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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites
Lucy Cleland, Editor in Chief of Country & Town House

Find out why Greece is Lucy’s all-time favourite.

When you find yourself thinking that you’re possibly trespassing in the back garden of scholar and soldier Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Kardamyli house on the Mani Peninsula (he was still alive at the time), and the only escape is down a scraggy rockface to the sea, it’s a moment to take stock, plant your feet firmly on the ground and imbibe the beauty, exhilaration and terror that is besieging you at that moment. Greece is like that. It has a wildness and timelessness that gets under your skin. It has had its fair share of knocks recently but ignore the headlines and you find charm and generosity round every corner, and – what I love most – a complete lack of pretention. Greece doesn’t have to try too hard. Its magic is already so deeply embedded.

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Athens

The cradle of Western civilisation and the capital of Greece, Athens is splendidly located on twelve hills overlooking the Saronic Gulf - take the funicular to the summit of Lycabettus Hill for unforgettable views. The city is dominated by the Acropolis with its iconic temples including the Parthenon, while within a short distance of Athens lies the Temple of Poseidon. Explore the triangle of historic districts – Thission, Psyrri and Plaka where picturesque cobbled streets are lined with nineteenth century neoclassical homes. Enjoy a fun evening in traditional style at the renowned live bouzoukia.

Crete

Remnants of ancient cultures mixed with upmarket resorts and charming towns. The luxury hotels of Elounda attract aficionados of the Aegean with picturesque beaches and views across to the popular day escape of Spinalonga Island. Or visit Kritsa, a traditional mountain village, famed for its Kritsa Champagne – the ultra pure local spring water. Agios Nikolaos, by the largest bay on Crete, offers an attractive waterfront culture and marina, a place to relax.

Santorini

Sailing into the crescent-shaped, steep-sided volcanic caldera of Santorini is simply breathtaking. High up on the cliff face lie the traditional villages of Oia, from where 286 steps lead down to the beach of Ammoudi, and Imerovigli with its houses built amphitheatrically around the crater rim.

Mykonos

Cosmopolitan and lively, picture-perfect Mykonos is famed for the white-washed windmills which overlook Mykonos Town, and the lively nightlife which centres around the harbour. Meander through a maze of tiny lanes peppered with boutiques, galleries and convivial bars, stopping off in Little Venice where two-storey Venetian houses and trendy cafes line the seafront. Also worth seeing in the town is the church complex of Panagia Paraportiani, located close to the old Venetian castle in Kastro.

Halkidiki

The trident-like peninsulas of Halkidiki are lapped by turquoise seas and backed by lush forests interlaced with paths for mountain biking and walking, the Koutsoupia-Siviri hiking trail being particularly spectacular. Visit the 700,000 year old caves of Petralona OR strike out into the less-populated Sithonia peninsula with its remote sandy beaches. Picturesque villages abound – Athitos having cobblestone alleys, relaxing beach bars and mesmerising ocean views, while bustling Thessaloniki offers museums and colourful shopping. Boat tours of the Athos peninsula brings vistas of Mount Athos and isolated monasteries.

Peloponnese

Blessed with olive groves, pine forests, little-discovered beaches and well-preserved archaeological treasures, the Peloponnese present the perfect blend of leisure and culture. Historic Nafplion boasts neoclassical architecture, a vista dominated by Palamidi Castle, a second castle in the harbour and a cornucopia of congenial tavernas. Enjoy breathtaking treks past Byzantine chapels, watermills and Mycenaean tombs, or gentler strolls to Vythismata and the Bisti Forest at Ermioni. Take an airborne tour or join a sailing excursion around uninhabited islets to swim in secluded coves. On the cosmopolitan island of Spetses, horse-drawn carriages pass Venetian mansions while Hydra is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. Costa Navarino delights with its Neolithic ruins, Mycenaenean palaces, Byzantine churches and medieval castles. On the slopes of Mount Ithomi, Messene’s circuit walls run for 9km, interspersed with entry gates and vast theatre arenas, while Olympia was the birthplace of the Olympic Games around the eighth century BC. The Polylimnio lakes and waterfalls provide cool respite, or escape the heat in the magnificent chambers of the Diros Cave.

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Greece /Itineraries

Grace Santorini & Grace Mykonos

Amazing Grace on two of Greece’s Cyclades Islands; these picture-perfect locations are guaranteed to seduce. The beachside boutique hotel in Mykonos is a relaxing retreat amongst the party island lifestyle. A chic reception area sets a tone of understated elegance which continues in the 32 rooms ...

Cruise /SeaDream Yacht Club - Aegean Adventure

Discover some of some of the Aegean's most loved islands and hidden gems on board SeaDream I. Visit the quintessential Greek island of Mykonos, famed for its whitewashed houses, imposing windmills and winding streets. Explore the bustling harbour and seek refreshment in a seaside cafe. Enjoy ...

Cruise /Seabourn - Holy Land & Arabian Gems

The winter of 2016 saw the launch of Seabourn Encore, the latest vessel in the Seabourn fleet. Encore's voyage from Rome to Dubai has plenty of time at sea for you to relax and immerse yourself in the refined club-like atmosphere of Seabourn Encore, enjoying world class dining and entertainment. ...

Cruise /Seabourn - Turkey & Greek Isles

Seabourn Encore takes you on a journey of discovery of some of the Aegean's most loved islands and hidden gems. Departing from Istanbul, before boarding you may wish to explore the Blue Mosque or the Topkapi Palace, or lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience. First stop ...

Greece /Best Experiences

Top five things to do in Greece

  1. Enjoy a private boat trip to Spinalonga Island in Crete
  2. Take the cable car from the harbour in Santorini to the town of Fira for breathtaking views
  3. Sightsee outside the heat of the day - 33 of Greece's most popular museums and archaeological sites have extended opening hours from 8am to 8pm Tues-Fri (10pm on Fri) from April to October
  4. In Santorini, visit Akrotiri, the Minoan Pompeii, to see the remains of a flourishing town following a volcanic eruption in 1450BC and sample excellent wines produced from grapes grown in the rich volcanic soil
  5. Sip ouzo at one of the hip seafront cafes that line 'Little Venice' in Mykonos

Greece In the Press

Annabelle Harrison, Editor of The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, travelled to Mykonos, Greece with Carrier last year, staying at Santa Marina Resort & Villas.

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Greece /When is the best time to visit Greece

Greece is blessed with a Mediterranean climate. From mid May to mid June and mid September to October the climate is pleasant and sunshine is plentiful. July and August are hot with temperatures reaching 37°C. Winters tend to be mild in the south but much cooler in the north with an increased chance of rain.

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Approximate flight times
London to Thessalonik 3 hours 25 minutes / Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini & Kalamata 4 hours / Zakynthos & Athens 3 hours 35 minutes
Time Difference
GMT +2 hours in winter / +3 hours in summer

Greece /Essentials

Multi-centre Options

Combine Santorini with Mykonos or Crete before flying to Athens for a short city stay. Athens is also an ideal start or end to a stay on the Costa Navarino with good road and flight connections.

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