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49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)

After a few tough years, Greece is resurgent once again.

1. Greeks take their time.
1. Greeks take their time. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: yannisag

2. They let beautiful moments linger.
2. They let beautiful moments linger. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: linmtheu

3. They are passionate. (A man plays the traditional bouzouki.)
3. They are passionate. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: nickchino

4. Like their ancestors, Greeks are still thinkers (and often big talkers).
4. Like their ancestors, Greeks are still thinkers (and often big talkers). - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: vanou

5. They live closer to nature than we do. (A man tenderizes a freshly caught octopus on a rock.)
5. They live closer to nature than we do. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: 63391301@N00 / Via Leezard

6. For Greeks, time with family and friends always comes first.
6. For Greeks, time with family and friends always comes first. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: papazimouris

7. … and they party like it’s their last day on Earth.
7. … and they party like it’s their last day on Earth. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: linmtheu

8. The Romans really loved it here. (Hadrian’s Arch built for the Roman Emperor in Athens in 131 A.D.)
8. The Romans really loved it here. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: 27382580@N02 / Via Mateus Pabst

9. As did the crusaders. (Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes built around 1309.)
9. As did the crusaders. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: jlascar / Via Jorge Lascar

10. So did the Venetians. (Methoni Castle in the western Peloponnese region.)
10. So did the Venetians. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: dubefranz

And the Turks… well, let’s just say they overstayed their welcome. (The 18th-century mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha on the island of Kos.)
And the Turks… well, let’s just say they overstayed their welcome. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Via Flickr: jdawson554

11. Eighty percent of the country is picturesque mountains… (The White Mountains on the island of Crete.)
11. Eighty percent of the country is picturesque mountains. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: pappousaki

12. …but the beaches are absolutely… (Porto Katsiki beach on the island of Lefkada.)
12. …but the beaches are absolutely…. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: imagea Via imagea.org

…crazily… (Lindos beach on the island of Rhodes.)
…crazily… - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: esther-

…ridiculously… (Voidokilia beach in the Messenia region of western Greece.)
…ridiculously… (Voidokilia beach in the Messenia region of western Greece.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: visitgreecegr

…ludicrously… (The western coast of Greece’s Peloponnese region.)
…ludicrously… (The western coast of Greece’s Peloponnese region.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: visitgreecegr

…breathtaking. (Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos.)
…breathtaking. (Navagio beach on the island of Zakynthos.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: tr8la

13. The towns look like this… (Astypalea.)
13. The towns look like this… (Astypalea.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: darkb4dawn

and like this… (Corfu, Kerkyra.)
and like this… (Corfu, Kerkyra.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)

and sometimes like this… (Skiathos.)
and sometimes like this… (Skiathos.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: cmgramse

but also like that. (Ermoupolis on the island of Syros.)
but also like that. (Ermoupolis on the island of Syros.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: alexcoitus

14. The Mediterranean diet is from here. (Horiatiki (village) salad with tomatoes, feta, Kalamata olives, peppers, oregano, and olive oil — never lettuce. EVER.)

Photo: Flickr: a-culinary-photo-journal

…where it is best enjoyed next to the Mediterranean. (Mykonos.)
…where it is best enjoyed next to the Mediterranean. (Mykonos.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: polselli

15. Greek food is so much more than souvlaki and gyros.
Clockwise: Grilled sausage and meats on the spit; fresh grilled sardines; Greek meatballs in tomato sauce with yogurt; loukoumades (honey doughnuts); portokalopita (orange pie); horta (boiled greens with lemon); and grilled squid with olive oil.
15. Greek food is so much more than souvlaki and gyros. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: pazavi Via Flickr: avlxyz

16. Feta. The real, salty, creamy, crumbly stuff.
16. Feta. The real, salty, creamy, crumbly stuff. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: santos

17. Freshest. Seafood. Ever. (Fresh sea urchin roe on the island of Amorgos.)
17. Freshest. Seafood. Ever. (Fresh sea urchin roe on the island of Amorgos.)

18. Figs grow wild. Lots of them. Everywhere.
18. Figs grow wild. Lots of them. Everywhere. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Nathan Via Flickr: nobo

19. Breakfast in Greece is something special. (Greek yogurt with pine honey and toasted nuts.)
19. Breakfast in Greece is something special. (Greek yogurt with pine honey and toasted nuts.)- 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: gorgeoux

20. Coffee breaks are serious affairs.
20. Coffee breaks are serious affairs. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: p-andr

21. They make mighty fine beer. (Alfa being the best.)
21. They make mighty fine beer. (Alfa being the best.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: matt_gibson

22. Athens is one of the most underrated cities in the world. (A dog looks out over Athens to Lykavittos Hill.)
22. Athens is one of the most underrated cities in the world. (A dog looks out over Athens to Lykavittos Hill.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: identity-chris-is

23. Athens’ nightlife goes on till the wee hours every day of the week. (Metamatic:taf art space and bar.)
23. Athens’ nightlife goes on till the wee hours every day of the week. (Metamatic:taf art space and bar.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)

24. Athens’ central market is a wonderland of delicious food.
24. Athens’ central market is a wonderland of delicious food.

