Hotels in Greece
Hotels in Greece are made up of dreamy sunset views in Santorini, beachfront bliss in Rhodes and luxurious stays in Crete. And if you’re looking for a sun-soaked family getaway, Corfu is packed with all-singing, all-dancing boltholes perfect for kids.
Want to be in the heart of history? Our holidays to Athens are the answer! Think 5th-century BC landmarks and awe-inspiring archaeological sites combined with rooftop pools and chic city set-ups. Or how about an apartment next door to the neon nightlife of Mykonos? It’s a party-goer’s paradise with its beach clubs, cocktail bars and talented DJs.
The options don’t end there either! Take your pick from budget-friendly breaks in Zante and last-minute jaunts to Halkidiki. And how good does an All Inclusive in Kos sound? The Mitsis Blue Domes Exclusive, in particular, will win you over with its free-flowing cocktails, buffet spreads and non-stop entertainment! Plus it wouldn’t be a holiday to Greece without the top-notch hospitality that the locals are known for.
And if you’re seeking a retreat with 5 flashy stars, numerous pools and a la carte eateries, check out Radisson Blu Beach Resort Milatos Crete, or grab some adult-only tranquillity at the Ixian Grand & All Suites. Then there’s the freedom of a fully-equipped Self Catering spot that won’t break the bank - we’ve got all bases covered with our Greece hotels.
Popular destinations in Greece
Popular hotels in Greece
Golden Mare Resort
Greece, Corfu, Barbati
White Olive Premium Lindos
Greece, Rhodes, Pefkos
Greece, Zante, Laganas
Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only
Greece, Crete, Analipsis
White Olive Elite Hotel Laganas
Greece, Zante, Laganas
Corfu Palace Hotel
Greece, Corfu, Corfu Town
Greece, Santorini, Kamari
Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort and Villas
Greece, Rhodes, Kalathos
Mitsis Petit Palais Beach Hotel
Greece, Rhodes, Rhodes Town
Mitsis Rinela Beach
Greece, Crete, Kokkini Hani
Nema Design Hotel
Greece, Crete, Analipsis
Aeolos Beach Resort
Greece, Corfu, Perama
Holiday resorts in Greece
Greek island holidays remain the top choice for sun lovers, foodies and adventure seekers. With balmy sunshine, ancient sites and harbourside tavernas, these rugged beauties know just how to reel you in.
And when you’re not lapping up blue skies on sandy coastlines, or trekking through whitewashed mountain villages, you’ve got the best nightlife in the Mediterranean at your feet. From their stunning good looks to the endless things to do, it’s no wonder Greek island holidays are a summertime favourite.
Greek islands at a glance
• Watch the sunset over the blue domes in Santorini
• Rub shoulders with A-listers in party hub Mykonos
• See loggerhead turtles in under-the-radar Kefalonia
• Uncover the medieval city of Rhodes
All the Greek islands have their own unique charm, but which is right for you? Let's dive in...
Best Greek island holidays for hopping
Always fancied island hopping? Why not pack multiple destinations into your Greek island holiday? Touch down in Crete and board the direct ferries for a day trip to Santorini, or from Kos to Rhodes. Or stay in Kavos and springboard to the tiny islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Best Greek island holidays for peace and quiet
In search of less touristy Greek island holidays? Step away from it all with a peaceful stay in Kefalonia. You can spot sea turtles in Katelios Bay, ride horses through the Sami mountains and descend into the Drogarati caves, 60 metres below ground.
Laid-back Lefkas (or Lefkada) is another under-the-radar destination for those seeking quieter holidays to the Greek islands. This rugged beauty boasts pastel-coloured boulevards, fringed by wild waterfalls and striking natural caverns.
Best Greek island holidays for romance
For first-timers and romantics, Santorini is a must. All blue-dome chapels and whitewashed walkways, this has to be one of the most magical Greek island holidays for couples. Take the 300-step descent down to Amoudi Bay for a swoon-worthy sunset stroll.
Best Greek island holidays for party animals
Holidays to the Greek islands aren’t limited to sun lounging and feta-eating. If you’re looking for a party scene to rival Ibiza, Mykonos is it! Behind its pretty facade, this island is host to the wildest celeb hotspot in the Med.
Best Greek island holidays for families with kids
Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands to explore with the kids. Alongside its sheltered beaches and shallow waters, its Old Town feels like an endless museum, with knights and ancient relics galore.
Away from party-central Laganas, Zante is another one of the best Greek islands for a family holiday. Watch turtles nesting on Kalamaki Beach, find thrills at Water Village and take in the sights from the Trainaki train. Why not make the most of your trip with a Greek island holiday package.
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Ancient and exquisite, it's no wonder Lindos is one of Greece's most photographed towns. Filled with Byzantine architecture, churches and whitewashed buildings speckling the hillside, the town spreads down to twin bays with dazzling blue waters. The jewel in its crown is the acropolis, more than 100 metres above the rest of Lindos, overlooking its historic sites, lively tavernas and beaches.
Things to do
There’s plenty of thing to keep you busy on a Lindos holiday, whether you want to soak up the sunshine or explore historic landmarks. Beyond the stunning beaches, you’ll discover a bustling atmosphere as you stroll through Lindos’ narrow alleys and cobbled streets, lined with beautiful Byzantine architecture and charming Greek tavernas.
It’s well worth trekking up the hill to see the 4th century acropolis (one of the most famous sights on the island), and when you get there you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the bay. After a day’s exploring, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat; there’s a lovely atmosphere in the old town, which is brimming with tavernas and outdoor terraces.
The village centre is a car-free zone, so the only way to get around is by walking or taking a so-called Lindos taxi – a donkey. This is a great place for exploring, so wander down the winding streets, visiting unique gifts shops where you’ll find authentic souvenirs like beautiful embroidered linen and leather, as well as handmade silver jewellery. You’re bound to find traditional, one-of-a-kind gems here that you won’t get anywhere else.
The town has a social buzz to it and you’ll get a real feel for what Greek life is all about as you mix in amongst the locals, whether you’re just strolling around or having dinner in a traditional taverna.
You’ll be surrounded by history everywhere you walk in Lindos, so much so you’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time. Explore the narrow streets, discovering the ancient architecture and beautiful churches as you go, mixed amongst the cosy restaurants and cafés. Navigate your way through the maze of cobbled streets to discover the famous Acropolis. Admire the ancient ruins and enjoy the breathtaking sight of the village below; the best spot in Lindos for panoramic views.
The friendly locals, historic surroundings and the beautiful scenery are just some of the reasons why people want to come back to Lindos year after year. There’re also the lovely beaches, crystal-clear seas and gorgeous sunshine that help make this a relaxing and idyllic destination for your holiday.
Where is Lindos?
Lindos is a picture-perfect village on the east cost of Rhodes, the biggest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands (and the most popular one, too). This former fishing village has become one of the most photographed places in the country, thanks to its fascinating Byzantine architecture, ancient churches, and whitewashed buildings speckling the hillside. And of course, the towering acropolis that dominates the town is a spectacular attraction!
As it’s located on the coast, you won’t be surprised that Lindons is also home to some fabulous beaches. You’ll find two beautiful spots to soak up the sun at the bottom of the hill. There’s one in the heart of the village, and another just a short stroll away, and you can take a dip in the sparkling waters at both of them. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat, you’ll find all kinds of welcoming tavernas to satisfy your hunger. If you’re looking for a real taste of authentic Greece, Lindos is an excellent choice.
Look on a Lindos map and you’ll see that this idyllic coastal resort is only 50km or so from the island capital, Rhodes Town. If you want to explore this historic settlement, it’s easy to plan a daytrip to see its UNESCO-protected Old Town. You can either take the bus, which is a great way to meet the locals, or hire a car.
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Rhodes Town is the island capital of Rhodes, known for being home to one of the world’s finest medieval towns. Fortified and filled with treasures, Rhodes Town is mesmerising for sightseers and features a vibrant nightlife scene, Greek restaurants and top-class shopping. When you fancy relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine, the city even has its own beach.
Things to do
To get a feel for the rich history of Rhodes Town, you’ll need to head to the historic heart of it. The UNESCO-listed medieval old town is filled with cobbled streets that criss-cross and open out into shady, café-lined squares where you can sip a cup of coffee. When you’re ready to take a break, Elli Beach is well placed for a spot of relaxation; it’s centrally located, so you’ll have no trouble finding it. When the sun goes down, it’s up to you whether you take it slow at a local taverna or head to a late-night club.
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On the southern top of Corfu, you’ll discover the island’s clubbing capital. Kavos holidays are perfect for a fast-paced mix of vibrant bars, late-night clubs and high-octane water sports. And when you’re ready to relax, there’s an 8km stretch of sandy beach to enjoy while you soak up the sun, plus plenty of bars and cafés for a pitstop. You’ll also find Aqualand water park nearby (a great place to cool down on a hot day), while historic Corfu Town is easily within day trip distance (it’s less than an hour away by car).
