During the time that political turmoil in Athens struck Greece, I was repeatedly questioned as to whether Greece was 'safe' for visitors. This issue seems stupid upon arrival. You can ask anyone who is currently living in Greece or those who have been on holiday there recently. They will tell you that safety concerns are a result of over-hyped media.
Fortunately, it's a superb time to travel to Greece. Whilst the financial crisis has taken its toll on the locals, it's a great plus for those wishing to visit Greece. The financial crisis has led to hotels slashing their prices drastically. The Greeks have also upped their anti when it comes to hospitality. Moreover, the roads on the outside of Athens are virtually traffic free, meaning you wont waste time sitting still on your holiday. However, there are a few drawbacks such as reduced bus availability and occasional strikes. Although such minor issues are not major reasons to cause concern. Greece is able to offer you everything that you need for a perfect trip away. Mouth watering food, crystal clear waters, beautiful scenery and of course the ancient history. All of this is waiting for you, costing you a fraction of the regular price.
Approximately, tourism makes up 15% of the gross domestic product. Greek citizens take great pride in their generous hospitality. They welcome visitors, welcoming then as part of the family and always strive to do their best. You can visit Greece regardless of where you are from without any strange looks. Better still, a large proportion of Greeks can communicate easily in English, making your trip that little bit easier.
Media hype aside, the most popular ancient Greek tourist attractions aren't crowded. While Athens is slightly compact; it boasts a pleasant tourist zone, mainly Acropolis. The world's best ancient site is centrally located making it easily accessible. It's also a great location to move then on with ease to other spots.
We agree that really does sound picturesque, and for the most part, it is. During my first trip to Greece a few years ago, if it weren't for the media I would have been nonetheless about the so-called riots taking place. I was too preoccupied with enjoying the views of Acropolis and enjoying the delicious olives with a beer.
So what is the largest impact of the crisis on visitors? It's likely the great feeling you will experience knowing that you are contributing towards the economy. Also, you will feel happiness from the people who are working in the tourism and are truly appreciative of your custom. If you have time, make sure that you talk with some of the natives. They will give you a fascinating in site into contemporary Greece, which is just as mind blowing as the old stuff.
While is may be true that Greece is facing some tough times, the locals are still optimistic and many trusts that the hard times will pass. Remember, although the economy may not be riveting, their delicious olives and feta still taste just as good, the sun still shines bright, and the water is just as blue as before.