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Greece

Greece is the land of ancient myths and dramatic history, sun-whitened beaches and sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine. The country attracts 28 million tourists each year, meaning that it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.

You’ll find plenty to do and see on the mainland, but you’ll do just as well visiting the dozens of islands that scatter the Ionian and Aegean Seas around Greece. Corfu and Rhodes, Crete and Kephalonia are just 4 of the more popular options, but there are actually 227 of Greece’s 6,000+ isles that are inhabited and waiting to be explored.

Enjoy the beautiful climate, the majestic scenery, the unforgettable beaches, and so much more.

Great for…

Foodies – If you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll find dishes made of fresh ingredients drizzled in locally-sourced olive oil, grilled meats and delicious fish, and the sweetest baklava.

Nightlife lovers – The nightclubs and beach bars of Mykonos, Skiathos, Corfu, and Zakynthos are legendary.

Beach fans – Greece is known for having some of the best beaches in Europe.

Flight time:

3h 45m


Average high temperature:

Athens – 10°C (January) – 29°C (July)


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Corfu

Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, and one look at the coastline, the olive groves, or the lush green hillsides is enough to tell you how beautiful the area is. You’ll discover the perfect blend of glorious beaches to lounge on and forests ready for exploration, plus a nightlife awash with variety and endless tavernas offering excellent local foods. Visit Benitses village for an exciting night out, or take a trip through Gouvia or San Stefanos in the north for a relaxing taste of real Greek culture.

Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island, and has a 4,000+ year history and more than 650 miles of incredible coastline to discover. The unspoilt mountainous landscape patterns an island famed for its Blue Flag beaches, flavoursome Greek cuisine, and according to some, for being the birthplace of the contemporary Western world. Filled with character and atmosphere, you’ll find all the cuisine choices, culture, history, nightlife and beaches you could ever want from a Greek holiday in Crete.

Rhodes

Unlike some of the more energetic, vibrant areas of Greece, Rhodes is for tourists seeking culture, history, and a supremely calming atmosphere. Rhodes has more than 30 Blue Flag beaches that draw many of its annual visitors, plus ancient ruins to explore by day and nightclubs and bars to enjoy by night. Rhodes is composed of several varied areas: Rhodes Town was once home to the great Colossus of Rhodes, Faliraki is a fantastic 18-30s holiday spot, and Apolakkia is a tiny hamlet with some of the most endearing architecture and scenery on the island.

Zante

Zante provides both family-friendly places to stay and enjoy, and exciting party spots for clubbers to dance and drink. Zante’s glorious blue waters lap at the region’s spectacular coastline, contrasting with the rolling green hills that make up much of the island’s scenery. Watersports are popular throughout Zante, or you may prefer to while your days away discovering the island’s enchanting villages before enjoying either some low-key evening entertainment or partying the night away.

Santorini

Known for its glamour and romance, the popular holiday spot Santorini is an excellent choice for couples seeking alone time and unbeatable ocean views, or families looking for some tranquil downtime. 4,000 years ago, a powerful volcanic eruption destroyed a large section of the island, turning it into a crescent-shaped swathe of land with one of the most memorable sea views in all of Greece.

Skiathos

Skiathos is one of the smaller Greek islands, and yet has one of the prettiest marinas. There’s a trendy nightlife scene that attracts people who are hungry to be seen looking good, as well as a number of beach bars that are better-suited to people who prefer their evenings chilled and cosy. You can also find plenty of history, culture, Blue Flag beaches, and fine cuisine to enjoy.

Must visit – Greece is a huge country, so there is no end to what you can do and see. While it’s unlikely that you could do everything during a single holiday, we recommend touring the Acropolis which forms part of Athens’ majestic skyline, visiting the Parthenon, and seeing – if not climbing – Mount Olympus. Greece’s glorious climate complements its many pristine beaches, and you’ll find particularly spectacular examples at Elafonisi Beach in Crete and the relaxing Plaka Beach on the island of Naxos.


Family fun – Greece is ideal for family holidays. There are beaches galore for families who love sunbathing, paddling, and watersports, and if you are staying near Athens, the Allou! Fun Park is the largest amusement park in the country. Alternatively, if you want the kids to learn while they visit, there are child-friendly tours of archaeological sites and museums to keep the young ones engaged and interested. Try a traditional cooking class as a family and learn to make fine Greek cuisine, take up one of the many hiking opportunities, or more adventurous families could try a canyoning experience in Crete!


Natural attractions – Greece offers a plethora of stunning natural sights: from sweeping coastlines to active volcanoes, and secret coves to elegant islands. Highlights include the Melissani Cave in Kefalonia, which is an alluring set of mysterious underground tunnels, the warm Giola rock pool in Thassos which appears turquoise because of its rocks, the gorgeously mountainous region of Epirus, as well as the dreamy beaches on Zakynthos, Corfu, Naxos, Rhodes, and Mykonos. In Greece, tradition and natural beauty almost always go hand in hand.


Culture and history – Greece’s history and culture are plain for all visitors to see, particularly in the capital of Athens. Having evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, Greece has a reputation for having formed the basis of western culture as it stands today. You can visit the Acropolis Museum to see every artefact ever found on the sacred rock, the National Archaeological Museum which is the country’s largest museum and contains a vast collection of Greek antiquities, and the Museum of Cycladic Art.


Food and drink – The Mediterranean cuisine is known for being both irresistible and, with its fresh ingredients and lashings of olive oil, also very good for you. If you want to keep things relaxed and informal, try ordering a snack in an ouzeri, or if you are looking for something heartier, visit a taverna. Greek food is generally simple and uses charcoal grills and olive oil to create delicate dishes that include souvlaki (spit-roasted meat), moussaka (a rich casserole with minced lamb and aubergine), plus salads, meze (like Greek tapas), and a range of local drinks and sweets.


Night life – If you are looking for a party, the main choices are going to be Mykonos, Athens, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos, or Corfu, where you’ll find a lively range of open-air nightclubs, bars, and beach parties. Alternatively, islands like Kefalonia and Naxos, plus much of the mainland are a far-flung distance from the foam parties and thumping music of Greece’s clubland, and destinations like these can offer more low-key evenings out. You’ll also find chilled places to eat for all budgets, al fresco drinking, and more sophisticated entertainment options.






Holidays in Greece:

Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zante, SantoriniSkiathos

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