Greece is a country where old traditions have been carefully preserved as an important part of its national identity. Over a turbulent history, marked especially by foreign occupations, often bloody, “Hellenism” was at the highest price, a form of resistance that not only meant keeping the language, but also the traditions, customs, legends, literature and popular art. Despite – or perhaps because – persecutions of all kinds, cultural identity and especially Greek popular culture have been kept until today. Currently, the Greek traditions, new and old, are fascinating for tourists and sacredly respected by Greeks.
Although at first glance the country is modern and cosmopolitan, young people seeming to prefer entertainment in clubs and pubs, they will not hesitate to dance to traditional Greek music, they know the lyrics and respect all the customs and celebrations, as the generations before them did as well.
In Greece, the respect for values and customs of the past is essential. Many of them have become unwritten laws that are respected by the Greeks. The country is revealed as a special place, with often usual rules for foreigners, but will all that even more interesting. It’s a way of living life to the fullest but with great respect for the others.
Don’t even think about the fact that in Greece you will find someone eating alone, on the run, at a table. Something like this is unthinkable. The meal is the best opportunity to socialize and lasts for hours.
Known for its many ancient ruins, white villages, sunny beaches, delicious cuisine and friendly atmosphere, Greece is among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It consists of a mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands with stunning scenery, historical sites, nightlife and culture. For example, Corfu is the most northern Ionic island in Greece, which reflects numerous cultural and architectural influences of many foreign empires that led it across the centuries: from Roman to Byzantine, Venetian, French and British.