Not many countries can boast of having one of the oldest histories than any nation in the planet as much as Greece can. Regarded as the cradle of all Western civilization, it's cultural legacy runs as far back as 270,000 BC because the earliest evidence of human ancestors were discovered in Petralona cave, in the Greek district of Macedonia. Not only does the ancient country possess a glorious and illustrious heritage, Greece has also made rapid progress in a variety of fields including democracy, Western philosophy, Olympic Games, Western drama and so forth.
Begin your vacation by making a stop at one of the oldest cities in the globe, Athens. The Greek capital is world-famous for being the birthplace of democracy and it's human civilization dates as bar as the 11th - 7th millennium BC with an assortment of historical structures that were erected around that time. When in Athens, the landmarks that is representative of the capital as well as the nation is the UNESCO world heritage site Acropolis. Some of the highlights in the Acropolis are the sacred structures built during 461-239BC such as the symbol of western civilization - Parthenon or the temple constructed with Pentelic marble - Erechtheus. Another key attraction is the iconic Temple of Olympian Zeus, largest temple in Greece.
Greece is home to an array of beautiful islands housed in the Mediterranean sea. One of them is the stunning volcanic Island - Santorini, renowned for it's spectacular sunsets and old-world charming towns. Lounge around and get a lovely sun tan on the many sun-drenched beaches in the archipelago such as the beach of Perissa, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach and watch the inviting warm deep-blue waters glisten beneath the scorching sun.
Another fantastic island-destination in Greece is the gorgeous Rhodes, the biggest of the country's Dodecanese islands. Popular for it's quaint little seaside towns and sandy beaches, the night-life is shimmering and lively with a plethora of bars and dance clubs for people to let their hair down. The Greek isles of Mykonsos is known for it's glitz, flamboyance and razzle-dazzle. Groove to the foot-tapping music in the colorful discotheques with world-famous Djs until the wee hours.
While visiting the second largest city of Greece, Thessaloniki, be sure to head over to the UNESCO-listed Byzantine churches and the numerous Roman monuments. Mythology buffs will love visiting the island of Ithaca since as per legend, it is home to Odysseus. To view the centuries-old monasteries of Meteora housed at the summit of the the rocky outcrops, head over to the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, adjacent to the pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.
Take a trip to one of the most popular island destinations in Greece - Corfu. It's capital Corfu Town, UNESCO World Heritage site, is packed with stunning Italianate architecture. If hiking is in the agenda then walking down the Samaria Gorge in the island of Crete is a fantastic experience. Catch a glimpse of the towering and soaring Mount Olympus, highest mountain in Greece and adventure-seekers can go on mountain excursions to reach it's peaks.
Greek cuisine is one of the most renowned in the planet. Don't forget to dig into several of their local delicacies like the Moussaka - eggplant or potato-based dish, Gyros - meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, Tzatziki - yoghurt-based item garnished with garlic and cucumber, Souvlaki - grilled meat and vegetables and so forth. It would be a crime to not sip refreshingly tasty and delicious Greek-style cold coffee - frappe.
Greece is home to abundant stay options. There is no dearth of the best luxury hotels and expensive private apartments for the millionaires who can afford to splurge on an extravagant lifestyle. At the same time there are plenty of modest and cheap accommodations for the budget tourists as well.
Greece experiences a primarily Mediterranean climate featuring mild wet winters and hot, dry summers. The best time to visit the country would be during Spring and early summer (mid-April to mid-June) and autumn (September - mid-October).