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Greek Islands Holidays

Escape on an island adventure

Scattered across the Mediterranean Sea and home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, the Greek Islands are as diverse as they are spectacular. From lush green landscapes reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside to pink sand beaches and azure waters, each island has a unique backdrop – and secrets to be discovered by those who visit. 

Come for the sun and stay for the island buzz. The beaches – which are some of Europe’s best – are just the beginning of what these historical islands have to offer. Ancient ruins, blue lagoons, and dramatic white cliffs are the norm in this part of the world. Whether you crave the peace of island life or seek an adrenaline-packed adventure, there’s a Greek island for you.

Head off the beaten track to the rugged landscape of Kefalonia, or hire a boat and experience the Ionian Sea first-hand. Indulge your wild side in the clubs of Mykonos, famed for its glamorous nightlife and diverse crowd. Whichever island you choose, you’re sure to experience delicious, authentic Greek food, from locally-produced cheeses to homemade wine – and everything in between.

Holidays to the Greek Islands are full of history, dramatic landscapes, fantastic architecture, and true hospitality – no matter which island you end up on. All that's left to decide is which island is for you... 

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Your Greek Islands questions, answered

The best time to visit the Greek Islands is from late April to early October when the weather is warm, and there's little rain. The peak summer months of July and August are particularly popular, but keep in mind it can get very busy. For fewer crowds and pleasant weather, consider visiting in the shoulder months of May, June, or September.
The best way to travel between the Greek Islands is by ferry. It's a scenic and efficient way to get around, with regular services between many islands. Ferries typically take between 45 minutes to 2 hours, but some popular destinations such as Kos and Rhodes, for example, can take up to 4 hours on the ferry, so for islands that are further apart or for quicker transfers, there are also regional flights available.
 All the Greek Islands have their unique appeal. However, if you're looking for unspoiled natural beauty, tranquillity, and gorgeous beaches, then Kefalonia might just take the cake. As one of the Ionian Islands, it boasts enchanting caves, quaint villages, and a relaxed pace of life, offering an authentic Greek experience that many find irresistible. It's the perfect destination to unwind and immerse yourself in stunning surroundings. But remember, the 'nicest' island ultimately depends on your personal preferences and what you're looking to get out of your Greek Island escape.
Definitely! Arranging day trips and excursions to visit neighbouring islands is a great way to explore the archipelago. Each Greek Island has its own unique charm, culture, and landscape. Island hopping allows you to experience a diverse range of what Greece has to offer. You can enjoy the bustling nightlife of Mykonos, the romantic sunsets of Santorini, the beautiful beaches of Crete, and more! Whether you follow a predetermined itinerary or you go where the mood takes you, island hopping is a wonderful way to make the most of your Greek holiday!
Whether you’ve only got a few days to spare or two weeks to play with, there’s an island getaway to suit your schedule. Go for a short break and relax on the beach, or take a week and explore more of the rich history these islands have to offer. If you decide to stay longer you won’t be short on things to do, particularly if you hop on a ferry for a day trip to a neighbouring island. 
Greek cuisine is simply delicious! From famous dishes like moussaka and souvlaki to local delicacies like fresh seafood and mezedes (small plates), there's a whole lot to try. And don't forget to wash it all down with some ouzo, the local anise-flavoured liquor! Each island has its own distinct flavours and traditional dishes for you to enjoy. In larger resorts and hotels there’s plenty of international cuisine, so no need to worry about kids or picky eaters.
Each island, whether it's Kos, Rhodes, Corfu, or elsewhere, boasts a wealth of family-friendly resorts and activities, making them perfect destinations to bring the kids no matter where you decide to go. Crete is another great choice, thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches, kid-friendly resorts, and a wealth of historical sites. Plus, its size means there's always something new to explore.
While Greek is the official language of the Greek Islands, English is widely spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. However, learning a few Greek phrases can certainly enhance your travel experience and help you chat to the locals. You needn’t worry if you’ve only got a smattering – or even less – of Greek, though, as the locals are famously welcoming to tourists.
When you think of Greek nightlife, you might picture Mykonos or Zante, but each island has a vibrant nightlife of its own with bars and clubs catering to most tastes. And if you party all night you can sleep all day – no matter which island you’re on. 
Santorini, with its world-famous sunsets and romantic setting, is often regarded as the best Greek Island for couples. Its beautiful white and blue architecture, coupled with its world-famous caldera views, make it a popular choice for honeymoons and romantic getaways. Other great alternatives include Rhodes, known for its stunning beaches and Crete which is has many fascinating historical hot spots.
Corfu and Kos are generally considered more budget-friendly options compared to some of the other islands. Both destinations offer a variety of affordable accommodations, dining, and entertainment options while still offering stunning beaches and a rich cultural experience. 
Travelling the Greek Islands on a budget is entirely possible. Consider visiting in the shoulder season when prices are lower, stay in locally owned guest houses or apartments, eat where the locals eat, and use public transportation to get around. Also, choose less-touristy islands to really get the most bang for your buck.