Greece – or the Hellenic Republic, as it is officially known – is a country famous for its fascinating history, its breath-taking beauty, and its many contributions to civilisation; these contributions include the likes of the Olympic Games, democracy, Western philosophy, literature and drama to name just a few. Once the birthplace of Western civilisation, Greece is now a highly popular tourist destination which offers a wide range of accommodation and some truly unbeatable holiday experiences. There is so much to see and do when you visit this fascinating nation, from exploring its ancient archaeological sites to swimming, hiking, skiing, swimming with dolphins or enjoying a soothing dip in one of the country’s many natural thermal and mineral springs.
During your visit to Greece make sure not to miss such breath-taking landmarks as the Acropolis, which stands watch over Athens. This majestic citadel, with its gleaming marble pillars, temples and sanctuaries, includes the Parthenon. This ancient temple dedicated to Athena is now viewed as the pinnacle of the Doric order of architecture and is the crowning glory of the Acropolis.
Another must-see ancient site is Delphi, said to be the hub of the Ancient Greek civilisation. Here among the sun-drenched hills you can visit the Temple of Apollo and learn more about Greek history and mythology with a visit to the Delphi Archaeological Museum.
Of course, the country boasts its fair share of natural attractions, such as the Kefalos Bay, with its 12km of pristine sand, or the isle of Lefkada, said to possess some of the finest beaches in the country. You may also want to take a trip to Santorini where you can tuck into sea urchin salad at Selene in Fira, visit the art gallery of Leoni Atelier and take a tour of the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, a family-run business; you will also get to taste some of the family’s own wines during your visit.
Wherever you decide to go in Greece, be it Crete, Hydra, Corfu or Meteora, you are sure to savour a romantic honeymoon in this ancient land, where history and legend spring to life wherever you look, delicious food and drink is plentiful, and the sun rides high in a perfect blue sky.
What is the currency in Greece?
The official currency of Greece is the Euro (€).
How long does it take to fly to Greece?
The flight time from London to Athens is 3 hours and 29 minutes.
What is the time difference in Greece?
Athens is 2 hours ahead of London.
When is the best time to visit Greece?
The peak holiday season in Greece runs from early July to the end of August but you may want to time your visit at either end of the season, in June or September, as the weather will be warm and pleasant and there may not be as many crowds. However even in October, the Aegean islands should still be experiencing delightfully balmy weather.
What language is spoken in Greece?
The official language of Greece is Greek.