The country may be renowned for its exquisite coastline – but there’s a lot more to Greece holidays than the beach. Come for the sun and stay for the ancient ruins, world-class museums, fantastic food, and that Greek zest for life. Often called the birthplace of Western civilisation, modern Greece is a sensory overload of all its history – Byzantine, Italian, Ottoman, and Balkan influences are felt throughout the country. The north is home to some of Greece’s most impressive sites, including cosmopolitan Thessaloniki, misty Ioannina, and the precipitous monasteries perched on huge rock formations in Meteora. Bustling Athens dominates the south, and scattered around the mainland are some 6000 islands, each holding its own secrets.
Holidays to Greece will give you ample time to discover the country’s incredibly diverse landscape. Its coastline boasts pink sand beaches, azure waters, swaying palm trees and endless swimming spots. There are petrified forests, hiking trails through pine-scented woods, villages and churches hewn into hillsides, and ancient ruins galore. Adrenaline junkies rejoice – strong winds will appeal to kitesurfers, deep gorges offer prime bungee jumping spots, and 4x4s will help you discover off-the-beaten-path beaches.
You’ll taste some of the most delicious food of your life here. Sun-ripened fruit and vegetables, heavenly olive oil, meat grilled over open flames, tangy feta, honey-infused desserts. Coffee is served thick and sweet, ouzo is poured ice-cold, home-made wine is on offer at nearly every taverna and music and dancing accompany most evenings and local festivities. Greece is a country that loves life, and invites you to do the same.