting Meteora if you get the opportunity. Meteora in Greece is still somewhat off the beaten track for most tourists. However, a trip to Meteora is well worth making. Bus trips operate from Athens or if you are hiring a car it is possible to drive there. It is a considerable journey though. Trips to Meteora take around 5 hours. Meteora is getting towards the north of Greece so it takes a considerable time to reach from Athens. It is best to stay at least a couple of nights in Meteora to get the most out of a visit.

 

Meteora is so impressive that it has featured in a James Bond movie. Do you recall the James Bond film 'For your eyes only' with a building perched high up a strange looking thin tall rock? Meteora is home to these unusual towering rock formations. So interesting are the characteristics of Meteora that the place has a sort of other worldly quality. Strange towering rock formations mark the landscape.

The main town in the area where you are likely to find self catering accommodation is Kalampaka. This town is surrounded by interesting rock formations and it is quite an experience to sit out and enjoy a coffee whilst enjoying views of the strange rocks of Meteora.

Whilst visiting Meteora don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the Byzantine monasteries in the area. There are a number of monasteries which were built high up on the top of these rock formations where monks hid far away from others, particularly Turkish invaders, and took refuge of these unusual rock formations. Some of these monasteries date back to as far as the 12th century. It is quite fascinating to travel along the passageways carved in to the rock and marvel at the chapels of these monasteries.

Meteora is well worth a visit. Whether you go there for a self catering short break or a longer holiday we hope you find self catering accommodation of interest to you on Country Cottages Online.

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Villa Rafina near Athens
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Sleeps: From 2 to 8
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