Why you should visit Greece

I have sometimes wondered how it would be like to visit Greece. There are numerous legends surrounding the country that have caught my quiescent attention, such as the ancient city of Athens. Surviving for over 7000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the country,

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Athens, Tobias Van Der Elst, Sept.13 2015, CC BY-SA 2.0

if not, the world. In ancient history, this city was used as a means of power against other city-states such as Sparta and Thebes. In addition to its historical background, there are many legends and folklores engraved into its antiquity. One such myth resolves around the goddess Athena and Poseidon, who battled against each other for the city. Athena, being the goddess of intelligence and wisdom, presented an olive tree as an offering to the Athenians, who gladly accepted her offer. Since then, Athena became the patron goddess of the city, which was named after her as homage. Athens is also known for its beautiful beaches, such as Varkiza, a seaside town in southern Athens. The structure is very organized and complemented by cute snack bars, mild weather, and restaurants with delicious cuisine. Some include the Latini and the Island Club Restaurants, which is a gorgeous night club restaurant featuring upbeat music and foods from other cultures such as sushi.

I know that Greece has one of the best beaches and architectures in the world. Due to its temperate weather, the beaches feature white sand and clear

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Cyclades Islands

waters that stay pristine all year round. The city is also known for its ancient castles and ruins such as the Acrocorinth, which is especially known as the most impressive acropolis of Greece. A large, monolithic rock near the city of Corinth, this location includes large, archaic buildings and towers that will bring you back to its historical era. The Cyclades, the most famous islands featured in Greece, is known for its mythological background regarding Delos and the island of Apollo.

I also know that Greece has some cons/disadvantages. Although it may have sound like the perfect place to visit, it may not be the right choice for those who are on a budget, especially if

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Lindos

you are looking to own property or be a resident. The prices for most houses are quite overpriced, but the gorgeous view may be worth the price for some people. In addition, popular tourist hotspots such as the village Lindos are usually overcrowded. Not only are these towns congested, but they tend to be polluted from wood burning as a means of attaining cheap fuel.

I can’t figure out why the climate in Greece is so much more mild than SoCal (where I currently live). Both areas are located beside the sea/ocean, yet Southern California is currently caught in a drought whereas Greece’s temperatures are substantially calm and steady all year round. In Greece, although there is guaranteed

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Guaranteed sunshine!

sunshine, the air is hardly as arid or drying as here. During the winter, rain is more frequent and the temperature is cool overall. In the summertime, the air is a bit dry and very warm but does not reach very high temperatures as it is kept in check by the cooling Mediterranean Sea. Although I have previously stated that some of the cities of Greece are polluted, as an entirety, the region is one of the most pristine in the world.

Although there are disadvantages, I would love to visit Greece anyways. Before packing your bags and booking a flight, it is always important to consider the disadvantages of your trip and plan your way around them. However, based on my research, I am sure to say that the pros outweigh

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Typical dish

the cons. Greece has an unending list of activities and features that are sure to convince visitors into staying, such as foods that are not only delicious but healthy as well. Furthermore, the residents are said to be inexplicably hospitable and amiable to outsiders. And although I’ve said that purchasing property can at times be exorbitant, renting an apartment or hotel for a temporary stay is often inexpensive. In conclusion, Greece is a wonderful place to visit and can be an enjoyable experience for even the most plain vanilla families.

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