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Greece is a country in southeastern Europe consisting of 2 mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. It's often called the birthplace of Western civilization, and Athens, its capital, retains ancient landmarks including the 5th-century-B.C.E. Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.

Average Weather and Climate in Greece

The best time to visit Athens and the Greek Islands begins in May, when the mean temperature is 21 degrees Celsius (69 Fahrenheit) and rainfall is less than 1.5 cm, and continues on through June (mean temperature 25 degrees and rainfall less than 0.5 cm). July has monthly average temperatures of 28 degrees (82 Fahrenheit) and rainfall less than 0.5 cm and September, with an average temperature of 24 degrees (76 Fahrenheit) and less than 1 cm of rain.

Recommended for families and couples to visit in September

ATHENS

Athens has been the center of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. The capital of modern Greece, it’s still dominated by 5th-century-B.C.E. landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings such as the colonnaded Parthenon temple. But it’s also a contemporary city, and it’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters above sea level

The Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimármaro, is a multi-purpose stadium used for several events and athletics in Athens. The Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896

The Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built.

The Arch of Hadrian, most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate, is a monumental gateway resembling in some respects – a Roman triumphal arch.

The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art is one of the great museums of Athens. It houses a notable collection of artifacts of Cycladic art

ACCOMMODATION

MELIA HOTEL (4*)

Welcome to Athens, where ancient history meets the vitality of one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and the legendary Greek hospitality complements the Meliá reputation for passion for service.

At the Meliá Athens you will enjoy a memorable stay in the city’s ultimate urban oasis. With the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill as a backdrop, Meliá Athens provides magnificent facilities, spacious dining areas with views of the historic monuments and a modern health club with cardiovascular equipment. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.melia.com

INTERCONTINENTAL ATHENAEUM HOTEL (5*)

Located near the famed Parthenon, this award-winning hotel brings the history of Athens, Greece to your doorstep. Take in the magnificence of the Acropolis from our renowned rooftop restaurant Premiere or relax at Cafezoe, our artfully landscaped restaurant, designed by Toni Chi. Explore local shops or tour the Temple of Apollo and the Plaka. With such a central location and the largest hotel guestrooms available in Athens, Greece, this hotel is ideal for business or leisure. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.ihg.com/

SANTORINI

Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the clear Aegean and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI

Imerovigli is a village on the island of Santorini, Greece, adjacent to the north of the island capital Fira. Imerovigli is mostly famous for its beautiful sunset, that it is called "balcony to the Aegean".

Akrotiriis a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini. The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption

Santorini caldera is a large, mostly submerged caldera, located in the southern Aegean Sea, 120 kilometers north of Crete in Greece.

Therasia, also known as Thirasía, is an island in the volcanic island group of Santorini in the Greek Cyclades.

Nea Kameni is a small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin located in the Aegean Sea within the flooded Santorini caldera.

Ancient Thera is an antique city on a ridge of the steep, 360 m high Messavouno Mountain on the Greek island of Santorini. It was named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras, and was inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD.

The Archaeological Museum of Thera is a museum in Fira, Santorini, Greece. It was built in 1960 to replace an older one which had collapsed by an earthquake in 1956.

ACCOMMODATION

EL GRECO HOTEL (5*)

El Greco welcomes you in a place that combines simplicity with beauty and makes your stay in a resort hotel a truly unforgettable experience. El Greco resort hotel provides new standards of luxury accommodation on its guests and is one of the most prestigious Santorini resort hotels in Fira and the whole island of Santorini. Find yourself with your friends or your family in a beautiful resort hotel in the heart of the island of Santorini. El Greco resort hotel is located minutes away from the centre of the magnificent capital of Santorini, Fira a vibrant place full of life and excitement. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.hotelelgreco.gr

HOTEL MAJESTIC (5*)

The luxurious Majestic Hotel is located right at the entrance of Fira, 500 meters from the center of the capital of Santorini Island, 7 Km from the airport and 9 km from the port. We promise you a thrilling experience of tranquility and chic together with absolute luxury and relaxation in Santorini. The most beautiful island of Greece! Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.thehotelmajestic.com

RHODES

Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, is known for its beach resorts, ancient ruins and structural remnants of its crusades-era occupation by the Knights of St. John. Rhodes City features the medieval Street of the Knights and the castle like Palace of the Grand Masters, once a Turkish prison and now a museum. The city’s bars, clubs and cafes bustle during high season.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN RHODES

Lindos is an archaeological site, a town and a former municipality on the island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Rhodes, of which it is a municipal unit.

