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All About Greece
From the fragrant orange groves, dramatic mountain landscapes, and ancient monuments of the mainland to rugged pebble beaches, stone-built fishing villages, and island caves, Greece is a popular destination for a reason. At this birthplace of the Olympic games, you’ll find hallmarks of the country’s fascinating history at every turn. Make a trip to the ancient amphitheatre of Epidaurus on the Peloponnese peninsula, or look out over Athens from the world-famous Acropolis.
There are more than 200 islands to explore in Greece, from the traditional windmills and trailing vines of Mykonos to Santorini’s picturesque whitewashed buildings and ocean-blue rooftops. Greek cuisine blends hearty grilled meat dishes with salty olives and crumbly feta cheese, while sweet treats often feature glossy honey flavoured with local flora and crunchy chopped nuts.
Outdoors enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with 10 awe-inspiring national parks and two marine parks, while water sports and many of the islands’ excellent diving opportunities are a big draw.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Greece
The biggest event in the Greek calendar is Orthodox Easter. Join in the all-consuming celebrations and make sure you don’t leave before the days of feasting start. Be prepared for high temperatures at villas and apartments in Greece over the peak summer months — sunscreen and hats are vital. Once the summer visitors head home, coastal and island resorts in particular can see many restaurants and facilities shut down until the following spring, with November marking the start of stripped-back ferry services and snow a possibility on the mainland over the next few months. Sailing enthusiasts and visitors planning yacht trips will find the shoulder seasons most rewarding, with winds picking up over the summer and temperatures too low over the winter.
Top things to do in Greece
Hop on a ferry from Athens for a day, winding your way around Syros’ delightful alleyways. The remains of textile and granary stores hint at the island’s heritage, while birdsong, bougainvillea, and zigzagging butterflies fill the air. Look out for the messages Greek sailors once carved into the rocks.
Winter rafting is popular at this deep canyon on the mainland. When the water level drops in warmer weather, visitors head here for its breathtaking rock formations and otherworldly waterfalls. Abundant flora, rugged cliff faces, and clear, shallow waters create a peaceful oasis.
Head to Sifnos hungry — you won’t regret it. Peruse the seafront eateries and settle down for a low-key feast of slowly roasted traditional fare. If you’re keen to recreate the experience when you’re back at home, visit one of the island’s potteries and pick up an earthenware pot. And don’t forget dessert — delicate almond is a popular flavour here.