Best buddies enjoying a siesta on a Greek island.
Greece offers an amazingly rich history as the home of democracy and of Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, Hades, Pan, Eros, Aphrodite, Theseus, Odysseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Atlantis, the Spartans, Alexander the Great, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Hippocrates, the advanced Minoan civilisation, stunning architectural and artistic designs, Drama and Chaos. And the Olympics of course.
These days Greece is more likely to mean a low-rent holiday on an idyllic island and days spent slumped on a soft sandy beach beside turquoise blue sea or wandering around ancient sun-bleached ruins before taking the edge off with an iced ouzo.
Meteora monasteries not far from Athens on mainland Greece.
Meteora is one of the most outstanding attractions in Greece, a cluster of monasteries perched on rock pinnacles northwest of the Greek capital, Athens. Built around the 14th century as a defensive measure, they are easy to visit from Athens via asphalt roads and a bit of a climb in some cases.
Halkidiki on mainland Greece, up north.
Halkidiki is a rural fist striking out into the north Aegean Sea with three fingers. These fingers are, from the south heading north, Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos.
Access to all three is usually via Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, an hour or three by bus or car on good roads, depending on the destination. Halkidiki is also known as Chalkidiki or Chalcidice.