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Reasons to Visit Greece

As a greek friend and diplomat wrote on her Facebook wall one of these tough days: "Europe without Greece would be a child without Birth Certificate". The best way to support Greece is to visit them, since tourism is their greatest income. I have visited Greece for over 25 years, almost yearly. Here are some of my top reasons to go: [caption id="attachment_6004" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Plaka beach, Naxos"][/caption] Because the sea is crystal clear, turquoise, blue and warm, licking some of the world’s best beaches [caption id="attachment_6005" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Koufonissi"][/caption] The cliffs are nature’s own art, full of caves and coves Windsurfing-conditions are world class [caption id="attachment_6007" align="aligncenter" width="1110" caption="Mikri Vigla Naxos"][/caption] So is kiting [caption id="attachment_6010" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="The guys at Plaka Watersports Naxos"][/caption] The Greeks are tough, free spirited, hot, kind, beautiful, warm and the most friendly people you’ll meet [caption id="attachment_6011" align="aligncenter" width="683" caption="In Koufonissi"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6013" align="aligncenter" width="1037" caption="Apeiranthos, Naxos"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6012" align="aligncenter" width="683" caption="Florios"][/caption] The old people have stories to tell, from their past as warriors, farmers, herders, fishers and seafarers [caption id="attachment_6014" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Above Filoti, Naxos"][/caption] The interior awaits you with spiritual, natural, historic and cultural adventures [caption id="attachment_6015" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Local trekking guide Stella Korres in Naxos"][/caption] Full of nuts, fruits, honey, herbs and flowers, intoxicating you with their wonderful smells [caption id="attachment_6017" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Fotodotis monastery, Naxos"][/caption] Everywhere there are ruins, hiding tragic and dramatic stories and myths from the past, and present [caption id="attachment_6018" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="The old kafeinion in Apeiranthos, Naxos"][/caption] They preserve their cultural origins, like the old kafeinions, and [caption id="attachment_6019" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Leftheris taverna in Apeiranthos, Naxos"][/caption] restaurants looking like museums, and family tavernas, where cooking with love and pride goes down several generations [caption id="attachment_6021" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Gigantes. Beans in spicy tomato sauce"][/caption] serving the world’s healthiest and tastiest food [caption id="attachment_6022" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Plaka Watersports"][/caption] You relax better here than anywhere [caption id="attachment_6023" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Chora Naxos"][/caption] There is always a room to let, in the most charming places The hair salons are retro cool, and cost a fraction of your pricy one at home [caption id="attachment_6025" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Apeiranthos Naxos"][/caption] Shopping is a cultural experience [caption id="attachment_6026" align="aligncenter" width="1110" caption="Naoussa, Paros"][/caption] Like finding unique jewelry from local artists [caption id="attachment_6027" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Koufonissi"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6028" align="aligncenter" width="1110" caption="Naoussa, Paros"][/caption] The villages are like a dream, painted in beautiful colors against pure white and blue. Harmonious [caption id="attachment_6029" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="Xalki, Naxos"][/caption] There is a cosy café around every corner, with wonderful details telling their own story [caption id="attachment_6030" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Seafood is everywhere"][/caption] Seafood is everywhere Did I mention seafood? It’s fresh [caption id="attachment_6035" align="aligncenter" width="1110" caption="Naoussa, Paros"][/caption] and you enjoy your meals in the platias, harbors and street cafes, not only watching, but being part of everyday’s theatre [caption id="attachment_6036" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Kofounissi"][/caption]

It’s a tough people, who learned to live on rocks, in the wind, facing anything, and never let go their identity [caption id="attachment_6038" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Plaka, Naxos "][/caption] The sunsets are golden. You feel inflamed with the Greek god’s spirit as the wine hits your heart and soul [caption id="attachment_6039" align="aligncenter" width="683" caption="Petrinos taverna Naxos"][/caption] You hardly need shoes [caption id="attachment_6040" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Kastro, Sifnos"][/caption] And it is all so spiritual and blue… article by Elizabeth S Lingjaerde,  freelance journalist and photographer see full article here