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Luxury Greece Holidays

Whitewashed towns, waterfront tavernas and ancient ruins steeped in myth and legend

Greece

Greece's first-rate beaches, picturesque towns and balmy temperatures have been drawing in visitors for years. On the mainland, regions like Halkidiki offer soft sandy beaches and easy access to ancient sites, while scattered across the sea are thousands of islands, each with their own distinct personality.

Wherever you choose to stay, you won't be short of some incredible sights. Wander through the narrow streets of Rhodes Town, visit the archaeological sites in the ancient Peloponnese, explore Crete's natural gorges or photograph the fiery sunsets on Santorini.

And when you've finished exploring, you've got some of the Med's best beaches to relax on – from Santorini's dramatic black-sand beaches and Corfu's pebbly coves, to the powdery white-sand beaches that fringe the coastline of Skiathos.

The pace of life on Greece holidays is generally set to slow – think long, al fresco lunches and even longer dinners, with fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine. Try classics like dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) or spanakopita (spinach pie), washed down with a glass of Greek wine.

Samantha Grist

I’ve travelled all over Greece, but my favourite island has to be Skiathos – it’s just beautiful. If you’re undecided where to go, ask us about multi-centre or island-hopping holidays so you can explore more of Greece.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Greece
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas

Crete, Aghios Nikolaos

Domes of Elounda

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

IKOS Oceania

Halkidiki, Kassandra

IKOS Olivia

Halkidiki, Sithonia

Villa Costa

Kefalonia, Scala

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda
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Destinations in Greece
Athenian Riviera
The Athenian Riviera does exactly what it says on the tin, doling out beachside hotels and marinas as it wriggles from south-east Athens to the rugged cape of Sounion.
Corfu
North-easterly Corfu is practically within throwing distance of Italy’s heel – and it’s got a Venetian capital city, terracotta-topped villas and swathes of green Adriatic countryside to prove it.
Crete
Crete is the biggest Greek Island, stretching out through the Aegean Sea. It’s been popular for millennia, so you can tour everything from Bronze Age settlements to big beach resorts.
Halkidiki
Halkidiki is pieced together from a trio of peninsulas – the beach resorts of Kassandra, the peaceful pine forests of Sithonia, and the mountains and monasteries of Athos.
Kefalonia
Kefalonia drops anchor just west of mainland Greece, between Lefkada and Zakynthos. It’s a hilly island, so expect hilltop harbour cities, white-sand coves and a mountainous interior.
Kos
Kos offers an ever-changing landscape – from medieval harbour cities and longstanding beach resorts to Greco-Roman archaeological digs and forested valleys with peacock colonies.  
Mykonos
Mykonos is the star of the Cyclades archipelago. The island balances beach clubs, boutique hotels and chic cafés with an old-world backdrop of whitewashed windmills and Aegean-blue churches.
Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is one of the least-visited regions in Greece – and all the better for it. It’s in the south-west, where you can’t move for myth-wreathed mountains, ruins and beaches.
Rhodes
Rhodes is a king-sized island in the south-easterly Aegean. It really goes all out, serving up everything from an ancient capital and beach resorts to monastery-crowned mountains and butterfly valleys.  
Santorini
Santorini – often called Thira – is an island with volcanic good looks. Expect snow-white clifftop villages and black sandy beaches with dramatic views of the surrounding Cyclades archipelago.
Skiathos
The pine forests and pretty harbours of Skiathos lie just east of the Greek mainland. You might even recognise it – Skiathos and neighbouring Skopelos starred in the Mamma Mia! movie.
Zakynthos
Zakynthos is one of the Ionians – a chain of islands famous for their ivory-white beaches and turtle-friendly coves. Expect a combination of chic harbour towns and lively beach resorts.

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When to go

Greece has some of the best weather in Europe – long, dry summers with poolside-perfect temperatures that kick off as early as April and last all the way to October. There’s little risk of rain, and as many as 12 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer. Things can get seriously hot, though, with July and August temperatures peaking in the early 30s – great for beach-lovers, although dedicated sightseers may want to pick the cooler spring or autumn months.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with restaurant staff and taxi drivers.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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