If you wondering where to go for your next vacation then it’s time to consider Greece. With the abundance of cheap flights to Greece now available you’d be mad not to take in some of these impressive sights; especially when you consider the literary connections:
Gerald Durrell has written three books, the first one centers of in life as a child in Corfu, in the 1930s. The move was the result of his mother becoming widowed. There is no doubt the island was welcoming, mysterious, and beautiful. It still is today.
Zorba The Greek
This famous philosophical works is set in Crete. In fact, it is the most translated Greek novel ever! But Greece is also the setting for The Island by Victoria Hislop and The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith.
Of course, if the literary connection isn’t enough there is an abundance of stunning beaches and ancient ruins; including some dating from the Minoan period.
Murder In Mykonos
Mykonos is known as a windsurfer’s paradise but it is also the setting for the book ‘Murder in Mykonos’. In fact, there are nine crime thrillers in the series, all set in Greece.
This is an island frequented by celebrities, it’s not the cheapest but it is a non-stop party.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
This famous love story, written by Louis de Bernieres, tells the story of a local girl and an Italian officer that fall in love; during WWII.
If you haven’t seen the book you’ll almost certainly have seen the film, starring Nicholas Cage. The film and the book display the natural beauty of Kefalonia perfectly.
Spies of The Balkans
This historical thriller is set just a few months before the Nazis invaded Greece. It is based in Thessaloniki; at the time the second most important port in Greece. The story of intrigue, spies, and the shady underworld depict a city that was both vibrant and exotic; this is still true today.
Written by John Fowles this book actually creates a Greek island; known as Phraxos. It’s a complicated novel which is worth reading. A visit to Spetses, a real Greek island, will allow you to see many of the places featured in the novel!
Patrick Leigh Fermor tells of his first journey to the deep south of the Peloponnese. This book is a beautifully crafted tale of adventure, beauty, and the simple satisfaction of the unbeaten track.
The island is still just as stunning as the book suggests.
If you have any interest in literature then you’ll have heard of Homer’s Odyssey which shows how far a spouse will go to remain loyal. It’s an uplifting tale which ends on Ithaki; now a modern-day paradise for anyone looking for a little peace in the perfect Mediterranean setting.
Daphnis & Chloe
It is believed that this novel is one of the very first ever written; it was completed in the 2nd or 3rd century by Longus. It tells the story of two adopted children who eventually fall in love and get married.
You can visit the setting for this novel, Lesvos, and experience the rugged natural beauty which is so which depicted in the novel.
The beauty of Greece and its islands is simply enhanced by the literal connections; check out your cheap flights to Greece today and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!