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Greece and the Greek Islands

Steeped in mythology and imbued with a peaceful purity, Greece and the Greek Islands combine a mountainous beauty with a myriad of world-class beach resorts.

Ever since Byron carved his name on Cap Sounion’s Doric columns and Gerard Durrell was bewitched by the lush hillsides of Corfu, as a nation we have had an enduring love affair with Greece and the Greek Islands. Our passion may have wavered in recent years but Greece is back in favour as a fantastic holiday destination. Rather than responding to mass market demands for beach bargains, Greece and the Greek Islands have done the opposite. Along with rural tourism, luxury hotels are on the increase such as Amanzo’e which opened on the Peloponnese in July 2012. And culinary tourism (enogastronomia)is flourishing.

Weather

Summers are hot and sunny, with temperatures soaring into the late 30s during July and August. Benefitting from coastal breezes, islands are several degrees cooler. Spring and Autumn are popular times to visit with typically eight hours sunshine a day and temperatures around 20C. Crete offers the longest beach season from mid-April until early November.

Culinary Highlights

Greek cuisine is varied, boasting mountain cheeses, delicious pastries, abundant fish dishes and herb-roasted meats. Santorini celebrated a Year of Gastronomy in 2013, with wine tastings, culinary demonstrations and local produce on offer.

Historical Discoveries

You are never far from reminders of Greece’s antique heritage. Ancient Athens, Agamemnon’s kingdom at Mycenae and the gymnasium at Olympus are “must sees” on the mainland. On the island, you will find the birthplace of Apollo at Delos (near Mykonos) and Crete’s Minoan palace at Knossos. The smaller discoveries you make along the way are equally impressive, from the well-preserved Nestor’s Palace on the Costa Navarino to the Italianate palazzi of Nafplio on the Peloponnese.

Island Hopping

Day trips from Athens are popular. A good choice is picturesque Hydra when donkeys follow cobbled streets down to the harbour. Volcanic Santorini with its blue-domed churches, the windmills of Venetian Mykonos and the Minoan palaces of Crete make the perfect three-centre trip. Island bases are also good to explore from. Zakythnos  is the perfect springboard to visit Kefalonia, setting for Captain Correlli’s Mandolin.

Where to Stay

Family choices include Porto Zante on Zakythnos where villa living is combined with the services of a five star hotel and the all-suite and villa property of Domes of Elounda, Crete with its excellent beach club. Couple may prefer the spectacular Mystique, built into Santorini’s cliff face, the seclusion of Amanzo’e whose pool suites blend into the Peloponnese countryside or the privacy of the infinity-edge pool suites at the Romanos on the unspoiled Costa Navarino.

Content produced in association with Carrier. For more information about holidays to Greece and the Greek Islands, call us on 01923 284148 or email info@ultimatedestinations.co.uk and we will be delighted to help.


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