25. The Exarchia neighborhood in Athens will never gentrify and never surrender. (Athens street protests 2011 spilling out from the leftist Exarchia neighborhood.)
25. The Exarchia neighborhood in Athens will never gentrify and never surrender. (Athens street protests 2011 spilling out from the leftist Exarchia neighborhood.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)

Photo: Flickr: 76721782@N04 Via nsocialableblog

26. Greeks leave paradise intact, unlike their Mediterranean neighbors.
26. Greeks leave paradise intact, unlike their Mediterranean neighbors. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: southbayer Via Alexander Besant

27. Over 1,200 stunning islands to choose from.
27. Over 1,200 stunning islands to choose from. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: amira_a

28. Most of Greece is hard to reach and that’s a very good thing. (Catch a ferry to Greece’s far-flung islands but don’t expect to be able to book online.)
28. Most of Greece is hard to reach and that’s a very good thing. (Catch a ferry to Greece’s far-flung islands but don’t expect to be able to book online.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: adamwitwer

29. From May to September you’ll almost never see a cloud. (The island of Sifnos.)
29. From May to September you’ll almost never see a cloud. (The island of Sifnos.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: papazimouris

30. Mykonos is summer’s biggest beach party.
30. Mykonos is summer’s biggest beach party. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: rwp-roger

31. This unsuspecting island village is home to an even more debauched party scene than Mykonos. Any guesses?
(This village parties like it’s 1999 (every night). Photo circa 1975 but not much has changed.)
31. This unsuspecting island village is home to an even more debauched party scene than Mykonos. Any guesses? - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Via janwillemsen

32. Folegandros is one of the most enchanting places on Earth. (The main village on the island of Folegandros built along a cliff to stave off pirates.)
32. Folegandros is one of the most enchanting places on Earth. (The main village on the island of Folegandros built along a cliff to stave off pirates.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: eliasfilis

33. Lesbos is a real spot and it’s beautiful. (And yes, the word comes from there.)
33. Lesbos is a real spot and it’s beautiful. (And yes, the word comes from there.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: mavroudis

34. Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have. (Rethymnon, Crete.)
34. Crete has more history and landscapes on one island than some large countries have. (Rethymnon, Crete.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: theo_reth Via Theophilos

35. Mount Athos is still mysterious nearly 1,000 years later. (The nearly two dozen monasteries dating back to the Middle Ages hang precipitously from the peninsula’s cliffs. Sadly, women are not allowed in the area.)
35. Mount Athos is still mysterious nearly 1,000 years later. (The nearly two dozen monasteries dating back to the Middle Ages hang precipitously from the peninsula’s cliffs. Sadly, women are not allowed in the area.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: cod_gabriel

36. The acoustics at Epidavros will blow your mind. (Built in the 4th-century B.C., the theater seats 15,000 people.)
36. The acoustics at Epidavros will blow your mind. (Built in the 4th-century B.C., the theater seats 15,000 people.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: rosino

37. Rock climbing on the island of Kalymnos is some of the best there is.
37. Rock climbing on the island of Kalymnos is some of the best there is. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)

38. Yes, yes, that famous sunset from the village Oia on the island of Santorini (Thira) is OK too. (Good luck finding a free place to stand or sit.)
38. Yes, yes, that famous sunset from the village Oia on the island of Santorini (Thira) is OK too. (Good luck finding a free place to stand or sit.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: byrdiegyrl

39. The mind-boggling monasteries at Meteora. (Meteora’s Byzantine monasteries date back to the Middle Ages.)
39. The mind-boggling monasteries at Meteora. (Meteora’s Byzantine monasteries date back to the Middle Ages.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: jaimeperez

40. The Greeks saved Western civilization right here. (The burial mound of the 192 Athenians killed during the Battle of Marathon against the invading Persian army in 490 B.C.)
40. The Greeks saved Western civilization right here. (The burial mound of the 192 Athenians killed during the Battle of Marathon against the invading Persian army in 490 B.C.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: dandiffendale

41. This WAS Sparta. (The ruins of ancient Sparta with modern Sparta in the background.)
41. This WAS Sparta. (The ruins of ancient Sparta with modern Sparta in the background.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: d1v1d

42. Alexander the Great was from here. (Pella, Greece.)
42. Alexander the Great was from here. (Pella, Greece.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Via Flickr: carolemage

43. Zeus once ruled the world from up there. (Mount Olympus in Greece’s Macedonia region.)
43. Zeus once ruled the world from up there. (Mount Olympus in Greece’s Macedonia region.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: 33284937@N04 Via Nikos Koutoulas

44. The oracle worked its magic up here on Mount Parnassus in Delphi. (The oracle at Delphi.)
44. The oracle worked its magic up here on Mount Parnassus in Delphi. (The oracle at Delphi.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: ejs76 Via Emilio J Santacoloma

45. …and Poseidon from down there. (Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, just south of Athens.)
45. …and Poseidon from down there. (Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, just south of Athens.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: papazimouris

46. Icarus would have seen this beautiful place just before he crash-landed. (The island of Ikaria, named after the mythical figure.)
46. Icarus would have seen this beautiful place just before he crash-landed. (The island of Ikaria, named after the mythical figure.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: 86813892@N00 Via Woody Wade

47. Theater was born here. (Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens.)
47. Theater was born here. (Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: ejs76

48. Philosophy too. (A statue of Plato in Athens.)
48. Philosophy too. (A statue of Plato in Athens.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: telemax

49. Democracy was conceived here on this rock. (The Pnyx, Athens.)
49. Democracy was conceived here on this rock. (The Pnyx, Athens.) - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: arkntina

Greeks have been through a lot lately.
Greeks have been through a lot lately. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Flickr: agelakis

But the truth is while we worried about them, maybe they should have been worried about us instead.
But the truth is while we worried about them, maybe they should have been worried about us instead. - 49 Reasons To Love Hellas (Greece)
Photo: Via alexcoitus

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