NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Greece is one of the world's leading destinations with an estimated 30 million visitors this year. Coming off the heels of a record summer, Greece looks to position itself as a "365 Days Destination." According to National Geographic Traveler, who recently named Greece one of their Best Fall Trips of 2017, ''the best times to visit Greece are spring and fall, because you'll find the best weather, blooming wildflowers and hotel availability."
"With mild temperatures (70s Fahrenheit through November), world-class accommodations, easy access with affordable direct flights from the U.S., and unmatched history and culture, more and more travelers are discovering that Greece is a year-round destination," said Gregoria Kamaterou, Director North America, Greece National Tourism Organization (GNTO). "Fall is an ideal time to visit Greece to enjoy all the country has to offer, and we welcome travelers to discover the true meaning of Philotimo by chatting with the locals, participating in the harvest, and experiencing our natural beauty and vibrant culture."
Greece's Endless Summer Offers Five Must See Experiences:
- Find Your Very Own Island Paradise – In autumn, enjoy idyllic stretches of sand almost all to yourself when you head south to Greece's southernmost island Crete, where you will find beaches, ancient culture and amazing gastronomic adventurers; Rhodes, where ancient history and cosmopolitan culture meet; or action packed Karpathos, where adrenaline seekers go to recharge.
- Get Your Hands Dirty During the Harvest: Greece is world-renowned for its olives and a recognized leading producer. Today, special agrotourism accommodation and programs are now available in Evia, Lesvos, Crete, Paros, Kefalonia, Kalamata, and more. These programs offer visitors memorable, first-hand experience through the entire olive oil production process including: environmental education, learning and applying ancient harvesting techniques, and extraction.
- Travel the Wine Routes of Greece: Those who wish to learn about the local methods of grapevine cultivation and life in the Greek countryside can travel selected routes that pass through the most picturesque viticultural areas and wineries. Visitors are welcome to taste local wines, learn the methods for making Greek wine, and to explore traditional villages. In the Peloponnese, the wine routes run along Corinthia, Achaia, Ileia, Messinia, Laconia, Arcadia, Argolida and Kythira Island. And in Macedonia, they pass by Kavala, Drama, Serres, Halkidiki, Thessaloniki, Kilkis, Pella, Florina, and others.
- Get off the Grid on The Menalon Trail: Greece is a hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing paradise, with 80 percent of its terrain covered with hills and mountains. The Menalon Trail, known as one of the "World's Best Hikes" at 46.6 miles, takes you on a tour of some of the most pleasant villages in the interior of little-visited Peloponnisos. The path traverses scenic mountains, deep river gorges, quiet monasteries, and includes a dip in the waters of the Lousios River, where the fabled nymphs bathed the infant Zeus while hiding him from his father, Kronos.
- Relive Ancient History – People from all over the world come to see the origins of western civilization at Greece's more than 100 archaeological museums. These offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy ancient Greek treasures in almost every corner of the country: The Acropolis Museum in Athens; Archaeological Museum of Delphi, National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Herakleion Archaeological Museum in Crete, and Palace of the Grand Master of Rhodes. In the fall you can explore these sites at your leisure in pleasant weather.
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SOURCE Greek National Tourism Organization