With incomparable natural beauty and a rich history both ancient and modern, it is no surprise that Greece is a top destination for even the most discerning travelers from around the world. Set on the southernmost edge of Europe, joining the West and the East in the Mediterranean Sea, it is a country full of myths, traditions and vibrant culture. Travelers choose it as a destination, not only for its unique scenery, but also because it is a magical place full of discoveries, charm and secrets.
No matter the time of year, a tour of Greece will be at the same time an acquaintance with the beginnings of Western civilization. The country is scattered with UNESCO World Heritage historical and archaeological sites that take you back centuries.
Greece is a place that enchants not only its historical wealth, but also its innumerable small and big islands full of light and color, nature’s monuments such as canyons, mountains, gorges, caves and lakes, aesthetic forests and national parks.
Greek gastronomy continues to astonish travelers and locals alike and will win over the hearts of even the most demanding traveler with its strong flavors and simplicity. It has a history of 4000 years with special features based on the pure and unique quality products of Greek land famous all over the world. In addition, the Greek culinary culture has traditionally been associated with entertainment and communication, maintaining until now the echo of the ancient symposia.
Each season is filled with a range of activities for families, singletons, friends, lovers old and new. Greece has it all with its bustling urban retreats to impressive mountain views to mesmerizing islands. Discover the secret banquet of hidden delights year-round.
Immerse yourself in the endless bounty of nature’s harvest season. Participate in the traditional harvest practices like those of centuries past. With its wonderful climate, the season awaits you to tour the Greece of God Dionysus and his fine wines. Learn about and taste ancient local grape varieties that produce award winning wines by following the wine routes in the Peloponnese, Macedonia, Thessaly or the islands. Combine the familiarity of Greek nature with the hunt for these wonderful wines and spirits.
Enjoy the company of local families while spending the afternoon picking perfectly ripened olives and try some of the world’s best olive oil right off the press. Visit the Saronic island of Aegina for the famous pistachio harvest as well. If you are looking for more adventure, head to Meteora or Crete for mountain climbing or repelling. Rafting can be done in several of the country’s rivers or head to the home of the 12 Gods for a hike up Mount Olympus.
Climb from earth to heaven along snow covered mountains and hidden villages amongst the rolling hills and mounts of the country. With unique examples of folk architecture, Zagorohoria will win you with their simple beauty, the majesty of the landscapes that surround them, the freshness of their people. With more than 3000 picturesque villages, you will surely be greeted and welcomed by the hospitable locals for a warm meal or a few shots of the local spiced liquor. Enjoy skiing and winter sports in the numerous winter resorts scattered throughout the country.
For more of an urban escape, visit the buzzing city of Thessaloniki. Discover its rich history and try the local delicacies like the famous Bougatsa. The mild winter climate is ideal for morning walks in places with stunning views and evening walks in cosmopolitan spots under the city lights.
After a restful hibernation, the bountiful vegetation returns to full bloom, which is nothing short of a feast for the senses. Journey along the thousands of miles of walking or hiking trails that cover the mainland and the islands, some of which exists since ancient times and take in the air of blossoming flowers. Indulge in the feeling of the magic of the past by walking into the Greek castles that seem to have come out of medieval fairytales. Visit the stunning Mystras, the charming Monemvasia and see the fairytale come to life in the impressive castle of the old city of Rhodes. Discover some of history’s finest kept secrets and architectural feats at the monasteries of Meteora. Indulge in one of the country’s biggest celebrations of Easter with the smell of roasting lambs taking over, fireworks, candles and flying lamps that flicker late into the night sky or the rambunctious rockets of Chios. Take to the mountains and rivers for guided canyoning tours or seek out your own path in the Greek nature.
What’s left to reveal of the colorful and dynamic nation are last but not least the endless sands and seas which are waiting to be explored. The islands with the background of the Greek sun are the perfect choice for an unforgettable experience. Travel the seas and find your perfect beach with enticing crystal clear waters where you can play in the sand, sip on a handmade cocktail, catch up on your reading or simply lay back and relax. Work up your appetite by swimming, walking through unexploited paths on the waters’ edge or miles above in the peaks. Then feast on nature’s best sun ripened tomatoes, fruits of the sea, washed down with a local micro-brewed beer or luxurious wine followed by sweet and juicy watermelon to end an ideal summer day. Enjoy the splendid summer nights with cosmopolitan character or peaceful relaxation under the starry sky.
Natural beauty, history, fun, culture, adventure, gastronomy, romance: this small country fits it all. Delight your senses with activities that rejuvenate your mind, body and soul all year round in a country with astonishing charisma and authentic charm. Visit Greece once and you will be back again.0