If you are an ancient history lover, there are few places in the world that’ll capture your heart and imagination like Greece. And if you think history is pretty boring, Greece will no doubt teach you otherwise.
It’s definitely close to impossible not to marvel at the ancient structures such as the 5th-century BC temple complex of Acropolis in Athens, the archaeological site of Delphi, the open-air island museum of Delos, the mesmerising Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, or the myth-laden Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete.
Many people, when they hear “Mediterranean diet”, immediately think it starts and ends with fish and vegetables. How wrong they are! Even though it may be healthy, and there’s definitely some Greek salad and fresh fish involved, the Greeks eat like kings! And don’t forget the wine and variety of desserts. Think baklava (filo pastry, nuts, butter, sugar), Amygdalota (gluten-free almond cookies), Moussaka, Tzatziki, Dolmades, and tasty meats, among plenty other mouthwatering foods!
If done the right way, Greece can be an affordable holiday. It really doesn’t have to cost you your pension to tick off this dream destination on your bucket list. Travelling to Greece with C the World this year September/October will cost you R23,450 pp sharing.
Let’s be honest, you don’t go to Greece if you hate sunshine and sea sand. Definitely not. Greece is world-renowned for its splendid, picturesque beaches and islands and you’ll search long and hard to find a place that’ll match the beauty of the Greek Islands.
Greeks, much like Italians, are masters of the slow life. Anyone who’s been to Greece will most likely tell you that they saw the most magnificent sunsets from a balcony in Santorini or while sipping on a cocktail on a beach in Mykonos. Within just a couple of days, you’ll find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. Or maybe retire, buy a beach bungalow in Santorini and set up shop in this paradise… Who knows?