Visiting Greece provides an opportunity to examine the culture that provided many of the threads woven into the fabric of Western Civilization. However, there is more to Greece than visiting ruins and museums. Greece is a spectacularly scenic country where the local people know how to live life to the fullest. The country is home to majestic mountains in the north, numerous ancient towns and rural villages throughout. With a vast coastline spanning more than 16,000km and with more than 6, 000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea (only 227 of these inhabited) Greece is the ultimate holiday destination.
Adventure & the outdoors
Home to an ancient civilisation, and the birthplace of western society, Greece is also home to numerous adventures which await the intrepid traveller. Whether it be rock climbing or hiking Mount Olympus, Greece offers a variety of adventure options, but you’d be mistaken not to take advantage of the coastal options such as kayaking, diving and sailing around the islands of Crete and Santorini.
Greece is stooped in Culture and heritage sites. Apart from the obvious sights a lesser known area to see is the monasteries of Meteora. Sitting atop tall spires of rock, it is suggested that the monasteries were built to give religious hermits protection from thieves, but it is now widely believed that it was to stop visitors from disrupting the monk’s meditations.
Greece is among the world’s top wedding and honeymoon destinations. Greece offers an abundance of romantic options particularly among the well known islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete. These stunning destinations offer a choice of spa resorts, private villas and casinos.
Skopelos, located in the central Aegean close to the coast of mainland Greece and known as the “greenest Greek Island” is experiencing renewed popularity because of the box office success of the film Mama Mia. Many of the scenes in the movie were filmed here. Kastani Beach is now known as Kastani Mama Mia Beach and many come to visit Agio Ioannis Beach which is located next to the wedding chapel featured in the movie.
Health and Wellness
Both mainland Greece and the Greek islands are also renowned as destinations for therapeutic and spa holidays. The therapeutic properties of mineral springs have been known since ancient times. It is said that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used bathing with these mineral waters to heal many kinds of pains and ailments. Experts consider that the first mineral water baths date back to 2,000 B.C.
The numerous hot springs in Greece also attract a considerable number of visitors. The island of Santorini is also home to the famous “Santorini thermal baths” naturally heated by an active volcano. The access is by boat, stopping some distance from the hot area. You then swim to the area, where the temperature is higher than the rest of the sea. Apart from the healthy waters here, the sea bottom mud is said to be very rich in minerals, beneficial for your skin.
Another wellness area is Loutraki. This is one of the most famous centres for therapeutic holidays in all of Greece. It is widely known for its extraordinary water quality and the healing properties of its waters. The Therapy Centre itself is of architectural significance due to the age and artistic value and preservation of its mosaics.
Why Horizon Travel S.A. ?
Horizon Travel S.A. emerged as a pioneer in specialised travel throughout Greece and comes with over six decades as the leader in luxury travel. Horizon Travel S.A. offers signature travel experiences that you cannot get anywhere else – personalised, tailored and precisely designed. They also provide 24/7 emergency service, should an unforeseen circumstance arise. With their history, experience and quality recognition among local suppliers, Horizon Travel S.A. has enormous buying power, allowing them to obtain preferred rates, room upgrades and special offerings at premier destinations throughout Greece.
The highlight of any Greek travel experience is an Aegean or Eastern Mediterranean cruise. With 60+ years cruise experience, Horizon Travel S.A. is best equipped to co-ordinate your entire cruise program. They have a network of sister companies on the main islands with specialised cruise services, providing you with a vast selection of shore excursions and tailor-made options, turning each cruise into a memorable experience.