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A dip in azure seas, a sip of pungent ouzo and a trip back in time to oracles and gods – Greece is the very essence of the alluring Mediterranean world. With civilizations, heritage and history dating back thousands of years, Greece offers visitors breathtaking ancient sites such as the magnificent Acropolis in Athens and iconic Olympia. Also a vibrant modern nation with a dynamic population that loves to dance and sing – just a few minutes in a Greek taverna can be ample evidence of that! There are many mainland treasures from the spectacular Meteora monasteries to mythical Delphi.
Greece is synonymous with islands – from history steeped Crete, awe-inspiring Santorini and windmill-studded Mykonos and many other gems scattered across the Mediterranean Sea. Feast on freshly caught fish, grilled lamb stuffed vine leaves
and sweet baklava. Sip coffee in a harbour-side café as the fishing boats come into port, amble along country roads while families gather their olives and pat donkeys on their way to village markets with baskets laden with fresh tomatoes. Temple ruins perched on cliffs high above a sparkling sea, tiny crescents of perfect beach, a hillside of spring flowers, whitewashed houses with window frames of turquoise blue.
Santorini is the place to fall in love! It’s an island that has inspired poets and musicians with its breath-taking sunsets and crystal waters rippling over the Caldera. With its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and neverending vineyards, Santorini is Greece at its traditional best..
Mykonos has long been one of the most popular destinations in the Greek islands. A city with a touch of glamour, but which still holds on to many of the Greek traditions. Admire the windmills perched atop the city and party with the sophisticated fun-lovers. Shop till your heart’s content in creative shops, glittering with gold and silver.
A hilly island with heaps of natural beauty, vineyards and fruit trees. It’s capital, Parakia, is a gorgeous township of whitewashed houses and wee cobbled alleys whilst picturesque Naoussa, on the northern side of the island, is a colourful fishing village with tavernas dotted along the foreshore and the ruins of a Venetian fortress standing at the entrance to the harbour.
Sometimes known as the ‘party island’, Ios is an island for the young and young at heart. It has a vibrant nightlife which blends with a real Greek flavour in its sidewalk cafés, rustic tavernas, many white sand beaches and general laid back atmosphere. The main town of Chora is hidden in the mountains making this a unique setting from which to explore the island.
Naxos is the biggest and the most lush island in the Cycladic group. Dotted with olives, grapes, fig and citrus trees, you’ll also find churches, monasteries and castles along narrow winding lanes, sheer cliff and fertile green gorges, sparkling sandy beaches, traditional villages perched on mountain tops, and the most famous landmark of all, the unfinished Temple of Apollo.
This is an enchanting island, lying between Paros and Santorini, at the southern edge of the Cycladic group. It’s the perfect spot for those wanting an authentic experience, a place where you can relax without mass tourism. It has spectacular landscape with a number of archaeological sites and secluded coves, whilst the small villages maintain their traditions and character.
Crete is a paradise if you seek sunshine, beaches and culture. The capital, Heraklion, is famous for its Archaeological museum which houses the world’s greatest collection of Minoan Art. Chania on the northern coast, has the mountains, sparkling seas and ancient history combined with the relaxed character of the locals, making it a beautiful spot to relax and explore.
Plenty of history, tradition, exciting nightlife and sumptuous Greek cuisine. Laze on golden beaches, drink ouzo in waterfront cafés and explore the labyrinthine lanes. Visit one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom, to witness a mosaic of different cultures and civilisations. The cobblestoned Street of the Knights is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval streets.
Immerse yourself in Patmos’ chic and upmarket atmosphere. This small island is known for its idyllic way of life and religious past, once home to St. John who wrote 'The Book of Revelations'. Today, this mountainous island with private coves and crystalline waters attracts sun lovers. Explore the ruins of the ancient acropolis in Skala and the imposing fortified Monastery of St. John in Chora.
Take an early morning cruise to Navagio Beach to see the shipwreck and the stunning beach it rests on. Enjoy a swim in the clear blue water and explore the caves. Swim or snorkel with the sea turtles, and trek the hillsides. Most nights you can catch a concert or festival as music plays a huge part of the local culture.
Skopelos is an island of medieval monasteries and tiny rock chapels, with over 300 scattered across the island, one of which is the Agios Ioannis Chapel where the Mamma Mia wedding took place. Proclaimed as the ‘Green and Blue Island’ the island’s virgin pinewoods and olive groves create a romantic scenery for the outstanding architecture that is found throughout the island.
Explore ancient cultural sites or relax on the beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters on Samos. Once home to famous philosophers, a mathematician and astronomer, this inspiring island will have you enraptured from the moment you arrive. It is just a short ferry ride from Kusadasi - ideal to visit Turkey from.
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