Greece Holidays

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From the soft-centred beach resorts dotted along the coastline to the addictive Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu, there is something for everyone in Greece. There’s even the option of a city break in the capital, Athens, for those with an appetite for history and shopping.

Whether you’re looking for a beach holiday centred around sunbathing and scenic fishing villages, head to Santorini or if you fancy a break full of beach-side parties and energetic water sports Rhodes is the place to go.

There’s accommodation to tick every box and every budget too, which is why Greece holidays are always high on the list of affordable summer holidays. Enjoy a cheap and cheerful break at one of the popular 3* hotels or for something more luxurious take a look at one of the beautiful 5* hotels. Whatever your choice you can expect to enjoy beautiful blue skies, clear waters and soft sands, making Greece the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday.

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Top Greece Hotels

Hotel Oceanis Ixia

Ixia, Rhodes, Greece

Aquis Sandy Beach Resort

Agios Georgios South, Corfu, Greece

Majestic Hotel and Spa

Laganas, Zante, Greece

Labranda Blue Bay Beach & Water Park

Ialyssos, Rhodes, Greece

Gelina Village Waterpark

Acharavi, Corfu, Greece

Kings Village

Malia, Crete, Greece

Santa Marina Beach

Agia Marina, Crete, Greece

Island Beach

Kavos, Corfu, Greece

Sentido Ixian All Suites - Adult Only

Ixia, Rhodes, Greece

Filerimos

Ialyssos, Rhodes, Greece

Gorgona Villas

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Village Panorama

Agia Pelagia, Crete, Greece

Labranda Marine Aquapark Resort

Tigaki, Kos, Greece

Eden Roc Resort Hotel

Kalithea, Rhodes, Greece

Mayor Pelekas Monastery

Pelekas, Corfu, Greece

Aeolos Beach

Perama, Corfu, Greece

Coliseum Apartments

Pefkos, Rhodes, Greece

Dodeca Sea Resort (ex Forum Beach)

Ialyssos, Rhodes, Greece

Kordistos

Kefalos, Kos, Greece

Filmar Hotel

Ixia, Rhodes, Greece

Mitsis Rodos Village

Kiotari, Rhodes, Greece

Deliades Hotel

Ornos, Mykonos, Greece

Ionian Sea View Hotel

Kavos, Corfu, Greece

Hotel Skiathos Princess

Agia Paraskevi, Skiathos, Greece

Nathalie Hotel

Ixia, Rhodes, Greece

Orestis Apartments

Sidari, Corfu, Greece

Thalassa Hotel

Lassi, Kefalonia, Greece

Alexandros Hotel

Perama, Corfu, Greece

Matala Bay

Matala, Crete, Greece

Mitsis Alila Exclusive Resort

Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece

Greece Weather

Generally, the weather in Greece follows a typical Mediterranean pattern with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

Summer peaks in July and August with temperatures averaging somewhere in the 30s on the Greek Islands – ideal for perfecting that golden tan. Luckily, the sea-breeze that blows in from the north and north-west acts as natural air-conditioning, so for the most part, makes the high temperatures bearable.

In comparison, mainland Greece can rocket to above 40ºC and doesn’t benefit from any coastal winds, so if you’re planning a city break in Athens and don’t want to be uncomfortably hot, it’s advisable to skip the summer period.

If it’s a cooler climate you’re on the lookout for, head to the north and east of mainland Greece or the mountainous regions found on the cluster of Greek Isles, where a higher altitude results in lower temperatures.

Although winters in Greece can mean rain and cold snaps, it is generally mild and the mainland continues to remain a popular holiday destination all year round.

Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 12ºC

Things To Do on Greece Holidays

Greece holidays can vary from beachside breaks, cultural expeditions or even two weeks of island-hopping.

A fantastic country for families, couples and party people, if you like resorts that aren’t overly-developed but offer enough activities to keep you entertained from dawn ‘til dusk, holidays to Greece are a great option.

