The great history of Greece is undeniable, obvious from the very moment you arrive, although this is in parallel with some of the most fabulous, luxurious beach destinations in Europe with all the facilities you can ever wish for.
To feel the history of the nation, the first stop is of course Athens and the rock of the Acropolis rising above the centre of the vast city. At its summit the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the defining images in western world, along with the home of the Olympic Games, the temple of Zeus and the bustling Plaka district.
Greece has so many islands to choose from, some large and some so small you could be near enough the only people to be staying there, all connected by a series of ferries and light aircraft. Each island is unique, with its own character – be it the hills of Crete and the Samara Gorge, the windmills of Mykonos, the iconic coastline of Santorini, and the harbours of Corfu.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
SUMMER – Great for the beach! Can get very hot!
SPRING & AUTUMN – Best time to go! The weather is mild, days long and bright!
Around 3 hours, a little longer to some islands.
GMT/BST +2 (sometimes 3)
For island-hopping around the islands, archeologists, culture and ancient history.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights are available from the UK to all over Greece, especially the islands in Summer. During winter, flights are restricted to Athens. Possible to drive across the continent, and get the ferry from Italy.
IDEAL TO COMBINE WITH
Combine one or more Greek islands, or have a stay in the ancient city of Athens.