“Greece is the word” for… sun-bleached, whitewashed, rustic charm and seafaring bliss. The Peloponnese on the Greek mainland is increasingly fashionable; visit the fairy-tale like castle city of Monemvasia, and the hip Kyrimai Hotel for its Michelin-starred menu. 

The Cyclades island chain encircles the sacred island of of Delos, mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and a protected Archaeological site. Each sun-drenched island is unique –ancient ruins, crystal-clear waters and breath-taking views are the common denominator. On Mykonos, hoteliers and restauranteurs have brought refinement to this infamous party island and a revival has ensued. At Santorini, which is the remnant of a collapsed volcanic caldera, you can anchor in the dramatic natural harbour which is overlooked by the enchanting town of Firá. The nearby fishing port of Oias is said to have been in use for 3,000 years and is famous for its sunsets.  

In stark contrast, the leafy Ionians which run from the bottom of the Adriatic to the Peloponnese, are the greenest in Greece; studded with towering Cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards. Cephalonia, the setting for Louis de Berniere's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, is the largest but least developed; pull in at the very pretty fishing village of Fiskardo, the beautiful anchorage of Assos, and jaw-dropping Myrtos Beach. Away from its touristy hotspots, Corfu is carpeted with unkempt olive trees which give the island a half-wild, romantic feel. In summer, villagers celebrate panegýria with music and merchandise stalls; look out for posters plastered to olive trees. Chic northeastern Corfu is dotted with swish private villas, traditional tavernas and pebbly coves; and the beaches along the west coast are among the finest in Greece.      

The Dodecanese are a myriad of islands are scattered along the captivating Turkish coastline; vacillate between the two for an Odyssey of your own.

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