Whether you wish to spend your time uncovering historical findings or soaking up the sun on the beach, sampling local cuisine or being at one with what nature has to offer, Greece has all the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation. Described as the cradle of the Western civilisation, the country is brimming with ancient monuments and archaeological sites that have incredibly stood the test of time. Go diving in the Ionian Sea, climb mountainous peaks or hop from one idyllic island to another – the choices are endless. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport receives the highest volume of flights to Greece, while other main airports include Heraklion International Airport on the island of Crete, Thessaloniki Airport in the north and Rhodes International Airport on the island of Rhodes.
The capital, Athens, is one of the oldest cities in the world, bound to the Aegean Sea and crammed with the spectacularly preserved ruins of an ancient civilisation. These relics are juxtaposed with a thoroughly modern metropolis that charms those who visit. Rivalling Athens for sights and attractions is Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, boasting a wealth of Byzantine monuments and archaeological treasures. A world away from the mega metropolis are the islands that are scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. The Cyclades Islands are famed for their natural beauty and breathtaking sunsets, while the Dodecanese Islands are blessed with vibrant destinations such as Rhodes and Kos. Crete is Greece's largest island and a popular destination for its white sandy beaches, soaring mountainscapes and lush green interiors.