Greece is struggling under a mountain of debt, violent street protests erupt in the capital Athens, and world financial markets fear Greece will exit the euro zone.
But Greece is still a great place to visit – just head to its idyllic islands. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors explore Paros and Santorini.
4 p.m. – Fly from Athens to Paros, a short 30-minute flight. After settling in, stroll down to the road that hugs the mainport of Parikia and walk along the seawall, where you will be joined by not only tourists but local families who routinely end their day watching the sunset over the Mediterranean.
The port road hugs the sea and is littered with tavernas offering relaxing lounges and cool sunset drinks, but keep strolling until you reach the 13th century Venetian castle which overlooks the port. Parts of the castle are made from the ancient temple that once stood in the same spot.
5 p.m. – You will reach Parikia’s most popular beach, Livadia, after a short walk. It’s a great place for your first swim in the Mediterranean and if you want a drink before heading back into the centre of the port for dinner.