Things to do
You’ll want to sample the unbeatable nightlife on a Kavos holiday, including the famous main strip with its bars, pubs and clubs. During the day, you can work on your tan on the long, sandy beach. When you’re ready to take things up a notch, it’s time for water sports; this is one of the best places for them on Corfu. Boat trips are a brilliant way to spend an afternoon; just grab a drink and stretch out on the deck. As for day trips, you’ll have plenty of choice; how about a trip to Aqualand or an outing to Corfu Town?
Kavos’ long stretch of golden sand gets about as much attention from tourists as the many bars in the resort. That’s because it’s no secret that the gorgeous crystal clear water and spectacular views make it the perfect place to relax and recover after the previous late night.
Kavos’ coastal location in Corfu makes it the ideal destination to island hop and experience what the rest of Greece has to offer. Pop over to the small islands of Paxos and Antipaxos for quiet beaches and traditional cuisine. There’s no better place to escape the hustle and bustle and live a life of Greek luxury for a day.
With its energetic lifestyle and buzzing nightlife, Kavos is Corfu’s favourite party destination. Join hundreds of people down on the strip for action-packed events, special DJ sets and unforgettable party memories. There are a variety of bars and clubs to choose from, all ready and waiting for you to soak up the upbeat, feel-good atmosphere.
Food and drink
Greece is notorious for its great cuisine, so why not try some of the excellent traditional meals on offer. Eat the delicious, grape leaf-wrapped rice parcel called dolmades, nibble on fresh feta filo pie or indulge in a chicken kebab with tzatziki dip. All of which go perfectly with a nice glass of cold Ouzo. Delicious!
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Popular with couples and families looking for a peaceful island break, Lassi is a scenic holiday spot in Kefalonia. The beaches are this town’s biggest draw card, but guests who aren’t soaking up the rays can look forward to impressive historic and natural attractions in the neighbouring towns. Good transport links and a short drive to the airport makes holidays in Lassi a good choice for those planning to explore the Ionian Islands.
Things to do
With its stunning blue skies, pine forest landscape and warm Mediterranean climate, Lassi has all the right conditions for a relaxing holiday. Travellers who aren’t lounging on the famous Makris Gialos Beach can enjoy several remarkable attractions, including a historic cave and the ruins of an ancient fortress. Arrive in the summer for a range of cultural festivals and celebrations.
It all starts at the beach in Lassi, and there’s some lovely ones that you can choose from. Kefalonia’s scenery is so incredible that the island was used as the setting for a Hollywood blockbuster, and it’s easy to see why. Spend the day basking in the golden sunshine at Makris Gialos or Platis Gialos Beach, or head to nearby Myrtos Beach, which was featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
After you’ve recharged your batteries at the beach, it’s time to set sail on an adventure. Explore more of Kefalonia’s fabulous coastline, or journey across to other islands in the sparkling Ionian Sea. The warm, crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving trips, although you may prefer to go kayaking and caving. For a real thrill, take a jeep safari through the island’s lush countryside and soaring mountains.
Lassi is ideal for all manner of holidays, whether you’re going away with your friends, family or partner. Make sandcastles with your little ones all day, go for drinks with your mates in the evening, or take a few loved-up photos while you watch a romantic sunset at the beach. Explore capital Argostoli, other parts of picturesque Kefalonia, or stick to Lassi itself as you make the most of this wonderful destination.
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One of the liveliest resorts in Zakynthos, Laganas holidays attract a young and ready-to-party crowd every summer. With hundreds of bars and clubs lining the strip, expansive golden sandy beaches, and fantastic water sports, it’s easy to see the attraction for groups of mates looking for a great holiday.
If you’ve got the little ones with you then it’s a family-friendly spot too, with a water park just minutes away. There are plenty of activities for children of all ages, including spotting loggerhead turtles from a glass-bottom boat and exploring hidden coves, home to mysterious shipwrecks. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and it’s the ideal spot for a sunny, beach-based break.
Zante is filled with many bars and nightclubs, so you’ll find plenty that are just right for you. For those looking to make the most of life after the sun goes down, ‘The Strip’ will keep you entertained throughout the night. When you’ve partied your way down ‘The Strip’, it’ll be time to head for the beach and checkout one of the after parties that go on here.
Take a trip to the charming Marathonissi Island, which is the home of the loggerhead turtles (also known as the Caretta Caretta turtles). With many boat tours available, you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures at this unspoilt beach paradise.
Relax on the beach
With just a short boat journey you’ll discover Keri and the stunning beaches and caves. If you just want to top up your tan you’re definitely in for a treat in this idyllic spot. But if you’re feeling adventurous, then pay a visit to the diving school where you’ll have the chance to explore the caves from above and below the water. With just a short introductory course, you’ll be ready to go.
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The lively resort of Argassi, Greece is on the stunning island of Zante, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Greek Islands. With a great range of bars and clubs, excellent watersports facilities, and good transport links to Zante Town, it's well suited to couples and families who want all the convenience but none of the crowds. With its natural beauty, historic sights and excellent cuisine, holidays to Argassi are great for relaxation.
The sand and shingle beach here is nearly a kilometre long, and if you wake up early enough you'll see a wonderful sunrise over the Ionian Sea. With plenty of sunloungers, you can easily take some time out and soak up the sun.
Another big advantage of Argassi holidays, other than the sun, sand, and sea, is that you'll be just a 10-minute ride from Zante Town via the tourist train. Here you can find a much wider range of restaurants and bars, and historic sights like the Venetian church of San Dionisio.
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A small town on the south coast of Kos, Kardamena has all the makings of a great beach holiday. This lively Mediterranean destination is popular with holidaymakers looking for the best nightlife combined with relaxing lazy days on the beach.
Whether you’re here with your partner, your family, or with a group of friends, Karadamena is a chilled out and easy-going destination with plenty to see and do. Holidays to Kardamena are all about fun in the sunshine and nights on the town, great days out with the kids, and splashing about in the water.
Things to do
Kardamena is the nightlife hotspot in Kos and with its lengthy, golden sand beach and lines of bars, it’s the ideal place for groups of friends to really let go and have fun. The resort is great for all night partying but there’s also lots of things to do during the day. With warm, clear water, snorkelling and diving are exciting activities for the whole family. You can also try windsurfing or head out to sea on a boat trip. History buffs can learn more about the Kardamenas history at the Folklore Museum.
Tavernas and beach bars will become your second home during your holiday and you’ll soon see why. With the freshest Greek seafood and classic dishes like gyros and fries, this cuisine is perfect for recuperation after a wild night out.
There are lots of ways to enjoy the warm sea waters, whether you want to explore the depths on a diving trip, stay at sea level with some jetskiing, or take to the skies on an exciting parasailing trip. With crystal clear water and colourful marine life, Kardamena is ideal for trying out new watersports, as well as swimming and snorkelling at the beach.
There’s a lovely, long sweep of golden sand that stretches along Kardamena’s coastline, where you can easily spend long days lounging around in the sun. You’ll find all the amenities you need along the beach, whether you’re after some lunch, or a few cold beers to start off your evening out nice and early. The watersports companies operate from the beach, so you never really need to leave the sands.
If you do feel like exploring, there are plenty of ways to spend your time. From interesting museums to day trips to other islands, you won’t be short of things to do. Kos Town is around half an hour’s drive away if you want to visit the island’s capital, but make sure you get back to Kardamena in time for the evening. The resort is the nightlife capital of Kos, and has a fantastic array of lively bars and late night clubs.
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Holidays to Skiathos combine teal-tinted waters with a vibrant cosmopolitan nightlife. It's the greenest island in the Sporades archipelago, sporting over 60 stunning beaches along a sun-drenched coastline. Soft, golden sands stretch back from the shallow shores before lush-scented pine forests, and aromatic olive groves take over the landscape. Skiathos is also an ideal destination for families, with its laid-back atmosphere and calm shores.
Things to do
The island is ideal for couples, groups of friends, and fashion-conscious clubbers who want to be seen on the scene. However, there's plenty to do for those looking to experience the quieter side of Greece. You can spend a day sightseeing in the sleepy villages of Troulos, wander through the cobbled streets of Skiathos Town or hike the walking trails at Koukounaries forest. Wherever you go, Skiathos holidays offer picture-perfect views around every corner.
Skiathos holidays are incomplete without a trip to the old town and port, the most popular attractions across the Sporades Islands. The town's authentic way of life inspired the movie, Mamma Mia. For a brilliant day out, hop aboard one of the themed Skiathos Sailing Trips from the Old Port to explore neighbouring Skopelos. You'll visit the film's most iconic locations where those classic anthems were filmed.
