Some countries have serene pastures and calm lakes, environments that are beautiful in subtle ways. Not Greece. Its landscape seems put on Earth to astound outright. This is a land of majestic mountains, sun-dappled seascapes, ancient ruins, Byzantine monasteries, and so much more. The country’s islands, rimmed by sapphire-blue seas, served as a cradle for great civilizations, and countless artists have found their muse on one or another of the islands. If you’re longing to go to a place where a sense of eternity hangs in the atmosphere, Greece is it.
If your itinerary leaves only a day for Athens, check out Athens in 24 Hours for a quick-hits tour of the city.
Want to visit a Greek island but don’t know which one is right for you? This guide to the islands can help steer you in the right direction.