What do you look for in a travel destination? Greece is a country that has it all. History and culture, tasty food, welcoming locals, great beaches and more.

If you’re struggling to decide where to take your holidays this year, here are 6 reasons why Greece has to feature at the top of your list.

1. Glorious Weather

Whatever time of the year you choose to take your holidays in Greece, you won’t be disappointed with the weather. Even in the winter, the temperatures are mild, with the sun shining most days.

The best times to visit this beautiful country are in the spring and autumn, because both prices and the weather are good.

2. Tasty Food

If you’re adventurous when it comes to eating food, Greece is one place you have to visit. Whether you’re a traditional meat eater or budding vegan, you’ll be blown away by the choice of food.

Eating out is an adventure with a wide variety of fresh seafood, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, lamb, goat or pork dishes. When you’re not eating out, don’t be afraid to try your hand at cooking using fresh produce you can buy at local markets.

3. Hospitable Locals

When you visit Greece, don’t be afraid to mingle with the locals because they’re a very friendly bunch. Feel free to stop and chat with them and don’t be embarrassed to stop them in the street and ask for directions. You might even find yourself being invited to their homes to try something to eat.

4. Amazing Beaches

Greece is actually made up of 6000 islands which adds up to an extraordinary amount of coastline. Each of the islands has its own little gem, and even on mainland Greece, it’s not to difficult to find stretches of beach you won’t have to share with anyone. One thing Greece is famous for is its turquoise waters and breath-taking sandy beaches, and your holiday won’t be complete without spending a few hours sat on one.

5. Stunning Landscapes

Greece has a very diverse landscape that includes magnificent rock formations, chestnut forests and inspiring views. You can experience olive groves, tranquil beaches, and hills of white houses all in one view. Its diversity also spans both ancient and cosmopolitan cities and agricultural plains. For a photographer, Greece is a dream destination.

6. Athens

This vibrant city may have had some bad press in the past, but there’s plenty waiting to be discovered by visitors. Whether you stay for just a few days or make it a base for further travelling, you’ll find plenty to do and inspire you.

The Temple of Zeus, Ancient Agora and the Acropolis are just a few examples of the attractions you want to see. Explore around the city and you’ll find street art, a relaxing coffee culture, coupled with many significant archaeological sites in the surrounding areas.

One last reason why visiting Greece is such a good idea is that it’s a very safe country. There are few countries in the world where you’ll feel safer, whatever time of the day you find yourself walking around.