Greece Holidays – Where’s HOT?
Greece is back and more popular than ever! With the Government currently asking those coming back from Spain to quarantine for 14 days holidaymakers are looking for somewhere else to explore in 2020 and Greece Holidays are just the ticket.
And why not? Greece is HOT right now, not only weather wise but popularity wise with five of our top twenty holiday destinations currently in the Greek Islands. Lets run through five of the very best Greece Holiday options for Summer 2020 and beyond, Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Santorini.
All the Greek Islands have fine weather, stunning beaches, aqua marine coves and fresh delicious food going for them so what is it about Corfu that would convince you to choose this Island?
Corfu is a nature lovers dream and one of the more geographically diverse of the Greek Islands. While everything is here for the perfect beach holiday, the explorers in your clan will love its lush green mountains where well marked hikes, together with a Greek inspired picnic, can make for a very pleasant day as you trek down to the golden sands below.
If you are travelling with older teenagers then they’ll adore Kavos for its nightlife. Aimed at teenagers they will find a lively strip with tons going on from street entertainments, food shacks, nightclubs, foam parties and theme nights.
Just like Corfu, Crete has its fair share of beautiful beaches and coves, however, it’s also a foodies paradise and a history lovers dream. Crete has a long and rich history and has long been the most important island in Greece.
Crete is home to the world heritage site the Minoan Palace of Knossos which is a dream visit for kids who can explore Greek legends and the story of the minotaur amongst the ruins. However, there’s also dozens of other amazing sites such as Agia Triada & Gournia (Minoan settlements), Phaistos Minoan Palace, the Melidoni & Sfendoni caves, the monastery of Arkadi and Agia Triada Tzagarolias as well as the ancient towns of Chania and Heraklion, both worth a full days exploration.
Crete is also home to the best foodie scene on the Greek Islands. Cretan cuisine is always focussed on freshness, texture and colour. From mouth-watering Greek yoghurts and cheeses to healthy Greek fruits and Greek salads. Cretan dishes are often cooked in or drizzled with the local, exceptional olive oil that you’ll be wanting to take home with you.
Kefalonia went soaring up the holiday charts when the Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, filmed and set on the island, was released in 2001.
Transforming the island’s economic fortunes, an influx of American and European tourists rediscovered the islands and with this influx came money and competition, rapidly improving the quality of the hotels and restaurants on this, once sleepy island.
Kefalonia is different to Crete and Corfu in several ways especially in size but it may be argued that Kefalonia has the best beaches and secluded spots of all the Greek Islands so beach lovers will enjoy the island.
There’s also a wealth of things to enjoy on the island beside the beach. Why not visit the Venetian castle at Agios Georgis Kastro? Sitting atop a hill it is as resplendent from a distance as it is close up. Next to the castle you’ll find the small adjoining village which offers fresh and pleasant options for lunch.
For those who prefer the great outdoors then the Melisanni cave, home to a subterranean lake, is perfect for swimming and will set alight the imagination.
Rhodes has it all
While the rest of the islands do specific things well, Rhodes is the island that truly has it all. The beaches are golden, the restaurants are teeming, it has bars, waterparks, fun for the kids, beautiful natural wonders and nightlife. It’s fair to say that it’s impossible to get bored on a two week holiday to Rhodes.
If we had to pick one point of difference between Rhodes and the other islands, something that Rhodes has that they do not, it is probably the wealth of history and beautiful small villages. Although Rhodes is becoming more and more cosmopolitan as the 21st century progresses, there are still many places that have kept their traditional charm. Exploring those villages offers a unique experience that may not be possible for much longer, offering the opportunity to feel what Rhodes once was like and how its people were living. We recommend villages of Empona, Lindos and Kritinia to explore the social history of Rhodes.
Everyone knows about Santorini’s volcanic sands and upmarket hotels and resorts but there’s more to this island than exclusive fine dining and classy wine bars, Santorini has an authentic side too including beautiful fishing villages and opportunities for wine tasting at the local vineyards.
If you are looking for a beach holiday and you’re not put off by the dark sands then the beaches at Red beach, White beach and Perissa are stunning with pink and golden sands. The main reason people go to Santorini though is for the exclusive aire about the place. It’s a stunningly clean, well kept and beautiful island with some of the best Greek restaurants in the country. If you’re looking for a holiday with a touch of class then Santorini is the Greek Island for you.