Faliraki is the primary seaside resort village on the Greek island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese. It is situated on Faliraki Bay, on the northeastern coast, about 14 km south of the town of Rhodes and 10 km southeast of the airport.

ACCOMMODATION

LINDOS SUN HOTEL (3*)

The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, where the movie "Guns of Navarone" was filmed. The ancient town of Lindos is located just 1.5 km away from Lindos Sun Hotel, with its many historical landmarks and beautiful sandy beaches. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: lindos-sun.com

LINDIAN PEARL

Just 500 metres from Agios Pavlos Beach, Lindian Pearl is located in the village of Lindos. It offers self-catering accommodation with views over the Aegean Sea and the Acropolis. Free WI-Fi is available throughout. The centre of Lindos Village with several mini markets, restaurants and café bars can be found at a distance of 150 metres. Diagoras International Airport and Rhodes Town along with the island’s port are 50 km away. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.lindianpearl.gr

CRETE

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 13 administrative regions of Greece. The capital and the largest city of Crete is Heraklion. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry, and music). Crete was once the center of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN CRETE

Knossos or Cnossos, is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered Europe's oldest city. The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete.

The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece since 1962 on the island of Crete a major tourist attraction of the island and a World's Biosphere Reserve. The gorge is in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania.

The island of Spinalonga, officially known as Kalydon, is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi, next to the town of Plaka. The island is further assigned to the area of Kalydon.

Elafonisi is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania.

Aqua world Aquarium is a natural history museum in Hersonissos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Founded in 1995, Aqua world was founded and developed by Scotsman John Bryce McLaren.

The Historical Museum of Crete was founded by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies in 1953 and is housed in a neoclassical building of significant architectural merit in the city of Heraklion on Crete, an island of Greece.

Lefka Ori or Madares is a mountain range located in Western Crete, in the Chania prefecture. The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region

ACCOMMODATION

ROYAL SUN (3*)

Royal Sun is situated 6 km from Souda Port and 12 km from Chania International Airport. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on the scenic Venetian Port of Chania at 3 km. free private parking is possible on site. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.royalsunhotel.com

AMEMOS SUITES

Anemos Suites offers accommodation in Karteros, within only 30 metres of the beach. Heraklio Town is 6 km away and Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is 4 km away. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.booking.com › Greece › Crete › Heraklio › Karteros hotels

MYKONOS

Mykonos, part of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, is one of the most popular and glamorous Greek isles, known for its nonstop party atmosphere. Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise welcome a diverse crowd, with sand-side bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJ's and typically stay open well past dawn.

SIGHTSEEING/THINGS TO DO IN MYKONOS

Aegean Maritime Museum: Fascinating nautical paraphernalia includes detailed models of local boats and an enormous Fresnel lighthouse lantern in its sunny interior courtyard

Mykonos Folklore Museum: This folklore museum, housed in an 18th-century sea captain’s house, features a large collection of furnishings and other artifacts, including old musical instruments.

The island of Delos, near Mykonos, near the centre of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.

ACCOMMODATION

PETINOS HOTEL (4*)

Hotel Petinos, recently fully renovated, is situated just metres from Platis Gialos beach and a short bus ride from Mykonos Town. Guests are free to use the sister property's pool with sea views. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.petinoshotel.gr

CAPE MYKONOS (4*)

Mykonos Port lies within 1 km from Cape Mykonos, while Mykonos Airport is at a distance of 3 km. The famous Little Venice is 900 metres away and Psarou Beach lies within 4 km away. Free on-site parking is possible. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za/


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