Ancient may be the first word that springs to mind when you think of Greece, but there’s nothing backward about this great-value holiday destination. While centuries-old sites do abound, they’re mixed up with snoozy villages, top-notch nightspots and a whole slew of traditional tavernas serving tasty treats at all hours of the day and night. Add to that a big bundle of beaches and you’ve got the recipe for a good time. Venture east, beyond the boot of Italy, and you will first bump into the Ionian Islands. Here you’ll encounter Corfu, Zante and the infamous Cephalonia where Captain Corelli fell in love. At the southernmost tip, with some of the hottest climes, you’ll find Crete, the king of the Greece’s island. Full to the brim with history and ancient legend, not to mention some pretty special beaches. The central island cluster includes the rather sophisticated Mykonos and Santorini, renowned for sunsets, blue rooftops and whitewashed villages built into the hillside. The ample islands of Greece come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s one to suit every kind of holiday-goer, not to mention the heaps of mainland spots which also come up trumps in the holiday stakes.