Holidays to

Greece

East meets West on the Aegean

The country may be renowned for its exquisite coastline – but there’s a lot more to Greece holidays than the beach. Come for the sun and stay for the ancient ruins, world-class museums, fantastic food, and that Greek zest for life. Often called the birthplace of Western civilisation, modern Greece is a sensory overload of all its history – Byzantine, Italian, Ottoman, and Balkan influences are felt throughout the country.

The north is home to some of Greece’s most impressive sites, including cosmopolitan Thessaloniki, misty Ioannina, and the precipitous monasteries perched on huge rock formations in Meteora. Bustling Athens dominates the south, and scattered around the mainland are some 6000 islands, each holding its own secrets. Holidays to Greece will give you ample time to discover the country’s incredibly diverse landscape. Its coastline boasts pink sand beaches, azure waters, swaying palm trees and endless swimming spots. There are petrified forests, hiking trails through pine-scented woods, villages and churches hewn into hillsides, and ancient ruins galore.

Adrenaline junkies rejoice – kite surfing, bungee jumping and 4x4 adventures are all on the cards here. You’ll taste some of the most delicious food of your life here. Sun-ripened fruit and vegetables, heavenly olive oil, meat grilled over open flames, tangy feta, honey-infused desserts. Coffee is served thick and sweet, ouzo is poured ice-cold, home-made wine is on offer at nearly every taverna and music and dancing accompany most evenings and local festivities. Greece is a country that loves life, and invites you to do the same.

Three tips for a top trip

Eat all the piesEach region has its own variation of crunchy, olive-oil infused layers of filo pastry stuffed with everything from meat to watermelon. Try them all – though maybe not at once.
Hit the pavementForget haggling with taxi drivers – most Greek cities are compact enough that all the major sites and attractions are within walking distance of each other.
Bottoms upIt’s considered impolite in Greece to refuse a drink that’s been offered to you. So raise your glass, say ‘yamas!’ (cheers) and sip slowly.

Do not miss dates in Greece

October

28 October marks Oxi Day, when military parades in cities mark the anniversary of the Greek Prime Minister’s famous refusal in 1940 to allow Italy to occupy Greek land (‘oxi’ means ‘no’).

orthodox easter

Easter is the most important holiday in Greece, and each region celebrates differently. In Corfu, giant red pots are thrown off balconies to the accompaniment of brass bands.

mid-August

Athens and Thessaloniki empty out on 15 August, as everyone heads to villages and islands to celebrate the Virgin Mary with communal ‘panagiri’ – traditional festivals with food and music.

Best things to do in Greece

Catch a sunset

Wherever you are, grab a bottle of wine and find a good vantage point to watch the sky turn flaming orange streaked with pink, as the sun dips below the horizon.

Visit the islands

Take a ferry across the blue Aegean to visit any of the country’s 227 inhabited islands. From party hotspots to hippie hideaways, there’s truly an island for everyone.

Tour the Parthenon

This architectural wonder is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Perched atop the Acropolis rock, it is the heartbeat of Athens and an essential stop on any holiday to Greece.

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