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Explore Athens’ rich, ancient history
The ancient capital of Greece, Athens is home to a fair share of Neoclassical temples and other fantastic architectural monuments. Marvel at the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel, and the iconic Parthenon temple towering over the city in all its glory, learning all about its significance in classical Greece and its homage to the goddess Athena. As well as layers upon layers of history and mythology, modern-day Greece has plenty to offer its visitors, particular when it comes to art and music culture. Athens has become a top street art destination in Europe and if you’re lucky, you’ll also be able to watch local dancers and musicians perform nearby some of Athens’ traditional restaurants.
Unwind in paradise in Rhodes
Looking for some serious sun, sea and relaxation as well as exploration? Rhodes is a stunning island that offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy long stretches of sandy beaches, take a dip in crystal clear waters, explore ancient castles and revel in the history of this beautiful island’s long-gone civilisation. Visit the 2,400-year-old UNESCO world heritage site, Old Town, with stunning architecture and markets galore, or go butterfly chasing in Petaloudes, The Valley of the Butterflies, on a unique and peaceful nature walk in the lush green forest.
Party in style on the islands
With sun-bleached buildings amongst flashes of colour, Mykonos is a gorgeously glamorous island in the Cyclades. According to Greek mythology, Mykonos was created from the bodies of giants killed by Hercules, with the island being named after Greek god Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos. If you’d rather go exploring, the famous Mykonos windmills are an iconic scene that simply cannot be missed. If you’re looking to experience a slice of Greek beauty, then a stop off in Santorini is a must. Boasting one of the largest ports in Greece and some of the best views in the world, it’s a hidden, historic gem waiting to be explored.
Feast on Crete’s indulgent offerings
Greece’s biggest island, Crete has plenty to offer its visitors. From its wild natural beauty to its mouth-watering cuisine, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Crete’s innate history and ancient architecture. For lovers of the outdoors, put on your hiking boots and explore Crete’s canyons, go off-roading in the island’s sublime natural beauty or make a splash in the Libyan Sea with scuba diving and other water sports. Fall in love with the Mediterranean diet by feasting on some traditional Cretan fare, including savoury cheese pies, herb-rich salads and pastries galore, washed down with a strong and fiery glass of tsikoudia.