Ancient Greece is considered to be the birthplace of Western Civilisation, a country of remarkable beauty and steeped in ancient history.
There is history all around in Greece, from the ultimate monument of the Acropolis in chaotic Athens to the famed UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites spread far and wide. In addition fine cuisine, great Mediterranean weather, superb beaches on the Greek islands such as Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, plus fantastic nightlife make Greece one the most popular holiday destination with us Brits.
Greece sees a warm Mediterranean climate, with summer temperatures often hitting the 40s (°C) and a dry outlook for most of the year. Although the peak season is in July and August, this is when the country is at its hottest and most humid, and when tourist numbers are at their highest.
The best times to visit Greece are in May/June and September, particularly if you’re heading to the popular island resorts where cheaper accommodation can also be had. October and November are a bit stormy while December to March gets chilly on high ground.
– Athens: the Greek capital is situated right in the centre of Greek territory. It is somewhat of a noisy, smoggy and chaotic city, but lovable all the same owing to its ancient persona and café culture. The Acropolis is the most important monument in the city, and perhaps the Western world for that matter; it features a collection of outstanding feats of architecture overlooking the dusty city. Visit as early as possible to avoid the heat and crowds. Major nearby attractions include the Mount Parnassus ski resort, to the north of Athens, and the nearby Mount Delphi and ancient town of the same name.
– Thessaloniki: right in the north of the country is Greece’s second city and one which possesses almost as much historical prowess as the capital itself. It has a continuous 3,000-year history, with Roman relics, Byzantine churches and loads of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tsimiski Street is the main thoroughfare to seek out Thessaloniki’s best museums, including the brilliant Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Thessaloniki also has a buzzing nightlife and does well in the shopping stakes too, with fashion well represented on Mitropoleos, Proxenou Koromila and Tsimiski streets. Thessaloniki is accessible from Athens by night train in about six hours.
– Patras: lying in western Greece to the northwest of Athens, Patras is a major port and Greece’s third-largest urban area. As the western gateway to Greece, Patras receives numerous boats from Italian cities daily and boasts such fine attractions as the monumental Rio-Antirio Bridge and the Roman Odeon. A visit to the popular Achaia Clauss wine factory is also fun with varieties like Mavrodafni available to try. While out amid the cafés and restaurants of Patras, the local liqueur known as Tentoura is a must-try. The journey to Patras from Athens is fairly arduous due to the mountainous terrain and trains make the trip in about five hours. You can fly to Patras from Athens in less than an hour, however.Share this tour
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