Pocket Guide to Greece
If white-washed towns, powder-white sands and panoramic seascapes are what you're seeking, our pocket guide to Greece should be the first place you look. Greece's idyllic islands offer some of the best views, beaches and towns in the Mediterranean. You'll be spoilt for choice with the Aegean, Ionian, Dodecanese and Cyclades islands all waiting to be explored - all that's left to do is find a fantastic resort and get ready to fly! Check out Greece holidays today and shake up your summer with some island hopping, a luxury trip to Athens or a party in Crete and Kos.
When To Go To Greece
April to October is prime sunbathing season in Greece, but you’ll find pleasant temps of 12-20°C and plenty of sunshine through the winter months too. Summer months can be a scorching 30°C plus and you'll find the beach resorts of Crete's Malia, Rhodes' Faliraki, Kos and Kefalonia swinging to the holiday season vibes. Easter and early spring holidays are a great fit as skies are blue and temperatures are balmy across the islands.
If you're wondering where's best to travel (and when) throughout the year, our handy holiday calendar will reveal all!
Things to do in Greece
Find amazing beaches in Greece
One of the major draws in Greece is it's wide variety of beautiful beaches, particularly the quaint coves and secluded bays dotted around its islands. Santorini has unique stretches including Red Beach, while Paradise Beach in Mykonos certainly lives up to its name. In Rhodes, St Paul’s Bay near Lindos is amazing, with a castle perched on the rocks that forms a lagoon by the sands. Not forgetting, of course, the famous Shipwreck beach in Zante.
If beaches are the best part of your holiday (obviously) then look no further than our list of the most beautiful beaches around the world - these sands are almost too pretty to sink your bucket and spade into!
Cool Off at a Waterpark (in Santorini!)
It’s hard to find a Greek island without at least one waterpark - just one reason why Greece is a favourite among families. Choose from Aqualand in Corfu, Acqua Plus in Crete and WaterPark in Rhodes - all the parks boast slides, flumes and pools - there’s even a small waterpark on the beautifully quiet and unspoilt Greek island of Santorini (find it on Perissa Beach).
Explore Ancient Greek History
If there’s one thing that you definitely won’t be short of in Greece it’s ancient ruins and important archaeological sites, which allow you to peek back in time with ease.
In Crete, the birthplace of Minoan civilisation, you’ll find the Minoan Palace of Knossos near Heraklion, which is connected to several of our favourite Greek myths. Rhodes is another hotspot for history buffs, with its beautiful old town and stunning acropolises (in both Rhodes Town and Lindos). Kos, Naxos and Delos (which you can take a day tour to from Mykonos) are other islands dotted with protected sites of immense archaeological importance. A holiday to Greece is a sun-soaked history lesson with no history books required!
Taste Greek Meze
There's nothing better than diving into a home-cooked moussaka with a side of fresh warm bread and a traditional Greek salad, right? Our taste buds are tingling at the very thought. Grab a table in a family-run taverna and ask for a meze which includes a selection of small tasting dishes, such as lamb meatballs, seafood platters, colourful salads, pitta bread with dips, stuffed vine leaves, aubergine dishes and beyond.
Get Back to Nature
Each Greek island has something unique to offer when it comes to landscape, from Zante and its hidden coastal coves, to the olive groves of Cyprus, the volcanic crater of Santorini and the mountains of Crete. Plus, on the mainland, you’ll find incredible mountain ranges, including the famous Mount Olympus. It’s a paradise for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers who want to explore beyond the beaches.
Advice for Travelling to Greece
- Greece is well geared up to welcome tourists and travellers, so getting around should be easy. In the main resorts you’ll usually find a mix of public transport and taxis available, although you might want to hire a car for exploring off the beaten track.
- Most visits to Greece are trouble free, but, as always, take care of your belongings and remain aware of your surroundings, especially in busy tourist areas.
- No visa is needed for British citizens – just a passport that’s valid for the duration of your stay.
- The EHIC health card for emergency medical care is valid, although facilities may be limited depending on your choice of destination. 112 is the number to dial for an ambulance or emergency service. Good travel insurance is always a must.
- There are no specific vaccinations required for holidays to Greece.