The birthplace of civilisation is ridiculously beautiful. Greece ripples with possibility: there’s a story under every rock. There’s no need to read when you can soak up the history – visit atmospheric Athens, or follow in the footsteps of gods onto one of the islands. Find old-fashioned indulgence at the classic Poseidonion in Spetses, and quiet hedonism at Bill & Coo. We have irresistible luxury hotels on Santorini and Mykonos, vetted by our experts so that you can dive in and discover the watercolour hues of real Greece. Holiday Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller.