Greece holidays

On your Greek holiday, you can find yourself stepping between worlds.   Shopping in high-end shopping malls one moment and raking and haggling for a bargain at bustling and atmospheric markets the next.  Dine-in style at modern, fine-dining restaurants or eat like the locals at a rustic, seaside taverna, serving fresh, simply-cooked fish. Families can choose between the high-octane thrills offered by the country’s superb waterparks, or soak up some myth and legend.

Visiting some of the many ruins that were once part of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen. Holidays to Greece offer the chance to enjoy modern amenities and explore ancient relics. With plenty to see and do for families and couples alike, you can make your Greek holidays exactly what you want them to be!

Greece is home to some of the world’s best-preserved historical sites, including temples, tombs and palaces. You’ll find them almost everywhere you go, but Athens, Crete and Rhodes offer some of the finest examples and are well worth visiting. Even the authentic villages on the islands of Santorini, Lefkas, and Corfu will give you a feeling of time gone by, complete with cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings.

If you want to relax on a sandy beach by day and then be entertained from dusk until the wee small hours, one of Greece’s purpose-built resorts should have everything you need to party the week away.  

Places to go in Greece

Almost a living museum, the country is littered with artefacts from one of the oldest and greatest civilisations in the world and many of the best places to visit in Greece are thousands of years old. You'll find some of the most spectacular attractions in Olympia. Known as the 'Valley of the Gods', it's home to the remains of the first Neolithic inhabitants and the first temples used to worship Zeus and his fellow deities. It's also the site of the Ancient Olympic Games Museum. The first Olympics were held here in 776 BC. However, if you'd prefer to immerse yourself in myth and legend, head to Crete and explore the Cave of Zeus.

One of the most popular Greece things to do, the Cave of Zeus is believed to be the birthplace of the King of the Gods and where he hid from his father, Cronos, who (allegedly) had a thing about eating small children.

Attractions in Greece

Whether you're travelling with your family or escaping for some sun-splashed romance with your other half, you'll find an astonishing selection of attractions to visit. From child-friendly waterparks to the unrivalled beauty of some of the Greek islands, you're sure to find attractions in Greece that tick all the right boxes.

If Greece's glorious beaches aren't enough for your kids, then check out some of the fantastic waterparks. One of the most family-friendly attractions in Greece, the Star Beach waterpark, in Hersonissos, has been regularly voted as one of the best in Europe. On top of the rides, slides, pools and chutes, you'll find the opportunity for watersports, scuba-diving and even bungee-jumping. If you're looking to enjoy some peace and tranquillity with your partner, Santorini is the place to go. A crescent-shaped caldera, fringed by black sands with a stunning village, it's famous for its spectacular sunsets. For a taste of the island's history, pay a visit to the intriguing Museum of Prehistoric Thera.

Places to visit in Greece

If you'd like a holiday that's packed with buzzing Greek nightlife, then you'll find places to go in Greece that are stacked with world-class clubs, buzzing bars and fantastic beach parties. Rhodes, Kardamena, Zante and Kos are among the best places to visit in Greece if you're on the lookout for after-dark dancing and cool cocktails. However, Crete takes pole-position, with towns such as Malia and Stalis offering legendary DJs, manning the decks at celebrated clubs, such as Kings Cross and The Zoo. You'll also find exciting boat parties; Up the Pukka is one of the most famous, taking you out for a fun-filled day and returning you to the shore, just in time for the clubs to open. Whatever you want from your holiday, you'll find an abundance of places to see, some outstanding attractions in Greece and some memory-making places to visit.

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Sun-worshippers will enjoy the sweltering temperatures between June and August. For cooler conditions, book your holidays to Greece in the spring or the autumn.

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The main international airport in Greece is Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos just outside Greece's capital city, although visitors frequently fly to smaller airports including Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu.

Greece is best for

History lovers: Littered with tombs and temples, castles and palaces and ragged ruins associated with gods, heroes and monsters, Greek holidays are ideal for anyone with even the faintest interest in the country’s past.

Sun-seekers: Greece lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, offering superb summer weather and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Foodies: From rustic tavernas, serving classic Greek cuisine, to fine-dining restaurants serving delicately-flavoured dishes, Greece is the perfect spot for gastronomes, whatever your budget might be. 

