Greece Travel Guide Greece has captured the world's imagination with it's ancient culture and fantastical myths. Visions of vengeful gods and goddesses, massive armies led by generals riding in chariots, and great philosophers discussing ground-breaking ideas dance in the heads of tourists, who visit in their millions every year. World-famous sites like the Parthenon in Athens, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the churches of Thessaloniki, and the Oracle of Delphi will always speak to travelers. But, Greece isn't just about the past, with its warm weather giving it the ideal climate for beach holidays. Islands like Santorini, Crete, Mykonos and Corfu are popular cruise destinations in the Mediterranean. Beach lovers visit for the roughly 200 days of sunshine they receive every year, their pebbled beaches, seaside tavernas and vibrant nightlife. Gastronomes can enjoy meze staples such as saganaki (fried haloumi cheese), kleftiko (lamb slow-baked on the bone), and souvlaki (shaved pork wrapped in a pita). Also, no visit is complete without a taste of the local spirits. Loud, friendly locals are always ready to welcome visitors for an unforgettable experience in the 'birthplace of Western civilisation'. Best time to visit Greece The most popular time to visit Greece is the summer (June to August) when the weather is beautiful and the sun is guaranteed. Late spring (April and May) and early autumn (late August through September) are also lovely times to holiday in Greece, when the crowds are thinner and the sun is gentler. What to pack A swimming costume for the islands, sturdy hiking shoes for the ruins, and plenty of sunblock no matter where you go. What to buy Greek wine and products made from olive oil or olive wood. Ouzo and Metaxxa brandy. Remember that it is illegal to take historical artefacts out of Greece Eat Taramasalata. A mainstay of any Greek meal are classic dips such as tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic), melitzanosalata (aubergine), and fava (creamy split pea purée), Olives and olive oil, Dolmades, Moussaka, Grilled meat, Fresh fish, Courgette balls (kolokythokeftedes) and Octopus. A final word Sunny beaches and sparkling seas combine with the rich history of a 3 000-year-old civilisation to create the ultimate holiday destination.