Overview: A flavorful melting pot of sparkling night spots, fresh seafood, sizzling Mediterranean passion and mythical legend, Greece is a fascinating and enchanting destination – whether lounging on a sandy stretch, or exploring ancient relics.
Greece‘s urban hubs are home to some of the world’s most glorious and prized ancient and medieval architecture – such as Athens‘ white marble Parthenon and Thessaloniki’s proud Byzantine churches – and the setting of some of humankind’s oldest tales. On the coast, find bustling, umbrella-peppered beaches and secluded sandy coves, washed by turquoise waters and regularly doused in sunshine.
Off shore, Greece‘s 1400 islands, such as party-hard Mykonos and picturesque Santorini, offer a rainbow of paradisiacal settings for an idyllic island-hopping adventure. Find true Mediterranean peace on Kefalonia and Amorgos, ideal hiking terrain on the peaks and troughs of Crete, and prime scuba diving and sea kayaking conditions around pretty much every coastal corner.
But to explore the islands in the best way possible, you should charter a sailing boat. Most sailing holidays last one week, and give you the luxury of being able to explore hidden coves, put down anchor in an emerald bay, or moor up along the quay in one of Greece’s countless little fishing villages.
When it comes to places to stay, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Those looking for extreme comfort might opt for a five-star resort complete with a luxurious spa and villas with private plunge pools, or a quaint boutique hotel furnished with traditional antique furniture, while those who prefer a back-to-nature escape can simply pitch a tent under a tree with a sea view at one of Greece’s many well-equipped campsites. Welcome to Greece!
At a glance:
- Population: ~ 11.1 million
- Area: 131,980 sq. kms
- Capital city: Athens (pop. 729,000)
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Time zone: UTC+1 / Summer UTC +2
- Religion: Christian (95% Greek Orthodox), 3% Islam.