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Greece Holidays

Greece Holidays

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Greece holidays mean hot weather, stunning shores and mouthwatering food. Fringed by the inviting waters of the Mediterranean, Ionian and Aegean Seas, Greece is the perfect destination for beach lovers and adventurers alike. Athens, the capital city, melds ancient history with modern lifestyle, and islands such as Zante, Crete, Santorini and Corfu each offer a different take on Greek traditions – and nightlife! Whether you plan to explore the mainland or island hop, make sure you have your camera at the ready; this country takes Instagram-worthy to a whole new level. If you’re planning to whisk a loved one away for a sun-soaked romantic break, Greece ticks all of the boxes for a fairy-tale getaway. We have a wide range of Greece holidays on offer to suit a wide range of budgets and bucket lists.

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Best beaches in Greece

It probably won’t come as a surprise that there’s no shortage of beaches in Greece. With more than 13,000km of coastline across its islands and mainland, there are endless hidden coves and sweeping golden crescents to fall in love with. Looking for Blue Flag beaches? Greece boasts a huge number of sandy stretched that have been awarded this accolade for cleanliness and facilities. Navagio Beach on Zakynthos promises an unforgettable day out. You’ll need to get a boat to visit this popular spot, which is also known as Shipwreck Beach for the boat that rests on the sand. After something a bit different on your Greek getaway? Head to the soft, pink sands of Elafonissi Beach in Crete or Red Beach in Santorini.

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Best hotels in Greece

Hotels in Greece offer a huge variety when it comes to price, location and amenities. Got your mind set on a luxury spa break? Or prefer a low-cost holiday in a brilliant, budget hotel? We’ve got you sorted – all you have to do is search for your preferred time to travel! If you’re going for a kids-free break we recommend Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa in Crete. For a family adventure, check out Labranda Blue Bay Resort. Swimming pools, adults-only zones, kids’ waterparks, mini clubs and chic bars; what will you discover at your perfect Greek hotel?

All Inclusive holidays to Greece

Get everything included on your next Greek getaway when you go All Inclusive. What could be better than knowing that your food and drink are sorted before you fly? It often works out cheaper to go all in too – what a bonus. All Inclusive holidays to Greece will see you sipping cocktails or soft drinks on your sun lounger or feasting at the hotel restaurant without any fuss. Many Greek hotels and resorts feature entertainment free of charge to All Inclusive guests, too – think kids clubs, fitness classes or even entry to theme parks and waterparks in some exciting cases. What’s not to like?

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2021 holidays to Greece

Craving some sunshine for 2021? From the magical mainland to the dreamy islands scattered along the coast, Greece oozes a natural charm that could be the perfect beachy addition to 2021. Plush, golden sands unfold under open blue skies for those lazy beach days, whilst cobbled villages and marinas framed with colourful boats beg to be explored. Book early and you could be tucking into fresh Greek salads and loaded ice cream cones by day, and sipping fruity cocktails as the sun sets over the beach by night. It’s time to add your dream holiday to the calendar - secure your sunshine now from as little as £30pp.

Family holidays to Greece

Greece is great for family breaks. Its sunny skies and warm waters are the perfect backdrop to a getaway, no matter if it’s just you and a little one, or a whole family troop. You’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and family-friendly hotels all over Greece, but Crete might just be the top place to travel to when you’ve got kids in tow. We’ve even got plenty of toddler-friendly holidays to keep the grown ups and tiny tots alike happy. Look out for hotels with kids clubs, splash pools or waterslides - as well as short transfer times from the airport - to really make sure that you’re booking a break to suit all ages.

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Luxury holidays in Greece

Live like a Greek god on a luxury holiday in Greece with our fantastic range of deluxe getaways. From honeymoon-worthy villas in Santorini’s scenic hills to elegant hotels on the charming coast of Crete and superior stays in heavenly Halkidiki hideaways – what’s not to love?

