You don’t need much encouragement to get out and explore Greece’s cities and islands. The weather, the landscape, the history, the food, the locals ... they all seem to be calling out to you the moment you arrive. So whether you’re bound for the mainland or an island, don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers or walking shoes to get the very best out of your destination on foot.
How else could it be when an entire area is an experience in itself? Of course you’ll be visiting the Acropolis when you’re in Athens. But what about all those districts around it, giving life and colour to the city – ancient, modern, traditional, hip all in one.
In Thessaloniki, the city seems to spread out before you like an open-sights tour of cultural monuments and influences. Where every step echoes another heartbeat of Greece’s famously welcoming and diverse second city.
Walking tours are just as much a part of an island holiday as a day on the beach. On Rhodes and Corfu, the entire old towns have been designed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll be transported to a medieval world of chivalry and knights on Rhodes and everything from the Byzantines, Venetians, French and British – all with an unmistakably Greek air – on Corfu.
Just picture a labyrinth of Cycladic island alleyways. The cobblestones, whitewashed houses and churches, pink and purple bougainvillea and potted geranium plants … and so often with a Venetian castle perched right at the top of town, as in Syros or Folegandros. There’s no way you’re not exploring them on foot.
And whoever said it only needs to be on foot? If you want an island to explore on bike, Kos has your name on it, whether you’re in the old town or heading to the beach.