If you have never been to Greece, you sure as hell know what it looks like. White walls, white houses, white stores, blue shutters, blue doors, unreal mountains with views of the Aegean Sea like no other. Looking at pictures is amazing but seeing them in person is a whole different story.
I traveled to Athens visiting the Acropolis which was unbelievable to stand next to. Then I visited Mykonos, Santorini, and Ios and you may not think this but every island is so different! Mykonos has amazing beaches and obviously is known for the parties on the beach. Santorini is GORG. The pictures of houses on the mountains above are in Santorini. And then you have Ios which gave me an amazing cave diving and snorkeling experience.
But I really want to talk about the food because that’s what matters most. I was there for 11 days and had a Greek salad for at least 7 of the days, no joke. A traditional Greek salad doesn’t have lettuce but who needs it honestly. The feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers were so fresh and full of life exploding in my mouth. Pair it with pita and tzatziki….bye!!
A lot of the times we just ate something quick in the hotel because it was easier and we were pressed for time/didn’t have a lot of money. Breakfast was complimentary and not gonna lie it kinda sucked at most hotels except for Mykonos. That was awesome because we got to eat outside and I had coffee and Greek yogurt which was phenomenal.
I need to talk about the best meal I had the whole trip. It was a Saturday night in Ios and it started out with what every meal started out with: wine and tzatziki obvi. I consumed the entire plate below consisting of grilled swordfish, grilled octopus and squid with a side of fries, salad, and rice. UN.REAL. I don’t know what it is but it was perfectly captured and cooked and I literally could not stop. Thank God they didn’t give us water because I would have been too full to finish it probably and no shot was I going to let that go to waste. Check it out below and bask in it’s glory.
Another great meal I had was this seafood linguine. Check out those sick prawns. What you can’t see is octopus and more calamari. I just couldn’t get enough. This too was eaten in it’s entirety.
Do you want to know what I ate for dessert? Of course you do. Gelato is a given in Europe but I only had it once because I wanted to experience some of the other sweet things Greece had to offer. For instance, a delicious serving of chocolate covered waffles. I also tasted some authentic baklava which thankfully was split because it’s such a sweet dessert it’s hard to finish a piece by yourself. I also got to have a crepe!! I’m really happy about that because I had been saying it the whole trip and finally had it with only a couple of days left and my God I’m glad I did because it was amazing. Chocolate and banana obviously because if you know me, why would I order anything else?
If you’re wondering where the gyros and souvlakis are, I’m a vegetarian but I heard they were amazing.
- Don’t drink the tap water. You can use your imagination as to why.
- Don’t eat too big of a breakfast because you’ll want to save for lunch, dinner, and dessert
- DO get those cool iced coffees! It’s like a frap with espresso
- Tzatziki is always the best option for an appetizer. Get it now before you leave the country because there is nothing like that authentic Greek yogurt. Also it doesn’t come with bread/pita so order that on the side
- Greek frozen yogurt > gelato. That’s the truth. You can get amazing gelato anywhere in Europe but you cannot get Greek frozen yogurt just anywhere
- Even if you don’t like seafood, try the calamari. If you still don’t like it after that, then I can talk to you.
- The domestic beer, Mythos is so good and so cheap and so big!
- The baklava is so sweet probably split it with your table
- The moussaka is a can’t miss (from what I hear). It’s a traditional dish with potatoes, lamb and eggplant and is bomb wherever you get it in Greece
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