There's so much to explore on a glorious Greek holiday

First visit to Greece? Well, we're sure it won't be your last! The eastern Mediterranean country celebrated as the cradle of democracy has an enthralling history, complete with mythical gods, ancient ruins and a veritable all-star cast of philosophers. Here is what you can expect on a Greek holiday!

Just looking around the capital city of Athens at spectacles like the Parthenon or the Dionysus and Herod Atticus amphitheatres, you'll soon realise just how influential Greek culture has been upon the western world. Its magnificent structures have been the inspiration for many architectural styles.

But the country that gave us the sweet melodies of Nana Mouskouri and delectable cuisine, including olives, feta cheese and dolmades washed down with ouzo, also has a fantastic modern vibe.

When it comes to clubs and bars - be it jazz, funk or Latin - Athens can party with the best of them and has been compared to New York in terms of pulsating nightlife.

And holidaymakers who love shopping will enjoy bustling Ermou Street, near Syntagma Square in the city centre, where you'll recognise a few global brands as well as discovering some local offerings.

On the other hand, if you are seeking out a quiet, relaxing break in the sun, then Greece is your perfect destination, too.

With almost 14,000 km of coastline, technically the longest of any country in Europe, the Greek islands boast superlative beaches, with soft white sand, clear turquoise water and enchanting little coves. There are so many beauty spots, such as Myrtos in Kefalonia, Balos in Crete, and Sarakiniko on Elafonisos Island.

But don't worry if you can't see everything in one Greek holiday - we know you'll go back again!


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