With its sunny climate and beach-blanketed islands, Greece is one of the most picturesque spots in the Mediterranean. Boasting hillsides scattered with blues and whites, it’s like the flag comes to life across the landscapes. Ancient stories partner with incredible ruins, while the endless stretches of sand never fail to inspire.
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There’s an offshore hotspot for every whim and fancy. Surrounded by the shimmering waters of the Aegean and Ionian Sea it’s impossible not to want to dive right in. Cast away your cares on north Kos’ white-sand Tigaki Beach, become a curious explorer amongst Rhodes’ Roman ruins in its medieval interior and sip cocktails at the edge of one of Santorini’s luxury white-washed clifftop hotels.
This glamorous Greek island is one of the group known as the Cyclades, which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios. Holidays to Mykonos promise sandy beaches, whitewashed villages and cosmopolitan nightlife. It’s perfect for lazy days on the golden beaches and swimming in the Aegean Sea, before heading to a waterfront restaurant for a laid-back dinner. And if you’re not ready to call it a night after that, you can always head for a cocktail or two, or perhaps a late-night club by the beach. Mykonos holidays are ideal whether you’re here with the kids, are having a group break with friends, or want to fire up the romance with a special partner.
As one of the most visually-spectacular destinations in the world, a holiday to Santorini is sure to be a huge hit with couples and families looking for some fun in the sun. Once a volcanic island, it was rocked by a massive eruption that saw half of the crater fall in one itself. The collapsed part was swallowed up by the sea, leaving steep lava-formed cliffs that plunge into the dark, blue waters. Today, it’s one of the hottest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, speckled with whitewashed, clifftop towns where you can enjoy a quiet coffee or a leisurely dinner, perched on the rim of a volcano and watching the glittering sea below. With its beautiful, black-sanded beaches, Santorini holidays are ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy some quality downtime together, set against one of the most stunning backdrops in the world.
Sandy beaches, seafront tavernas, ancient palaces and neon nightlife – the east coast of Crete has the lot It’s a place of delectable cuisine, too, from your standard cheese and olives to local wine, honey-covered goods and freshly caught fish. Snaffling food almost goes in tandem with uncovering Minoan history.
Welcome to the western side of Crete, where it’s easy to spend your days hopping between Venetian harbours, emerald-green gorges and lovely lakes. Add to that a whole host of history to unearth, plus a menu of Blue Flag beaches, and you’ll find this picturesque part of Crete has every type of holidaymaker covered.
Corfu is the ultimate Greek getaway, with secret coves, olive-strewn hills and bustling beach resorts. Party lovers have been flocking to the island for years, and today the island is still a favourite on many clubbers’ calendars. Ideal for groups, you can explore the towns by day and party by night.
Sandy beaches, lush forests, medieval towns, buzzing nightlife – Rhodes offers all this and more on one picturesque island. Besides castles, preserved paintings and Ottoman remnants, there’s more to this resort than purely history. Mouth-watering honey-glazed delicacies and fresh fish are ready for a feast on a water’s-edge seat.
Oozing culture and history, and offering a seafront to make you swoon, this slice of tucked-away Greece is great for all ages. Aside from brilliant beaches, this coastal pick is a trio of peninsulas all about traditional culture, laid-back tavernas and bars, and generally just relaxing in the warm climate.
• The climate is fundamentally Mediterranean with long hot sunny days often from April through to the end of September, and pleasant, warm evenings
• The water is warm until mid-November, however, the rainy season begins mid-October
• Mykonos – in particular the north of the island – can be very windy in the spring and summer months, resulting in slightly cooler temperatures.