For those who want to combine the boundless beauty of the country’s sun-bleached beaches, with a thriving culture and a rich, historic backdrop you’ll enjoy travelling here. On your Greek holiday, you can find yourself stepping between worlds, shopping in high-end shopping malls one moment and raking through the handcrafted treasures and haggling for a bargain at bustling, atmospheric markets the next.
Dine in style at modern, fine-dining restaurants or eat like the locals at a rustic, seaside taverna, serving fresh, simply-cooked fish. Families can choose between the high-octane thrills offered by the country’s superb waterparks, or soak up some myth and legend and visit some of the many ruins that were once part of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen.
For 21st Century holidaymakers, holidays to Greece offer the chance to enjoy modern amenities and explore ancient relics. With plenty to see and do for families and couples alike, you can make your Greek holidays exactly what you want them to be!
11°C - 38°C °C
Sun-worshippers will enjoy the sweltering temperatures between June and August. For cooler conditions, book your holidays to Greece in the spring or the autumn.
Approximately four hours from the UK
The main international airport in Greece is Athens International Airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos”, just outside Greece's capital city, although visitors frequently fly to smaller airports including Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu.
Greece is home to some of the world’s best-preserved historical sites, including temples, tombs and palaces. You’ll find them almost everywhere you go, but Athens, Crete and Rhodes offer some of the finest examples and are well worth visiting. Even the authentic villages on the islands of Santorini, Lefkas, and Corfu will give you a feeling of time gone by, complete with cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. If you want to relax on a sandy beach by day and then be entertained from dusk until the wee small hours, one of Greece’s purpose-built resorts should have everything you need to party the week away.
Not all of Greece’s attractions are man-made: some have been formed naturally over hundreds of thousands of years, perhaps with a little involvement from the Greek gods, if the legends are to be believed! Ideal for all the family, you can choose to experience the otherworldly atmosphere in Kefalonia’s million-year-old Drogarati Cave or the magical, colour-changing waters found inside Zante’s Blue Caves. Zante is also home to many of Greece’s sea-turtles and you can see them scraping their way along the beach or gliding gracefully through the sapphire seas. For a glimpse of how the Greeks used to live, visit Rhodes’ medieval castle or Crete’s ancient palaces. If you’re travelling with children, visit one of the many lavish waterparks found on the Greek islands.
If you prefer top tunes and clubs to minotaurs and gorgons, there are plenty of good times to be had on the Greek islands. You can kick off and recover from the night before, by bronzing-up on a beach or clear the cobwebs with some adrenaline-fuelled water sports. If sundown is too long a wait, you’ll find foam parties, boat cruises and pub crawls starting at midday in Greece’s party resorts: the perfect way to warm up for the night ahead! One of Europe’s largest pub crawls is in Corfu, which usually finishes up in a Rave Cave on of one its boat parties. Malia, Greece’s most famous clubbing resort, attracts some of the biggest music names around, which you can enjoy without having to break the bank!
Eating & Drinking
Holidays to Greece wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. While it’s possible to dine on food from virtually every corner of the world in the larger resorts, don’t pass up the chance to enjoy a meal in a traditional taverna. Indulge in Greece’s national dishes made from fresh, island produce. Fresh vine-leave parcels filled with crunchy pine nuts and rice (ntolmades) are a classic Greek favourite. Gemista (rice and minced meat stuffed tomatoes) are best combined with some crumbly, tangy feta cheese sprinkled on top. Nearly every island will have its own take on the classic Greek salad, too! Cretan Ntakos is one of the most famous of the island brunches: sweet vine tomatoes, creamy Mizithra cheese, wild capers and dark-rusks soaked in pure Cretan olive oil create the perfect midday holiday snack.
GREECE HOLIDAY RESORTS
HOLIDAYS IN GREECE
Safety and Security
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GREECE IS BEST FOR...
History lovers:Littered with tombs and temples, castles and palaces and ragged ruins associated with gods, heroes and monsters, Greek holidays are ideal for anyone with even the faintest interest in the country’s past.
Sun-seekers:Greece lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, offering superb summer weather and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Foodies: From rustic tavernas, serving classic Greek cuisine, to fine-dining restaurants serving delicately-flavoured dishes, Greece is the perfect spot for gastronomes, whatever your budget might be.
Language: The language spoken in Greece is Greek. While the locals have a basic command of English, it might be worth packing a phrasebook or downloading an app, and try out a few basics.
Currency:You’ll need to change-up your pounds and pence into Euros before zipping off on your holidays to Greece.
Local time: Greece is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Aktion National Airport for the mainland resorts of Lefkas and Parga, 20 mins to 1 hour away. Greek islands have their own airports: Corfu International Airport for Corfu, with transfers of between 20 minutes and 2.5 hours, Heraklion International Airport for Crete, with transfers taking up to 2 hours and 40 minutes, and Rhodes International Airport for Rhodes with transfer times of 30–90 minutes.
Flight time from UK:The flight time to Greece is 3–4.5 hours.
Tourist Information: You must now pay an Overnight Stay Tourism Tax Fee of up to 4€ per room per night, which is payable at your accommodation. Further Greece tourist information can be found at https://support.thomascook.com/Travel-Advice-Safety/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit Greece travel advice for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Greece.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
If you’re looking to make the most of the summer sun, book your break between June and August, when the temperatures peak in the high thirties and even stray into the low forties. However, if you’re looking to get some sightseeing done or prefer more comfortable conditions, aim for spring or autumn, when the mercury hovers around 25-28°C. In the winter, the north of Greece is far colder than the south and snow is not uncommon. The south tends to remain consistently mild, although there is a greater chance of rainfall.
By hire car:You’ll find car-hire venues in most of the larger towns and cities. Greek roads are well maintained and come with plenty of signage. Do remember that the Greeks drive on the right and overtake on the left!
By scooter:Scooters are a popular method of transport among locals and tourists alike, offering a quick and convenient way to see the sights.
By boat: There are plenty of boat trips on offer from Greece’s many beaches and harbours. Explore idyllic islands or gain access to those secret, sheltered coves for a peaceful day’s sunbathing.
Traditional celebration:The 15th August celebrates the Feast of the Dormition of Theotokos, which marks the passing of the Virgin Mary. Celebrated across the entire country and a national holiday, you can expect at least a day of feasting, drinking and dancing, late into the night.
Saint’s day:Each Greek island has its own religious celebration made in honour of its patron saint: folk-dancing and more drinking and eating are guaranteed!