Cliffside view of villas and blue sea on Santorini island Greece

Compare the best Greece flights

Greece flights take travellers to a country with a huge range of holiday options, whether your idea of a perfect break is to island hop, to explore beautiful landscape on foot or by bike, to flop on a beach for a week or two soaking up the sun, or to learn all about the country's rich history.

Why go?

With something for everyone, from stunning beaches and historic sights to mouth-watering food and drink, it's no wonder so many holidaymakers flock to Greece every year...

The country's capital, Athens, is the place to head if you are a history buff and must visits include the Acropolis and its museum, as well as the Parthenon on top. If you plan to explore some of Greece's 6,000 islands from its capital, ferries take travellers to many, including Crete, from Piraeus Harbour.

Greece's largest island, Crete, is also one of the most popular destinations with tourists. Depending on your idea of a perfect holiday, you could spend your days here visiting historic sites such as Knossos, lounging on the beach, exploring the mountains or splashing around in one of Crete's three water parks with the family.

Corfu is another popular location with British holidaymakers with lively nightlife in Kavos; history in Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site; golf, sailing and hiking opportunities on offer for active travellers; and beaches galore to relax and unwind on.

Or, if you are after a completely relaxing holiday destination with world-famous golden beaches, why not consider Zante? (also known as Zakynthos) The vibrant resort of Lagunas plays host to loggerhead turtles who nest there. If you are looking for a resort on Zante where you can enjoy a few drinks after a day sunbathing, consider staying in the livelier resort of Tsilivi, and if you are a sport enthusiast, why not plan in a day trip by boat to Olympia - home to the original Olympics?

Rhodes' vibrant resorts of Faliraki and Rhodes Town are magnets for holidaymakers who enjoy partying while they are away, but not all travellers who land in Rhodes Airport (RHO) are after a hedonistic break. The village of Lindos on the east coast is an ideal spot if you want a more serene few weeks away exploring the car-free cobbled streets, visiting the castle and taking in the view from the top of the Lindos Acropolis. Or, if you like to be active while away, why not play golf in the sunshine, take to the sea windsurfing, diving or kitesurfing or don your walking boots to explore Rhodes' beautiful landscape including the Valley of the Butterflies?

To the north of Rhodes, Kos is a good value option for a fun-filled couple of weeks in the sun. The lively resorts of Kardamena and Kos Town both have plenty of bars and clubs in which you could dance until the early hours of the morning. But there's also another side to the island: venture into the mountain villages for a tranquil slice of Greece or visit Kos Town's 15th-century Castle of the Knights to find out more about the island's history.
Book lovers and romantics should take a trip to Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands and the setting of Louis de Bernières' Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Passengers will land in Kefalonia Airport (EFL) and are likely to fall in love with the island as soon they step off the plane. There's the beautiful Myrtos Beach - one of the most photographed in the country; the unspoilt village of Fiskardo in the north of the island; and the popular resort of Lassi with two lengthy stretches of sand.

Other Greek hotspots for holidaymakers include Skiathos in the Sporades Islands which boasts stunning beaches; the picture-postcard destination of Santorini with whitewashed houses and red and black beaches - Kalamata in the south of mainland Greece is a gateway for holidays in the Peloponnese region; and Mykonos, a destination which saw a surge of interest in flights to its airport thanks to it being the setting of a judge's home in the UK X Factor.

How to get there?

There are a variety of airports across Greece – find out which one you will travel to, to reach your holiday destination...

If you are travelling to the Greek capital, Athens International Airport (also known as Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport – ATH) is located 17 miles north east of the city.

For those having an island adventure in Crete, flights from the UK land in either Heraklion Airport (HER), halfway along the north coast, or Chania Airport (CHQ), in the north west.

If you’re heading to Corfu, flights to the Emerald Isle take around three and a half hours and land in Corfu Airport (CFU).

Holidaymakers heading to Zante will fly into Zakynthos Airport (ZTH) which is just 1km away from the resort of Lagunas, while those going to Rhodes will fly into Rhodes Airport (RHO).

If you are heading off to Kos, Kos Island International Airport (KGS) is just five miles from the lively resort of Kardamena and 15 miles from Kos Town, and those flying to the beautiful island of Kefalonia will land in Kefalonia Airport (EFL).

Skiathos has an airport of the same name (Skiathos - JSI), as does Santorini (JTR). Kalamata Airport (KLX) in the south of mainland Greece is a gateway for holidays in the Peloponnese region, while those holidaying in Mykonos will fly into Mykonos airport (JMK).

Where to stay?

Whether it’s ancient towns teeming with history or an island adventure that you’re looking for, Greek holidays will have you hooked...

There is an enormous range of accommodation options for those travelling to Greece, and a huge variety of areas to stay in. From swanky hotels and luxury villas to budget guesthouses and B&Bs, you’ll find them all here.

In the capital of Athens, you will find both big brand hotels as well as smaller independent accommodation. Opting to stay centrally in an area such as vibrant Plaka will mean you can easily reach many of the historical sights of the city.

Moving on to the islands, beautiful Crete is the largest and offers both vibrant and lively resorts as well as quieter seaside villages. Great for families, couples and groups alike, the island offers a range of both hotels and self-catering accommodation. Head to resorts such as Malia and Hersonissos if you’re looking for a thriving party scene, whereas resorts such as Sissi, Koutouloufari and Agios are more laidback.  

Stunning Zante is another option for your stay, with resorts such as Kalamaki being ideal for families with beautiful safe beaches and plenty of traditional tavernas for eating out. Other options include Argassi, Vassilikos, Kampi and Alykanas.

Rhodes will keep culture vultures on their toes, with historical Rhodes Town offering medieval history while Lindos showcases the impressive Acropolis towering over the whitewashed town below. Those looking for wild nights of partying won’t go far wrong with Faliraki, while those looking for a quieter holiday could consider Pefkos, Kalathos or Kalithea.

Corfu offers holidaymakers a variety of accommodation, whether you’re a party animal wanting to dance the night away in buzzing Kavos or would prefer one of the more peaceful resorts such as Kassiopi, Ispos or Nissaki.

Meanwhile, those heading to Kos and looking for a great nightlife could opt for Kardamena or Kos Town. Resorts geared more towards families include Tingaki, Kefalos, Psalidi and Marmari.

Apart from the main islands of Greece there are also numerous smaller ones which you may wish to consider for your holiday.