- Greece Luxury holidays
Greece has become the epitome of the Mediterranean lifestyle, with its diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and dairy, its welcoming hot and sunny climate, and its generally relaxed pace of life. It is one of the cradles of civilisation, and the Ancient Greeks left behind a legacy of philosophy and democracy, as well as the basis for much of modern-day mathematics and science. In the modern era, it is often referred to as the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, due to its location close to all three continents.
A Greece for everybody
Greece derives a large portion of its GDP from tourism, and while many people visit the country for its ancient monuments, they are not the only reason for a holiday in Greece. The landscape and coastal waters attract plenty of visitors to take part in active pursuits, while the party resorts like Thessaloniki often rank highly in surveys of the best holiday destinations for younger people. Away from the mainland, the Greek Islands have their own appeal, and Santorini is regarded as one of the best island destinations in the world, with Mykonos not far behind.
Greece's heritage and legacy
Greece is obviously rich in history, with 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Acropolis in Athens, and several archaeological sites such as Delphi and Olympia. It was also home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Colossus of Rhodes. While the former was lost, the workshop of the sculptor Phidias has been located at Olympia, while the final location of the ruins of the Colossus of Rhodes remains open to some debate.
When should I visit Greece?
If you go to Greece in the winter, you can expect a trade-off between higher rainfall levels, which is to be expected, but also quite mild temperatures. The summer, by contrast, is generally hot and dry, with the exception of the high altitudes of Greece's mountain ranges. One of these, the Pindus range, affects the weather conditions in a similar way to the Pennines in the UK - creating a 'rain shadow' which means conditions to the east of the mountains are drier on the whole. On the coast though, the typical Mediterranean climate can be expected, and this includes Athens.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Greece are all about doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you want to watch the sun set from the poolside with a delicious cocktail, your luxury holiday will make sure it happens, and if you want a room with a stunning view of the coast, they’ll go out of their way to arrange it. Luxury holidays provide you with everything you need to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s well worth spending a little extra for a luxury package in Greece, where the level of attention you receive is your choice. Greece provides world-class luxury, and while you may not have snowy mountains, you will have some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, and a luxury holiday filled with the impeccable attention to detail that Greeks are renowned for.