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Exploring Delphi, the heart of ancient Greece

Exploring Delphi, the heart of ancient Greece

Once a sanctuary dedicated to the god Apollo, Delphi is more than the sum of its showstopping ruins. Perched high above the Gulf of Corinth, it’s dotted with extraordinary details that mark it as the true heart of the ancient cosmos.

How to experience Athens' food scene in one day

Carolina Doriti, a chef, recipe developer and culinary tour guide from Athens, describes her perfect gastronomic day in the capital.

A road trip through the Mani, a literary Greek landscape suspended in time

Maniot life has remained largely unchanged for centuries — so claimed author Patrick Leigh Fermor, who made the Peloponnese peninsula his home. Its wild vistas, mythical sites and quiet villages make for an epic road trip following in his footsteps.

Where to go island-hopping around the Ionian Islands

With light winds, reliable sunshine and a plethora of idyllic beaches, the Ionian islands of Corfu, Paxi, Kefalonia and Ithaca off the west coast of mainland Greece make for the perfect island-hopping getaway.

Hiking to Zagori's storied Dragon Lake in Greece's mountainous north west

In Epirus, the country’s wild northwestern state, a snaking five-mile trail rises above the stone-built villages of Zagori to reach the fabled Drakolimni, twin alpine lakes dating to the last ice age. 

The inside guide to Thessaloniki, Greece’s offbeat second city

Greece’s quirky second city sat at the heart of great empires for two millennia. Today, it offers up historic sites alongside some of the country’s best nightlife and cuisine.

How to explore the winelands of Naoussa, in northern Greece

In the hills of Central Macedonia, the vineyards of Naoussa are where the highly prized Xinomavro wine is produced. Here, we delve into the wine’s reputation and look at three estates that are well worth a visit. 

Five lesser-known islands in the Dodecanese, Greece

Scattered across the southeastern Aegean, the sun-soaked Dodecanese islands of Karpathos, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Astypalea and Leros are perfect for a culture-packed island-hopping adventure.

Five of the best farm stays in Greece

Whether it’s learning the art of beekeeping or spinning wool at a working sheep farm, guests are encouraged to get their hands dirty at these farms with accommodation too — ranging from stays in the Peloponnese to the Central Macedonian region.

Three weekend getaways in the Peloponnese, Greece

History, culture and classic Greek hospitality abound in these three scenic Peloponnese coastal towns — and each can be discovered over a weekend.

Four of the best coastal hotels in Kos, Greece for 2021

Views of the Aegean take pride of place in the Greek island’s crop of stylish hotels.

How skateboarders have reclaimed an abandoned Olympic stadium in Athens

Although Olympic stadiums are erected amid great jubilation, many fall into disuse and disrepair soon after the Games finish. In Athens, however, skaters are reclaiming abandoned spaces, and helping to invite young refugees into the community.

Five of the best diving locations in Greece

If you hold an advanced open water diving certification, be sure to book one of the limited slots to explore the fifth-century BC wreck off the islet of Peristera.

How to make the perfect spanakopita

This filo pie is a Greek classic, and while you’ll often find feta inside, spinach is the real star. 

Five Greek wines to try, from muscat to moschofilero

With a long tradition of viticulture and hundreds of native grape varieties, Greece should be the word when it comes to wine.

Watch a massive cruise sheep squeeze through Greece's infamous Corinth Canal

Mesmerising footage shows the ancient waterway allows passage with as little as one metre on each side.

Five chic new hotels in Athens, Greece

Athens may be known as the European city that never sleeps, but a flurry of alluring hotel openings suggests this reputation may be about to change. We round up five places to bed down in the Greek capital.

How to explore the three scenic peninsulas of Halkidiki, Greece

Jutting southwards into the Aegean like Poseidon’s trident are the three peninsulas of Halkidiki, a popular weekend escape from Thessaloniki. Each stretch of land has a unique character, together forming a microcosm of the mainland’s charms. 

What they're eating in Athens

Japanese-Peruvian dishes, slow-cooked rabbit and pistachio mousse are all on offer in the Greek capital. Here are six unmissable dishes — and the innovative restaurants that created them — to seek out on your next trip.

MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou explores the flavours of Crete

From olive oil to octopus, the Greek chef and author of cookbook Under the Olive Tree: Recipes from my Greek Kitchen celebrates the flavours and unmissable dishes of her homeland.

The pull of the Peloponnese: why now is the time to visit mainland Greece

With a combination of nature, culture, sun and sea to rival Greece’s many islands, the Peloponnese peninsula may just be the perfect spot for an autumn break. Head there now while the weather’s still balmy but crowds have thinned.

Exploring Crete by car: your one-week road trip itinerary

With sleepy villages, golden beaches and picturesque landscapes around every corner, Crete – Greece’s largest island – is the perfect place for a road trip.

Meet the makers: the Greek co-op putting traditional spoon sweets on the map

In Vizitsa, one of the Greek villages that have dotted Mount Pelion’s slopes since antiquity, the women-run Esperides Co-operative uses the region's abundant orchards to create traditional Greek spoon sweets with a secret local ingredient. 

Notes from an author: Victoria Hislop on Thessaloniki

There are traces of fascinating history to be found in the streets of Greece’s second city — if you keep your eyes peeled.

Photo story: rural traditions in Kefalonia

Traditions cling to this Ionian island like the gnarled olive trees that hang from its limestone cliffs and frame its legendary beaches.

Breaking bread: on the trail of tradition in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is Greece’s gastronomic heart, a melting pot city that’s constantly evolving. But when it comes to Greek cooking, some things aren’t to be messed with — no matter how modern life gets.

Four of the best boutique hotels in Athens

From the up-and-coming port area to the city centre, boutique hotels are blossoming across the Greek capital.

Nine Greek islands for globetrotting gastronomes

Greek island-hopping has long been a favourite traveller pastime, but it’s well worth factoring in the local gastronomy to get the most out of each stop. Here are 9 islands famous for their food.

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