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Greece: a top destination for alcohol lovers

Greece ● 19 August 2017
 

Are you an alcohol lover, but in your country, the alcoholic beverages are not affordable? This situation is a common phenomenon in northern Europe while in Greece, things are much better. In Greece, drinking alcohol is a low-cost habit that you can enjoy with your friends without having to worry about the cost.

The three most famous local drinks in Greece are ouzo, raki and mastic liqueur. The flavour of these beverages is unique, and you will feel the summer aura when you taste them. Ouzo is produced from grapes distilled in copper stills and added anise. Ouzo is very strong, and it is better to mix it with water or ice, but some Greeks, especially the old people, drink it straight. Raki (known as tsikoudia in Crete) is made from the leftovers of the winemaking process. After pressing grapes for their juice, the producers distil the skins and seeds of the grapes, and they make thus the raki aka tsipouro or in Crete tsikoudia. Mastic liqueur is the local product of Chios that you can however find not only there but also all over Greece. The digestive liqueur, which is based on its intense aroma, is a world-renowned alcoholic beverage you will love.

Ouzo

In Greece, you can also drink many other beverages, such as wine, beer and cocktails. Greek wine is of top quality, and its price is lower than the French or the Italian wine. And if you think that you can drink beer only in Germany or Belgium, you should reconsider it because in Greece there are some excellent small, family breweries that have earned international awards. In Athens, the cocktail bars are a must all over the city, and you won’t believe their prices: you can drink a prim cocktail with only 9 or 10€! Furthermore, all alcoholic beverages are cheap. Ouzo, tsipouro and mastic liqueur cost 6€ for two persons, a glass of wine 5€, a beer 3-5€ and other drinks, such as gin, vodka or whisky, 6-8€. 

The drinking age in Greece is set at 18 years old, and it is legal to drive if you have drunk one glass of wine or one beer. However, despite the fact that Greeks love their alcoholic beverages, being drunk in public is totally uncommon and weird in Greece. In fact, social drinking is the proper way of drinking alcohol, and it is expected that your behaviour will remain appropriate even if you have drunk a lot. The best solution to cope with this is to drink while eating. And then, you can party without feeling sick. That is the secret of the Greek drinking culture, and one thing is for sure. You will appreciate it if you try to bib moderately with your friends and your company. Enjoy your vacations in Greece and drink responsibly!

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
4, Kazantzaki Str., Aegina Town, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Plaza Hotel is located in the centre of Aegina Town, just 1-minute walk from the beach. Aegina Port is a 4-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Sitia, Greece Minos Apartments & Studios
Minos Apartments & Studios
Petras, 72300 Sitia, Greece

Minos Apartments & Studios is located in Petras, Sitia, just a minute's walk from the beach. Sitia Port is 2.6 km away and Sitia Public Airport is 5.7 km away.


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