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The many sides of Greece
The Greek Islands offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in mythology and history. With boutique stays off the beaten track or luxurious resorts and with 6,000 islands to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice. Ideal for couples who are looking for a romantic escape or for families who want a blend of relaxation and entertainment, there is an island that will cater to your needs.
Holidays in the Greek Islands are a firm favourite amongst British holidaymakers. The world renowned island of Corfu is prefect for families. Often described as the ‘Emerald Island, thanks to thick forest blanketing the rolling hills, it’s an ideal location for exploring. Beaches with hidden sandy coves are excellent sunbathing spots and the crystal clear sea is great for water sports. For a relaxing and glamorous getaway, the island of Mykonos offers an indulgent experience. Opt for a romantic amble through the whitewashed old town before retreating back to a luxurious resort for some well deserved relaxation.
Santorini is straight from the pages of a magazine. Nestled in the rugged hillside, brilliant white buildings coruscate in golden sunlight, the whitewash often interspersed with electric blues and buttercup yellow. Ultimate serenity can be found in Zakynthos, where pristine shores of cream and cerulean are set against towering cliffs and rustic old town restaurants offer exquisite authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes.
Holidays in the Greek Islands do not disappoint. Choose from a plethora of hotels and resorts, whether you opt for a seaside stay or a hillside retreat, each is a haven of decadence and tranquillity. No matter where you escape to, you will be moments away from areas of cultural and historical importance.
Sovereign’s Trusted Advisers are equipped with expert knowledge of luxury getaways; we will find you the ideal hotel to complete your holiday to the Greek Islands. Opt for a sophisticated break at Minos Beach Art Hotel, a unique waterfront hotel which boasts manicured gardens and contemporary works of art. Bill Coo and Suites is a luxury boutique hotel, ideal for those who want a romantic hideaway. For a unique hotel experience, choose Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Set upon a clifftop and offering phenomenal views this hotel is a masterpiece.
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 wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.