Despite economic woes, Greece will always remain a compelling destination. Incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Superb harbours and beaches punctuate the coastline and mountainous interiors beg exploration. Then there are the iconic islands, ranging from backwater dots in the Aegean’s blue vastness (where a highlight is the arrival of the twice weekly boat) to upmarket resorts rivalling any in the Mediterranean.
For any thinking traveller, Greece cannot fail to inspire. Minoans, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Venetians, Slavs, Albanians and Turks have all been here and left their imprint. Links to the Hellenic past abound in almost every town or village, whether a crumbling temple to Apollo, an imposing Venetian fortification or a dusty Byzantine chapel decorated with exquisite frescoes. Museums are ubiquitous, filled with classical sculpture and archaeological treasures.
Depth, complexity and layering exists here in abundance. Greece will deliver surprises and a sense of discovery to even the most demanding traveller.