Where To Go in Greece
The picturesque beaches, laidback style of living and fresh food that Greece is so well known for tempts visitors year after year. But if you’re struggling to decide where to begin your Aegean holiday, our travel experts have the first-hand knowledge to point you in the right direction.
There’s More to Athens
No matter if you’re drawn to the unbelievable black sand beaches of Santorini or the party life of Mykonos, Athens, in all its ancient glory, is the gateway to your idyllic Greek getaway. Marked as one of the oldest cities in the world, Greece’s grungy yet classical capital contains remnants of the 5th century – the rocky hilltops of Acropolis boast the goddess Athena’s Parthenon, and The Temple of Poseidon offers a window into Greek mythology. But there’s more to Athens than these archaeological treats. Movie screens move outdoors in the summer months at Cine Paris Plaka, rooftop bars come alive and there are National Gardens to be explored.
Shane, one of our Europe travel experts, ventured a few kilometres south from here to the Athens Riviera defined by vast stretches of emerald coastline and rocky coves teeming with watersports, esplanades and marinas and inviting blue flag beaches. His stay at the 5* Grecotel Cape Sounio was nothing short of luxury – think waterfront dining, poolside cabanas and treatments at the open-air Elixir Spa Retreat. Families are more than well accommodated for with family-friendly suites and villas with private pools, a designated kids’ pool and endless activities at Grecoland.
Crete is the largest and one of our favourite islands in Greece for its charismatic towns, indescribably clear water and surreal landscapes. Beyond the beach, Shane’s days were spent in the company of the hospitable locals at the opulent Grecotel Amirandes where Picasso originals hang modestly in the restaurants, the open-air amphitheatre is perfect for taking in starry nights and higher end suites come with their own private gym and swimming pool. Exquisite local produce can be found at the hotel’s own Agreco Farm where afternoons are spent sampling the vineyard’s wines and perfectly paired local cheeses, and getting hands-on at the minizoo with younger travellers. And if you’re looking for a vibrant day out, head to Rethymno for postcard-worthy moments and lively waterfront strolls.
Mykonos – The Summer Hotspot
Charlotte, another of our Europe experts, ventured to the glamorous shores of Mykonos where the white-washed Cycladic buildings with their splashes of blue alongside the infamous nightlife make it an attractive summer hotspot for VIPs and celebrities. The family-owned and run Myconian Collection has some of our favourite hotels on the island. While each emit a very distinct personality, they all make the most of the picturesque Aegean Sea views from ultra-cool swimming pools and furnished private balconies, and serve gourmet cuisine inspired by farm-to-table ingredients. Nestled on the hillside of Elia Bay, the 5* Myconian Villa Collection was no exception, greeting Charlotte with personalised round-the-clock service and impossibly chic interiors and she was continuously impressed by the luxury resort’s ability to capture the essence of lavish living. The opulent villas acting as your own private house in Mykonos, 360 degree panoramic views from the saltwater infinity pool and world-class Thalasso spa make it a perfect secluded escape for couples and honeymooners.
When you manage to pull yourself away from the resort – everything you could possibly need or want for an upscale retreat is at your fingertips – Mykonos flaunts plenty of trendy bars and excellent places to eat just 20 minutes away. Little Venice is one of the island’s more romantic spots to eat and drink. The neighbourhood is lined with charming aged houses right on the water’s edge with the crystal waters lapping precariously close to cobblestoned walkways and dining tables. But if you’re looking for the place to be seen – Mykonos is Greece’s answer to an upscale Ibiza after all – we recommend heading to Scorpios or Nammos Beach. These two exclusive clubs open both day and night sit right on the beachfront offering some of the best places to watch the sunset on the island and can often be seen encircled by the rich and famous’ private yachts.
And for those looking to learn a little of Greece’s mythological and historical past, Delos Island – one of the country’s most important archaeological sites – is just a ferry ride away. The uninhabited island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for obvious reasons. Mythology claims it was the birth place of gods Apollo and Artemis and to this day remains a sanctuary to them. Unearthed statues and temples are scattered across the island in their honour and give an insight into ancient life here, the most famous being the Naxos stone lions and columns of the House of Dionysus.
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