Imagine yourself on a beach, glorious sunshine beaming down on you, waves lapping gently on the shore and a cocktail in hand, life doesn’t get much better than this right?
Well next time you’re looking for relaxation to the paramount I highly recommend you search no further than the Greek islands of pure paradise!
As Greece consists of 2 mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, it’s fair to say you will be more than spoiled for choice.
With a distinctive Mediterranean climate, Greece is known for very hot and dry summers, along with mild rainy winters. Yet famous for its magnificent sunshine the chances of prolonged stretches of rain are rare. However, weather patterns can vary due to dictation from the landscape and distance from the coast.
For example inland areas will differ from the high mountains, and the south is hotter and drier than the north. With the hot and dry seasons being between April and September, the mild and wet seasons set in from October to March. So depending on whether you’re a sun worshiper or a creature of culture you might want to consider what time of year you venture to this sublime country.
Talking of culture, the Greek culture has massively evolved over thousands of years and is still considered to be the birthplace of western civilization. Most customs and traditions are of a religious nature with Easter being the most important celebration of the year, so much so that the Greeks will have had celebrations and preparations underway a whole two months beforehand.
If you fancy a taster of life as a Greek or just want to be part of something special than I would highly recommend you visit Greece during Holy week!
Each island and mainland will have its own unique preservation of ancient history, however it doesn’t get much better than as you find it in Athens. Being the country’s capital the city attracts over 22 million tourists a year and given how much there is to do, you can understand the reasons why. You can take a tour on an open top double-decker bus, which allows you to trace the history and culture of Athens.
You can visit world-famous museums with inconceivable views of ancient temples. If you like the idea of being near water and don’t usually suffer with sea sickness than you might want to try a boat trip where you will visit the main harbour and some of the surrounding harbours, and also visit a small fishing port which houses a nautical museum that has been highly regarded by many visitors. For the shopaholics, there is more than an array of shopping opportunities within the city too!
Upon your stay in Greece not only is there a range of places to visit but there’s also such a variety of accommodation to stay in. Whether you prefer the idea of a quirky small apartment in the town to a luxury greek holiday villa on a secluded island, each island and mainland will have something very unique to offer. Some of the best accommodation in the country can be found on the small island of Paxos just south of Corfu.