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Explore Greece: Your Ultimate Guide to Unforgettable Holidays

Are you dreaming of sun-soaked adventures, tantalizing cuisine, and ancient wonders? Look no further than Greece – a destination that promises to captivate every type of traveller. From its stunning beaches to its rich history and vibrant culture, Greece offers something for everyone. Let's delve into why Greece should be at the top of your travel bucket list and discover the best destinations and experiences this beautiful country has to offer.

Why Choose Greece for Your Holiday?

Greece is a land of enchantment, boasting picturesque landscapes, sun-drenched ruins, and charming cobblestone streets. Whether you're a history buff, a beach lover, or a foodie, Greece has it all. And with a wide range of holiday packages to suit every budget, you can customize your trip to create the perfect Greek vacation.  

Highlights of a Greek Holiday

  • Ascend the majestic Acropolis in Rhodes and soak in panoramic views of the island.
  • Explore the haunting beauty of the abandoned shipwreck in Zante, a photographer's paradise.
  • Bask in the sun on the pink sands of Crete, where every moment feels like a postcard-worthy memory.
  • Embark on a romantic adventure through the "Tunnel of Love" in Corfu, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

 

Where to go in Greece?

With its diverse landscapes and endless possibilities, choosing where to go in Greece can be a delightful dilemma. From the mythical mainland to the idyllic Greek islands, each destination offers its own unique charm.

Best Destinations for Couples:

While Santorini is synonymous with romance, Greece's islands are replete with enchanting sights waiting to be explored. From the pink sands of Crete to the romantic Canal D'Amour in Corfu, love is always in the air in Greece. Treat yourselves to a luxurious stay at the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa for an unforgettable romantic escape.

Best Destinations for Families:

For families seeking fun and adventure, Hersonissos, Corfu, and Crete are top choices. Dive into the excitement at the 5-star Corfu Holiday Palace, featuring child-friendly waterparks, or make a splash at the Mitsis Blue Domes with its impressive array of pools. Don't miss out on the thrills of Star Beach water park, voted one of Europe's best.

Best Beach Destinations:

Crete reigns supreme as the ultimate beach destination in Greece, with its 650 miles of pristine coastline. From golden stretches to secluded coves, you'll find paradise on the shores of Balos Beach Lagoon, where turquoise waters meet white sands in a breathtaking display of natural beauty.

Best Party Destinations:

For those craving non-stop excitement, Mykonos, Crete, and Kos offer an electrifying nightlife scene. Dance the night away at world-class beach parties, mingle with A-list revellers, and immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere. From Malia to Laganas, Greece's lively hotspots promise unforgettable experiences for party-goers.

Best Destinations for Sightseeing:

Immerse yourself in history and culture in Rhodes, home to a medieval Old Town and ancient ruins waiting to be explored. Indulge in a stay at The Ixian Grand for convenient access to the island's most iconic sights. Athens, with its ancient wonders, is also a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.

Best Destinations for Adventure:

Get off the beaten path and explore the rugged beauty of Corfu's olive groves and pine-clad forests on a thrilling hiking adventure. Seek out secluded bliss in the hidden gems of Skiathos, Kefalonia, Lefkas, and Thassos, where unspoiled nature awaits at every turn.

Planning Your Trip:

Not sure when to visit? Check the weather in Greece to find the perfect time for your holiday. And be sure to explore our travel guides for insider tips on destinations across Greece, including Athens, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, and more.

Embark on Your Greek Adventure

With its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality, Greece beckons travellers to discover its treasures. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, Greece promises an unforgettable holiday experience. Start planning your Greek adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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We also have travel guides available for destinations, including  Halkidiki | KalamataKefaloniaKos | Lefkas | LesbosMykonos | Olympius Riviera | PargaSantoriniSkiathos | Skopelos | ThassosZante 

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11°C - 38°C

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

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The main international airport in Greece is Athens International Airport (AKA Eleftherios Venizelos) and is located just outside the capital. Although visitors frequently fly to the smaller airports of Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu.

