If you’re looking to make the most of the summer sun, book your break between June and August, when the temperatures peak in the high thirties and even stray into the low forties. However, if you’re looking to get some sightseeing done or prefer more comfortable conditions, aim for spring or autumn, when the mercury hovers around 25-28°C. In the winter, the north of Greece is far colder than the south and snow is not uncommon. The south tends to remain consistently mild, although there is a greater chance of rainfall.
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.
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 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 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Greece.
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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.
Traditional celebration: The 15th 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!
For up to date advice on travelling to Greece, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/safety-and-security