Perched on the northern tip of the island, the village of Oia (ee-ah) reflects the renaissance of Santorini after the devastating earthquake of 1956. Restoration work has whipped up beauty and you will struggle to find a more stunning Cyclades village. Built on a steep slope of the caldera, many of its dwellings nestle in niches hewn into the volcanic rock.
Crete is a magical tapestry of splendid beaches, ancient treasures, and landscapes encompassing vibrant cities and dreamy villages, where locals share their traditions, wonderful cuisine and generous spirit. Culture Crete’s spirited people champion their unique culture and customs, and time-honoured traditions remain a dynamic part of the island’s soul.
Thessaloniki is fuelled by optimism, hedonism and just a dash of chaos. Greece’s thriving second city has monuments and museums to thrill history-lovers, it is mostly walkable and has a more upbeat quality than the capital. The centre is laced with historic sights, from the Byzantine walls threading its romantic Upper Town to the imposing Rotunda.
The Zagorohoria's 46 traditional stone-and-slate villages, tucked into the Pindos range, offer atmospheric accommodation, crisp alpine air, sublime views and myriad local legends. Once connected only by mountain paths and stone bridges, they're now connected by paved roads, some of which enjoy spectacular twists and turns.
Elegant Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) leaves you spellbound from the moment you wander its cobbled streets aglow with evil eyes and redolent with sandalwood, past old ladies bedecked in widow-black robes measuring their afternoons with worry beads, washing strung from balconies.
Greece’s third-largest island, after Crete and Evia, Lesvos is marked by long sweeps of rugged, desert-like western plains that give way to sandy beaches and salt marshes in the centre of the island. Further east are thickly forested mountains and dense olive groves (around 11 million olive trees are cultivated here).