We at Deep Blue Yachting love Greece. That’s why we’ve been here for over ten years, sailing the lush Mediterranean waters. Docking in a host of different towns, ports and visiting many of the Greek island villages. Yet, for all the time we’ve spent here. Some of the things we see and experience still surprised us. We are learning new things about Greece while cruising around their islands.
Discover some unusual facts about this unique part of the world and learn more about Greece!
With such a rich and varied, history, culture and landscape. There is no end to the weird and wonderful things you will discover while exploring the Greek Islands. Whilst we could never tell you about all of them, in this blog. Below are our six favourite facts about Greece. The rest, you must find out for yourself.
Greece Is Home To Thousands of Islands
If you are considering a luxury yacht charter around the Greek Islands. You have already heard of the major islands. Corfu, Zante, Rhodes and our beautiful home of Lefkada. However, while there might be some big names standing out from the crowd. Greece is home to thousands of beautiful islands, 3000 of them.
Of these thousands, only a handful, around 200 have people living on them. So explore the many uninhabited islands out there just waiting. While it can be tough for most to reach some of these islands. Aboard the luxury yacht “Glaros” we can take you anywhere and everywhere. Cruise around the gorgeous Ionian Sea and visit islands few have ever set foot on.
Athens Is The Second Oldest City In Europe
Beaten to the top spot by Bulgaria’s Plovdiv. Athens stands as an ancient wonder, first inhabited around 7,000 years ago. Since then, Athens has seen countless conflicts and stories unfold. Heroes have risen to legends, tales from within her walls have become myths.
Today Athens sits, still full of wonders and surprises for visitors. It is, one of the oldest inhabited cities on the planet. Unmissable highlights include the Acropolis of Athens. The Parthenon and the Plaka district in the shadow of the Acropolis. Which is a series of sprawling avenues filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment opportunities? With a population of 5 million, half of the Greek people are living in Athens. It is the place to learn more about Greece.
Greece Gets More Visitors Than They Have Residents
At eleven million residents, Greece isn’t a small country. However, it receives a stunning fifteen million visitors each year. Drawn by the beautiful Greek Island beaches, and warm climate. With its vibrant and varied culture that many people can’t be wrong.
Hand Gestures Can Be Dangerous in Greece
Greeks are famous for being flamboyant and using big, sweeping gestures and body language to communicate. However, with this increased use of body language comes and increased number of ways you can accidentally cause offense through innocent movements.
Moutza is the most famous of these. Whereby you present somebody with you palm flat and outstretched before you with your fingers spread. In many cultures, this gesture used as a sign of thank you on roadways, waving hello or goodbye. Or as a way of asking somebody to stop or an expression of many other things. In Greece, a Moutza is highly offensive. Although many Greeks are tolerant of visitors using this gesture in an innocent manner. It is better to simply avoid it all together.
If you want to learn more about Greece. What you should and shouldn’t do, have a look at our ‘Greek Culture Survival Guide.’
Greece Have a National Cheese
The people of Greece love their food, be it fresh seafood, or traditional Greek recipes. There are one-hundred different types of olives grown in Greece each year. So olive oil is used on or in, most meals and recipes. A good meal seems to hold a special place in their hearts, and one food held in very high regard is the country’s national cheese.
A protected Greek export, feta cheese must be produced in specific Greek locations to earn the title feta. Similarly to how champagne can only be called so if it is made in Champagne, France. 70% of all cheese consumed in Greece is delicious feta. So while on a luxury yacht charter around the Greek Islands, you must try this national culinary hero.
Daily Naps Are Part of the Culture Here in Greece
Like many Mediterranean Cultures, Greek residents all across the mainlands and islands will settle down at around 3pm for a nice afternoon doze. Visitors are encouraged to join in, although it isn’t mandatory! It is considered bad manners, however, to make noise between the hours of 3pm & 6pm as you may wake a sleeping Greek. Something you most certainly do not want to do.
Finally, do you want to travel Greece and discover your own weird and wonderful facts? Then join us on a luxury yacht charter around the Greek Islands.
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