One of the most ancient cities in the world, a fascinating melting pot of mystical ancient monuments, modern flair and traditional values. The vast metropolis is utterly fascinating, the iconic Acropolis shining like a golden beacon across the urban bustle below. Get lost in Athens’ buzzing neighbourhoods as you discover a rich art scene, rustic markets, architectural gems and a sublime food scene.
The party animal of the Cyclades, Mykonos lures visitors with promises of its legendary nightlife and luxury jet set scene. Yet it’s as pretty as it is flamboyant, and outside of the main towns the island is ringed with some of the best beaches in the Aegean Sea. Cruise into Chora’s curving bay and you will be greeted by the sight of white washed buildings hiding a maze of alleyways.
The walled, deep water port of Paros is a hub for superyachts who arrive in search of a traditional side of the Cyclades. This large, hilly island has been inhabited throughout the centuries by everyone from the Minoans to the Romans and Byzantines, and relics of its long past are dotted across the pretty landscape – be sure to walk up to the Ágii Anárgyri monastery above Parikiá for far-reaching views.
The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos is a soul-soothing place, where the charms of the Greek islands flourish under the brilliant sunshine. It has a dollop of everything you could need; a main town fringed by a picturesque waterfront, sublime deserted beaches and pretty little mountain villages dotted across slopes of Mount Zeus.
Some 4,000 years ago, the largest volcanic eruption the world has ever seen blasted a hole in the side of picturesque Santorini. The island beguiles visitors with its sophisticated charm. Black sand beaches dot the island, traditional seafood restaurants perch on the shores of towns such as Fira and Oia, and staggering archaeological relics give an insight into the centuries of life on this far-flung Greek island.
This mere blip of an island at the southern end of the Cyclades is home to around 700 people and is just 8 miles long by 3 miles wide. The island features off-the-beaten-track beaches, green hills begging to be hiked, and bewitching little villages teeming with amazing restaurants. It is a place to slow the pace, to soak up the Aegean sunsets, and to anchor in remote coves.
What to Eat
Loukoumades are an outrageously sweet and sticky calorie-laden treat, loukoumades are bite-size deep-fried doughnuts, traditionally served warm, drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon.
Warm, sweet and sticky, for most Greeks bougatsa is a filo pastry custard cream pie. If you live in Thessaloniki, the term bougatsa includes savoury pies too, filled with either kimas (minced meat) or tiri (cheese).
Similar to kolokithokeftedes, but using tomatoes instead of courgettes as the core ingredient, tomato fritters are tastiest when made with cherry tomatoes from Santorini.
This ubiquitous side dish combines fresh chopped tomatoes, cucumber and purple onions, topped with a generous hunk of feta cheese and a handful of black olives, drizzled with olive oil.
Where to Eat
A perfect place to gather under a shady canopy for long, leisurely meals that can stretch on into the night surrounded by an stunning sunset and live music.
Buddha Bar Beach, Mykonos
Guests of Buddha-Bar Beach can look forward to a distinctive experience that combines the signature atmosphere of the renowned restaurant with the unparalleled views of the Aegean Sea.
Koukoumavlos has won numerous accolades and awards, including Toque d’Or for many consecutive years. Chef Nikos Pouliasis always finds numerous ways to explore flavours and ingredients so as to create highly original, dishes.
La Maison, Santorini
Innovative gastronomic ideas. Ingredients from Santorini. Inspirational recipes. The rich culinary tradition of Santorini and the Mediterranean is expressed through the dishes bursting with flavours and aromas.
Where to Party
Island Club Restaurant Athens
For more than 20 years, it is the most popular destination of the Athens Riviera for those who stand for quality and style.
The amazing world of Nammos in Mykonos; celebrate the good life with gastronomic concepts, daily parties, events and the ultimate beach life of Psarou.
Located at the cosmopolitan heart of the Cyclades, SantAnna is the ultimate beach club in one of the most tranquil bays of Mykonos.
Cavo Paradiso Mykonos
Located on Paradise Beach, this is a destination for those who want to embrace serious partying.