Wander through the sugar-cube streets of Skiathos Town and discover a wealth of designer shops, restaurants, and bars. A hit with celebrities, the cosmopolitan centre is fronted with two yacht harbours, gourmet eateries and classy boutiques. For bargain-hunting, turn down the narrow roads off Papadiamantis Street. Order your travel money before you go, and you can treat yourself to some traditional pottery and embroidery from its small independent shops.
For a lively night, head to Skiathos Town and grab a drink along Bar Street, the best hangout for live music. Then make your way on the disco strip, running east along the coast. Here you'll find plenty of clubs open until the early hours. Stroll into the trendy cocktail lounges on the seafront for a more laid-back vibe. Another glorious spot for cocktails and music is La Bussola Bar in Koukounaries. You can watch the latest sporting events on the screens, too.
History & Culture
Skiathos has a fascinating medieval past, with impressive religious sites dotted throughout the island. Explore sacred Skiathos with a trip to the Church of Three Hierarchs, the Church of the Archangel and the Church of the Virgin Mary. The Skiathos Castle is also a must-see and home to the theatre, with cultural events held throughout the year.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you'll find a wealth of things to do on your family holiday to Skiathos. Pop on a water taxi from Koukounaries beach to Old Port and explore the pebbled streets of Skiathos Town together. Pavement cafes and boutiques line the narrow alleyways. You can also enjoy kid-friendly scuba diving, or watch a film at the open-air cinema, Akkiton.
The island is just under 7 miles long, with many Walking Trails starting from the ring road around Skiathos Town. With 26 signposted routes, totalling 200 km, it’s a hiker's paradise. Trek through shady forests with medicinal herbs, babbling brooks and historical sites.
Places to stay
There is so much to love about this island wherever you choose to stay. With its laid-back lifestyle, unspoiled beaches and spectacular landscapes, you will find your own slice of Greek paradise here.
A 10-minute drive outside the island capital Skiathos Town, the little resort of Achladies packs a real punch for its southern coast location. The resort is the perfect choice for families looking for a quiet spot outside the hustle and bustle of the capital while still being within easy reach of its attractions.
To venture even further into Skiathos' lush countryside, choose Troulos. Located in the southwest, in rolling fruit groves and forest, it's the best place for couples and families seeking some peace. It's also only a 30-minute bus ride to the magnificent Monastery of Evangelistria, where the first Greek flag was raised in 1807. As well as scenic trails and cultural hotspots, you're only a 19-minute drive to Skiathos Town, with its swanky cocktails bars and quirky boutiques.
Koukounaries is famous for its beach. The coast runs between fragrant pine trees and the Aegean Sea's shallow shore, a golden arc of spotless white sand. It's a popular spot with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes. Book a tour bus or one of the boat trips to the Castle of Skiathos. The medieval fortification is perched on a rocky cliff, offering the most spectacular panoramic views.
Beaches to visit
The many beautiful beaches scattered across the island make holidays to Skiathos even more memorable. From stretches of soft, golden sand to pebble-strewn shallow bays, they are perfect for swimming. And while some famously deliver a lively atmosphere, you’ll find many spaces to relax and recharge in total tranquillity.
An excellent spot for nature lovers, Koukounaries Beach, backs onto the lush green Mandraki Pine Forest. This gently curving arc of powder-soft sand, lined with rows of cypress and eucalyptus trees swaying softly in the breeze. One of the most popular hotspots on the island, you can hop aboard water taxis or take a dip in the azure waters. You can also grab a bite at one of the wooden beach bars and tavernas.
Big Banana Beach
Sheltered by a mass of rocky hills, Big Banana Beach takes its name from its crescent shape. It's the most popular spot on the west coast and a favourite among sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. Away from the shore, you'll find pine forests and wildlife reserves. It also gets sun later in the day, so it's the ideal spot for sunsets.
Skiathos has some of the most impressive beaches across all the Greek islands. Hidden Beach, aka Krifi Ammos, is the most secluded. This wild bay has a 200m stretch of soft sand and luscious hills sheltering it from the world. Kick back, relax, and forget your troubles as you watch the waves lapping gently against the smooth ivory-white shoreline. There's also a tiny tavern in case you get a bit hungry.
Lalaria Beach made Skiathos famous for its iconic arch and blue caves, only reachable by boat. Totally unspoilt, you won't find any shops, bars or cafes here, so bring a bottle of water with you! Cruise around the island before taking a dip amongst the string of secret sea grottos that line the cliff face. You can also dry off with a sunbathe on the unique white pebble beach.
Peaceful Achladies Bay
One of our favourite places to visit in Skiathos is sleepy Achladies Bay. Set along the east coast, it's surrounded by lush green countryside. The old fishing town has kept its natural charm, making it a peaceful escape.
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Sitting pretty on the southern tip of Greece, within the beautiful Peloponnese region, you’ll discover the bustling seaside city of Kalamata. This place is an absolute haven for foodies; it’s Greece’s culinary heart and the land of olive oil, you’ll find lush groves galore lining the roads.
Built on top of the ancient city of Pharai, Holidays to Kalamata are a favourite destination among culture lovers; as well as the charming Old Town, you’ll find museum-lined streets to pique your interest. On top of all that, you’ll find little beach resorts along the Ionian coast, serving up relaxation and a wealth of watersports.
Things to do
When it comes to things to do in Kalamata, you’ve got masses to choose from. You’ll get a real feel for traditional life too, as it still feels authentically Greek, with its maze of white buildings and terracotta-topped roofs running down to the city’s marina. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff or a beach lover, there’s plenty to keep you occupied throughout your holidays to Kalamata.
You can spend your time dining in traditional tavernas (don’t forget to try the olives!), exploring museums and ancient sights, or soak up the glorious sunshine down on the beach. And if you feel like heading out beyond the city, you can hire a car and venture out into the region’s mountain range and the foothills of Mount Taygetos.
Steeped in history
The Greeks are full of pride when it comes to their history and the people of Kalamata are no exception. From preserved cities to historical displays, if you’re a culture vulture looking for a holiday with plenty of discovery, Kalamata could be the destination for you. Wander around the museum-lined streets and soak up its charms before arriving at your chosen museum for your chance to delve into history. Pretty paintings, ancient artefacts and military memoirs are just some of what awaits you. Plan a day trip to uncover some of the nearby archaeological sites if you wish to take a look at the ruins.
Typically Greek experiences
Whitewashed buildings with terracotta roof tops, narrow cobbled streets, tavernas serving traditional foods and bustling markets: Kalamata is perfect for those looking for an authentically Greek experience. Whilst you’re in Kalamata, you have to try the olives; you’ll find that they’re served in most of the tavernas and bars as the people of Kalamata are proud of their most famous export. Olive oil is also a Kalamata delicacy and you can pick up a bottle from street markets or at an olive mill.
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We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Stoupa
Travel to a charming old fishing village perched on Greece’s southern tip, within the Mani peninsula of the Peloponnese for an amazing Stoupa holiday. The lifestyle here is traditional and easy-going, so it’s the perfect place to relax. You’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning natural beauty that’s ready waiting for you to discover, with the beautiful Taygetos Mountains right on your doorstep.
You won’t want to miss out on the beach either; it’s one of the prettiest for miles around. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the historic Byzantine capital of Mystras and the mysterious Diros Caves when you’re ready for an adventure.
Things to do
The peaceful village of Stoupa really comes alive in the summer, when holidays to Stoupa bring in visitors from all over Europe and beyond. You can take your time adjusting to the warm Greek climate down on the unspoilt Stoupa Beach; it’s one of the finest shores in the region, with its gentle curve of sand and crystal-clear waters.
Not only is this a superb place to relax, but it’s also a dream destination for water sports lovers too, with diving and snorkelling just some of the highlights. When you’re feeling up to an adventure, it’s well worth taking a hike through the rolling hills of the Mani peninsula. Or you could plan a daytrip to the UNESCO-protected Mystras, the former Byzantine capital. When you get back here, balmy evenings call for mingling with the locals at welcoming tavernas and restaurants.
The Diros Caves
Stoupa has an air of mystery about it thanks to the magical Diros Caves. These caves can only be reached by boat, which gives you the chance to see the spectacular rock formations that were formed thousands of years ago. Once you arrive inside the caves you’ll be able to read all about the history and even see the perfectly preserved skeletons of the people who once called these caves home.
You’ll find great views all over Stoupa, with many areas being completely unspoilt by modern buildings. No matter where you go around the area, you’ll stumble upon quaint villages that still retain all of their rustic charm. Also make sure that you visit a local taverna while you are there to try the world-renowned Kalamata olives that are grown locally in the region.
