All posts by Samantha Jones

I have travelled all over the world but Greece is always in my heart. Escapes2Greece.com gave me the opportunity to write about the country that taught me all about the GOOD LIFE. I believe it is important to preserve the simplicity of the Greek life and the authenticity of their easy going lifestyle. I am not talking about the lifestyle of modern Greece but the one of the older generation where people had time for each other, took care of their old folk at home and had a very strong family bond. We have a lot to learn from them and their easy unhurried lifestyle. Who knows it may even be one of the reasons for their longevity.

Sailing the Aegean Sea

Sailing is undoubtedly the ultimate holiday experience, as those who have tried it will confirm. It is something out of the ordinary. You get to see shores that you normally wouldn’t, dive into the deep blue sea from the deck and if the captain is nice enough, he will let you navigate the boat (hopefully after some basic instructions). Keep in mind that all captains around the planet are very sensitive with their vessels, as they should be, so show the proper respect. Continue reading Sailing the Aegean Sea

Selecting the right hotel in Corfu

I’ll tell you right now, it hadn’t been easy. It takes a great deal of talent to be able to choose a place to stay wisely. Most people fail and they end up spoiling their holiday for no apparent reason. Why? Because most of us don’t know what we really want in life. So, take a wild guess what happens when we are about to choose among hundreds of hotels. It’s chaos! Continue reading Selecting the right hotel in Corfu

My favourite Greek islands

What an amazing country. Except for its northern part where Greece borders with its neighbouring Balkan countries, it is surrounded by sea. Its coastline stretches to an amazing length of nearly 15,000 km.

Its most touristic areas are the famous Greek islands. There is such a great variety of islands and islets at sizes starting from a few square kilometres to the size of Crete and they number more than 3,000.

What makes the Greek islands so appealing is their unique and authentic character to be found nowhere else in the world. This extends to the climate, the landscape, the architecture, the food and the locals. To be more precise, visiting each group of islands in Greece is like visiting a different country altogether.

Greek islands
Travelling around the Greek islands

Greek islands history is rich and different for every group, shaping the people and their customs in a unique way. What they all share in common is their love for their homeland and their strong will to remain independent.

Apart from these you will also find them very open hearted, strong minded, noisy and always happy to assist you in any possible way. So, when it comes to travelling to the Greek islands, apart from the amazing beaches, the fantastic weather and the delicious food, it is the people I love the most. And it has become a habit of mine to find out how different or similar they really are, from one island to another. That could only mean more travelling for me. Not bad!

When they ask me which of the Greek islands are my favourite … well, I still don’t know. Everyone of them has its own charm. I am well aware that several online magazines keep publishing articles, trying to give an answer to that question. Maybe noone can do that, which explains why they keep changing their minds each year.

The Greeks and the olive oil

Did you know that each Greek consumes about 18kg of olive oil per year? Greece is on the top of the world list in per capita consumption and has been there forever.

A story of true love

According to most Greeks, there simply cannot be a meal that does not include olive oil. From breakfast to brunch, lunch or dinner, they all contain their fair amount of this shiny golden product that has formed the Mediterranean cuisine ever since antiquity. Continue reading The Greeks and the olive oil

Sailing Greece

With a virtually unlimited number of beaches and coves and with a larhe number of hospitable ports, Greece is most definitely the queen of sailing. Except for its northern borders, the rest of the country is surrounded by sea.

Being a top sailing destination for decades now, Greece has expanded its amenities to the fans of this lucrative activity, offering at the same time many opportunities for sailing boat rentals for those who do not own one.

Many sailing boat owners have turned their hobby to a business. They embark from various ports of Greece and the Greek islands to nearby destinations on daily tours or excursions that may last for many days.

Summer in Greece is all about sun and fun. Sailing is most definitely the epitomy of fun!

Bookings are usually made ahead, by couples or groups of friends who desire to live an out of the ordinary experience and at the same time get to know more of the Greek coastline.

Sailing Greece is a dream for many people. There are only a few places on the planet offering such a variety of sceneries. If you are thinking about it, do not hesitate. It will be something you will always remember. The big secret is to choose the right captain who will not only give you all the details of the route but also allow you to take part in the navigation of the vessel and learn first hand from the expert himself.