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Move over Percy Jackson, this is the real deal. The land of Zeus, Athena, Apollo & Hercules, simply brims over with myth, history and culture. The islands of Paros, Corfu, Rhodes & Mykanos offer innumerable avenues to surf, sky gaze or simply surrender to the sparkling waters. Come to Greece; come to the navel of the world. Where mankind was born or so the legend goes.
Acropolis, Athens – The vision of sculptor Pheidias, transformed this rocky hill into a timeless showpiece of Greek glory. See it by day, by night or view it from surrounding terraces - the Acropolis will hold you in thrall. The site has many attractions including the Parthenon, the Old Temple of Athena, the Erechtheum, the Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia or Brauroneion and the Temple of Athena Nike.
Parthenon, Athens – The Parthenon on the Acropolis dominates the skyline of Athens. The exemplar of Doric architecture, the most important remnant of the classical era, the sculptures and columns of this edifice remind us of the greatness of human civilization.
Olympia – Go back to where it all began. The ruins at Olympia include the Olympic stadium, a temple of Zeus, Hera’s altar (where the torch was lit) and the ruins of Zanes (statues built from fines paid by participants who cheated!). The museum is a must see to grasp the enormity of history behind this legendary site.
Delphi – The sanctuary of Delphi was so stunning and so perfectly situated, it was considered the ‘navel’ of the world, the place where heaven and earth met! The Oracle only added to its weight in the history books. Delphi also hosted the Pythian games, the forerunner of the Olympics. The extensive ruins are situated on multiple terraces on Mount Parnassus and the Sacred Way leads up to the main sanctuary of Apollo. It is dotted with monuments like the treasury of the Athenians, the theatre, the Stadion and the temple of Athena.
Theatre of Epidaurus – Tear a paper on stage and you can hear it at the very last row. The 12,000 seat amphitheatre is a marvel of acoustics and sound engineering. It still hosts performances in summer, drawing the biggest names in showbiz! The other main site is the Sanctuary of Asklepios, the most celebrated healer in Ancient Greece and the son of Apollo.
The Meteora Monasteries – Literally suspended from the sky in Thessaly, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 20 rock monasteries, perched precariously on high cliffs. A walking tour will give you interesting stories to narrate when back home!
The Windmills of Mykanos – These captivating, century-old, snow-white windmills have been refurbished and converted into museums. Some serve as vaults to Mykonian heritage documents!
Sandstone Church, Paraportiani – This oddly shaped church is surfeit with interesting tales. While you offer your prayers, also pay tribute to Mykanos’s mascot – Petros the Pelican!
Vouraikos Gorge, Kalavrita – Ride the Odontotos (Tooth train) from Diakopto through the Vouraikos Gorge up to the town of Kalavrita, 750 m above sea level. Considered one of the most spectacular train journeys in the Balkans, the track rises from the river bed, goes through narrow passages into the mountains, past waterfalls, sheer cliffs and pine forests. The one hour journey is sure to transport you into another realm all together.
Santorini Caldera – The postcard image of Greece will not disappoint you. Stay at Fira, Imerovigli, Firastefani or Oia, all of which are situated high above sea level and give you stupendous views of the submerged crater.
Red and black sand beaches, Santorini
Kamari – The most well known and well organised beach in Santorini, you’ll find plenty to do on these black sands including water sports and tours to Ancient Thera.
Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia) – As its name suggests, this volcanic beach has red sand against red cliffs. A must see for all visitors.
Perivolos, Perissa and Agios Georgios – This long stretch houses three beaches, each different and charming. The first two are not only hot party spots, but have plenty of options to eat, drink and make merry. Agios Georgious is quieter and safe for diving.
Ammoudi - Agios Nikolaos – Not so much a beach as the best swimming spot in Santorini. Walk down from Oia castle and jump right into the azure waters. Enjoy all the bliss of swimming in a caldera.
Monolithos – A family friendly beach with finer sand and a shallow entry into the sea. Ideal to keep the kids occupied for the day!
Samaria Gorge, Crete – Trek the longest gorge in Europe and feel enriched! Snaking its way to the White Mountains, the Samaria Gorge is carved with carbonate rocks, dotted with cypress trees and hosts unique flora & fauna. To see its stony beauty, start at Xiloskalo and walk your way down to the Agia Roumeli beach.
The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Santorini – A one of its kind museum, the Koutsoyannopoulos is set inside a natural cave, eight meters below the ground and took 20 years to create! Explore and learn about the stages of wine production, including the most delightful – the tasting.
Wine tours, Halkidiki – Halkidiki wine was praised by Aristotle himself and with good reason! This peninsula sinks its three branches into the Aegean, creating a region of breathtaking natural splendour and distinctive micro-climes and terroirs. The wine growing regions, Agios Pavlos, Sithonia and Mount Athos are rich in both viticulture and gastronomic tradition.
These wines are made with uniquely Greek varieties of grapes. The top tipples are PGI Halkidiki, PDO Slopes of Meliton, PGI Sithonia wines and PGI Mount Athos. Wine tours will take you to top vineyards like Domaine Porto Carras, Tsantali Vineyard and wineries along the slopes of Mount Meliton (among the largest single vineyards in Europe). Like practically every square inch in Greece, Halkidiki too has historic heritage sites like Mende, Olynthos, Potidaia and the Byzantine monastery on the ‘Holy Mountain’ – Mount Athos. Unfortunately, women are not allowed to set foot here and must stay a third of a mile away!