Fun for all the children
With plenty of fun and excitement all around, Stoupa is a resort perfect for keeping the children occupied. The open-air railway museum at Kalamata gives children a chance to experience what remains of the local history. There are lots of beaches with fun activities for the whole family, such as scuba diving and snorkelling in the calm, blue waters.
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Lefkas (or Lefkada) is a glorious Greek island adrift in the azure Ionian Sea. Although this is a bit of an under-the-radar destination, it’s one of the most striking places the country has to offer, so it’s well worth discovering. Lefkas is connected via a floating bridge to the Preveza region on the west coast of mainland Greece, so it’s easy to make your way there from the airport. And on arrival you’ll discover a string of upbeat cities and a wealth of laid-back beach resorts like Nidri, Nikiana and Agios Ioannis.
Pretty, pastel-coloured towns that have hardly changed in a century dot the landscape, surrounded by hilly green scenery. This really is one of Greece’s best kept secrets and you’ll love coming back time again for a Lefkas holiday!
Things to do
Lefkas’ shoreline is simply stunning; make your way around the island’s coastline and you’ll find golden sandy beaches and pebbly coves brushing up against the glistening Ionian Sea. And if you’d like to take a trip out to sea, Lefkas Town’s marina is the best jump-off point for sailing and trips to the mysterious Papanikolis Sea Cave. Inland from the beaches, you’ll find spectacular scenery ready and waiting for you to explore; think lush green hills, beautiful olive groves and breath-taking national parks. It’s the perfect place to walk, cycle and birdwatch.
Considered as some of the best beaches across the entire Mediterranean, the shores of Lefkas are beautiful, elegant and peaceful. Surrounded by striking landscapes and gentle blue waves the beaches attract travellers to their shores across all seasons. The most famous beaches are within Porto, Egremni and Kathisma and are great spots for windsurfing.
Explore the lively Nidri Town on the east coast of Lefkas island. The town is a former fishing village bursting with tradition and natural charm. A stroll along the waterfront will reveal a number of authentic Greek tavernas infused with the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy a mouth watering selection of Mezze and wash down your meal with a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards.
Explore Lefkas hiking
Striking scenery and fascinating cultural attractions can be discovered on a hiking trail across the island of Lefkas. Amongst the beautiful countryside and lush green valleys there are castles, monasteries and churches, each with its own story and unique historic significance. Exploring the island on foot you will be able to see the stunning picturesque views and unspoilt nature from the heart of the island’s terrain.
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Visit Greece’s third biggest island (after Crete and Evia) for your next getaway to Lesbos. But despite its popularity, this magical place has remained virtually untouched and the crowds are much smaller than on other islands. You can expect unspoilt beaches and a healthy dose of Mediterranean sunshine, all surrounded by lush greenery and olive tree-filled fields. So if you’re seeking a spot of peace and tranquillity off the beaten track, then holidays to Lesbos will be just the ticket. If you feel like a break from the coastline, you can explore the sights and sounds of the island’s historic towns, charming villages and dramatic landscapes.
Things to do
Lesbos holidays may be a little off the beaten tourist track, but it’s sure to impress the most discerning of travellers. Holidays to Lesbos are your chance to experience laid-back Greek island life. Make your way to stunning beaches like Skala Eressos and Vetera and top up your tan during summer. You’ll also find lots of water sports going on here. over in Molyvos, you’ll discover a wealth of medieval architecture. And there’s plenty of history to uncover elsewhere, too; how about a trip to Mytilini, the island capital? You’ll find a fascinating castle here, along with some great boutique shopping.
Peaceful, traditional resorts
Mytilini is the ancient capital of Lesbos Island and well worth a look around. Steeped in history, it bears a similar resemblance to Athens. You’ll find lots to see and do in this exciting city, but the smaller villages of Lesbos have just as much to offer as their larger capital. The village of Petra is becoming a tourist magnet for all the right reasons, with its attractive pedestrianised centre and famous church perched atop a huge rock. And then the historical village of Molyvos is the epitome of Greek tradition and beauty.
Unlike many of the other, busier Greek islands, an afternoon spent on the beach in Lesbos will be a peaceful and relaxing affair. It’s not uncommon for there to be just a small handful of people on the island’s stunning golden beaches. Pure bliss. Venture further inland and you’ll find discover ancient petrified forests, lush green vegetation and mile upon mile of rural landscapes. Not to mention the classic Greek sight of olive trees growing in the warm sun.
The island of Lesbos has earned itself the reputation of being one of the best birdwatching destinations in all of Europe. If this is your type of thing then the best time of year to visit would be during the month of May. This is when the weather is perfect for being outdoors and you have more chance of spotting rare and beautiful species as migration is in full swing.
Places to stay
On Lesbos’ northern coast are a handful of beach resorts known for their spectacular scenery. Anaxos’ beach is sheltered by blossoming green hills, thick pines and fragrant fruit groves, creating a peaceful environment for relaxing on the beach. Around 10km east is the traditional town of Molyvos. The ideal day trip location it’s a great place to hunt for locally-made gifts and Greek specialties. Down on the south coast, beach resorts like Skala Kalloni are popular for the top choice of family-friendly hotels close to the beach, and a pleasant town centre filled with shops and places to eat.
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Once a small fishing village and now one of the most popular tourist towns in Crete, Hersonissos is where you go for warm weather, lively entertainment and stunning mountain views. Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends seeking some fun in the sun, a holiday in Hersonissos promises plenty of children’s activities and a wealth of bars and restaurants. Explore the cobbled streets on a quad bike, escape the heat at one of the popular water parks, or spend your days exploring the shops along Odos Elefteriou Venizelos.
Things to do
Whether you want to soak up the sun on a sun-kissed beach or hit the clubs and kick up your heels, Hersonissos holidays have something for everyone. There are plenty of attractions for families, including the fascinating Aquaworld Aquarium and the thrills and spills to be found at the Star Beach Waterpark. Couples can sit and watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea from one of the laid-back beachfront bars, or plug into Hersonissos’ legendary nightlife.
Hersonissos has some great attractions that make it the perfect place for all the family. Take the kids to one of the area’s two fun-filled water parks, which are guaranteed to serve up a memorable day out. Pay a visit to Crete’s first aquarium, the Aquaworld Aquarium, which looks after rescued sea life and reptiles from across the world. Or learn more about the traditional lives of the locals with a trip to the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.
If you love historical sites, then Hersonissos is a fantastic place for you to go on holiday. Brush up on your ancient mythology at the mysterious Cave of Zeus, or dip into the town’s Roman heritage. There was a prosperous Roman presence in the area for many years, and you can see the remnants of this at landmarks such as the Roman Fountain.
Fun with friends
While Hersonissos is great for family holidays, it’s also ideal for a getaway with your friends or
partner. Brave the fastest rides at Crete’s biggest water park, Acqua Plus, before sipping cocktails in a lively bar as the sun goes down. Hersonissos is one of the best places to go in Crete for a night out, with a selection of lively bars and clubs that play the latest summer tunes until the early hours.
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The capital city of Crete, Heraklion is a fascinating fusion of ancient and modern. In recent years, walking around the city's historic centre would’ve been almost impossible, due to the sheer volume of traffic passing through. Today, most of main historic areas have been pedestrianized, giving you the chance to soak up early Cretan architecture or go shopping in sleek, contemporary malls.
While you’re away on holiday, make sure you visit Liondaria. The name translates as ‘Lion Square’, in reference to the four stone lions that guard a beautiful fountain featuring detailed carvings and statues of sea-nymphs, mythical monsters, and other creatures from Greek legend. Liondaria is a hub for everyone and anyone: you’ll see impromptu business meetings being held in cafés, groups of locals arguing animatedly about this and that, and tourists just soaking up the scenery. There are plenty of places to grab a bite and don’t forget to try the bougastsas: a Greek pastry filled with vanilla cream.
Market Street is a must for bargain-hunters taking looking for all sorts of fresh produce. Here you’ll find fresh herbs, meat and fish, sold alongside clothing, honey, cheese and the local spirit, raki.
Whatever you’re looking from your time in the sun, this superb city is sure to deliver.
Things to do
While holidays to Heraklion feature the vibrant, buzzing city, its position close to the sea gives you plenty of opportunities for some lazy days on the beach. If you prefer city life, it really comes into its own after the sun goes down, when many of its ancient monuments are lit by night and the clubs and pubs fill the backstreets with the sounds of music and laughter. There’s a huge variety of restaurants to enjoy, from contemporary eateries, to traditional tavernas, serving genuine Cretan cuisine.
