Athens, the capital city of Greece, might be the most important city in the history of Western civilization. Once a powerful city-state which formed the world’s centre for the arts, science and philosophy, Athens is widely referred to as the cradle of the West and the birthplace of democracy. The cultural and political impact of Athens both the rest of Europe and North America cannot be understated. Nowadays, Athens is a large cosmopolitan which is the centre of the economic, cultural and political activities of Greece.
Athens is a world centre for archaeological research and remains one of the most architecturally striking cities. While there has been modern influence on the city’s current aesthetic, Athens is still steeped visually in its ancient culture.
There are major public arts institutions, which showcase the timeline of the Hellenic civilisation from ancient times to the present day. The spectacular, Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009, rises next to the Acropolis like a glass-and-concrete mirror image; the Onassis Cultural Center, which opened in 2010 encompasses two state-of-the-art performance halls, an open-air theater and an exhibition space; and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a Renzo Piano-designed cultural complex, completed in 2016, some three miles down Siggrou Avenue from the Onassis Center on the Bay of Faliro. It includes facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and a five-acre park, all of which the foundation donated to the Greek state.
A must-visit when in Athens, the Acropolis is a stunning 5th-century BC temple complex situated on a hill.
The great citadel overlooks Athens below with regal authority, housing many ancient buildings, the most famous of which is the temple dedicated to the goddess Athena: the Parthenon. You cannot visit Athens without ascending to its highest point, looking down to the rest of the city while looking up to the divine majesty of these testaments of the ancient Greek architectural genius.
An excellent transport network, thanks to the developments for the 2004 Olympic games, will help you dart around the city so you can taste the unrivalled cuisine and even unwind on the beautiful beaches down at the Athenian Riviera. Piraeus port, a short distance from the centre of Athens, provides direct connections to most of the Greek islands. Around Piraeus, several marinas and ports are the departure points for private boat transfers and excursions. Spetses Cruising operates out of the Agios Kosmas Marina, located half an hour’s drive from the Athens International Airport. This location provides direct access to destinations along the Athens Riviera, the Saronic islands and the Western Cycladic islands.
The citadel town of Monemvasia is a snapshot of Greece’s past. Connected with the mainland by a 200m causeway, the old town centre is a treasure trove of medieval buildings, small Byzantine churches and traditional craftsmen’s shops that have remained unchanged for generations.
Bursting with rich history and a unique culture all of its own. People of the arts have flocked to Hydra for generations in search of inspiration. Many grew so enchanted by the surroundings, they never left! The perfect place for a stroll, a spot of lunch and some intensive retail therapy.
Spetses is an island you’ll want to explore, discover and savour for life. Wander the upmarket harbour, lined with the most spectacular 19th century mansions and exclusive residences of the rich and famous. Enjoy an afternoon lunch followed by a private horse-drawn carriage ride along the majestic seafront.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is said to be located at the same site as the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius. An incredibly significant location, the theatre itself was built approximately 3000 years ago and sits within the most extraordinary surroundings imaginable. Even if ancient Greek history isn’t your primary interest, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is quite simply stunning.
The most beautiful of all mainland towns with Venetian, Ottoman and Neo Classical buildings,
hidden leafy squares, meandering streets and a sophisticated atmosphere. The gentle pine-
scented breeze and the view across the Argolic gulf towards the mountains of Arcadia reach
you as you relax at a seafront cafe.
It is clear why discerning globe trotters come to Porto Heli. This is a part of the world that feels like a very laid-back version of the Amalfi Coast. The area offers plenty of protected coves and bays on the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. Porto Heli’s constellation of inlets means the water is both calmer and warmer than many of the Cycladic islands.
The beautiful islands of Milos, Sifnos, Serifos, Kimolos, Kythnos and Kea.
Milos has a rich history and spectacular beaches that line its coast. The island is sprinkled with
spots that will take your breath away.
Sifnos offes a great balance of beautiful beaches, low-key nightlife, white Cycladic villages, low-impact tourism and maybe the best food in the Cyclades.
Serifos exudes a calm atmosphere and speaks directly to your senses. The island is gracefully
embraced by the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea and has some magnificent beaches.
A magnificent coastline decorated with the uninhabited islands of Arsida and Petroklos and the
glorious Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, the ancient Greek god of the
sea, dominates the southern most tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Make
the most of your trip by indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the