You’ll find plenty more examples of Tinos’ famed marblework in the windows and doors, as you wander the streets of Pyrgos

City & island strolls

If you truly want to see, feel and taste the best of your holiday destination, prepare to set out on foot

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.

Island life

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.

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We start at the emblematic White Tower, the 15th century prison that is now a museum

A walking tour of historic Thessaloniki

To explore Thessaloniki by foot is to hear an extraordinary story of diversity and culture from the buildings left behind by its inhabitants
The Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, is the ideal place to enjoy fresh fish in a seaside taverna

A walking tour of Rethymno Old Town

Spreading from its Venetian harbour through a maze of alleyways and lively streets, Rethymno Old Town contains all the life, history and traditions of Crete’s...
Streets of Plaka, Athens

Feeling the vibes of Athens around the Acropolis

Using the Acropolis as your compass, a city of extraordinary contrasts and charms opens up beneath your feet
The emblematic windmills greet you no less warmly until you step through the vaulted doorway of the castle

A walking tour of Astypalea’s radiant Hora

The main town of Astypalea emits classic Cycladic charm everywhere you look – except that it’s not in the Cyclades at all and, once you’ve...
The entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

A walking tour of Corfu Old Town

From Venetian fortresses and British mansions to stately palaces and French esplanades, a walking tour around the Old Town of Corfu is like exploring an...
Famous for its seafood, Loggos is a must for a seaside lunch or dinner

A day village-hopping in adorable little Paxos

Through the intense colours, tastes and character of its villages, tiny Paxos shows that it’s so much more than an island of magical beaches and...
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