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Greece Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • 15,000km of coast
  • Delicious food
  • Rich with history
  • Laidback atmosphere
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    Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | Nightlife | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Greece?

    With 15km of sand-lined coast across its islands and mainland, Greece definitely isn’t short of a beach or two. It was really hard to narrow it down, but we’ve gathered some of our favourite Greek beaches below:

  • Kavourotrypes Beach (Halkidiki) – recognised as one of the best beaches in Greece, ideal for sunbathing or relaxing in the dappled shade from the surrounding trees
  • Navagio Bay (Zakynthos) – the most famous beach on the island, also known as Shipwreck Beach due to the ancient ruins that jut from its sands - it can be reached by car or boat
  • Elafonissi Beach (Crete) – an islet lined with white and pink (yep, pink!) sands, as well as clear, shallow waters - perfect for snorkellers or young paddlers
  • Super Paradise Beach (Mykonos) – a lively beach bursting with watersports, beach clubs and music that’s sure to get you dancing
  • Red Beach (Santorini) – a small, rustic cove surrounded by red-toned hills and volcanic rocks - get your camera ready!


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    What are the top hotels in Greece?

    From laidback island vibes to non-stop activities, whatever kind of Greece holiday you’re dreaming of, it certainly won’t disappoint. Here are some of our top Greece hotels to keep on your radar:

  • Lyttos Beach (Crete) - a vibrant complex with an action-packed waterpark and luxury amenities - who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?
  • Sani Beach (Halkidiki) - a five-star hotel set along the beachfront with a stunning pool area and activities for the kids
  • Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa (Kos) - an Ultra All Inclusive resort with 11 restaurants, 6 bars and a whopping 10 pools
  • Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa (Crete) - a luxury adults-only hotel complete with a lagoon-style pool and a spa
  • Lindos Royal Hotel (Rhodes) - a medieval village-style hotel with activities for the whole family
  • Aeolos Beach (Corfu) - a laidback resort set along the beachfront with a family pool and a gorgeous infinity pool


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    What’s the food like in Greece?

    Food in Greece is a family affair, so pull up a chair and gather round for a good spot of grub with the ones you love. From fresh salads to tasty grilled dishes, here are some Greek classics to get your mouth watering:

  • Tzatziki - a fresh yoghurt dip made with cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil and fresh herbs - the perfect partner in crime for toasted pitta
  • Souvlaki - small pieces of meat or vegetables grilled on a skewer for that tasty, charcoal flavour
  • Kolokythokeftedes - lightly fried courgette fritters
  • Moussaka - a traditional Greek bake with layers of beef or lamb mince in a tomato sauce, layered with aubergine and potatoes, and topped with a creamy sauce
  • Greek salad - diced cucumber, tomato and onion with olives and feta cheese, coated in a glossy oil dressing
  • Loukomadies - Greek doughnuts with cinnamon and honey
  • Looking for places to eat in Greece? Check out these top dining spots:

  • Tudor Hall (Athens)- signature cocktails, modern Greek food and stunning views of the Acropolis from the seventh floor of King George Hotel
  • Ambrosia Restaurant (Rhodes) - a high-class restaurant serving fresh fish and the finest wines in the region
  • Sea View Restaurant Perivolos (Santorini) - a stylish venue serving fresh juices, exotic cocktails, finger food and a gourmet menu in a candlelit setting
  • Stavros Traditional Grill House (Corfu) - a cosy taverna offering a tasty grilled menu with Greek specialties
  • Plaza Beach Restaurant (Kos) - a beachfront venue where you can enjoy traditional meze, seafood, pasta, pizzas and salads


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    Where is the best nightlife in Greece?

    Late-night parties, beachfront cocktails and open-air theatres - a holiday to Greece has something for everyone. Check out these venues for some after-dinner entertainment:

  • Rescue Club (Zakynthos) - the biggest club in Zante, offering famous DJs, dancers, fire shows and foam parties well into the early hours
  • Island of Desire (Crete) - an open-air club right by the coast - it’s the hottest party spot in Crete
  • Papzuzu Club (Corfu) - a luxury beach club known for its world-famous DJs and buzzing party atmosphere by the sea
  • Omega Sky Bar (Kos) - a casual rooftop bar serving a range of drinks with stunning views
  • Tango Bar (Santorini) - a stylish cocktail bar with laidback vibes and an open-air terrace where you can dance under the stars
  • Loft Cafe Bar (Nikiti) - a cosy bar terrace serving cocktails with sunset views
  • Skandinavian Bar & Disco (Mykonos) - made up of three rooms and an open-air courtyard for late-night summer parties and VIP services


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    What events can I go to in Greece?

