Most people say Greece, and Athens is the first image that pops to mind. Athens is rich in historical attractions that safeguard the city from the heights of the Acropolis. Pláka is tourist central, while Gazi is hipster central. But Athens is not for peaceful escapes. The Greek islands offer that privilege, with miles of pristine beaches, azure waters, spectacular mountains and gorges, and the most beautiful sunsets on Earth. And then, there’s the food. You will not find better olive oils than those made on Crete, or better honey. No other tomatoes on Earth taste better than a Santorini tomato. Greek wines are exceptional too. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, was born on Kos, and his Asklepieion still stands on the island.

Greece: Famous for ancient ruins and Blue Flag beaches, this is the cradle of the gods, and one of the best places in the world to indulge in hedonistic pleasures. Sunsets views from Kalymnos, one of the Dodecanese islands, are breathtaking.

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