Kissed by the sun and shaped by the Gods (and the Aegean) – Greece is a bewitching destination which, like the ancient Sirens to the sailors, lures travellers in their millions. Thankfully, the country has better motives – there are no deadly rocks here, just a great deal of culture, passion and delicious food. 

Greece is a treasure trove of history and culture. This is the country that built the Acropolis, invented the Olympics and introduced the world to the Illiad. Amongst the otherworldly landscapes of Meteora gaze in wonder at the ancient, impossibly perched hilltop monasteries. Above Athens’ sprawling metropolis, visit the ancient wonder of the Parthenon. Head to Rhodes Island and explore the wonderfully preserved Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, with its wonderfully photogenic interior courtyard. 

Away from the mainland, and dotted amongst the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece has more than 6,000 islands and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun and relax or party like its 1999, there’s a Greek island for everyone. 

For the foodies, Greece does not disappoint. Common themes include fresh ingredients and a glorious glut of olive oil. With its miles upon miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that fresh seafood is a mainstay. Head further in land and mouthwateringly flavoursome lamb is all the rage. Oh, and there’s feta cheese, honey and greek yoghurt. Not to mention the sweet, flakey goodness of baklava for dessert. 

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