Greece has been the main topic of a many conversations and headlines over the past year, more often than not in a less than positive light. I was intrigued by all this negativity: was Greece really as bad as the news report made it to be?
As it turns out, it wasn’t even remotely close to reality. I found Greece to be stunningly beautiful – that was to be expected, of course – and widely unaffected by the turmoil in Athens. The silver lining of this drama? The plummeting prices for tourists. There are great deals to be had as far as holidays to Greece are concerned at the moment; so much so that many specialists agree that now may be the best time to visit the Hellenic Republic.
Still not convinced? Then perhaps this photo essay will do the trick.
Photos of Greece – Athens
I only got to spend a fast-paced, all-too-short 24 hours in Athens before I sailed off to the Cyclades, but the capital was just like I imagined it to be. Lively, dense, gritty at times, with an edgy side that complements the historical landmarks so perfectly. My only regret: not being able to enjoy the terrace culture!
The Parthenon and the Acropolis
On the streets of Plaka
Admiring the sunset over the Acropolis from Athens’ rooftops
Looking at Athens from the Acropolis
Changing of the guard at the Parliament Building
Athens is an al fresco city!
Photos of Greece – Naxos
Naxos was, without the hint of a doubt, my favourite part of Greece. The island isn’t nearly as touristy as more famous counterparts like Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini – it offers an authentic, truthful look at what life really is like for Greek people in the Cyclades. In fact, I actually considered leaving Naxos out of this post altogether for fear of ruining it, but that would be unfair as it is just too fantastic not to share.
Naxos’ cute little harbour
Fantastic beaches in Naxos
Apollo’s temple, one of Naxos’ main attractions
Daily scenes of mainland Naxos
Adorable outdoor patios covered in vines
[left][/left][right][/right]Naxos has numerous textile boutiques, each more enticing than the other
Right or left?
Naxos’ beautiful harbour at twilight
If you time your visit right, you will get to see the sun set straight into Apollo’ temple
Photos of Greece – Santorini
Santorini was quite a shock to the system after spending a few days on tranquil, laid-back Naxos. I think I would be right in saying that the famous Greek island, perhaps the most famous of all, has suffered the consequences of its popularity; the shine has wore off in many places despite Oia being home to pristine luxury boutiques and hotels. Santorini, in most aspects, didn’t feel real to me.
With that being said, there’s a reason why this half-moon crescent shaped island is so popular with tourists and cruiseship passengers: it’s absolutely stunning.
Overlooking the Santorini bay from Venetsanos Winery
Cruise ship galore!
Santorini’s dramatic coastline
Classic Santorini shot!
One of Oia’s hundreds of blue-domed churches
Photos of Greece – Mykonos
Some call it the Greek party capital, others the most idyllic place on Earth, and neither of them would actually be in the wrong. While I am just a little too old to enjoy the apparently legendary nightlife, I do have a working set of eyes and I was floored by the stunning scenery before me. I walked around saying ‘woahhh’ for most of my time in Mykonos, occasionally picking my jaw up off the floor.
Mykonos’ Alefkandra harbour
Mykonos’ Alefkandra harbour
Four of the legendary 16 windmills of Mykonos
[left][/left][right][/right][col1][/col1][col2][/col2][col3][/col3]As youngsters are getting ready to dance the night away, I retreated to my hotel, thankful for this sublime view
[disclaim]This post was written in collaboration with Expedia.co.uk. All opinions are my own.[/disclaim]