If you fancy pushing the boat out in ultra-extravagant beach break style, why not spend a splendid week or two hopping between Greece’s myriad of magical islands. Go from flying-high in the fascinating Athens city to sailing the shores of Rhodes glorious coastlines and finish off the trip with a week on the sands in Zante’s stunning lands. In the land of gorgeous Grecian churches, post-card-worthy port towns and some of the clearest twinkling oceans Europe has to offer, holidaying in style is easier than ever!

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Nightlife in Greece

Malia . Kavos . Faliraki . Need we say more? Greece is home to some of the world’s most iconic clubbing destinations that combine all-night parties with beachside bliss for a truly unforgettable getaway

Find yourself immersed in party madness in Malia ( Crete’s answer to all things groovy), where late-night cocktail bars, neon-lit nightclubs and bouncing booze cruises take centre stage throughout the summer season.

Seeking more of an upmarket nightlife scene? Mykonos’ sunset bars have gained massive popularity in recent years, attracting big-name DJs playing phenomenal sets, with even better views. This isn’t the whole story though. There are still plenty of low-key options to discover, such as the laid-back tavernas of Thessonniki or evening performances at Athens’ open-air amphitheatres.

Things to eat in Greece

The mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes of Greece’s fresh and flavoursome cuisine are quite simply something else. Dive into marvellous mezes with mountains of grilled cheeses, shiny olives, tasty seafood and toasty soft pitta bread. Food in Greece is a family affair, so pull up a chair for the whole holiday gang and gather round for a good spot of grub with the ones you love. Order a side of tzatziki with your meal for a true Greek treat, this garlic, yoghurt dip has a refreshing cucumber twist and pairs perfectly with pitta bread. Or opt for a traditional favourite like souvlaki, a flavoursome grilled chicken skewer-style dish that is sure to fill a hole. Last but not least, let’s not forget the famous Greek Salad. This delightful little number makes the perfect lunchtime pick me up on a sunny afternoon, drizzled with olive oil, filled with the colours of the rainbow and topped with a generous helping of feta cheese - it’s hardly a surprise this dish so popular!

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Culture in Greece

From ancient ruins and historic churches to traditional festivals and upbeat celebrations, the Greek culture is like no other. Immerse yourself in Ancient Greece as you wander through Acropolis of Athens, discover the incredible landscape of the Samaria Gorge in Crete or enjoy your hot summer days the Greek way - on one of the many beautiful beaches of the Greek Islands. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be sure to experience the fantastic Greek hospitality - with a love of food and a focus on family, enjoying a meal in Greece is not just a dinner but an experience. Be sure to visit the old towns of Greece to get a real feel of the Greek culture. You’ll find everything from quaint cobbled streets and upmarket boutiques to amazing museums and family-run tavernas.

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Things to do in Greece

Shipwreck Beach

Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is a unique cove on Zante’s western shore. Only accessible by sea, boat tours will take you from Porto Vromi or Saint Nikolas Harbor to see the impressive wreck of a smuggler’s ship that ran aground in 1980. Alternatively, you can drive to the clifftop platform for great views and a photo opportunity fit for a postcard.

The Acropolis

Whilst the Acropolis itself is stunning, its location on top of a hill makes it a mainland must-visit due to the site’s panoramic views over Athens. You can visit the museum on the way up or even take part in a private tour of the Parthenon and other ancient monuments. As the sun sets the Acropolis is lit up, signalling the start of another exciting night in the capital city.

Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave is an underground cavern on Kefalonia island that opens up to a clear, partially-covered lake. Take a rowing boat trip into the cave to see the sunlight stream in through a large natural skylight, illuminating the blue water beneath – it’s not hard to see why it’s known as the Cave of the Nymphs in Greek mythology.