Greece is best for

History lovers: Home to some of the world’s best-preserved ancient sites, there’s no wonder Greece is a hit with history buffs. Discover tombs, temples, castles, palaces and all kinds of mythical ruins linked to famous gods. 

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

Foodies: Whether you visit a rustic taverna, a street stall or prefer a fancy fine dining experience, Greece’s food is full of flavour. Tuck into dishes stuffed with Mediterranean vegetables, savour meat-packed mezzes and chow down on salads doused in olive oil and topped with feta.

Fast facts for Greece

Language: Greek is the official language, but most locals will have a basic understanding of English. However, it’s always worth learning a few common phrases to get by.

Currency: The currency in Greece is the Euro (EUR).

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

Fly to: Aktion National Airport to reach the mainland resorts of Lefkas and Parga, which are around 20 minutes to 1 hour away by car. You can fly to most of the islands directly; 

  • Corfu: Corfu International Airport with transfers taking around 20 minutes to 2.5 hours
  • Crete: Heraklion International Airport with transfers taking up to 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Rhodes: Rhodes International Airport with transfer times of around 30 to 90 minutes.

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

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Greece.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Getting around Greece

By hire car: Greek roads are well maintained and come with plenty of signage, with hire car venues in most of its towns and cities. Do remember that the locals 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. This is a great way to explore the country’s idyllic islands, or gain access to those secret, sheltered coves for a peaceful day’s sunbathing.

Events in Greece

The Feast of the Dormition of Theotokos: This religious celebration is held on 15th August to mark the passing of the Virgin Mary. It is also an annual national holiday with festivities throughout the country, typically starting with church processions, and ending with feasting, drinking and dancing.

Saint’s Day: Each Greek island has its own religious celebration in honour of their patron. On this day, most village and town squares will be filled with food, drink and folk dancing.

Greece safety and security

Do I need a passport?

All British citizens travelling to Greece must carry a full UK passport, which will need to be valid for the duration of your stay, at the very least.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not need a visa to visit Greece as a tourist. If you’re unsure about whether or not you require a visa for your Greece holiday, you can always check with the Greek Embassy.

For up-to-date advice on entry requirements please visit the FCDO website.

Should I get travel health insurance?

Wherever you travel in the world, it’s wise to take out comprehensive travel health insurance to protect you financially. If you have an accident or become ill on holiday, travel insurance will help towards the cost of things like medicine, treatment and even returning to the UK, if necessary. Always check your policy to see what your cover includes.

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Greece, please visit the FCDO website.

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 eat much later, often around 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.
  • For a true taste of the sumptuous Greek cuisine on offer, go off the beaten track and try out a taverna or two.
  • Learn a few greetings and basic phrases to impress the locals, no matter how shockingly bad your pronunciation. 
  • There are some fantastic hiking tours, particularly in Santorini, with its sprawling scenery and cobalt-capped churches.

Greece weather

Temperature: The average temperature ranges from 10°C in the winter to 28°C in the summer.

Best time to go?

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, the weather in Greece is perfect between June and the end of August. You can expect temperatures around 24°C, with some days hitting the mid 30s.

If you’re planning on visiting some of the country’s ancient relics, such as the Acropolis at Athens or the Parthenon, we suggest jetting off between the months of March and May, when the heat peaks at a manageable 24 - 25°C.

 

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FAQs
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What is the best month to go to Greece?

The best time to visit Greece is in late spring or early summer when the weather is mild, from April to June. This will also be the time when Greece is less crowded and reasonably priced.

Some of the mainlands are a bit chillier during the spring and autumn, but the Cyclade islands and Crete will still be nice and sunny, with the odd overcast rainy day. You're looking at average temperatures of 9 - 17°C in March, 12 - 20°C in April and a toasty 16 - 24°C May. Temperatures hover around 27 - 19°C in September, 16 - 24°C in October, and 13-19°C in November. With warm sun and seawater often throughout November. If you want a 30°C scorcher, summer offers almost pure sunshine.