For those who like the beach there'll be no problem finding a blue-flag beauty to meet your needs on any of the Greek islands. The crystal clear waters and soft sands also offer plenty of opportunities to go snorkelling and scuba-diving.

Other activites that you can enjoy in Greece include mountaineering, horse-riding, canoeing, rafting and famous wetlands such as Prespa Lakes and Nestos Delta that have great bird watching credentials.

For more man-made attractions, history heroes will love Olympia – the site of the first ever Olympic games, the Acropolis in Athens, and the sacred city of Dion which lies at the foot of Mount Olympus. You can also enjoy a trip to the Temple of Zeus or a journey to Delphi – set high up on the cliff-side, the village is said to have been the navel of the Greek Gods.

Culture

Customs and traditions are still taken seriously in Greece, although you might have to travel off the beaten track to experience them.

Most Greek national holidays take place towards the start of the year, but art and music festivals continue throughout the summer so you might be lucky enough to experience a slice of Greek culture firsthand on holidays in Greece.

Made up of fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil and a bounty of dairy products, meat and fish, signature dishes include Greek salads laden with feta cheese, moussaka, Mezedes (similar to Tapas), a fish dish called Burdeta and lobster or shrimp based dishes. You’ll also get the customary helpings of fresh olives, pitta and dips, and for drinks, make sure you choose one of their fine local wines, or for a punchy pick-me-up, a shot of Raki.

Nightlife

Faliraki in Rhodes, Laganas in Zante, Kavos in Corfu, Kos Town and the island of Mykonos are all hubs suited for the late-night tourist. With bars, clubs, pubs and world-famous DJ’s stopping off at several of the hot-spots, if you want to sleep all day and rave all night, you won’t be disappointed.

Greece Resorts

Athens

Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Worshipped by gods and people, it was named a…

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Corfu

Corfu

Corfu is the second largest and perhaps the most scenic of the Ionian Islands, Greece's 'emerald isle', with golden sands, green mountains and bright…

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Crete

Crete

The perfect environment in which to unleash your inner Greek, every corner of Crete has a story to tell. Holidays in Crete offer something for everyon…

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Halkidiki

Halkidiki

Halkidiki is a peninsula off the Greek mainland that extends southeast away from the city of Thessaloniki, in southern Macedonia. The peninsula resemb…

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Kalamata

Kalamata

Kalamata is Messinia's capital and the second-largest city in the Peloponnese. Famed for its olive trees, historic buildings and transportation links,…

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Kefalonia

Kefalonia

For people looking for dramatic scenery and beaches which spread out as far as the eye can see, you cannot go wrong with visiting the beautiful island…

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Kos

Kos

The beautiful island of Kos is a Greek Island in the Dodecanese, near the coast of Turkey. The island boasts immaculate beaches and dazzling waters, w…

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Lesbos

Lesbos

Known as the Emerald Island, Lesbos is a stunning Greek island consisting of mountains, hot springs, breathtaking unspoilt beaches, lush pine forests…

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Mykonos

Mykonos

The stunning island of Mykonos is the most famous island in Greece. Famed not only for seeing Shirley Valentine fall in love in the award winning film…

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Preveza

Preveza

The popular holiday destination of Preveza is located half way down the Epirus region of Central Greece at the mouth of the Amvrakikos. Combining beau…

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Rhodes

Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and is situated in the eastern Aegean Sea. For many years Rhodes has been one of the most popular dest…

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Samos

Samos

Samos is known as ‘The Green Aegean Island', and is a favourite holiday destination for those who love beautiful beaches, pine-clad mountains, rolling…

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Santorini

Santorini

The Greek Island of Santorini was created by an enormous volcanic eruption hundreds of thousands of year ago in 1450 BC, when the middle of the island…

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Skiathos

Skiathos

The small picturesque island of Skiathos is located in the Aegean Sea and a two hour ferry ride from the Greek mainland. With over 60 sandy beaches an…

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Zante

Zante

Zakynthos, or Zante as it is commonly known by tourists is the third largest Greek Island and just over three hours flight from the UK. In other words…

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