Whether you’re a culture vulture hunting for Europe’s most ancient archaeological sites, a party animal looking for some of the world’s best clubs, or simply want to bake on a beach, then Greece should be at the top of your list.
Birthplace of democracy, land of the gods and the cradle of western civilization, yes all these things describe Greece, but what else do those old travel guides say? How about a holiday destination you won’t forget in a hurry. Greece is a treasure trove of history and culture. Think two thousand year old Greek temples, Venetian fortifications and Byzantine monasteries perched high on mountaintops and you get the picture. Its cities are modern bustling metropolises that double up as open-air museums. Athens, its capital, is a modern and bustling city with nightlife to match and museums and monuments at every turn – catch the Acropolis at night for one of the world’s most impressive sights. Other cities like Thessaloniki ooze elegance and style with their beachfront promenades, neoclassical buildings and large avenues.
But what sets this remarkable country apart are its 200 or so inhabited islands, complete with beaches that rival the Caribbean for their beauty, and centuries old villages that have stood still with time. What’s more, they all have their own distinct character, from Mykonos with its chic whitewashed towns, pumping nightlife and classy beach bars to Santorini and its breathtaking sunsets and black beaches. Or why not take a break in Corfu or Zante and take in some stunning Greek countryside while staying in some of Greece’s most developed and tourist friendly resorts? Of course, if it’s variety and size you’re after then look no further than beautiful Crete with its mountain views, Venetian towns, and Europe’s only forest of palm trees. The Greek islands really do have something for everyone, and with 200 to choose from the choice really is yours.
While we all know about Greece’s fantastic year-round weather, and the hospitality of its people, did you also know that it also has one of Europe’s best cuisines with fresh fish, stewed lamb and salads to die for – just try the tomatoes here to see what we mean. And when it comes to desserts, Greece really is king with cake and pastry shops literally on every corner. So if you’re after Europe’s best beaches, its most beautiful countryside, great food and Europe’s oldest historical sights and cities then look no further than unforgettable Greece.
If you’re after a good climate then you can’t get much better than the weather in Greece. As a tourist visiting this country you can expect summers that are long and hot with uninterrupted sunshine and some of the warmest seas in Europe. Most people come to this country for the summer, but Greece’s weather is also great during the spring and autumn months from April to May and September to October. And for those who want to escape the winter chill, consider taking city breaks in Athens or Thessaloniki, where you’ll find weather forecasts showing temperatures considerably warmer than in northern Europe.