Island-hopping Tour

If you’re spoilt for choice of places to visit in Greece, we don’t blame you. Don’t worry, there’s no need to miss out – why not take part in island-hopping tours or an island day trip excursion? Boat trips and tours are available from many of the larger ports, and you can even visit islands such as Santorini from Athens.

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What's the weather like in Greece?

Greece has a warm climate with year-round toasty temps and plenty of sunshine. Winter average temperatures sit around 18 degrees whilst summer highs can reach 30 degrees regularly.

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan 10 °c 16 °c 5 h
Feb 10 °c 15 °c 6 h
Mar 13 °c 15 °c 6 h
Apr 16 °c 16 °c 7 h
May 21 °c 19 °c 9 h
Jun 26 °c 22 °c 12 h
Jul 29 °c 24 °c 12 h
Aug 29 °c 25 °c 11 h
Sep 24 °c 24 °c 8 h
Oct 20 °c 22 °c 6 h
Nov 15 °c 20 °c 4 h
Dec 12 °c 17 °c 3 h

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Important Information about travelling to Greece

How long does it take to fly to Greece?

It takes about four hours to fly to Greece from the UK.

What's the time difference between the UK and Greece?

Greece is two hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Greece?

The official currency of Greece is the Euro

What language do they speak in Greece?

The official language spoken in Greece is Greek.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Greece?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Do I need to pay tourist tax on my holiday to Greece?

The Greek goverment charges a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which will be payable on arrival in the hotel:

  • 5-star hotels: €4 per room, per night
  • 4-star hotels: €3 per room, per night
  • 3-star hotels: €1.50 per room, per night
  • 1-star & 2-star hotels: €0.50 per room, per night
  • 1-4 key apartments: €0.50 per room, per night

Customer reviews

At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Greece for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

Steve Chase:


This is one of a number of holidays I have booked over the years and each time I have enjoyed the holiday, had good experiences and they have supplied exactly what was said on the tin. As always the company "On the Beach" has provided an accurate, professional service and I am extremely happy with how they have been, with no hesitation in recommending them.

Claire Cowden:


I would totally recommend On The Beach. Everything was perfect and ran smoothly, I couldn’t have asked for any better. All details were provided in depth and easy to understand. I will definitely be booking again with On The Beach.

Margaret Kidd:


I could definitely recommend On The Beach because everything went so smoothly. The flight was as expected, the transfers were fantastic, and the hotel was amazing, the staff there were very obliging, and couldn’t do enough for us.

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Greece Weather

Crowned Europe’s sunniest country, with an average of 250 days of sunshine per year, Greece is a great choice for a holiday in the sun. July and August are this destination’s hottest months, with temperatures sometimes reaching upwards of 36°C. Cooler weather is expected between November and March, when the thermometer drops to 11°C on average.
Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 12ºC

Greece Resorts

Athens

Athens

The past is always present on Athens holidays, where ancient history excitingly blends with modern living. Incredible remnants of civilizations past a…

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Corfu

Corfu

Corfu is the second largest and perhaps the most scenic of the Ionian Islands. It's also known as the 'emerald isle', with golden sands, green mountai…

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Crete

Crete

Set on the largest of the Greek islands, Crete holidays offer everything you could ever want from your perfect beach break. From clubbing holidays in…

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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

The island with both the ‘wow’ factor and a tranquil atmosphere, Kefalonia has everything you need to feel completely relaxed in Greece. Unbeatable be…

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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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Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Home to the famous claw-shaped peninsula in southern Greece, the Peloponnese is filled with beautiful beaches, sunny seafront resorts and villages wit…

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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

A symbol of Grecian paradise, the famed island of Santorini lies in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Its signature whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churc…

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Skiathos

Skiathos

Known locally as the Aegean Paradise, Skiathos is the quintessential Greek island with cobblestone villages, picturesque beaches and crystal-clear tur…

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Zante

Zante

Well known for its nightlife, Zakynthos Island (also known as Zante) is a popular holiday destination for all things lively, but this picturesque isla…

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