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Greece

Greece offers picture perfect islands, rustic cuisine, ancient monuments, and rambling olive groves to explore. Sociable locals add yet another reason to visit this diverse country which welcomes travellers with open arms. The capital of Athens is a must see for its superb archeological sites such as the Acropolis, the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is simultaneously historic and contemporary which adds another layer to the city. And, of course, there are the famous Greek islands. You’re biggest challenge will be deciding which ones to visit. Santorini and Mykonos are deservedly popular although they can get exceptionally busy during peak seasons and whenever a cruise ship is in town. Corfu has some of the best beaches in Greece. They’re also some of the busiest but it’s surprisingly easy to find a virtually deserted stretch of sand if you know where to look. It’s a pleasure to lose yourself in the winding streets of the charming old town in Rhodes. Crete is home to Knossos which harks back to the bronze age and has some of the best preserved ruins in Greece. 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO 

Visit the Acropolis in Athens
See the monasteries in Meteora
Sail down the Corinth Canal
Watch the sunset in Santorini
Go hiking in the hills
Eat fresh seafood at a cafe
Take a tour to Delphi
Go swimming at the beach
Marvel at Mount Olympus

Stroll the streets of Santorini

Experience the history of Athens

GREECE WEATHER

The temperature in Greece climbs in summer and so does the number of visitors, especially at popular historic and tourist sites. The months on either side of the busy summer tourist season  – May and September – offer fewer crowds and better deals. Winter, which runs between December and March, is also affordable although not particularly well suited to fun in the sun. It can get exceptionally chilly in some regions and rain is common throughout the country at this time. Snow is not uncommon in mountainous areas in winter. 

TRAVEL TIPS

Visit archaeologic sites early in the morning or at the end of the day. The temperatures will be cooler and you will avoid the worst of the crowds. 

Don’t limit your visit to Athens and the islands. Many of the small inland towns in Greece are just as beautiful and captivating in their own way. 

Follow the locals to find the best dining options and avoid restaurants which take bookings before 7pm. These will almost certainly be aimed at tourists. 

The Acropolis in Athens is superb but the modern state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum, located near the base of the site, is just as astounding. 

Beach in Greece

TRAVEL INSPIRATION

  • The Acropolis is the centre of the ancient world of Greece and holds a place as the birthplace of democracy. Here are five tips for visiting the Acropolis.

  • With a dazzling array of ports packed with history, culture and natural beauty, a Mediterranean cruise is the ideal way to experience some of the best of Europe with a minimum of fuss. Here are my top five Mediterranean cruise

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.