It’s small wonder how so many mythical gods and giants stem from Greek lands. Waters range from deep cobalt to glittering turquoise, speckled with white-sand islands like strings of pearls in the big blue. Naturally, the country has no shortage of postcard-worthy views that are begging to be turned into photographic memories on Instagram. Here are a few of them:
For cliffside sunsets: Santorini
Everyone must experience a Santorini sunset at least once in their life. Watch as the orange glow reflects on the white-painted houses of the Cyclades, be moved by old-world outdoor cinema under the stars and discover picture-perfect beauty around every corner in this breathtaking part of Europe. You’ll find yourself in the ultimate paradise at the award-winning Esperas Santorini, a dream-worthy hideaway carved into rock high on the cliffs of Oia.
For ancient wonders: Rhodes Island
The best way to encounter the magnificent history of Greece is by witnessing its ancient monuments, sun-bleached and emanating centuries of mesmerising culture. There’s no better place to spectate such old-age wonder than Rhodes. Visit the unfortified town of Kamiros, snap photos of the wondrous Acropolis of Lindos and discover the sparse remains of the Hellenistic Era as you explore this architectural heritage site. As you wander round medieval cobblestone streets, you’ll find a more luxurious retreat tucked away – the Allegory Boutique Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary luxe for a stay you won’t forget.
For seaside luxury: Preveza
Drop your anchor off the beaten path with a trip to the historic port of Preveza. Calm, sun-kissed beaches await – enjoy days that melt away as you look out to the electric blue waters beyond. Adventurers who explore this area are also rewarded the impressive ruins of Nikopolis, built to honour Roman victory, and castles galore. After a scenic stroll down the seaside promenade, spend a night in the iconic The Captain’s House. Dating back to 1896, this luxury boutique hotel was once the mansion of Captain George Potamianos. Today, this unique abode provides guests with superb Grecian hospitality, joyful ambience and, of course, a remarkably picturesque location.
For romantic lazing: Paxos
Legend goes that Poseidon, God of the Sea, created Paxos when he was looking for a romantic escape with the alluring sea nymph, Amphitrite. Today’s sumptuous retreat for discerning travellers takes the form of Torri e Merli – a chic and contemporary hotel that harks back to 18th century, when it was one of few remaining fortified manor houses on the island.
For vibrant forests: Halkidiki
The sparkling beaches of Halkidiki demand attention. But while Greece’s sizzling northern region is bursting with shores that elicit blissful sighs and breathtaking photographs, explorers that look beyond sun and sand are rewarded with glorious Mediterranean forests. At the westernmost point of Halkidiki, in Kassandra, rich pine forests and pristine vineyards offer an alternative Grecian escape. Everyone from Salvador Dali to royals have travelled to these parts to stay in Villa Galini – a secluded sanctuary in the renowned estate of Porto Carras.Book a night here and recharge with spa services, wine-tasting and luxurious suites to spend the night in.