Food and drink
Heraklion has an array of eateries, from upbeat cafés in the main square to authentic tavernas down some of the narrow side streets, so be sure to savour the taste of the city’s delicacies such as the salads, pies and cheeses. As Heraklion has a number of wineries in the surrounding villages, you’ll be able to sample some of the local wines in the more traditional restaurants, which will compliment your meal perfectly. You’ll also be able to pick up some of these specialities from open-air markets. They’re the best place to hunt for souvenirs, where you can pick up wine, honey, dried herbs and tea and of course some of the famous olive oil.
The city comes alive after dark with plenty of lively places to choose from. The majority of Heraklion’s nightlife is found along the harbour where you’ll find trendy bars and clubs, with some hosting DJs in the summer months.
Don’t forget the party resort of Malia is also close by if you want to experience its buzzing atmosphere and some of the legendary foam parties. If big nights out aren’t your thing, there are cosy tavernas playing live music dotted all around. You can also join in the celebrations of summer festivals with music, theatre and ballet performances taking place on dates throughout the year.
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A chocolate-box town set along Crete’s eastern coast, Aghios Nikolaos combines Greek good looks with a modern beach resort featuring some of the best attractions on the island. The town centres on a saltwater lake that provides a relaxing setting for relaxing, drinking and dining. Five golden beaches and a nearby water park will keep the kids happy, and the town’s energetic nightlife is popular with couples and clubbers.
Things to do
Get to know Aghios Nikolaos with a stroll around the enchanting Lake Voulismeni, and stop for lunch at a lakeside cafe. The lake connects to the glistening marina, where you can charter a boat to explore Crete’s sun-drenched coast or wander along the beaches. There are five to choose from in Aghios Nikolaos, each with fine, golden sand protected by green, rocky headlines. Take the kids for a day out at Acqua Plus, one of the biggest water parks in Crete, featuring slides, pools and lazy rivers. There are plenty of ways to spend your evenings, from Greek cuisine by the lake to wining and dining on the chic marina.
Blessed with five long, golden beaches, you’ll never be short of somewhere to lay back and relax in Aghios Nikolaos. Just a short taxi boat ride puts all five of these stunning, family-friendly spots well within your grasp. They’re all great for paddling with the kids or just sitting back and topping up your tan.
If you’re into your water sport competitions, then check the dates of Aghios Nikolaos’ famous Naval Week. This is when such events as artistic swimming, water skiing and windsurfing contests take place all along the resort’s waterfront.
Fun at the farm
For a great day out, try the Cretan Olive Oil Farm, which is only a short distance from Aghios Nikolaos. This family run attraction is a fun day for both couples and families alike. Offering an exciting tour detailing the process of making olive oil, you’ll get the chance to make your own delicious olive oil and even enjoy some folk dancing.
Get cultural at the monastery
Built in a hillside over the Minoan city of Gournia, the Monastery of Faneromeni gives a tranquil view of the spectacular Greek countryside. On arrival, you’ll find a church with numerous fascinating paintings capturing the raw talent of great artists. Take in the intense mountain views from the top as you look down on the world below.
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Elounda is Crete's high-end resort teeming with five-star hotels and high-quality restaurants around a gleaming marina. There are stunning views from the honey-coloured beach out to historic Spinalonga Island (which is only a short sail away). If you’re looking to explore further afield, charming Aghios Nikolaos is just 15 minutes away, while little ones will love the superb Acqua Plus waterpark, which is around an hour from the resort.
Things to do
Holidays to Elounda will take you to some brilliant beaches; the nearest one is right in the heart of town. But there’s so much more to this resort than lazy days in the sunshine. If you want to explore, you can hop aboard a boat from the marina to visit the islet of Spinalonga, which is famous for its fascinating Venetian ruins and its past as a leper colony. When you return, you’ll be ready to sample the catch of the day at a waterfront restaurant; it’s a great place to watch the sun go down on the horizon. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, you’ll find thrills galore at Acqua Plus; Crete’s best waterpark is less than an hour away by car, and it’s brimming with water slides, pools and rivers galore.
Relaxation and exploration
Elounda’s main beach proudly sports a Blue Flag, one of several on the island of Crete. It’s at the heart of Elounda, right next to the harbour, so it’s not hard to find. If you fancy shifting things up a gear or two, Acqua Plus is no more than an hour’s drive from Elounda and is one of Crete’s biggest waterparks.
The things you can do on your holiday in Elounda aren’t just restricted to what’s in Crete. Close by is the fortified islet of Spinalonga, which was most recently used as a leper colony. The beautiful island of Santorini, with its picturesque white and blue villages, is also in easy reach. You can see what other boat trips are available from Elounda’s marina.
Go for a drive out of Elounda and you’ll find there are lots of other villages and towns to explore along this stretch of Crete’s coastline. Between them, they offer all the restaurants, beaches, nightlife and shopping you could want. Much of Crete still feels like you’re stepping into traditional Greece, with bustling local markets and atmospheric cobbled streets. The best way to soak up the culture, though, is to settle down for a while in a taverna or café bar, many of which in Elounda come with a view of the harbour.
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With stretches of fine golden sands, a rich history, and quaint local tavernas, holidays to Thassos are nothing short of idyllic. It’s the perfect trip for anyone wanting to explore an authentic side to Greece. Known as the ‘Emerald Isle’, you can expect gorgeous landscapes of green forests and olive groves.
Things to do
Fall in love with Thassos’ hidden coves on a boat trip around the Greek island. You can spend your time soaking up the sun on Golden Beach, or if you’re feeling active, visit the watersports centre and hire a jet-ski. Venture into the capital, Limenas, to explore remnants of the island’s past at the Archaeological Museum. Or catch a bus to the ancient village of Theologos, and walk through its cobbled streets to the white-stone Agia Paraskevi church, where you’ll find the famous wax figure of the Virgin Mary. Then end your day by the harbour in one of the traditional tavernas to enjoy classic seafood dishes like liokafto or sea bream.
Where is Thassos in Greece?
Thassos is a Greek island in the north of the Aegean Sea. Right up close to the north-eastern Greek mainland, Thassos sits in a warm part of the Mediterranean and welcomes tourists throughout the summer.
Just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, you’ll soon find yourself in the sunshine of this beautiful Greek island. With warm, clear water during the summer, Thassos is great for swimming and snorkelling as well as sailing and diving.
With such a short and easy flight from the UK to the nearby mainland, ferries leave regularly to whisk you away to Thassos island and its stunning beaches. Taking a ferry ride isn’t the only time you could be on a boat on your Thassos holiday though. With sea caves, rugged coastlines and secret beaches, this island has the perfect coastline for boat trips.
Explore the beaches and mountains
Thassos is a truly authentic Greek island with its beautiful rolling countryside, mountain views and secluded golden beaches. It’s not defined by any single feature or resort but by its traditional and peaceful natural personality, complete with that casual, laid-back Greek charm. Its mountainous hills are a hiker’s dream with many travellers opting to walk to the ancient Archangelous Monastery and admire the picturesque views of the Aegean seafront. If hiking doesn’t tempt you then take a ride from one of the island’s many equestrian centres, and discover the wonders of Thassos by horse.
Thassos Town’s history
Ancient history tells us that Thassos was a conquest for many empires, including the Romans and Egyptians, who all wanted a piece of that island beauty and the very profitable trade routes. The town still displays many mementos from the past including the Roman amphitheatre and Greek acropolis. After exploring the ancient sites in the capital, don’t forget to check out the tavernas along the waterfront and feast on authentic Greek Mezze.
Limenaria mining town
On the south-western tip of the island you can find the small town of Limenaria, stuffed full of traditional Greek charm and with plenty of tempting seafood restaurants. Limenaria’s past is far more than just a fishing port, as the area used to be an old miner’s town and still has many tunnels and shafts leading underground. Overlooking the settlement is the turreted Palataki building, an emblem to the town’s diverse cultural history.
Map of Thassos, Greece
When you look at a map of Thassos, you’ll quickly see it’s almost completely circular. This surprisingly mountainous island has plenty of history to explore, with many Ancient Greek sites and villages with stunning scenery.
Thassos has plenty of hiking trails and traditional Greek villages that still give a great insight into local life. On the map of Thassos you can see the mountainous centre of the island with the villages of Mairies, Potamia and Theologos and its craggy coastline with the ports of Limenas and Skala Prinou.
On your Mediterranean holiday to Thassos, you’ll be in the ideal place to explore inland, relax on beautiful beaches and swim in the warm, clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
Places to stay
On the east-coast, you’ll find golden stretches of fine sand beaches in Pachis. It offers shallow blue-green waters for kids to enjoy in the day, while parents can make the most of the local beach bars and fish restaurants at night. For those looking for an escape from the bustle of the livelier resorts of Thassos, the smaller village of Gilkadi is perfect thanks to its long beach which boasts a backdrop of a lush green forest.
