So near, and yet, so far, exploring Greece can feel like you’ve travelled half way across the world on your three hour flight. In the news for all the wrong reasons recently, there’s a lot more to Greece than package holidays to party islands.
Scratch the surface and you’ll find incredible ruins, tiny mountain villages, fascinating wildlife and, yes, a party or seven. Hold on to your togas, here’s our Grecian High Five…
Athens has lots to discover...
5 Ways to See the Very Best of Greece
Visit Ancient Athens
This ancient capital is just bursting with sights, from the stunning acropolis to bustling markets to Syntagma Square there’s enough to fill days of wandering and discovery…if you can stay away from the ouzo bars for long enough!
Athens is a bit of a maze so a walking tour is a great way to get to grips with the layout – you can even eat your way around the streets on tours specialising in food. Yum!
Catch the Sunset in Santorini
You know those beautiful pictures you see of gorgeous white buildings spilling down the side of the cliffs towards the sea? That’s Santorini – an island heaven famed for its sunsets, dramatic views and hot volcanic springs.
If one paradise isn’t enough for you, Ios, Mykonos and little-visited Sifnos and Folegandros are just a short sail away.
Santorini is one of the jewels in Greece's island crown.
Many people think that volunteering is unique to destinations in Africa, Asia and Latin America – but did you know you can volunteer in Europe too? In Greece you can camp on the beach on beautiful Lakonikos and help conserve loggerhead turtles by surveying the beach for nests and educating visitors. A true eco-experience, without the massive flight price tag!
Volunteer with the local wildlife.
Explore the Ruins of Meteora
Five hours north of Athens, the monasteries of Meteora cling to the rocky outcrops known as “columns of the sky”. Pilgrims were once hoisted up to the top of the sandstone towers in nets along with supplies for the isolated monks.
These days you can climb the rock hewn steps to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and stunning views of this incredible site.
Marvel at the ancient ruins and dramatic landscapes of Meteora.
Greece isn’t all about lying on sun kissed beaches sipping ouzo and getting a tan (ok it’s a lot about that), there’s plenty of adventure to be had too.
Crete is a great place to sea kayak along the beautiful ragged coastline, the Peloponnese is perfect for cycling and there’re rustic villages galore to discover hiking on islands like Crete and Corfu.