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Islands of paradise

When you're seeking an island paradise for your next vacation, you don't necessarily have to go all the way to the Caribbean; instead, you could simply travel to Greece! With about 2,000 islands to choose from, there are no shortage of sweet sandy beaches on which to relax and watch the world go by.

Where to go

If beach life is what you're seeking, popular choices include the black-sand beaches of Santorini or the festive party atmosphere of Mykonos. You don't have to be limited to just one island, either. Book a day cruise aboard a boat and check out some of the gorgeous waters around Hydra, Poros, or a host of other islands. If ancient history is what's making you want to travel to Greece, there's plenty of that to go around as well. After your flights to Athens, Greece -- the ancient capital city -- you'll have access to famous sites including the Acropolis citadel, the Parthenon temple, the oracle at Delphi and other attractions that come right out of the history books. Hotels in Athens are plentiful these days, thanks to the 2004 Olympic Games. Around the area of Plaka you'll find accommodations for nearly every budget, from low-cost hostels to opulent 4- and 5-star hotels.

When to go

Greece's warm and sunny weather makes it a hot spot for travelers year-round, but naturally, the summer months are also a popular time to travel. Take note though that July and August are some of the busiest times of the year in Greece, so if you're traveling during that time, be sure to book your trip early!

What to eat

With its Mediterranean climate, food in Greece is a fresh delight, with fresh vegetables and fruits in season year-round. Also try out some of the Greek favorites, including gyros and fresh pita bread -- but also try some of the other grilled delights beloved by Greeks, including delightful souvlaki and lamb kebabs.

Take advantage of amazing travel experiences in Greece by consulting with your trusted travel advisor. Contact Going Places Travel to book your trip today.

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