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Imagine a tumble of colourful houses set against fragrant olive groves and overlooking an idyllic bay; now see it for real! Holidays to Parga are ideal for families and couples looking to enjoy a quiet slice of Greek hospitality. Surrounded by stunning scenery, this is perfect for those who want to soak up the local sights, such as Ali Pasha Castle and the Vlachena Monastery.
However, for dedicated sun-worshippers, Parga is blessed with some Greece’s most beautiful beaches, complete with powder-soft sands and clean, clear, aquamarine waters. While Parga holidays offer a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere, the restaurants and bars along the seafront add a little sparkle as the sun goes down. With plenty to see and do, you can make your holiday to Parga as upbeat or as low-tempo as you want it to be!
Things to do
Start your holiday in Parga with a walk to Ali Pasha castle. This hilltop, Venetian castle is well worth the climb, just for the stunning views across the town. Explorers will also enjoy wandering the cobbled streets of the Old Town, where you can find a variety of shops, bars and tavernas.
If you’re visiting during the summer, you’ll find plenty of beaches on which to get some serious bronzing under your belt. Lychnos Beach offers white sand and clear, turquoise waters, while Valtos Beach is the place to go, if you’re a fan of watersports.
With a peaceful atmosphere and slow pace of life, it all starts at the beach in Parga. Wander down to the sandy stretch close to the centre, or head to the longer Valtos Beach and look for a secluded patch for a restful day. Enjoy some warm Mediterranean sunshine and go for a dip in the sparkling sea as you make the most of Parga’s pleasant charms.
When it’s time to explore, there are some great things to keep you occupied away from the beach. Don’t forget to take your camera when you hike to Ali Pasha Castle, which has breathtaking views back down across the region from its hilltop. Discover the area’s ancient mythology, or go on a boat trip to visit other Ionian islands and sail gently alongside leaping dolphins.
Despite being a peaceful spot, there’s still plenty of life to Parga when it comes to enjoying an
evening out. There’s an array of bars with lovely views out across the town’s bay, while there are places open until the early hours if you want to stay out late. Don’t miss the fresh seafood at a traditional taverna in the harbour, or local specialities like grilled kebabs with tzatziki and sweet
baklava for dessert.
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Mykonos holidays promise sandy beaches, whitewashed villages and a cosmopolitan nightlife. Part of the Cyclades, which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios, you’ll find this group of islands on the southern coast. Days here usually revolve around the golden beaches and swimming in the Aegean Sea, before heading to a waterfront restaurant for a laid-back dinner.
And if you’re not ready to call it a night after that, you can always stop by one of the many trendy cocktail spots, or perhaps a late-night club by the beach. This Greek hotspot is ideal whether you’re here with the kids, having a group break with friends, or want to fire up the romance with your partner.
This little island paradise offers plenty to see and do too. For an afternoon of tranquility, take a stroll to the seafront and witness yachts and fishing boats decorating the glistening Aegean. Or soak up the culture in town, renowned for its stunning architecture and colourful shopping streets. And remember to pack a camera – you’ll need it!
If your Mykonos holidays are all about sun, sand, and sea, you won’t be disappointed. The summer months are drenched in golden Mediterranean sunshine, blowing the UK’s unpredictable weather out of the water. Make the most of the warm temperatures at a range of beaches, from party hotspots to relaxing little coves where you can have a peaceful day with the little ones. Make sandcastles and paddle in the crystal‐clear sea to your heart’s content as you create memories to last a lifetime
Thrill‐seekers can unlock unique underwater ecosystems with action‐packed snorkeling and diving or try their hand at windsurfing on one of the island’s secluded beaches.
For a sample of the island party atmosphere, head down to Paradise Beach, where you’ll find world‐renowned clubs and a selection of bustling bars and restaurants. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mykonos Town, this open‐air clubbing venue promises non‐stop fun and entertainment for the younger generation.
Or make your way to Elia Beach and enjoy complete tranquility as you unwind on the soft, white sands and let your troubles slowly slip away. Renowned for being the longest beach in Mykonos, this fantastic location offers the ideal backdrop to your days in the sun. Here you can try out a range of watersports, enjoy a calm walk along the water’s edge, or simply relax in the shade on a sunbed.
When the time comes to explore, there are lots of things to see and do in the heart of Mykonos Town. If you’re staying there, you’ll have plenty of great attractions on your doorstep. From shopping at designer boutiques to visiting historic churches and art galleries, it’s ideal if you like to keep on the move when you go away. Spend your days basking in the glorious sunshine or wandering through the streets and discovering the island’s many hidden gems
Mykonos’ shops and boutiques offer a little slice of luxury and an incredible shopping experience. Meander through a maze of designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Dew, and many other favourites. Make time to explore the individual Greek shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to exquisite local produce.
When it’s time for a quick rest, stop for a bite to eat at one of the traditional restaurants and cafés and sample mouth‐watering delicacies to sate your appetite. Holidays to Mykonos promise a shopping haven you’re sure to fall in love with.
History and culture
Venture away from the shopping streets’ hustle and bustle and take a trip to the Mykonos windmills, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the town centre and beyond. One of the island’s most recognised landscapes, these whitewashed windmills sit atop a scenic hill, an iconic symbol of Mykonos’ rich agricultural history.
Head to the windmills at sunset to experience a mesmerising wash of colours over the Aegean Sea, the perfect way to share a romantic moment. Learn all about the island’s vibrant past with a guided tour of the mills, where you can discover everything there is to know about this beautiful location.
Whatever you’re hoping to find, holidays to Mykonos have so much to offer.
Mykonos has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife. Whether you stick to the capital’s hotspots or have some fun in the sun at a beach bar, you won’t be short of options. Take in the electric nightlife and enjoy an exciting selection of clubbing venues. If you wake up feeling a bit worse for wear, there’s nothing better than going for a refreshing dip in the sea, with the beautiful scenery as a bonus.
Mykonos is known all over the world for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. After the island began attracting gay artists in the 1970s, it’s slowly built up a reputation as one of the most glamorous and inclusive places to holiday. The island is diverse and welcoming, so you’re free to relax, unwind, and be yourself wherever you go.
By day, you can soak up the sun on one of the many gay beaches scattered across the island. For a relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque view of the bay, head down to Super Paradise Beach which offers an exclusive gay enclosure and plenty to keep you occupied. Sip on a cocktail or two and dip your toes in the clear, azure waters to cool down.
By night, you can make the most of non‐stop partying in prime locations such as Jackie O’ and Babylon. The central cluster of gay restaurants and bars are located in Mykonos Old Town. Still, it’s also worth a trip to Little Venice where you can party on into the night and enjoy the full summer celebration experience. On this island in Greece, everyone is welcome.
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The Olympus Riviera is a 70km stretch of coastline between the base of Mount Olympus and the sparkling Aegean Sea, in an area of mainland Greece. Its beautiful beaches and charming villages attract families and couples looking for a relaxed holiday and a taste of traditional Greek life. The main resort of Paralia has an endless stretch of golden beach, plus plenty of shops and restaurants. It also has the dramatic and stunning scenery of Mount Olympus as its backdrop, which helps provide a laid-back atmosphere for your holiday to the Olympus Riviera.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you can spend time hiking through lush forests up to magnificent waterfalls, watching a wide range of birds and experiencing exciting water sports. Litochoro is a picturesque town, where you’ll be greeted with a warm Greek welcome and can enjoy authentic cuisine in one of the delightful tavernas. As it’s just a short flight from the UK, this area of Greece is perfect if you want to spend less time travelling and more time on the beach.
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Holidays to Skopelos are perfect for those in search of secluded bliss. The god of tourism seems to have overlooked this unspoiled paradise, partly due to its location. It doesn’t have an airport and can only be reached by ferry. Mostly untouched by development, Skopelos holidays give you a real sense of authentic Greek life. You’ll see locals fetching water from the fountains and hear the distant clang of goat bells as they amble across the cobbled walkways. No noisy cars rip through the Old Town either, as everybody walks.
Things to do
Skopelos is the epitome of a Greek island off-the-beaten-track. Still, there is plenty here to keep you busy, from hiking to scuba diving, island-hopping, to sunbathing. So whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a relaxing family getaway, or a week of watersports, the ‘Emerald Island’ has a lot to offer.
One of our favourite places to visit in Skopelos is the Old Town. The settlement sits on the edge of a bustling natural harbour on a spectacular bay. You can follow its fascinating maze of terracotta roofs, cerulean blue shutters and arrow paved steps all the way up to the 17th-century castle. From here, soak up panoramic views over the Aegean waters. At the bottom of the town, you’ll find quaint taverns, shops and restaurants lining the port. On your way down, stop by the Museum of Folklore; it’ll bring you closer to the Skopelos culture.
