Stayed at home these holidays? Planning a little sun, sea and sand vacation in 2018? Then do we have just the thing for you, Hello Joburgers! Gorgeous Greece awaits you, the land of ancient civilizations is loaded to the hilt with passionate people and charming landscapes.
Why not walk where legends lived, and witness where democracy began? From the monumental structures of Athens, to the crisp white houses of Mykonos. Travel ancient ruins, wander breath-taking beaches and experience the welcoming nature of the people of Greece for yourself.
As the sun sets on the island of Mykonos the buzzing atmosphere of its glamorous nightlife comes to life. This stunning setting is a popular spot, yet it maintains a strong indigenous identity. In contrast to the fashionable present, Mykonos also boasts an eclectic history and was once home to Neolithic tribes, Ionians and Catalans.
Cast your eyes on the crisp Cycladic architecture and take yourself to the quieter side of the island. Follow the narrow winding alleys in the labyrinth of the old town or walk by the water and see the bright paint box houses of Little Venice.
One of the world’s oldest and most famous cities, Athens is also arguably the wisest. It isn’t every day you get to explore the home of Plato’s academy, or traverse the grounds of Aristotle’s Lyceum, but you can wander as you please in this expanse of Greek history. With a wealth of antiquity varied in nature, monuments of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman pepper the city.
Immerse yourself in the history of Classical Greece and journey to the ancient citadel of the Acropolis of Athens. Witness an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece as you see the incredible sight of the Parthenon, built by Pericles in 5th century BC.
Sitting in the deep blue of the Aegean Sea is the rugged landscape of Santorini, or Thira, as the locals call it. Following one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions in the 16th century, the landscape was changed forever, with this devastation shaping the island that stands today, together with the hearts of its people.
The charm of this volcanic landscape is infectious, and it’s clear to see why, as it sits decorated with beautiful white washed houses that line the steep cliff face. Why not head to Oia on the northern tip of the island and witness an uninterrupted view of the sun as it sinks below the horizon.
Or unwind and set sail. Take to the deep blue sea and experience the cooling coastal breeze of the Aegean on a cruise. Take a plunge and swim in the hot springs, or soak up the sun on the island’s incredible red and black beaches.
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Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!