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Mythical wonders, pine-clad mountains, heavenly cuisine, and beaches fit for the gods: Greece is a holiday hotspot millennia in the making.
From its dazzling islands to the ancient history of Athens, Greece holidays are some of the best in Europe. Whether you’re after a relaxing beach holiday, a rustic escape in the mountains or an exciting city break, Greece won’t let you down.
For most, the main allure of Greece lies on its legendary sands. Idyllic islands, such as Zakynthos, Skiathos, Mykonos, and Kefalonia, pull travellers in their millions year after sun-kissed year. Families flock to Corfu for safe sands and watersports. The sweeping pebble beaches of Crete are packed with beach clubs. Volcanic Santorini, all blue domes and gleaming white cottages, has become an Instagram sensation for couples and luxury lovers.
In the capital, Athens, you’ll find a magnetic city bursting with ancient history, contemporary culture, and lively nightlife. Spend your days delving into treasures of the past and nights sipping cocktails in rooftop bars. The iconic Acropolis of Athens, seen from almost every terrace, rooftop and corner kiosk, is just the tip of what this exciting city has to offer.
If you want to slow things down, visit rural Greece, where the pace becomes a crawl and olive groves stretch out for miles. Head into Greek hinterlands with a hike up Mount Olympus. Or venture south to Thessaloniki and enjoy sailing around the gin-clear waters of the Pelion Peninsula.
For all-inclusive luxury hotels, family-friendly beach resorts and welcoming cheap guesthouses on top of a mountain, Greece really is the whole package.
With ancient temples, jumbo waterparks and some of the best beaches in the world, a Greek island holiday is a firm favourite with families. Naxos in the Cyclades has 100-plus miles of beaches, many with soft sands and safe, shallow waters ideal for young children. Corfu and Crete are other popular options for young families.
If you’re travelling with older children and teenagers, the beaches of Kardamena, Kefalos and Agios Stefanos on Kos are heaving with adrenaline-fuelled watersports and a whole lot of kid-focused fun.
Island hopping around Greece was one of the original gap year adventures. It's still a go-to for budget travellers, with almost all ferries starting and ending in Athens. An hour's ferry ride from the capital is Agistri, an unspoilt island of hiking trails, beaches and authentic tavernas.
If you are counting your pennies, consider Lefkada, one of the quieter Ionian islands off the western coast, where hotels and resorts offer more bang for your buck.
You’ll find a wide selection of all-inclusive hotels in Greece. For a truly romantic escape, consider properties like the boutique adults-only Stella Island in Crete. For a more family-friendly holiday, there are beach resorts packed with waterparks, kids' clubs and authentic entertainment across Zakynthos, Rhodes and Corfu.
From the sweeping sands of Mykonos to the pink shallows of Crete’s Elafonissi Beach and the buzzy beach bars, clubs and tavernas that line the resorts of Lindos and Faliraki in Rhodes, every Greek island has its fair share of blissful beaches.
For a remote beach getaway, head to Skopelos – the set for Mamma Mia! – and seek out Perivoliou Beach on its northeast coast. This shady shingle beach banked by steep cliffs is a fantastic snorkelling spot.
For ancient history, contemporary culture and eclectic dining, Athens ticks all the boxes. Spend your days digging into fascinating museums, such as the beautifully curated National Historical Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and your nights sipping cocktails in the bars of Exarchia.
Potter around the historic neighbourhoods of Plaka and Psirri, watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Presidential Mansion and beat the crowds with an early morning walk up to the Acropolis.
With its seductive sunsets over Santorini's caldera and the laidback bohemian vibe of Hydra, Greece has attracted romantics for centuries. For your idyllic escape, you might fancy a swanky adults-only resort or a clifftop boutique hotel with just a handful of rooms.
For a stylish stay, consider the Lesante Blu Exclusive in Tragaki, Zakynthos, an adults-only beach resort with a waterfall-fed infinity pool and cabanas on a private beach. Alternatively, Bill & Coo Coast Suites in Mykonos has a more intimate Greek feel with fine dining on the beach.
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