Sun-bleached ruins whisper of ancient mythology, as the Aegean sea tickles the crystalline coastlines.  Greece has a culture alive with passionate music, ouzo imbibed dancing, inspired cuisine and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

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Where to Eat in Greece

Food in Greece is a central part of the culture, with a strong emphasis on freshness, seasonality, simplicity, and above all, mouth-watering flavours. Dips are a real speciality here with taramosalata made from fish roe, yoghurt and cucumber tzatziki, and skordalia blended from potatoes and garlic all must-tries. Surrounded by the sea, fish and seafood is an obvious staple of many diets, often just straightforwardly grilled over coals with lemon, herbs and olive oil. Mouthwatering meat skewers are gently barbecued and served with bread and salad, and don’t miss out on dolmades, which are vine leaves stuffed with rice and meat and steamed until tender.

Crete – Try out a taverna

Crete is an island filled with wonder, but one of its best kept secrets are the Tavernas that dot the island. Try out the delicious pork roasted in a traditional wood oven and Greek style ‘asado‘ lamb called Antikristo, not to be missed! Just out of the beach town of Agios Nikolaos  you can spot the local hotspot of Miliaras‘ where they serve up the best souvlaki pork skewers in Greece.

Athens- Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants

 As one of top restaurants in Athens, Spondi was voted to a spot on the Elite Traveler list of Top 100 Restaurants in the World 2017.

The head chef serves a menu that changes according to the seasons and features dishes such as venison fillet with mousseline red cabbage-gooseberry and beetroot salmis followed by a desert of Araguani chocolate with creamy chocolate-caramel, hazelnut crumble and raspberry sorbet.

Santorini – Seafood with a view

Katerina’s Taverna in Ammoudi, Santorini is a local’s favourite which it holds the honour of being the best seafood and fish restaurant on the island. Unfortunately, no reservations can be made so get in early if you’d like to enjoy a famous Santorini sunset.

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Where to Drink in Greece

Athens – Cocktails with a view

On the top floor of the Hilton Hotel, with views of the floodlit Acropolis rising above the city rooftops, the see-and-be-seen Galaxy Bar serves pricey cocktails named after the stars, such as Jupiter (gin, Champagne, cucumber and mint), plus finger food. There’s a lovely open-air terrace with a wooden deck and potted olive trees, and occasional celebrity DJ’s playing lounge and electro, and it stays open into the early morning.

Greece

Where to Play in Greece

Party in the Islands: Mykonos

While other islands like Ios are competing with established Mykonos to be named the best party spot, Mykonos remains on top of its game. This popular island has luxury accommodation with a price tag to match (unless you’re booking through Luxury Escapes) but is none-the-less the best spot to stay up all night and dance under the stars.  Make Chora your base but spend your days at Paradise Beach. The party starts there around mid-afternoon and builds as the day goes on. Paradise Beach is easily reached by bus from Chora.

You can reach Mykonos by ferry from Athens or by plane. The ferry takes just between three and five hours.

See the sunset from Santorini

If you’re looking for that iconic, picturesque view, Santorini is your spot. While the island is quite bogged down with tourists in the high season, a trip just before or after the hoards will bring you to clear waters lapping on pebble beaches, a plethora of restaurants and bars, beautiful, quaint little towns and idyllic sunsets. The towns of Santorini are perched on the top of the rim of an underwater volcano, which makes for some great hikes and beautiful scenic vistas. Stay in Fira or Oia to make the most of the caldera (where much of the action is,) but for a beach-y option, Kamari is quite popular, and great for families.

A ferry to Santorini from Athens can take 5-10 hours, depending on the boat you choose. There is also an airport on the island, and flights take about one hour.

Immerse yourself in history

From politics and philosophy, to architecture and art, much of what we now take for granted as foundations of our society stem from this region of the Mediterranean. Visual reminders of this rich history are absolutely everywhere you go in Greece, with walled cities, castles and amphitheatres still standing on many of the islands. That’s not to mention the incredible attractions like the Acropolis on the mainland that still towers over the city of Athens. Walking around the ruins it’s easy to gain a sense of the history of these places, and with a little reading, an understanding of their significance.

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Where to Stay in Greece

Dion Palace Resort & Spa near Thessaloniki

You’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque location in beautiful Thessaloniki. Set right in front of the pebbled beach and with Mount Olympus as its backdrop, the resort offers stunning views in every direction. Onsite you’ll find three restaurants and four indoor and outdoor bars. The crowning glory is Le Spa, an on-site sanctuary with heated indoor pool featuring water jets and cascades, a sauna, hammam, Scottish showers, relaxation area, fitness centre and treatment rooms offering a wide variety of beauty and wellness therapies.

Planning a trip to Greece? Check out the Luxury Escapes offer for Dion Palace Resort & Spa here.

Aegea Blue Cycladic Resort on the locals’ favourite, Andros Island

Favoured by the locals from Athens looking for a relaxing getaway, the peaceful Greek island of Andros attracts visitors looking to escape the bustle of more popular tourist areas and is best known for its beautiful hidden beaches, olive groves, sea caves, picturesque hiking trails, crystal clear waters and charming traditional villages.

Located on the edge of a clifftop overlooking the hidden beach of Zorgos and sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea, guests staying at the boutique Aegea Blue Cycladic Resort can unwind amongst the tranquility and spectacular landscape of the island of Andros. Designed to resemble a typical Cycladic village, guests can descend the hotel’s scenic pathways down to the beach, unwind with a cocktail by the freshwater swimming pool, marvel at unbelievable vistas, catch a show at the open-air amphitheatre, enjoy live music under the stars and indulge in fine dining Mediterranean cuisine, all while revelling in the sun-kissed beauty of the Greek islands.

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort; a five-star haven in Crete

Stamped with a Tripadvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence, The Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort is currently the number-one rated property in Kato Gouves on TripAdvisor. Nestled on Crete’s northern coast, this popular seaside resort boasts golden-sand beaches and one of the island’s most picturesque seafront promenades lined with restaurants and tavernas, along with classic Grecian architecture and historic white-washed churches in the nearby old village of Pano Gouves.

With a sleek and sophisticated design inspired by a Cretan palace, this resort – part of one of Greece’s most exclusive and sought-after hotel chains – boasts exceptional facilities such as nine restaurants and bars offering everything from fine dining to beach-club-style sunset drinks, the Amirandes Elixir Alchemy Spa – which offers an indoor pool, a sauna, a beauty room, a gym and seafront yoga sessions – an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a Golf Academy plus 18-hole golf course nearby and much more.

Five-Star Private Beach Luxury in the Greek Islands

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is spectacularly located on a hillside on the coast just 15 minutes from the charming harbourside town of Agios Nikolaos, and offers guests access to an exclusive private beach nestled in the cove, a glittering heated seawater infinity pool, six restaurants and bars offering everything from à la carte cuisine to casual bites, a beautiful spa and more.

Explore the pretty hillside town of Agios Nikolaos with its glittering harbour lined with bars and tavernas and browse its plentiful shops from premium boutiques to vendors selling authentic Greek souvenirs.

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