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Greece

Overview

Greece is much more than we were taught at school and than we have seen in the photos with beautiful sunsets and golden sandy beaches. In Greece, you are in a crossroad of colors and cultures; you feel the strength of History and the warmth of the southern extremity of Europe and you discover the evolutionary course of thought, influence and experience.Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time, from the present to the past and back again. Walk through the olive groves, through archaeological sites; move to clusters of islands, go through beaches and mountains and explore the breathtaking scenery.In Greece the succession of images is not just our imagination; it is a sheer reality.You are in a country that, though statistically small, is huge in its diversity. You see landscapes that have given thousands of postcard images but remain incredibly vivid and of unrivalled beauty. Greece is one of the highlights of any European Holiday.

Attractions:

Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With over sixty inhabited islands, historic sites that span four millennia, idyllic beaches and towering mountain ranges there is a wide variety of tourist attractions in Greece to explore. And despite the debt crisis with credit downgrades and protest by day, Greece as a travel destination is as popular as it has ever been.

Things To Do:

1.Contained within the island group is Santorini, a resplendent city of rugged cliffs and sensational sunsets over shimmering water that's best observed from the village of Oia. This ‘precious gem of the Aegean’ is considered one of the most romantic places on earth, with idyllic clifftop towns, glorious sunsets and volcanic beaches with red, white or black sand.

2. Athens

The centre of Athens is now a 3km pedestrian zone leading to the ‘archaeological park’ where you can take in the majesty of the Acropolis with its legendary Parthenon temple, Ancient Agora and Temple of Olympian Zeus.

3. Nearby Mykonos is Greece's flashy party destination and attracts countless visitors to its stunning beaches and hedonistic nightclubs.

4. Beach lovers are also fond of Kefalonia and the stunning Myrtos Beach, while Crete appeals to history buffs wanting to delve into the heritage of the ancient Minoan civilisation, as well as avid hikers on their way to explore the beautiful Samariá Gorge.

5. Back on the mainland, Thessaloniki is a surprisingly cosmopolitan city. Arguably the hippest city in the country, many believe Thessaloniki to be the best place in Greece to go on a taste adventure. Here you will also find many chic hotels, bars and boutiques, and more eateries per square metre than anywhere else in Greece!.

Places To Stay:

Featured Destinations:

  • Athens
  • Greek Islands
  • Santorini
  • Mykonos

Best Time to visit:

We're often asked “When is the best time to go on vacation in Greece?", and the answer is often complex. It will depend on many things including your interests, exactly where you want to visit and why you're travelling. One person's best time can be another's worst!

However, often a concern about the weather underlies the question of 'the best time to go'.

The vacation season for most of the Greek islands starts in April (spring season) and end in late October (autumn season).

The peak holiday season in Greece is from early July to the end of August, when temperatures are higher, and crowds of foreigners and locals alike travel to the Greek islands. You won't miss out on warm weather if you come in June or September , excellent times almost everywhere but particularly in the islands

December to March are the coldest and least reliable months, though even then there are many crystal-clear, fine days, and the glorious lowland flowers begin to bloom very early in spring.Other factors that affect the timing of your Greek travels have to do with the level of tourism and the amenities provided. Service standards, particularly in tavernas, slip under peak-season pressure, and room rates top out from July to September (as well as during Easter or Christmas week). If you can only visit during midsummer, reserve a package well in advance, or plan your itinerary off the beaten track: you might for example explore the less obvious parts of the Peloponnese or the northern mainland, or island-hop with an eye for the remote places.