Fast facts for Greece

Language: The language spoken in Greece is Greek. While the locals have a basic command of English, it might be worth packing a phrasebook or downloading an app, and try out a few basics.

Currency: You’ll need to change-up your pounds and pence into Euros before zipping off on your holidays to Greece.

Local time: Greece is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time. 

Fly to: Aktion National Airport for the mainland resorts of Lefkas and Parga, 20 mins to 1 hour away. Greek islands have their own airports: Corfu International Airport for Corfu, with transfers of between 20 minutes and 2.5 hours, Heraklion International Airport for Crete, with transfers taking up to 2 hours and 40 minutes, and Rhodes International Airport for Rhodes with transfer times of 30–90 minutes.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Greece is 3–4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: You must now pay an Overnight Stay Tourism Tax Fee of up to 4€ per room per night, which is payable at your accommodation. 

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit the UK government's Greece foreign travel advice for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Greece.

Getting around Greece

By hire car: You’ll find car-hire venues in most of the larger towns and cities. Greek roads are well maintained and come with plenty of signage. Do remember that the Greeks drive on the right and overtake on the left!

By scooter: Scooters are a popular method of transport among locals and tourists alike, offering a quick and convenient way to see the sights.

By boat: There are plenty of boat trips on offer from Greece’s many beaches and harbours. Explore idyllic islands or gain access to those secret, sheltered coves for a peaceful day’s sunbathing.

Events in Greece

Traditional celebration: The 15th of August celebrates the Feast of the Dormition of Theotokos, which marks the passing of the Virgin Mary. Celebrated across the entire country and a national holiday, you can expect at least a day of feasting, drinking and dancing, late into the night.

Saint’s day: Each Greek island has its own religious celebration made in honour of its patron saint: folk-dancing and more drinking and eating are guaranteed!

Greece safety and security

Do I need a passport?

Greece passport regulations require that British citizens must carry a full UK passport. It must be valid for the duration of your stay, at the very least. For more information on passport requirements visit the UK government's page for entry requirements to Greece.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not need a Greece visa to gain entry to the country. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a visa for your Greece holiday, head to the UK government advice page above.

Should I get travel health insurance?

Wherever you travel in the world, it’s wise to have a comprehensive travel health insurance policy to protect you financially. If you have an accident or are taken ill while on your holiday to Greece, travel insurance will help to cover the cost of things like medicine, treatment and even returning to the UK, if necessary. Always check your policy to see what is and isn’t covered, just to be on the safe side.

Any other tips?

  • Be prepared to adapt to Greek time, especially when it comes to meals. While we tend to eat our dinner in the early evenings, Greeks can eat much later, with meals being taken as late as 10pm.
  • While Greece is a tolerant country, you should still cover up when visiting sites of religious interest. Catholicism is still the main religion here and flashing too much flesh at a monastery can cause unintended offence.
  • Don’t stick to the hotel for dinner; eat like a local. For a true taste of the sumptuous Greek cuisine on offer, go off the beaten track and try out a taverna or two.
  • Learning a few greetings and basic phrases will impress the locals (no matter how shockingly bad your pronunciation) and help you get the most out of your Greece holiday.
  • There are some fantastic hiking tours to be enjoyed; Santorini, with its sprawling scenery and cobalt-capped churches is definitely on our top spots list, but no matter where you are in Greece you’re bound to trip over temples, towns, and archaeological sites galore.

Greece weather

When’s the best time to go?

A spectacular combination of ancient ruins, modern cities, quaint fishing villages and world-class beaches, Greece has something for everyone. In addition to the sun-bleached sands and clear waters, you’ll find a country where the past is still an important part of everyday life, from the exquisite cuisine to the bustling marketplaces. If you’ve never been before, why not? Here’s some Greece travel advice that’ll help make your trip even better.

The country enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers and mild winters, so if it’s sun, sea and sand you’re after, book your Greece holiday between June and the end of August. The temperature averages out at around 24°C, although recent warmer summers have seen it shooting up to the mid-30s. If you’re going to soak up some of the incredible relics from the past such as the Acropolis at Athens or the Parthenon, take your break between March and May, when the heat peaks at a more manageable 24-25°C.

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