It's a land steeped in ancient myths and legends and it still has the magic to make holiday dreams come true.
Greece is the perfect getaway for so many marvellous reasons and about 25 million tourists will enjoy its delights this year. Here’s why you should be one of them:
It’s a fantastic package…
Spectacular scenery, amazing beaches, wonderful weather, friendly people, great food, award winning wine and mind-blowing history. So much that’s so good. And it’s thickly spread across mainland Greece and the Greek islands that are scattered like brilliant gems across two clear blue seas.
In the beginning….
The storytellers say Greek Gods created the world. Historians tell us it was the birthplace of democracy, maths, modern medicine, the Olympic Games and so much more. Buildings from thousands of years ago have been discovered. The most magnificent is the white marble Parthenon, a temple to the goddess Athena, built 2,500 years ago and still the glittering crown on the Acropolis of Athens.
But what about now?
Greece has become cosmopolitan and modern in every respect without ruining the traditional Mamma Mia! charm and legendary hospitality that so many people love. English is spoken almost everywhere, and the food just goes on getting better.
Tavernas and restaurants provide international cuisine alongside wonderful Greek dishes – and over the road locals will be enjoying their ouzo at a kafenion, picking up the children from school or going to church.
You can still get that lovely Shirley Valentine moment when you have a meal at a beach and the table is set in the gentle lapping of the sea. Fun and romance in the herb-scented air.
Those traditional, family-run studios that were once the main accommodation for holidaymakers are still there. Now Greece has private villas, stylish boutique hotels and superb all-inclusive hotels offering the highest levels of luxury.
There are places where the summer parties start early and go on through the night; resorts for families; places for people who want to sunbathe all day and places to play all day. There are spas and gyms, water sports and hiking, tennis and golf, cycling and climbing. They even play cricket in Corfu!
And if that isn’t enough you can hop off to another beach, another town, another island because everything in Greece is always satisfyingly the same – but always sensationally different.