Despite its recent economic struggles, Greece remains a popular destination, blending a beautiful Mediterranean climate with idyllic islands, fantastic food and a friendly laid-back welcome. Because of its popularity amongst holidaymakers, the country is also affordable; good value accommodation, flights, boats and car hire are typically easy to come by in Greece, making it very easy to access, at least during the mid to high seasons. Flights are typically a little pricier during winter, but there are still some good deals to be had once you get there.

The birthplace of civilisation and democracy; the capital of Greece is a ‘must see' stop and well worth a few days stay in anyone's gap year. There is so much more to see here. Whether you are backpacking on a tight budget or feeling flush with...