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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.
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?
2022 holidays to Greece
Craving some sunshine for 2022? 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 2022. 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.
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!
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!
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.
Things to do in Greece
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.
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 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.
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.
Thinking of going All Inclusive? Take a look at some of our top All Inclusive properties in Greece here!
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.
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|
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
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