Which part of Greece is best for a holiday?

It’s hard to pin down the best destination for a holiday in Greece. Whether it’s on one of the thousands of coast-hugging islands, like Mykonos and Santorini, or on the history rich mainland, with must-see Athens and Delphi.

Corfu boasts picturesque villages like Perithia and the UNESCO-listed old town, rugged mountains, fabulous food and a rich heritage. Crete has its Venetian harbour, minoan settlement, waterparks and famous pink-sand beaches. Rhodes is best for 14th-century knight-houses, medieval inns and lively modern bars.

Zante has its famous shipwreck, horse-riding and loggerhead turtle expeditions.  With ancient ruins, turquoise waters and stunning beaches, it’s no wonder that Greece is one of the top places to visit in the world.

What is Greece known for?

Greece is known for its soul-stirring scenery, warm hospitality, unrivalled food, cliffside churches, pine-clad coves, crumbling ruins, and whitewashed sleepy villages.

Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, tuck into traditional cuisine in charming tavernas, nose around ancient sights, seek out impressive marine life, hike beautiful olive groves, relax on scenic beaches, make a splash at the waterparks, or even party on down in hotspots like Faliraki, Kardamena and Laganas. Holidays to Greece offer everything you could want from a getaway, paired with rural beauty and must-see archaeological ruins.

What is the food like in Greece?

The food in Greece is known for its use of fresh, simple ingredients that come together to create delicious and healthy dishes. Traditional Greek dishes often include fresh vegetables, herbs, olive oil, and seafood.

Some of the most popular dishes in Greece include tzatziki, a creamy dip made with yogurt and cucumbers, souvlaki, skewered meat grilled to perfection, moussaka, a layered casserole with eggplant and minced meat, and spanakopita, a spinach and feta cheese pastry. Greece is also famous for its olives and olive oil, which are staples in many of its dishes. Greek cuisine is a testament to the country's rich cultural heritage and the natural bounty of its land and sea

Are holidays to Greece family-friendly?

Holidays to Greece are family-friendly, and for good reason. The country offers a combination of cultural, historical, and natural attractions that has mega appeal to visitors of all ages. Its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear waters are perfect for family-friendly activities like swimming, boating, and snorkeling.

Greek cuisine is also diverse and flavorful, offering a range of dishes that can suit even the pickiest eaters. Furthermore, many Greek resorts and hotels offer amenities and activities specifically designed for families, such as children's pools, playgrounds, and kids’ clubs. With its welcoming culture, beautiful scenery, and abundance of fun activities, Greece is a perfect destination for a memorable family vacation.

What is a popular holiday in Greece?

Greece is a popular holiday destination with a variety of destinations to choose from. Some of the most visited hotspots include Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, and Athens. Santorini is known for its stunning views, whitewashed houses, and beautiful sunsets, while Mykonos is famous for its nightlife and sandy beaches.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is celebrated for its pink-sand beaches, ancient ruins, and traditional villages. Corfu and Rhodes are popular islands for their rich cultural history and beautiful beaches. Finally, Athens is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts with its ancient landmarks such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

Which is the safest Greek island to visit?

Greece is generally a safe country for travellers, as are most of its islands. Some islands are known for their lower crime rates and safety, making them popular destinations for tourists.

One of the safest being Naxos, located in the Cyclades. Naxos is known for its friendly locals and tranquil atmosphere. Other safe Greek islands include Paros, Skiathos, and Skopelos. These islands offer a relaxing and peaceful environment, as well as beautiful beaches and stunning scenery.

Crete, Rhodes, Zante and Corfu are generally considered safe to visit for tourists. However, travellers should still exercise basic safety precautions, such as being aware of their surroundings and belongings.

