Tasty meze, sandy beaches and lots of ancient history
You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy this Mediterranean titan. Our cheap holidays to Greece will get you island–hopping, plate–smashing and moussaka–eating in no time.
With our cheap holidays to Greece you'll get a good deal on your accommodation and flights. So, there's more in your pocket to explore this beach holiday classic. Here are a few ideas to get you started...
About the size of the Isle of Wight, Zante is a nice little mix of vineyards, whitewashed hamlets and great beaches. To reach the parts of it tourists don't usually see, try going off–road on a Jeep safari. You'll soon be bumping down dirt tracks and into the hills on your way to tucked–away villages and unspoilt beauty spots.
Glyfada Beach on the west coast of the island is the jewel in Corfu's beach crown. It's a horseshoe–shaped sweep of sand, posing in front of pine–clad mountains and rugged cliffs. You'll find watersports – from jet–skiing to sea biking – but if chilling out is more your thing, there are plenty of loungers about. When you need to refuel, head to the bars and tavernas on the strip behind the beach.
Right on the southeastern tip of the Greek Islands, Kos Town is the imaginatively–named capital of Kos It comes with its own little sand–and–pebble beach, shaded by palm trees and with caf&ecute;s and restaurants to hand. And it's got historical sights right on tap. There's a waterfront Medieval castle, plus what's left of Roman baths and an amphitheatre. There's a Greek gymnasium, too – more ancient lecture hall than treadmill territory – and a marketplace that used to be one of the biggest in the world.
Faliraki on the northeast coast of Rhodes lives up to its party–central reputation with mega–sized clubs dealing in the likes of Hed Kandi, and neon–lit cocktail bars that keep the crowds going all night long. But it's also a great place for families, with 5 kilometres of sand, a great little funfair and one of Europe's top waterparks. Plus, Medieval Rhodes Town is just a 20–minute drive away.
When you're not having fun on the beaches, Crete is the place to discover your inner history buff. It's got lots of ancient ruins, but the Palace of Knossos is a must–see. This was where the big bosses of the Minoan civilisation used to hang out, and what's left of it is in surprisingly good nick. But legend has it that it's actually the site of the Labyrinth – a huge maze built by King Minos to imprison his terrifying monster, the Minotaur.
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