An island of the arts, you’ll find exceptional textiles, carvings, ceramics and glassware here. To peruse the artisanal olive oils, hand-made jewellery and traditional amphora bowls, head into the Old Town or along its waterfront. If you feel like spending those euros on something really fancy, take a trip to Stafilos, and you’ll find rows of silver moulded bracelets in the onsite workshops. For some classic syrup-soaked Skopeliot fruit, island honey and fresh produce, make your way to the small village of Glossa. Greece is very much a cash-based society, so be sure to order your travel money before you go.
While there are no all-night clubs in Skopelos, you can certainly enjoy a late evening in one of the lounge bars in the Old Town or Glossa. The island has a very chilled out atmosphere, but there are some great music venues where you can go for a few cocktails and a dance. Many are lit up at night, with views over the Aegean and piles of cosy cushions, setting a great atmosphere for couples and intimate groups of friends.
Historical & Culture
While the emphasis is on relaxation, authentic Greek life and sun-soaked beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do in Skopelos. The ruined Venetian fortress is a must-see and gives a glimpse into the island's military past. Residents are also deeply religious, following the Greek Orthodox faith. Which is why you’ll find churches at almost every turn. An estimated 360 of them are dotted around the hillsides, while 100 are situated in the town alone.
If you’re looking for the sandiest beach on the island, with plenty of amenities, then Kastani is a must. Here you can enjoy cocktails and snacks at the bar before unfurling on the loungers or cabanas. The waters are clear, and the sand is mostly fine with tiny pebbles around the shoreline. The conditions are perfect for paddling with your little ones or snorkelling together for marine life. At night, the beach comes alive with music events hosted in the summer.
Thanks to its shallow shores, holidays to Skopelos have become a hit with families with younger children. If they love the sea, treat them to a BBQ sailing trip. They’ll not only get to become part of the crew for the day, but you'll reach some incredibly remote beaches, only accessible by boat. You might also spot a pod of dolphins on your tour. Another great experience is visiting the ruins of the Venetian Fortress in Skopelos Town or cycling through the scenic roads of Alonissos. There are plenty of things to do with the family in Skopelos, from sandcastle building on secluded sand spots to exploring ancient sites.
Amply named ‘the Emerald Island’, pine forests and olive groves engulf the landscape, making Skopelos holidays a hikers dream. You’ll find eight mountains to explore, with Mount Delphi (681m) being the highest. It sits in the centre of the island, in the dense Vathia forest. You can access the start of the 3km trek from Sentoukia. The second highest is Palouki which can be reached from Skopelos Town. This trail will lead you to some of the great monasteries along the way.
The sheets of green tumble down the hills of Skopelos onto unspoilt pebble beaches, graced by crystal clear waters. And while there are plenty of secluded bays to while away the hours, its underwater world begs to be explored by scuba or snorkel. Find dive centres along the north side at the port of Skopelos and over on the south side in Panormos. A great way to see the sheltered caves is by paddleboard or kayak, with tours and rentals available on Milia Beach. At Milia, you can also water ski, jet ski and tube across the Aegean.
Skopelos was thrown into the spotlight in 2008 when its sun-bleached beaches and lush greenery acted as the backdrop to the movie Mamma Mia! Abba fans might like to recreate movie moments while foodies will enjoy a slice of traditional Greek cuisine. Take a boat tour of the island to see the iconic Agios Ioannis Chapel, aka the wedding church. From here, you’ll head along the coast past Armaratos, where Sophie reads Donna’s diary, and then over to the Glysteri rock, which featured in Our Last Summer.
A short one-hour ferry ride will take you to the shores of the neighbouring island, Skiathos. Just as green and blue as its secluded counterpart, Skiathos is a cosmopolitan location, attracting A-listers with its glistening harbours and gourmet restaurants. Here you’ll find livelier bars and taverns. There are also over 60 beaches here, with the bustling Koukounaries and Big Banana drawing in the crowds. And don’t miss a trip to the small peninsula, Bourtzi. It’s drenched in lush vegetation, with a Venetian Fortress at its centre.
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Places similar to Greece to visit
Whether you want to relax on a sun-bleached beach, explore modern cities, watch the world go by from a harbour-side café or get to grips with some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, Croatia holidays are packed with amazing experiences.
Families who want to enjoy some time together will find plenty to see and do, from river-kayaking in the mountains of Gorski Kotar to exploring cascading waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes. Couples can step back in time and visit the palatial Roman ruins of Split, the medieval cathedral of Sibenik or sit in a sleepy bar and enjoy homemade rakia. With so much to see and do, holidays to Croatia are whatever you want them to be.
There is nothing like Croatia's pristine islands adorned with fragrant pines and shingle beaches. Go island-hopping to Brac where you’ll enjoy turquoise waters and a shape-shifting beach of white pebbles at Zlatni Rat. Wild and windswept, with ancient villages dotted around the coast, Brac island is the perfect getaway for beach lovers and outdoorsy families.
Holidays to Croatia are just as varied as its many gorgeous landscapes. In the northwest region of Istria, close to Italy, is the compact city of Rovinj. Here holidaymakers are greeted with charming cobbled streets, pastel-coloured townhouses, and a vibrant foodie scene. An alfresco meal in the old town promises to be one of the most memorable moments of your trip.
When you’ve had your share of sun lounging on islands, hop on a boat to the historic city of Dubrovnik, located south of the country. Dubrovnik is no doubt Croatia's most impressive city, and it's no wonder it's known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic”. Not only does this UNESCO-protected town host a lively summer festival, but it is also home to some of the best-preserved ancient city walls in the world. During any other time of year, just strolling through the old town and admiring its medieval architecture is a delight.
Travel back in time
Around 229BC, Romans crossed the Adriatic and took control. Today, their influence can be seen almost everywhere you go. Roman architecture, buildings and artefacts are some of the most popular attractions in Croatia and an absolute must for anyone with an interest in history. Head to the city of Split to see Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Over 2,000 years old, it still cuts an imposing figure and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Cathedral of St Domnius is conveniently close and gives a fascinating insight into early Roman beliefs. Pula is home to a huge Roman amphitheatre, which seats over 20,000 people and is still used today.
Explore ancient history
With such a rich history and spectacular countryside, it should come as no surprise that Croatia has acted as the backdrop to an impressive list of films and TV shows. Most recently, Dubrovnik has doubled as King’s Landing in the TV series Game of Thrones, while sci-fi fans might recognise parts of it from the Star Wars franchise. Croatia also has its share of unusual and totally unique attractions.
Zadar is home to 'The Greeting to the Sun', an interactive art installation: a giant, circular arrangement of solar panels that soak up the sunshine by day, turning the energy stored into a mesmerising light show by night. The main attraction has to be the underground sea organ, which uses the motion of the waves to create a range of eerie and soothing sounds.
What should I pack?
What you pack for your trip will depend largely on which part of Croatia you’re visiting, so it’s a great idea to check the weather forecast before you set off. If you’re heading here for a beach break in the summer months, don’t forget to pack plenty of sun cream, a hat and a cover-up for the beach, as the sun can be pretty fierce.
If you’re planning a trip to Croatia in the winter, you’ll need cosy layers, comfortable shoes and a warm, waterproof jacket, as well as winter accessories such as a hat and gloves to ensure you don’t feel the cold when the temperature drops.
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Luring you in with Blue Flag awarded beaches made for lazy sunbathing stints, ancient ruins dating back as far as the 3rd century and an electric nightlife attracting world-renowned DJs, Cyprus holidays are one-of-a-kind. And that’s just the beginning, think waterfront restaurants combining the flavours of Greece and Turkey, splash-filled waterparks perfect for families and most importantly, a sizzling summer climate.
Things to do
Whether you’re a history buff seeking out UNESCO-listed hotspots or a hardcore reveller looking for the best cocktail venues in Ayia Napa, holidays to Cyprus are action-packed. And if you’re just wanting to lounge around on one of its 160 beaches, relaxing getaways are aplenty too.
For starters, Coral Bay oozes tranquility with a swathe of golden sand calling you to top up your tan. Meanwhile, Nissi Beach is known as the beach that never sleeps thanks to its live music and thrilling watersports. As for Lara Bay, well that’s an isolated sand spot dedicated to protecting loggerhead turtles.
For those with kids, the Mediterranean coastline is best explored via horseback (especially at sunset). And when the ocean doesn’t cut it, WaterWorld is a must! It’s the largest themed waterpark in Cyprus, daring you to slide down its freefall kamikaze and float along its lazy river. Not to mention the splash zones for tinier tots, inflatable obstacle courses and bubbling hot tubs.
When you want to get wet and wild among nature's finest, Adonis Baths promises cascading waterfalls. Or, you can always check out the largest rock formation Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Legend has it that if you swim around the rock three times, you’ll be granted eternal beauty.
