Every year, Griekenland.net conducts research into why the Dutch love going on holiday to Greece. This year 1,781 visitors took part in this online survey. As in previous years, the Greeks score the most among the Dutch and Belgians with their hospitality. In The Netherlands 26% thinks the Greek hospitality is really great. This is one of the reasons the Dutch get in touch with Greek locals so easily and quickly. And they like to make (new) Greek friends during their holidays.
Greek cuisine and food like the Greeks
The Dutch appreciate the local Greek cuisine more and more. Last year in third place and this year, with 19% of the votes, in second place in top five reasons why they go on holiday to Greece. They are trying more and more Greek feed and especially different dishes from the Greek menu. And eat more just like the Greeks themselves. Not so traditional with a starter and main course, but with a table full of (small) dishes. Mezzes give them more diversity and they can pick what they like from the table.
Nice climate to extend holiday season
The nice Greek climate in Greece is also more appreciated. With 15% of the votes, this fine Greek climate is in third place this year. Partly because of this the holiday season in Greece is getting extended. For example a record Dutch travelers will go to Greece this autumn holiday. Time to relax and enjoy the sun before winter starts. And in November package holidays to Crete are offered for the first time. Transavia is even thinking of flying to more Greek destinations than just Athens and Thessaloniki during the winter. And why not. After all, more and more people are wintering along the south coast of Crete and in the southeast of Rhodes.
Greece for sun, sea and beach
Of course Greece continues to attract the Dutch and Belgians for sun, sea and sand. 13% find Greece a real summer destination. It is and remains an important reason why to travel to the Greek islands and the mainland. Just doing nothing at all. Laze on a beach bed or curl up with a good book on a terrace by the sea.