Each year, Lonely Planet produces a much-anticipated bucket list ranking of the top spots to travel to in the following year called ‘Best in Travel.’
This year, the ‘Best in Travel 2021‘ list was re-imagined to “reflect how the world and attitudes to travel have changed” and “(recognises) places and people demonstrating a genuine commitment to sustainability, community and diversity.”
And in some exciting news, Greece was listed as the top travel destination in the entire world in the “Sustainable Food” category.
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In a statement, Lonely Planet explains that Greece won the category thanks to its “organic produce markets and island seafood.”
“Greece is an unintentional leader of the world’s most sustainable food locales,” Lonely Planet writes.
Greece may not be known worldwide for implementing formal initiatives surrounding sustainable practices, but informally, Greeks have been green for centuries.
The age-old habit of growing vegetables, harvesting olives and preparing silky oil, and cooking up a storm with tomatoes, fresh fish and wild greens is the norm for most folk whether they live on an island or the mainland.
But nothing is more genuine than the massive serving of filoxenia (hospitality) extended to anyone and everyone – it’s a way of life for the Greeks.