No trip is complete without visiting the archaeological marvel, Tomb of the Kings. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects! Trek up the Troodos Mountains and you’ll be greeted by another phenomenon, Kykkos Monastery founded in the 11th century. Here alongside timeless manuscripts and antiques lies the silver-gilded icon of the Virgin Mary.
Places to stay
Cyprus is an island of contrast! Head to the rustic fishing village of Latchi for quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome. Or, check out our Ayia Napa holidays if you want to party until sunrise. When it comes to sands that resemble the Caribbean, Nissi Bay holidays and Protaras are firm family favourites.
And when you want to be next door to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, Paphos should be your go-to. There’s no shortage of luxury either thanks to the superyachts decorating the coastline of Limassol. This cosmopolitan resort has a fantastic mix of award-winning beaches, designer stores and historical relics; the ruined city Kourion, in particular, will lure you in with its cocktail of cultures.
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Holidays to Spain bring you to some of Europe’s most vibrant cities, 3,000 miles of soft sandy beaches, and fun-filled waterparks galore. Whether you’re heading for the bustling mainland or the gorgeous islands off the coast, you’ve always got year-round balmy weather, just a short flight away from the UK. Discover a country full of charm, from the mountain villages and Moorish castles to the bustling resorts and delightful tapas restaurants.
There are so many incredible destinations to explore with a holiday to Spain. You could relax on the powdery white sands of Marbella, soak up the party atmosphere in Ibiza, venture through the coves of Costa Brava or seek out the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands. So whether you want to flop on the beach, hit the world-famous after-dark scene, or set off on an adventure, Spain holidays are for you.
Things to do
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do on a holiday to Spain. From lounging on the golden sands to picking up the pace with watersports in bustling resorts like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Costa Almeria on the mainland. But a holiday to Spain has so much to offer beyond the coastline. It’s brimming with incredible landscapes, from Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks to Menorca’s lush wetlands.
You could make a splash together at the famous Siam Park. Build sandcastles on the pristine soft sands of Playa de Alcudia. And if you're seeking a day of sightseeing, hop aboard the Cap Salou Tourist Train. Your little ones will love discovering the hidden corners of this spectacular city.
Couples have so much culture and romance to soak up together in Spain. Whether you want to step under the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Go on a horse riding tour through the valleys of Ibiza. Or set sail with a sunset catamaran trip in Malaga. And if it's foodie hotspots you're both after, follow your taste buds around the pavement tables of Alcudia for the traditional paella.
Places to stay
With a fantastic range of Blue Flag beaches, it's no wonder Spain attracts so many to its shoreline. Holidays on the mainland are about the Costas, aka the ‘Golden Coast’, a stretch of soft sand drenched in sunshine. In the Canaries, you'll find black volcanic sands in Lanzarote and Saharan shores in Gran Canaria. While in the Balearics, Menorca and Majorca boast secluded coves and sweeping bays. In Ibiza, it's become a tradition to watch the spectacular sunsets. The rich hues of reds, oranges, and pinks set the Mediterranean waters on fire.
Canary Islands in Spain
With golden beaches, volcanoes and lush forests, holidays to the Canary Islands are all about diverse landscapes. There's so much to explore, from the fire mountains in Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote to the nature reserve on Lobos Island in Fuerteventura. The weather is also warm all year round, with excellent conditions for watersports and long days under the African sun. With all this and more, Canary Islands holidays have got everything you could ask for. All within a reasonably short flight.
From the whitewashed buildings of Mojácar to the traditional culture of Roquetas de Mar, holidays to Costa de Almeria are great for peaceful breaks in idyllic settings. You can head out on scenic walks in the hills or stroll along golden beaches. Bars and restaurants can be found in the eco-resort of El Toyo, where you can fill your Costa de Almeria holidays with new Spanish flavours.
Translating to the "White Coast", Costa Blanca holidays are popular with beach lovers. Stunning white sands stretch for miles, making it perfect for those long, lazy days soaking up the sun. It's more than just beaches, though. Holidays to Costa Blanca can take you up into the hills, where the countryside is rich with colour, charming vineyards and the smell of citrus and almond groves. In the evenings, Costa Blanca nightlife is not to be missed.
Costa Del Sol
Spanish for "Coast of the Sun", Costa del Sol holidays offer 325 days of warm weather and 95 miles of coastline. But there's plenty more to the sun coast than soft sands and blue waters. On holidays to Costa del Sol, you'll find sleepy villages amongst the hills and mountains that are beautiful to drive through, vibrant nightlife, and rich history and culture.
Costa Dorada holidays boast pristine sands, pretty ports, towering mountain trails, pine forests, the region's largest wetlands and medieval villages. Salou is great for kids. With shallow waters, playgrounds and historic towns. And family holidays to Costa Brava aren't complete without a visit to PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, with themed rides and brilliant entertainment.
What should I pack?
Pack your sunscreen if you're booking your holidays to Spain in the summer months. Aside from that, a few other bits and bobs will help make your break easier. If you can't live without your gadgets, you might want to bring an adaptor to charge them back in your hotel. A portable power pack is also a good idea for gizmo addicts.
When it comes to clothing, keep it light and airy, with outfits made from linen and cotton.
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Spain to see which month is right for you.
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Turkey holidays are full of delights, from serene, golden beaches to a history spanning thousands of years and mouth-watering cuisine. There’s no shortage of bucket list-worthy attractions either, whether you’ve come here to paraglide over those famous Blue Lagoon waters or enjoy a soak in Pamukkale's hot springs.
And with a foot in both Asia and Europe, Turkiye holidays bring you the best of both continents. Swap Istanbul’s trendy neighbourhoods and modern museums for a glimpse into the mystic Sufi culture in Konya.
Things to do
There are endless things to do in Turkiye, whether you book a short city break or settle in one of its sundrenched beach resorts.
If you’re staying in Istanbul, you shouldn't miss a chance to tick off the city's impressive mosques such as Sultanahmet (aka Blue Mosque ) or Hagia Sophia with its stunning Byzantine beauty. Those keen to shop will also appreciate the bustling Grand Bazaar for its handcrafted items and unique atmosphere. Meanwhile, did you know Istanbul is one of the world’s only transcontinental cities? Part lies in Asia and the other sits in Europe, giving it two very two different sides.
Other must-see attractions in Turkey include the ancient city of Ephesus and the breathtaking 'fairy chimney' rock formations of Cappadocia. Alternatively, see the enormous Roman Theatre of Aspendos in the Antalya region, or visit the equally astounding Greco-Roman ruins of Pergamum (or Pergamon) in Bergama, Izmir.
At Turkiye’s modern beach resorts, you can enjoy days on the picturesque coast before tucking into a meal at a family-run restaurant. When night falls, sip on a freshly-made cocktail while watching live music, or dance the night away at one of its late-closing clubs.
The Turquoise Coast
Many of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey can be found on the Turquoise Coast (in the southwest), which is recognised for its stunning pine-covered scenery. With over 400 miles of coastline in Antalya alone, it’s a big hit with beach lovers. It’s also home to Olu Deniz’s breathtaking Blue Lagoon, one of Turkiye’s most photographed shores for its bright blue waters and beautiful milky sands.
Another popular Turquoise Coast resort is the lively seaside town of Marmaris, where a traditional Old Town meets a smart marina. This idyllic area is also perfect for honeymooners, particularly Bodrum, where couples can step away from its beautiful bays and discover amazing antique wonders.
Places to stay
Wherever you stay, you’re never far from a sun-drenched sand spot or a dose of culture. Only a short 20-minute drive from Ephesus, Kusadasi is a great pick for visiting one of Turkey’s best-preserved cities. For a mix of family fun, history and lively nights, look no further than bustling Marmaris with a stay at the Grand Yazici Club Turban Thermal Hotel.
Or if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, the Antalya region is full of luxury hotels and Long Beach Resort Hotel & Spa Deluxe is as fancy as it gets! For the beach at your feet, Delphin Be Grand Resort has its own private stretch, while adrenaline junkies will appreciate the easy access to Wet & Wild waterpark from Aska Lara Resort & Spa.
Hoping to delve into the country’s past? Base yourself in beautiful Bodrum! This historical hotspot is like stepping foot inside an open-air museum with its amphitheatre, 300-year-old village and ancient city of Halicarnassus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! And you won’t have to wander far for a day on the sand thanks to its stunning peninsular beaches. If that hasn’t tempted you, a stay at the adult-only Marmara hotel will, with its panoramic views of Bodrum Castle.
If you want to truly get away from it all on your holiday to Turkey, you can always retreat to Club Tuana Fethiye. Situated in the under-the-radar city of Fethiye, it’s perfect for couples seeking a slower pace. Lose yourself among the streets of the Old Town and haggle your way around traditional markets before sipping cocktails in one of Fethiye's swanky marina setups.
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