Visit the land of the Greek gods.
Lose yourself in Greek history by visiting ancient Roman ruins, Meteora monasteries, Byzantine fortifications and ancient Olympic sporting venues. Or enjoy modern-day Greece to the full, from stunning beaches with clear waters and golden sands, vibrant nightlife in cities like Athens, Thessaloniki and Mykonos, to island hopping and outdoor adventures. Greece is a timeless land of beauty, history and captivating moments to be treasured.
1. Acropolis of Athens
Don’t miss this iconic citadel which overlooks modern-day Athens. You’ll see some of the most significant Greek structures all in one location including the Parthenon and the Erechtheion.
Ancient Greece is the birthplace of democracy, philosophy and the arts, which are still studied today at universities around the world. Greek influence spread across the world under Alexander the Great before Greece became part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, until gaining independence once more in the 19th century.
Greek culture is inextricably linked to its rich history. Ancient Greece produced some of the most influential philosophers in history including Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Greek literature, such as Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey, is still studied today. The art and architecture of Greece also has worldwide renown – iconic structures like the Parthenon and statues like the Venus de Milo are still a major influence to today’s artists and architects.
Greece is also well known for the traditional music and folk dances like the syrtos and hasapiko, which are often danced at celebratory occasions.
Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate, so summers will be hot and dry, and winters will be mild but wet. Coastal temperatures during summer months will be between 29 and 33°C (84–91°F) whereas inland areas will experience hotter temperatures reaching around 35°C (95°F). Although winters remain mild with temperatures between 12 and 16°C (54–61°F), rainfall is more common during winter months.
If you want to visit the mountainous regions of Greece, be aware that temperatures in winter will be even lower and you may see some snowfall.
If you want a holiday full of sightseeing without the crowds or the intense summer heat, then spring or autumn are the perfect times to visit Greece. In spring you’ll also see blooming flowers and lush greenery. In autumn you’ll benefit from warmer waters. If you prefer the heat and love a beach holiday, then summer is a great time to visit.
Greek cuisine focuses on local produce and Mediterranean flavours, with olive oil a cornerstone of their cooking. Enjoy the simplicity of a Greek salad, full of flavour from locally sourced ingredients. Delight in grilled seafood such as local fish, calamari, octopus and prawns, seasoned with lemon, oregano and garlic. Relish the meat dishes like moussaka and souvlaki (skewered meat), served with pita bread, vegetables and tzatziki sauce.