    Looking for some fun events to add to your travel itinerary but not sure where in Greece to go? We’ve compiled some of the best events in Greece that might make choosing your holiday destination a little easier:

  • Carnival (February-March) - known as ‘Apokries’, this celebration is three weeks of parades, marching bands, fun costumes, dancing and feasting. Find some of the best parties in Corfu and Crete.
  • Greek Independence Day (March) - in celebration of the day that the Revolutionary War was declared, military parades take place all over the country
  • The Feast of Saint George (April) - Greek towns where Saint George is considered the patron saint erupt with festivities in his honour
  • Matala Beach Festival (June) - a Crete-based festival where the beach turns into a concert and the streets are painted in colourful celebration
  • Rockwave Festival (June) - an annual rock festival that takes place near Athens - this is one of the most famous events in Greece
  • Athens Open-Air Film Festival (June-July) - an event showcasing film screenings in urban settings against some of Athens’ most iconic backdrops
  • Sani Festival (July-September) - celebrating all things art, from music concerts and dance performances to painting exhibitions
  • Rethymnon Wine Festival (July-September) - an opportunity to sample fine wines whilst enjoying musical and theatrical performances
  • Megaron Gyzi Festival (August) - a three-week-long annual event in Santorini, with jazz and classical concerts, international singers, theatrical performances and lectures
  • The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (September) - a major festival celebrated on the closest weekend to 8th September, with a reenactment followed by fireworks and an all-night party
  • Feast of St. Demetrius (October) - all things music, opera and ballet are celebrated in honour of St. Demetrius in Thessaloniki
  • Feast of St. Nikolaos (December) - a celebration of the patron saint of sailors, where crowds head down to the sea and chapels dedicated to him


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    What is there to do in Greece?

    Admire the Acropolis

    Set up high in the hills overlooking Athens, these ancient ruins are a must-visit, even if only for the panoramic views. You can even stop by the museum on the way up.

    Marvel over Melissani Cave

    Hop in a rowing boat to explore this underground cavern in Kefalonia and bask in the sunshine that filters through the cave’s natural skylight.

    Visit Lake Plastiras

    Located in the Karditsa region of mainland Greece, this man-made lake is framed by chestnut and oak trees, creating an ideal spot to try your hand at canoeing or rafting.

    Take a trek to Samaria Gorge

    If you fancy a challenge, pack a rucksack and make a day of exploring this natural beauty in Crete, complete with hiking trails and rewarding views.

    Say ciao to Little Venice

    This Mykonos-based neighbourhood oozes romance, creating the perfect setting for a daytime wander, topped off with dinner in one of the waterfront restaurants.

    Island-hop your way around Greece

    We don’t blame you if you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a Greek destination to visit, so - why not do it all? You’ll find plenty of island-hopping tours and day trips from many of the larger ports.



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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 often reach 30 degrees.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 10 °c 16 °c 5 h
    Feb 10 °c 16 °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 23 °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.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Greece?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Greece on the FCO website.

    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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    Top Greece Hotels

    Lyttos Beach

    Analipsis, Crete East, Crete

    Hotel Alexander

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    Club Zante Plaza

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    Golden Odyssey

    Kolymbia, Rhodes, Greece

    Portes Beach

    Nea Potidea, Halkidiki, Greece

    Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa

    Kardamena, Kos, Greece

    Mayor Pelekas Monastery

    Pelekas, Corfu, Greece

    Majestic Hotel and Spa

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    Hotel Sunshine Rhodes

    Ialyssos, Rhodes, Greece

    Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa and Villas

    Kalathos, Rhodes, Greece

    Lindos Village Resort & Spa - Adults Only

    Vlycha, Rhodes, Greece

    Atlantis Hotel - Laganas

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    Stella Palace Hotel

    Analipsis, Crete East, Crete

    Quayside Village Hotel - Adults Only

    Kavos, Corfu, Greece

    Damia Hotel

    Sidari, Corfu, Greece

    Perkes Hotel

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    Stelios Gardens

    Malia, Crete East, Crete

    Star Beach Village

    Hersonissos, Crete East, Crete

    Creta Maris Beach Resort

    Hersonissos, Crete East, Crete

    Stamos Hotel

    Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece

    Rodos Princess Beach Hotel

    Kiotari, Rhodes, Greece

    Atrium Hotel

    Pefkochori, Halkidiki, Greece

    Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel

    Kardamena, Kos, Greece

    Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel

    Kardamena, Kos, Greece

    Mitsis Faliraki Beach Hotel & Spa

    Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece

    Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa - Adults Only

    Analipsis, Crete East, Crete

    Aloe Boutique & Suites Hotel - Adults Only

    Almyrida, Crete West, Crete

    Iolida Village Waterpark Hotel

    Agia Marina, Crete West, Crete

    Elounda Sunrise Studios & Apartments

    Elounda, Crete East, Crete

    White Olive Elite

    Laganas, Zante, Greece

    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

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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 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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    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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