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Why We Love Greece

Greece has the best of the Mediterranean, at around half the price of everywhere else. It has the beaches, both on the mainland and its many islands around the Aegean and Ionian Seas. It has the beautiful whitewashed houses, the belfries and domes of the churches a ubiquitous sight against the deep blue summer sky.

It has the history, as the cradle of western civilisation, with amazing ruins from the Classical era ranging from the Acropolis above Athens to smaller ones like the evocative Portara arch on the headland above Naxos. Much of it is a rugged landscape, from the caldera of Santorini to the mountain fastness of Mount Olympus, where you could imagine the gods reigning over the world below.

It has Meteora, a breathtaking sight with monasteries somehow perched on top of vertical monoliths high above the valley below. The less explored parts of the country are a step back in time, country villages with cobbled streets, and donkeys carrying the shopping up the steep hill home.

The food is just as wonderful, using the flavours of oregano, bay, mint and garlic. Souvlakia, a meat dish made from whichever one you choose, is a perpetual favourite, and seafood on the islands is a must. We yearn to return to one particular beachside taverna to have another feta baked in sesame and honey.

Latest Greece Guides

Falassarna Beach Guide

Falassarna Beach Guide

Falassarna Beach is staggeringly beautiful, without a doubt one of the best beaches in Crete. There are actually five beaches rather than one, all very different in character. It’s in a quiet corner of north-west Crete, a blissful spot that feels like it’s on the edge...

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Balos Beach Crete

Balos Beach Crete

Balos Beach Crete is one of the best beaches in Crete, and for that matter, Greece, the Mediterranean, Europe and the world. You’ll see tours to Balos advertised at every travel agency between there and Crete capital Heraklion, and...

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Gramvousa Beach Crete Guide

Gramvousa Beach Crete Guide

You can only visit Gramvousa beach if you’re visiting the much more famous Balos beach and lagoon, a short distance down the Crete coast. Balos is preceded by its reputation as one of the best beaches in Europe, perhaps even one of the best beaches in the world. But...

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Georgioupolis Crete Guide

Georgioupolis Crete Guide

Georgioupolis Crete is a village on the north coast of the island with a very long beach. Indeed, locals claim that it is the longest of all Crete beaches, 10 km (6 miles) in length. As with many other resorts in Greece, Georgioupolis (also spelt Georgioupoli,...

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Kalypso Beach Crete

Kalypso Beach Crete

Kalypso Beach Crete is one of the best beaches in Crete, and one of the most unusual.  It’s set in its own secret cove a short drive from the beach village of Plakias Crete. It’s also part of the Kalypso Cretan Village Resort & Spa, one of several Plakias...

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Complete Bali Crete Beaches Guide

Complete Bali Crete Beaches Guide

Bali Crete is a great spot for holidays in Greece. It’s a small fishing village that has grown into one of the most picturesque Crete resorts, with five beaches clustered around a gorgeous gulf on the north Crete coast. The Bali Crete beaches are all very easy to...

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Spilies Beach Crete (great for snorkelling)

Spilies Beach Crete (great for snorkelling)

You wouldn’t know Spilies beach Crete was there unless someone tipped you off about it. It’s less than a mile (0.8 km) from another spectacular hidden Crete beach, Geropotamos, on the Heraklion to Rethymno and Chania highway. Spilies – also known as Mariou to Riaki...

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Arkadi Monastery Crete

Arkadi Monastery Crete

Arkadi Monastery is one of the most fascinating Crete attractions of all. Arkadi is also hugely important to Cretans themselves, as it has played such an important part in their history. So what can you expect to see when you visit, how do you get there and...

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Geropotamos Beach Crete

Geropotamos Beach Crete

The first time I passed Geropotamos beach I had one of those, “Did I just see that?” moments. As we drove past on the highway bridge just inland, I thought I saw a river running alongside a broad sweep of golden sand. In the distance, completing the perfect scene, was...

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The Best Villages in Santorini

The Best Villages in Santorini

Spectacular Santorini is one of the most stunning of all the Greek islands. The villages in Santorini are many people’s idea of a typical Greek village, with their beautiful white houses and blue church domes. Yet Santorini villages aren’t that typical of Greece. The...

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Chania Old Town – A Photo Tour

Chania Old Town – A Photo Tour

Wandering Chania Old Town is one of the best things to do in Crete. Chania has a stunning harbour, one of the most beautiful in Greece, with magnificent sunsets out to sea in one direction and the imposing White Mountains in the other. The Old Town is the area behind...

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Things to do in Rethymno

Things to do in Rethymno

The city of Rethymno has all the perfect ingredients for wonderful holidays in Crete. It’s as close as you can get to the unique, perfect package – one of the best beaches in Crete, a picturesque old harbour and one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, all within a...

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