Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting visitors from all around the world to enjoy its sun-drenched beaches, whitewashed villages, mouth-watering cuisine and first-class hospitality. Comprised of hundreds of picturesque islands, Greece is home to an abundance of ancient ruins and historical sites but also offers an amazing nightlife and party scene, making it a tourist hot spot for travellers of all ages.
Athens, the country's capital, is a historian's dream, with ancient Greek monuments and landmarks dating back as far as the 5th-Century BC. Proudly overlooking the city is the world-famous Acropolis, a hilltop citadel home to The Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysos.
Greece's second largest city is Thessaloniki, in the country's north. This cultural hub is a mix of old and new, it's narrow laneways dotted with small tavernas to bustling nightclubs.
Tourists flock to the Greek Islands in droves, especially the party islands of Mykonos, Ios, Zakynthos and Corfu, lined with beach bars and clubs where you can regularly rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
Santorini, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, is a fantastic honeymoon spot with its iconic blue and white houses perched precariously on the cliffside overlooking the sea below, whilst Greece’s largest island, Crete, is a vast exotic landscape of stunning coastlines and rugged mountains towering over the countryside, littered with olive groves.
Travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding places to visit in Greece, but the best time to visit is during the warmer months of May to September, when temperatures soar and the atmosphere is electric.
If you travel out of season to the islands, check ferry and plane ride schedules as they do change, as does travel into the mountain villages due to snowfalls and accessibility. Easter week is big in Greece, and a lot of accommodation is booked well in advance.