Picking a holiday to Greece? Whether you’re up for some party island-hopping, a beachy retreat or ancient adventure, there’s a destination for you.
This nation might be famous for its family of Greek islands, but mainland Greece's trident-shaped Halkidiki
peninsula deserves the limelight, too. Take a boat trip from Ouranoupolis
to admire Mount Athos, chill out in Sithonia or discover some great diving spots offshore on Kassandra. Of course, Greece holidays wouldn't be complete without a visit to its age-old capital, Athens. Home to the Acropolis and heaving with archaeological sites, it's giving major main character energy.
The Aegean Sea anchors some of the most popular Greek island holiday spots. Rhodes
is up there, thanks to its sandy beaches and ancient ruins, and picturesque Kos
is easy on the eye. Meanwhile, the glamorous reputations of blue-domed Mykonos and Santorini precede them. None more so than pine-clad Skopelos though – AKA the home of Mamma Mia.
Corfu and company
The Ionian islands bask off Greece’s west coast. Corfu is a top family-friendly destination
, while beach-lovers flock to the white sand and fishing villages of Kefalonia.
Fresh fish fills the belly of Greek cuisine – dine at a local taverna or back yourself to catch your own. Party starters prefer Zante
, but this island has a quiet side, too, thanks to peaceful countryside and secluded coves.
The mega Greek island of Crete
sits to the south. The island combines lively spots like Malia and Hersonissos with old town vibes in Rethymnon and Blue Flag beach resorts like Aghios Nikolaos
. Hit up the must-visit Palace of Knossos for an ancient history lesson or head inland into the olive groves for stunning panoramic views at the Samaria Gorge and Psiloritis Natural Park.