Oozing history, culture, cuisine and leisure, Greece is the embodiment of a luxury holiday. Although famous for its many islands, each of which has its own unique character, Greece’s mainland is just as vibrant and should certainly not be overlooked as a destination. It offers the same wealth of gorgeous beaches and stunning scenery as Kos or Zakynthos, alongside four millennia of history and seemingly endless excellent restaurants and intriguing boutiques.
As a city destination, Athens is nigh-on unbeatable. Not only does it offer a wealth of Instagram opportunities, no matter your interests you’ll be sure to have a completely gratifying time here. Enjoy the glorious views as you trek up the Acropolis or Mount Lycabettus, and you’ll be rewarded by the cultural gems at the top. Lycabettus also offers a funicular railway to assist in your ascent if you want to appreciate the views without breaking a sweat.
Of course we couldn’t discuss Athens without talking about its ancient monuments. Some of the greatest examples of ancient Greek temples can be found in the city, including the largest ever built (the Temple of Olympian Zeus), the most complete (the Temple of Hephaestus), and of course the iconic Parthenon. In the ancient Agora of the city you’ll find a fully reconstructed stoa which now contains a museum of artefacts dating from between 3000 and 300 years ago.
Elsewhere in Greece there’s also plenty to do. The coastline is littered with picturesque towns dating back centuries, many of which feature their own Ottoman-era fortress and of course a myriad of cafes and restaurants. In the little town of Tolon near the former capital city of Nafplio, many restaurants open straight onto the beach, which is used as a major thoroughfare thanks to the minimal tides that the region experiences. In the towns of Methoni and Kalamata, Venetian architecture blends with Ottoman and Frankish, reflecting the centuries of changing occupation and creating a fascinating blend of styles – the ideal backdrop for an evening meal as you watch the sun go down.
In the far south-west of the region you’ll find the Costa Navarino. It’s the newest and biggest luxury holiday development in Greece and it rivals the Algarve or the Costa del Sol for its beauty. With two brand new golf courses designed by Ryder Cup winner Bernhard Langer and of course the rolling sand dunes of Navarino Beach, it’s a tranquil paradise that will leave you feeling totally relaxed – you’ll definitely want to come back over and over again.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water with you when you head out to explore your surroundings. Seriously, we can’t stress this enough. Especially in summer the temperatures have been known to soar into the 40s so make sure you stay hydrated, and of course pack plenty of suncream.
Good to know
- Time difference: UTC +2
- Capital: Athens
- Currency: EUR
- Instagram Opportunity: Cape Sounion
Best Time To Travel
|Jan: 9°c||Feb: 10°c||Mar: 12°c|
|Apr: 16°c||May: 20°c||Jun: 24°c|
|Jul: 27°c||Aug: 27°c||Sep: 24°c|
|Oct: 19°c||Nov: 15°c||Dec: 11°c|