Did you know that Greece has over 1,200 habitable islands situated around the mainland and extending across the East Mediterranean Sea? The unique Greek coastline boasts beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque towns and famously welcoming people who embody the very nature of hospitality.

Our guide to Greece

Best time to go

April - October

You will never be short of things to see and experience in Greece. On the island of Crete, the mythical birthplace of the Greek god, Zeus, visit one of Europe’s oldest cities, Knossos. Explore this stunning historical site in the morning, to avoid the scorching midday-sun and the bustling crowds. Alternatively, take an overnight ferry to Athens and experience this ancient metropolis with its vibrant, quaint markets and world-famous archaeological sites. Off the tourist maps, lesser known places like romantic Symi or Skopelos, with its stunning villas and monasteries (and where Mamma Mia! was filmed), beckon the explorers among us.

Keep an eye out for white painted houses with bright, sky-blue doors; according to Greek tradition, the colour blue keeps evil spirits away. Whether or not this is true, these houses beautifully mirror the surrounding coastline, with its crystal-blue waters and clear, sunny skies. While on the islands, take a dip in the Aegean Sea, soak up the sun on award-winning beaches, and enjoy the sound of lapping waves as a backdrop for scenic dinners with your loved ones.

And while we’re on the subject of food, let’s just say that it’s a good idea to arrive in Greece with a very healthy appetite. Food is central to Greek culture, and although locals eat at around 9-10 pm they are usually not in any hurry to leave. For the best food-experiences, watch out for the restaurants with a lot of local guests and chatter. While staple dishes like moussaka and souvlaki shouldn’t be missed, the Greek take on the lasagna, “pastitsio”, is another must. On Rhodes, sample the local chick pea fritters known as “pitaroudia”, a local delicacy not to be missed. For the more adventurous eaters, freshly caught octopus turned in garlic, vinegar and olive oil is a tasty delight. Finally, fresh olives, feta and crisp Greek wine will complete every meal and ensure you have a truly wonderful Greek experience.

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