Destination Overview


No matter what your traveling preferences are, there are plenty of reasons to visit Greece. The country offers so much more than its sunny weather, marvellous beaches and sightseeing opportunities. You will discover not only famous islands, but also magical locations on the mainland. From beaches to beautiful mountainous locations and from sunny islands to picturesque villages, Greece is full of amazing holiday destinations to discover at any time of the year.
“Greece, the birthplace of democracy, is located at the southeast end of Europe and is the southernmost country of the Balkan Peninsula, bordering the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. Its neighbouring countries are Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania and Turkey. Despite its relative small area size, the weather in Greece varies widely between the different areas. The northern, more mountainous regions, experience winter cold in its extreme; ice and snow become a permanent feature of the landscape and the temperatures settle on lower numbers. The coastal areas and Greek islands experience a milder winter in terms of ice and snow, but high humidity and strong coastal winds during the winter make the cold seem very bitter. The summer is very hot and dry, which makes Greece a favourite vacation spots for sun and sea lovers.” Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. Being at the crossroads between east and west, Greek cuisine has been infused with the best of both worlds. Some of the most eclectic tastes from the west balance against some of the more raw and upbeat tastes from the east on Greek tables. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette and yoghurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey.
Greece is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and the cradle of Western culture as we know it. The first signs of inhabitancy were the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean maritime civilisations that lived and ruled during the Bronze Age (3000-1200 BC). However, these collapsed by the 11th century BC and a ‘dark age’ followed. By 800 BC, there was a cultural and military revival and city-states like Athens and Sparta sprang onto the world map. The classical (or golden) age of Greece started soon after and gave rise to many of the world’s cultural emblems before ending with the Peloponnesian Wars (431-404 AD) in which the Athenians were vanquished by the Spartans. Alexander the Great, who marched into Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia and parts of what are now Afghanistan and India, ushered in the Macedonian empire. It ruled for three dynasties and is known as the Hellenistic period. During this time, Greek ideas and culture was amalgamated with other proud ancient cultures and a new tradition was created. The powerful Roman empire turned its sights on Greece around 205 BC and over the next few centuries, the country came under the Romans, the illustrious Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Turks. All these influences combined to create a unique culture. A cultural revival in the late 18th century precipitated the War of Independence in 1821-29 but it was only in 1827, when Russia, France and Britain intervened that Greece became independent.

Top Destinations

Parthenon – the temple and the Acropolis museum as the symbol of Athens, Greece and of Western civilization.

Nafplion – considered as one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, rich in history as its first capital. Car free old town filled with neoclassical mansions.

Meteora Monastery – part of the UNESCO World Heritage list; where bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries old monasteries, 6 of which are open to the public.

Santorini – the most dramatic of all the Greek islands. It is best known for the west coast cliff top towns of Fira and Oia, its unique wines and the archaeological site of Akrotiri.

Mykonos – Greece’s most glamorous island destination. You’ll find chic boutique hotels, classy restaurants, all day beach bar restaurants with live music, and astonishing beaches all over the place.

Delphi – on the Greek mainland is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was sacred to the ancients ,who came here to worship Apollo and to ask advice from the mythical Oracle.

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