No longer just a mandatory waypost for travellers eager for the islands, Europe's oldest city, from a traveller's point of view at least, is a knockout.
It remains Greece's archetypal party island but now with cuisine to match.
The Grande is an Athens' institution offering stunning views, incredible history, elegance and a big heart.
At just 21 metres wide, this Mediterranean canal is an engineering feat - and a captain's nightmare.
Despite its economic turmoil there is no reason to avoid Greece, but you need to be prepared.
Whether it's to relax or kick up your heels, the beaches, shops and restaurants of this Mediterranean spot are a popular drawcard.
Sailing the Aegean in a yacht means a different panorama every morning and a unique look at the Greek islands.
It's easy to see why the Greeks have been keeping this region a secret from the world for so long.
Rich in history and mythology, Greece is much more than its spectacular islands, for whom most is an introduction to this multi layered country. Unsurpassed vistas greets visitors at the edge of island Santorini. On the mainland it's rocky mountains, monasteries perched atop pinnacles, or the famed Acropolis ruins at the centre of its capital. Don't forget to try crumbling feta, spanikopita or souvlaki.