Whether you’re looking to discover the past and soak up some of the mysticism and mythology that seeps into modern Grecian culture, or simply want to rub shoulders with the locals and relax; Greece has a veritable treasure trove of gifts to uncover. In Cape Sounion you can unearth the ancient Temple of Poseidon, the Greek God of water; built in 444BC and jutting out dramatically from the unravaged cliff face; it resembles something from the books on Mythology you had growing up. For even more links to the history of the Ancient Greeks, how about taking a stroll over to the impressive Parthenon or the imposing Acropolis; both master strokes in ancient design and architecture and among the most culturally significant sites in the Western World. With an air of mystery and incredibly preserved (partly due to Greece’s ware climate), these great wonders of a time long past will take your breath away. Book your getaway for 2018 and get set to discover the best of Greece.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 5m
When to go
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Crowds of holidaymakers visit Greece each year for a multitude of different reasons; the Greek way of life has something for everyone. With beautiful islands such as Corfu, Rhodes and Crete dotted around the peninsula, you’ll never be stuck for gorgeous scenery, golden beaches and top class hotels, no matter which one you decide to escape to. Elsewhere, party destinations like Kos and Zante are sure-fire favourites with the clubbing crowd. Jet off to the sun-drenched hideaway of Santorini, with a group of friends or your other half and you’re soon to be wooed by its rustic charms and relaxed pace. Meander through its cobbled streets and rolling hills, while gazing at the white-washed edifices that adorn the island and drinking in some local history. For those with sun, sea and sand on the brain; look no further than Skopelos which takes Greece’s top billing for beach offerings. Situated on a gorgeous slice of coast, with breathtaking vistas abound, this beachside retreat is just waiting to be discovered.
Wine and Dine
While rowdy revellers will opt for whatever food they see first, there are a number of dining options for those in the mood for something with a bit more substance! While it’s easy to survive on menu regulars like moussaka, gyros and kalimari, why not be a bit more adventurous and tuck into some glorious mezedhes, freshly picked olives and an abundance of seafood? Dining out is still a Greek tradition and most families get together once a week. The dining atmosphere all over Greece is casual and relaxed, so don’t worry about being served if you’ve just come from the beach; with no nonsense menus that won’t break the bank. Typically 12-20 euros per person will get you an all encompassing meal with house wine. While looking for somewhere to dine out, it’s best to follow the locals! Heading down the backstreets you’ll often find the most authentic estiatorio’s and tavernas.
While popular with the younger crowd, many Greek islands also make the perfect spot for a family holiday; just make sure you take due care in booking a resort that’s family-centric so you don’t get stuck amongst a crowd of partiers. With most locations offering golden sandy beaches, thrilling water sports and a range of diverse cultural delights; many hotels even offer all-inclusive family packages, with kids clubs, babysitting and wellness centres all on offer so you can relax and kick your feet up. It’s your holiday too after all! When you decide to get stuck in to some culture, why not check out the marvellous Rhodes Town on the northern tip, which will spark their imagination to no end with its medieval style settlements and ancient winding cobbled streets. Most of us were fascinated by Greek mythology growing up (well, we were anyway) so why not treat them to a visit to stalactite and stalagmite lined Dikteon cave on Lasithi Plateau; believed by the ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of Zeus.
Action and Adventure
While it’s incredibly tempting to settle for any number of the commercial touristy resorts that can be found along the Greek coast, if you’re an adventure seeker craving a trip with a bit more substance, holidays to Greece will have what you’re looking for. With its reputation for a party atmosphere, it’s easy to forget that Greece is one of the earliest civilizations with an incredible amount of history for you to explore. Look beyond the drinks promos and beachside discos and truly uncover what this Mediterranean gem has to offer; there’s no better way to be rewarded than booking a trip to one of Greece’s more remote islands.
The little known Evia is our top pick for bragging rights amongst your friends! With a stunning backdrop along the sun soaked coast, and a wealth of hidden walking trails; you’ll soon discover incredibly picturesque Byzantine and Frankish castles lined with olive trees and water mills. You can thank us later...
Life's a Beach
If we’re talking about top-class beach holiday destinations; Greece has a legitimate claim to the throne. Maybe it’s because they’ve had thousands of years to perfect their beach-centric lifestyle, or maybe it’s the abundance of stunning islands found here; but there’s simply nothing like lapping up the Grecian way of life. You can wake up late, take a dip in the sea then later indulge in some incredible white wine and succulent seafood, before dancing the night away... before doing it all again tomorrow! You’ll return home feeling refreshed and reenergized, with a healthy tan to boot. The Cycladic Islands, located southeast of mainland Greece, are home to some of the most popular resorts in the whole country and sure to suit your needs. If it’s a classic Greek beach hideout you’re after, islands such as Mykonos, Milos, Paros, Antiparos, and Serifos have been tempting holidaymakers for years.
The ancient Greeks were well known for their hedonistic lifestyles and to be honest, things haven’t changed all that much. No matter which Greek holiday resort you choose, you’re sure to find a good time; with Athens, Thessaloniki, the Cyclades, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Santorini all offering a wealth of opportunities for cocktails and club nights; with Mykonos and Ios favoured with those seeking the crème de la crème of Grecian nightlife, and Hersonissos and Malia in Crete popular with the student crowd. Dance the night away at specialised beach bars; indulge in drinks promos and free poured cocktails; the moonlight hitting the coast will have never looked so beautiful.The islands alleys are awash with vibrant and stylish bars, with speakers pumping the latest chart bangers and international DJs making special appearances all over.
Year in and out, Greece is a popular favourite for the big blow-out wedding, but there’s plenty of other romantic opportunities within its shores. Whether you’re thinking about finally popping the question or looking for the perfect honeymoon retreat, Santorini certainly gets our stamp of approval. The island has won numerous awards for its devotion to the cause. With heavenly villas and suites, private pools and Jacuzzis on hand, all while getting waited on hand and foot, Santorini has romantic vibes aplenty, even if booking on the off season! The magical Greek landscape and incredible heat also make spots like Corfu, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Messinia and Monemvasia ideal locations in which to get loved up.
Ancient Greek civilisation is without a doubt the most prevalent and studied of all the great nations of the past. From its modest beginnings with the Olympic Games in the Peloponnese, to the outdoor theatres that still echo through the ages, and the sweeping glory of history’s most revered architecture; none of this is better encapsulated than in the ancient marble pillars of Athens or the elaborate carvings found in Delphi. One look at the country’s rugged coastline and towering mountaintops and you’ll quickly realise why mythology is held so dear in this idyllic peninsula. Wander through rocky terrains, snorkel along colourful coral reefs or meander down Byzantine pathways; when you book a trip to Greece with Love Holidays, you can explore this picturesque country at your own pace.