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Looking for a vacation to the birthplace of Western civilization? Greece does not disappoint -- once you’ve finished touring the great archeological sites and historic ruins of Athens you can head out to any number of other cities from Thessaloniki to Peloponnese and find even more colorful history.

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There’s wine regions, postcard views, and provocative art around every turn. And that’s not even getting into Greek food.

No guide to Greece would be complete without a look into the Greek Isles, and we’ve got plenty to help you there. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to do Santorini without a donkey or visit some of the more-unspoiled islands in the country, Matador has all the info you need to plan a perfect Greek vacation. If you’re not trying to leave Athens, we’ve got you covered there too, with a comprehensive guide to all the best restaurants, nightlife, and things to do in the ancient city.

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