Greece holidays offer something for everyone - whether you want to explore ancient ruins, flop on the beach, eat mouth-wateringly fresh food or island hop.
Lovers of history and architecture flock to the country's capital, Athens, to marvel at ancient landmarks such as the Parthenon set upon the rocky Acropolis and to explore the birthplace of democracy. However, the city is not stuck in the past and also has happening nightlife and a vibrant modern arts scene. And, if the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much, Athens' 75-mile coastline allows sun worshippers to escape to the beach while those wanting to see more of the country can hop on a ferry at Piraeus Harbour, just south of the city, and be transported to the islands including Crete.
When deciding which Greek island to visit, why not start by considering the largest and one of the most popular: Crete? The landscape is diverse with both excellent beaches and dramatic mountain ranges; history buffs will enjoy learning about the island's past at sites such as Knossos and visiting Heraklion's fascinating Archaeological Museum; families will love visiting one of the island's three waterparks; and there's accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets from self-catering apartments to five-star hotels. Popular resorts include Rethymnon, Aghios Nikolaos, Malia, Chania and Elounda.
Another firm favourite with Brits is Corfu - the Ionian island was one of the first to be discovered by tourists and is just eight miles from the Greek mainland. With more than three million olive trees, it's one of the greenest of the Greek islands and has plenty to offer visitors. Lovers of all things cultural will enjoy exploring the Venetian streets of Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site; families can relax on golden beaches or have fun in the island's waterparks; those after an active break can play golf, go sailing or head to the mountains inland for mountain biking or hiking; and party animals can enjoy a wild night out in a resort such as Kavos.
If you want a completely relaxing escape from it all, with quiet days on the beach and nights spent eating in family-run tavernas, head to the north of the island to a resort such as Agios Georgios.
Zante (also known as Zakynthos) is famous for its golden sandy beaches and is the perfect place for a relaxing break. Children and animal lovers should visit the 5km-long bay around Lagunas to try and spot the rare loggerhead turtles that nest here; watersports enthusiasts and divers will be in their element; sport fans can take a day trip by boat to Olympia, home of the original Olympics; and those who want a livelier night out should head to a resort such as Tsilivi where there is an excellent choice of bars and restaurants from karaoke bars to tavernas.
Sun worshippers can soak up the rays on Rhodes' sand and shingle beaches by day and party in the vibrant resort of Faliraki by night. Rhodes Town is also a great spot for night owls with a casino and a range of bars and clubs. Alternatively, for a quieter break, the village of Lindos on the east coast has plenty to explore by day - including a castle, the remains of Lindos Acropolis with amazing views from the top, and car-free cobbled streets - and a good selection of bars at night. And those after a more active break can play golf in the glorious sunshine, walk through stunning scenery such as the Valley of the Butterflies or take part in one of the many watersports on offer including windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.
North of Rhodes, the island of Kos is a good choice for those after a fun-filled break at an extremely reasonable price with beautiful beaches, bars and clubs. Bar Street in Kardamena is the place to head for a wild night while the capital, Kos Town, also has a lively nightlife scene. By day, there's plenty to see and do if you need a break from sunbathing. Kos Town has the 15th-century Castle of the Knights; there's watersports galore in the sea including banana boating and jet-skiing; the mountain villages offer up a true slice of Kos; and Paradise Beach, also known as Bubble Beach, has sparklingly clear waters that bubble as a result of volcanic gases.
Or, for a romantic break, why not escape to the setting of the book and film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Kefalonia? With stunning landscape from pine woods to the beautiful beaches including the crescent-shaped Myrtos Beach - one of the most photographed beaches in Greece - you'll fall in love with the island. Lassi, just next to the island's capital Argostoli, is a popular resort for families and couples with two long stretches of sand and a good choice of restaurants to sample some home-cooked Greek food. Alternatively, Fiskardo in the north of the island is the ideal spot for honeymooners as it is the only village on the island that emerged virtually unscathed from the earthquake in 1953. Its traditional Greek charm and architecture attracts the rich and famous who hop off their yachts moored in the large marina.
Other Greek highlights include Skiathos, the most famous of the Sporades Islands with pretty beaches and turquoise seas; Santorini with picture-postcard scenes of whitewashed houses, hilltop villages and black and red beaches; Halkidiki, a quieter holiday destination in northern Greece with three peninsulas that jut out into the Aegean; Kalamata in the southern area of mainland Greece, the Peloponnese, famous for its large aubergine-coloured olives; and Mykonos, one of the Cyclades Islands that saw a surge in popularity in 2011 thanks to it being where the UK X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos took her contestants.