Greece – birthplace of civilization
Known locally as Hellas, Greece is a country located in south-east Europe and comprises several islands. Tourists come year after year to indulge in sumptuous food and great weather and to unwind on the idyllic coastline. Positioned at the end of the Balkan Peninsula with the Ionian Sea to the west and the Aegean Sea to the east, Greece is famed for its seafood. Relax in a harbourside taverna or at a small café on the beach and try shellfish, crab and a shot of ouzo. Crete, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades are popular Greek islands with numerous attractions and activities. Try watersports, enjoy a picnic on the beach or climb Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece, for views out over the inspiring landscape. Travellers looking for an authentic trip to Greece must take a tour of the Acropolis of Athens to marvel over the ancient monument to the goddess Athena.
Travel to Greece, cultural setting for mythical creatures and legendary tales. Sail the Aegean Sea and discover ancient structures and monuments on one of several Greek islands. Greek cuisine is renowned the world over; savour succulent lamb and vine leaves.
When to Go?
Greece’s climate is temperate with Mediterranean and Alpine influences. The Pindus mountain range causes strong rainfall in the west of the mainland. The islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot summer months; as a result they’re very popular with holidaymakers and can get busy during July and August. Temperate climates are found along the coastline with strong breezes from the sea all year round.
How to get there?
Greece and the islands are served by over 20 different airports. Direct flights from the UK are available to Athens International Airport (ATH) , Santorini Airport (JTR) , Kos (KGS) , Rhodes (RHO) and Corfu (CFU) with airlines including EasyJet and British Airways and seasonal charters from Monarch and Thomson Flights. Journeys from the UK to Greece take just over 3 hours. Passengers can fly from one of several UK destinations such as Manchester, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh and Dublin.
Take a trip to Greece and immerse yourself in its ancient history. Tour the sites of archaeological interest including the sanctuary of Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassus and Olympia, the world famous setting for athletic achievement. Discover the temples of Athens and marvel over the exhibits at The National Archaeological Museum. Spend a peaceful afternoon strolling through the ruins at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Tourists to Greece can relax on the coast or take a yacht trip out to the popular islands of Rhodes and Crete.