Greece needs little introduction - the influence of the Ancient Greeks permeates across the world even today, and the incredible history and culture has long made it a destination for tourists visiting Europe. Situated in the south corner of Europe between the Balkans and Turkey, the beautiful coastline and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas provide the most popular destinations.
The capital, Athens, is of course the main draw. The Acropolis and Parthenon sit on a high rocky outcrop and overlooks the sprawling city below. The many ancient sites are now linked by an incredible pedestrianised zone, making Athens one of the easiest major cities in Europe to get around. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is dwelling on the past however; trend-conscious youngsters are the driving force behind a vibrant culture and contemporary music and art scene, and Greek food is experiencing something of a modern revolution in the capital.
The Greek mainland is also home to many other historic sites. Olympia was a sanctuary in Ancient Greece and the site of the original Olympic Games, held from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Delphi has a long mythological history, and retains its well preserved ancient theatre.
When you’ve had your fill of the capital, the Aegean islands offer the perfect opportunity for a relaxing respite; the vibrant nightlife of Mykonos and the natural beauty of Santorini offering the perfect contrast to the bustling metropolis.