Greece has been in the international news headlines due to its economic situation. During challenging times like this, every tourism dollar spent in Greece counts. Last year, tourism made up almost one-fifth of Greece’s GDP with some 22.5 million people visiting the country.
So, let us not forget that Greece remains a remarkable destination especially in summer.
There are many reasons to visit Greece. The weather is stunning with clear blue skies, cool breeze and warm sunny days; the sandy beaches are endless, as are the emerald-blue seas; the archaeological sites are intriguing; the Mediterranean cuisine is delicious and hearty (someone please pass me more olives and grilled cheese).
I am not a beach person and I prefer lively urban cities to tranquil island life. When I had to go to Greece for work recently, I felt indifferent about the trip. Some of my colleagues would have jumped at the opportunity to take my place.
I was in the southwest corner of Peloponessos, in a region called Messinia. After nine hours of travel, including a transit in Vienna, I arrived at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort. The moment I stepped into the reception area, I took a deep breath. Wow, what an amazing view!
I had forgotten what it feels like to be in a resort – the last time I was at a resort was five years ago. You are transported into a cocoon of peace and beauty. Where the air is fresh and you’re woken up from sleep by bird song (not blaring police sirens). Where the days are marked by dips in the pool, strolls by the beach and siestas whenever you feel like it.
The few times we ventured out of the resort, I was struck by the sublime lush and rugged landscape. The blue skies and sparkling waters lulled me into a constant reverie. When we were out on a cruise around the Navarino Bay, I dipped my feet into the cool, fresh water – it made me so happy.
I was a little sad to leave after a brief sojourn of four days. But I am sure I will be back in Greece.