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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 & Appartment in Kythira, Greece Romantica Hotel Apartments
Romantica Hotel Apartments
Agia Pelagia, 80200 Kythira, Greece

Romantica Hotel Apartments is located in Agia Pelagia, just a 4-minute walk from the sandy beach. Diakofti Port is 27 km away. Kythira National Airport is 16.5 km away. #

Pansion in Olympia, Greece Bacchus
Bacchus
10, Ancient Pisa Str., 27065 Olympia, Greece

Hotel Bacchus was built in a traditional stone-mansion, in the picturesque village of Ancient Pissa (Miraka), just 4 km away from the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Olympia. The center of Olympia village with many shops, restaurants, cafes, mini markets is at 6 km.

Hotel in Lesvos, Greece Morfoula
Morfoula
Vatera, 81300 Lesvos, Greece

Family-run Morfoula rooms are located just 20 meters from long, sandy Vatera Beach in Lesvos. Mytilene Town with the island's main port is approximately 50 km away. Mytilene International Airport is at 56 km.


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