Whether you are looking for natural beauty, delectable cuisine, historical sites or idyllic island beaches, Greece offers endless activities and is a magnet for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
Greece balances its past, present and future in a way managed by few other countries. The result is a country with endless cultural pursuits. It's easy to understand how so many myths of gods and giants originated in this vast and varied landscape, with wide open skies and a sea speckled with islands, where days melt from one to the next, while you relish the white-sand and palm-fringed beaches. Wander along cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, hike through arid forests, and enjoy a locally caught and produced meal while sitting by the sea on an island in the Aegean.
Let the Greece you've been imagining fill your senses, whether it's the Parthenon - solitary and pristine - lording over the hazy sprawl of Athens, the rural farmlands of the Peloponnese, the tang of home-made tzatziki, or the blinding light of the Aegean sun over Santorini. The endless miles of aquamarine coastline, sun-bleached ancient ruins, and the Greek's unquestioning hospitality and zest for life make Greece the perfect place for luxury travel. Sip on a glass of ouzo or wine while you tempt your appetite with grilled souvlaki, fresh seafood and strong feta mixed with the purest olive oil on the planet.
With 6,000 Greek islands to choose from (only 300 are inhabited), why not experience a few of the the lesser known islands that are beyond Mykonos and Santorini?
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Mykonos is often the destination that comes to mind when you are looking for great nightlife in Greece. When the locals need their party island fix, chances are they’ll choose Paros, an island south of Mykonos and oozing local flavor. Known for its white marble in antiquity, today the island offers plenty of beach fun, a hopping bar scene in the main town of Parikia (where the ferries come in from Athens), and plenty of Cycladic charm in Naoussa, on the island’s northern side.
Monastiraki and Psirri, Athens
After visiting the Acropolis, tourists often wander around the Plaka because it’s the neighborhood at the bottom of the hill. Plaka is full of tourists and tacky souvenir shops, and area where the locals would not chose to go. The adjoining neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Psirri (just north of Plaka) are where real Athenians go eat, drink and shop. Here you will find plenty of cafes, and shops with better prices as well as lots of vibrant street art.
Kythira Island is the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love, according to Hesiod (ancient Greek poet who lived during Homer’s time). It’s a place endowed with great beauty: valleys that end on the seashore; mountainsides dressed in green, or rocky and barren; spring waters gurgling or cascading down the slopes; wonderful beaches; beautiful picturesque little villages, local tasty dishes, and an architecture that blends the apparent Venetian influences and the style found in Crete. A good example of this is the Venetian castle dominating the hill above Chora.
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Lene H. Minyard