The pleasures of Greece are simple but intense: diving from a yacht into water so clear that you glimpse pebbles on the sea floor 50 feet below; turning over a fragment of white marble to find marks left by a chisel 2,500 years ago; sitting in the shade of a quayside awning to eat lightly grilled fish served with lemon, oil and fresh oregano; and watching the sun descend into the Aegean, with a glass of chilled white wine from Santorini and a dish of olives from Kalamata. Ultimately, though, it is the intensity of the light that is incomparable. Greek sunlight endows the landscape with an atmosphere of numinous significance. Colors are supersaturated, and nowhere else in the world are the sea and the sky quite so flawlessly and fathomlessly blue.
Santorini is indicative of the weather in the Aegean islands. May- June is the ideal time for a visit: The weather is settled, and the Mediterranean has warmed to a pleasant temperature for swimming. August can be excessively hot, and the strong meltemi wind is tiresome, as well as potentially dangerous for those at sea.
Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).
Euro(€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00=US$1.14 as of February 2019.
Athens, Tel. (30) 210-721-2951.
To phone hotels and restaurants in Greece, dial 011 (international access) + 30 (Greece code) + city code and local numbers in listings.