Where should I stay in Greece for the first time?

If you're visiting Greece for the first time, there are so many destinations that will give you a memorable and authentic experience. Athens is a must-visit for history buffs, with the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

For island destinations, Santorini is loved for its iconic whitewashed houses and sunsets, while Mykonos is famed for its vibrant nightlife and party beaches. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands with two pink-sand beaches (Balos and Elafonissi), Minoan sites, palm-tree forests, Raki (strong liquor), and the most Blue Flag beaches in the EU (112). Corfu and Rhodes are also popular destinations with lush greenery, historic monuments and soft sand spots, perfect for families.

What is the nicest Greek island to visit?

The nicest Greek island to visit depends on what you’re looking for. Santorini is without a doubt the best for honeymooners, with its romantic views over the famous caldera (volcanic crater), white-washed cave houses and iconic blue domes. Best for its cosmopolitan vibes is Corfu.

Amongst the verdant landscapes, rolling olive groves and pastel villages are vogue cocktail bars and world-renowned bistros. The best Greek island for families is Kefalonia. Loved for its laid-back sandy beaches (Avithos, Trapezaki and Lourdata), marine life, underwater lakes and short flight times.

Which Greek island is the cheapest?

The cost of travelling in Greece will vary greatly by destination and time of year, but there are some islands that are generally considered more affordable than others. One of the cheapest Greek islands to visit is Crete, which offers a mix of sandy beaches, spectacular natural scenery, and those traditional sleepy villages.

Paros and Naxos are the low-key affordable islands with a laid-back atmosphere, cheaper authentic food and plenty of pretty villages and ancient sights to explore. Ultimately, the cost of travelling in Greece will depend on your travel style, but these islands can offer  great value for budget-conscious travellers.

Is it cheap to holiday in Greece?

If you're looking for a destination that won't break the bank, then Greece might just be the perfect spot for you. There are several reasons why it's relatively cheap to holiday in Greece.

First of all, there’s a wide range of budget-friendly hotels and apartments. The cost of food and drinks in Greece is also relatively low, and there are plenty of delicious and authentic dishes that won't cost a fortune. Lastly, many of the best attractions in Greece, such as the stunning beaches and ancient landmarks, can be enjoyed for free or at a low cost. So why not book that trip to Greece and experience all that this beautiful country has to offer without breaking the bank?

How long does it take to fly to Greece?

The flight time from the UK to Greece is about three to five hours, depending of course on which airport you fly from.

Which part of Greece has the best beaches?

Greece is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so it's difficult to pick just one. Here are a few of our favourites: 

  • Zakynthos Island: Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is famous for its beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and white sand, such as Navagio Beach (aka shipwreck beach) and Gerakas Beach (a protected beach where sea turtles lay their eggs).
  • Crete Island: Crete is Greece's largest island and has a wide variety of beaches, from long sandy stretches to secluded coves. Some of the most famous beaches on Crete include Elafonisi Beach, for its pink sand, Balos Beach for its rolling white sand dunes, and Vai Beach for its 5,000 palm trees, a rare sight in Europe.
  • Mykonos Island: Mykonos is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and beautiful beaches, such as the iconic Paradise Beach, a lively party spot which can only be reached by boat or on foot, and Super Paradise Beach, a popular LGBTQ+ hotspot.
  • Santorini Island: Santorini is famous for its stunning volcanic landscape and unique black and red sand beaches, such as Perissa Beach and Kamari Beach.
  • Corfu Island: Corfu is known for its green hills and beautiful beaches, such as Paleokastritsa Beach, loved for its sea caves and mythology, and Glyfada Beach for romantic sunset strolls and energetic atmosphere.
Where are the most secluded parts of Greece for a quiet holiday?

Lefkas is a quiet island with traditional pastel coloured towns and beaches that have remained unchanged for centuries. Kefalonia is also known for its secluded beaches, clear blue waters, and charming villages.