Whitewashed towns, waterfront tavernas and ancient ruins steeped in myth and legend
Greece offers holidaymakers the ideal blend of first class beaches, picturesque villages and centuries old sights, topped off with year round sunshine. Discover life beyond the sugar cube houses and blue minaret domes and unravel a rich and inspiring history. A holiday in Greece is ideal, whether you’re looking for family fun in the sun, adrenaline filled adventures or holidays with the whole family. Whether you’re looking for chic, modern accommodation or historic architecture with all the amenities you need, our Trusted Advisers can recommend the best hotels just for you. If you’re looking to try some local specialities Spanakopita and Dolmades are a must, as well as a glass of fine Greek wine.
Mainland Greece is home to the resorts of Halkidiki where you’ll find stunning beaches alongside historical architecture. Combine this with a Greek island holiday and experience the best of this magical country. Crete is home to natural gorges and historic sights, while Rhodes Town in Rhodes, offers narrow streets of ancient treasures. Kos offers relaxation by the Red Sea opposite Turkey, while Corfu is famous for its lush interiors and pebbly hideaway coves. Corfu is a must for culture vultures that enjoy the legends of Homer, spectacular Mount Athos and quaint harbours. Sit back and relax on world class beaches from the pristine white sands of Skiathos to the sleek black sands of Santorini before heading to the local Greek taverna to sample the catch of the day.
The celebrity favourite, Mykonos, provides sophisticated fun surrounded by Cycladic architecture, endless beach parties and illuminated windmills in Little Venice and Hora. Kefalonia is home to laid back towns and exquisite beaches and perfect if you fancy complete tranquillity, authenticity and footprint-free beaches. Skiathos and Santorini ooze a cosmopolitan and classy vibe complete with sun, sea and sand, while Elounda in Crete is a favourite with those seeking luxury and privacy surrounded by opulent accommodation, gourmet restaurants, deluxe spas and private docks for yachts in nearby inlets and secret coves.
Greece is a short-haul destination and among Europe's favourite spots for a well rounded, sun soaked beach holiday. There is plenty on offer for family fun as well, so why not start with the picturesque island of Corfu or Halkidiki?
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.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
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.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.