“Greece is made up of so much more than one or two of the most popular islands; there are so many amazing places to discover and visit.” – Daniel Coutsavakis, College Student
18-year-old Daniel Coutsavakis was born and raised in London, UK, and has a Greek and Greek-Cypriot background. He’s an amateur filmmaker and director, currently studying Film & TV in Chelmsford, UK.
Why do you choose Greece?
“Being Greek, and having family living in Greece, it’s obvious that we would choose to keep our strong connection to Greece. Putting all ‘obvious’ reasons aside, Greece is a beautiful place in which to live. It has bits of everything; a great amount of sea and mountain landscapes and even some greenery too. My favourite aspect however, is the weather. Living in the UK, I am used to seeing snow, rain, thunderstorms, boiling heat, and a rainbow, all in one day. That’s why Greece has the perfect climate for me; you get to live and enjoy all the seasons.”
What do you love most about Greece?
“Apart from the weather which I’ve already mentioned, I need to say that the food is probably the best thing about Greece. I can confidently say that I am a food-a-holic and even when getting a takeaway in Greece, it feels like it’s my mother’s cooking in a container. If you ever visit Greece, you have to try one of those places by the beach, where you can eat great food and look at the soothing, relaxing and calming waves of the sea and the endless landscapes. I miss it so much when I’m not there.”
What would you like for the future of Greece?
“Obviously to improve it’s economic state and to once again become more popular amongst the ‘dream holiday’ destinations. Also, many people who have been to Greece have only visited one or two of the most popular islands. Greece is made up of so much more than one or two of the most popular islands; there are so many amazing places to discover and visit.”
What is your favourite “secret” in Greece?
“I would have to say that my favourite Greece “Secret” has to be a small island called Spetses. It’s not so much of a secret among the locals but it’s not so well known abroad. I love Spetses not only because of the beauty of the island itself, but because of all the memories I connect with it. Every time I visit that minuscule and beautiful island, not only do my childhood memories boomerang back to me, but I create more and more lovely memories, such as chilling with my sister by the beach, having a lovely plate of crispy battered courgettes. Mmmm…”