The land of sun-bleached ruins and glittering blue seas, where history is felt in every sculpture, relic and temple, and tradition in each cliffside donkey ride and mouthful of crumbling feta. Greece is the ancient bedrock of Western culture — one that continues to inspire to this very day.
It all begins in Athens, the dawn of myth and legend. Here, little is left untouched by the passage of time: from the majestic hill-top Acropolis to the weird-and-wonderful art that decorates its street corners, Greece has been a longtime trailblazer of cultural advancement. Beyond her city walls, the island of Aegina croons the name of the weary traveller with her enchanting waters and weathered archeological sites, whilst the Corinth Canal bridges the way to the divine Ionian Islands.
Delectable harbour-front villages, crystal-clear seas and lush meadows and vineyards — the Ionian Islands are a sensory wonderland designed to keep you dreaming. Homer’s hometown Ithaca’s remarkable legacy has put it on the map, but its rich greenery, warm-hearted locals and freshly-caught cuisine keeps it there. Northbound Paxos, the heart of a smattering of idyllic isles, moonlights as a celebrated artists’ paradise, whereas nearby Corfu remains the history buff of the bunch. A long-time bastion of Europe’s nobility, this is island life at its finest: imperial palaces, classical museums, and luxury resorts.
Yet, carving a landscape of volcanic beaches, petrified forests and dramatic calderas is Greece’s most celebrated feature: the sea-green waters of the Aegean Sea. Its crowning jewels? The colourful fishing boat-docked ports of the Cyclades Islands, where pleasure is the king that rules over every facet of its land. In Santorini, the head-turner of the Mediterranean, every corner is a photoshoot waiting to happen. The image of white-washed domes lined with turquoise, adorning a plunging cliffside, is as iconic as it is arresting; experience it at its most glorious, under cover of a heart-stopping orange sunset.