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Holidays In Greece

Greece Holidays at a glance

Holidays to Greece have never been such good value, and the friendly welcome is as warm as summer sun and glorious Greek island beaches.

With over 1000 islands, 227 of them inhabited, this is a spectacular country and with Olympic Holidays, your Greek specialist travel company flying to 34 Greek Islands, more than any other travel company in the UK, you’ve arrived at the best place to find your perfect holiday to Greece and the Greek isles.

From pine-clad mountains to golden sand beaches, Greece and her islands are famous for whitewashed buildings clustered around pretty harbours and the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian seas lap her shores.

Greece is filled with the influences of contrasting cultures and everywhere are the antiquities and remnants of her historical past, co-existing with the gentle sway of modern-day living. Sites of ancient ruins, museums full of artefacts and the cool cloisters of monasteries unchanged for centuries attract history and culture lovers from around the world.

After dark, the fun really takes off as the lights of restaurants and bars buzz with holidaymakers and locals chit-chatting and enjoying the most delicious and fresh food available.

It's easy to discover just what it is that attracts millions of holidaymakers to this captivating part of the world each year. With its ability to cater for a wide range of tastes, Greek holidays remain among the most popular of package deals. So if you're in search of all inclusive holidays, value family holiday or a budget holiday then look no further than holidays to Greece with Olympic.

Key Facts - Greece

  • CapitalAthens
  • Population11 million (approx.)
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • ReligionGreek Orthodox
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

Greece Holidays - Destination Profile




Ionian Islands

Cyclades Islands

Sporades Islands

On the west coast of Greece and perfect for family holidays, the Ionian Islands enjoy gloriously hot summers, stunning golden sand beaches and gentle seas.

Corfu, Kefalonia and Zante are familiar and popular holiday destinations in Greece but this island group includes lesser known gems such as Lefkada and Paxos which retain the essence of traditional Greek life.

Close your eyes think of a Greek island and you will probably see one of 39 that make up the Cyclades. The characteristic bright, white sugar cube houses splashed with brilliant blue perfectly reflect the radiant sunshine.

Don’t miss the spectacular sunsets in romantic Santorini, explore tiny churches and windmills of chic Mykonos and don’t forget to visit the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Some of the best quality beaches in Greece are to be found on the Sporades. Made up of 11 islands this group’s most well known islands are Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

Each island has a unique beauty and charm but as a group they are characterised by mountainous scenery and lush vegetation. With some of the cleanest and bluest seas anywhere, a memorable holiday in Greece is waiting to be discovered.



North & East Aegean

Dodecanese Islands


North and East Aegean Islands

The twelve major islands of the Dodecanese are at the most easterly point in the Aegean Sea. They are famous for their fascinating history, quaint villages and exciting nightlife as well as fabulous beaches and enviable climate. Olympic Holidays to the Dodecanese Islands of Rhodes, Kos, Symi, Halki and Kalymnos offer varied days of fun and sun.

Crete is Greece's largest island. With something to suit everyone; it is an island of mountainous interiors and a coast of beautiful beaches and rocky coves. Pretty villages and towns offer craft boutiques, welcoming tavernas with delicious traditional cuisine and attractive harbours lined with cafes where you can find a lively atmosphere and party into the early hours. Crete is the seat of the Minoan Civilisation and ancient ruins give history lovers a treat.

The island of Thassos, located at the top of the Aegean, has everything: sandy beaches, traditional villages, splendid views and historic sites. Lesvos, is lush with olive groves and forest and a great destination for a genuine Greek experience, and idyllic family holidays. Among this group, Samos is probably best known and most visited. With great beaches, good hotels and plenty to do, acres of forest surround peaceful hideaway coves.

Mainland Greece







Halkidiki in northeastern Greece is a perfect destination for quieter family holidays. It sits southeast of the city of Thessaloniki, and is made up of three fingers of land resembling the trident of Poseidon, God of the sea, appropriately piercing the Aegean. It offers sunny, golden beaches punctuated with deep, untouched, picturesque gulfs where pine covered hills descend to sheltered bays, and tiny, fishing villages thrive with nothing to disturb the pervading sense of tranquility.

The Peloponnese area is often described as the true Greece. This is the birthplace of the Olympics and is very close to the capital, Athens. It is possessed of many tiny, traditional villages and great beaches as well as ancient sites to marvel at.

Tourism in Parga on the west coast, is low-key and its untainted character, along with magnificent landscapes and majestic beauty, adds to the appeal. Just north of Parga is the unspoilt resort of Sivota again an area of outstanding beauty where pine forests and olive trees grow in abundance.

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Holidays in Greece - Things to see

Greece holidays are perfect for exploring a rich historical heritage; regardless of which of our Greece holidays you choose, the signs and reminders of ancient Greece are never far away. Below is just a selection of the many places of interest to visit during your Greece holidays:-

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Melissani Cave

Samaria Gorges


Take a boat trip underground in Kefalonia to experience the magic atmosphere of this cave enclosing a subterranean lake surrounded by trees. Named after the nymph Melissanthi, sunlight streams through the cave top illuminating the shimmering, turquoise water on which boats appear to levitate.

The other-wordliness is enhanced by relics featuring nymphs and dolphin-shaped stalactites. Visit between noon and 2pm to catch the light effects.

The longest gorge in Europe, and second longest is the world after the Grand Canyon, is to be found on the largest of the Greek islands, Crete. The gorge cuts a swathe through the White Mountains and is teeming with wildlife including an incredible display of wildflowers in spring.

 Not to be missed during your Greece holiday to Halkidiki is a visit to Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, home to the fascinating Archaeological Museum containing ancient marble statues and gold jewellery originating from Macedonia. The stunning Byzantine churches here are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Symi Harbour

Hippocrates Plane Tree


In a land of picturesque sights, Symi harbour tops the charts. A deep and wide natural inlet and a busy, thriving port, it owes its good looks to the cluster of sea captains' houses in a riot of pastel colours ascending all sides. The harbour comes alive at night when the lights of bars and tavernas twinkle in the water. For a truly panoramic view, climb the 450 Kali Strata steps and catch your breath in the pretty village of Chorio at the top.

Picnic at the foot of the oldest tree in Europe, located in Kos. Still standing thanks to extensive supports, this tree is said to be the Tree of Hippocrates where he once taught his students. ancient ruins give history lovers a treat.

Rediscovered in 18th century in the West Peloponnese, Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games started in 776 BC to honour the god, Zeus. The area is full of historical attractions including The Temple of Hera, Stadium, a holy place for sport activities dedicated to Zeus holding about 20,000 spectators, the temple of Zeus, Prytaneion (site of the eternal flame) and many more.


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Medieval Rhodes Town

Monasteries of Meteora


The old town area of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Between the Palace of the Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum, the Street of the Knights, was the main street of administrative and military buildings and functions in the Knights' era. The city of Rhodes is dominated by the medieval castle which overlooks the harbour, built in the 14th century by the Knights of St John.

North of the Pelion Peninsular, Meteora is renowned for the breathtaking complex of Eastern Greek Orthodox monasteries built on natural sandstone pillars and appearing to defy the laws of physics; the name means `suspended'. It is has been used as a location in films and inspired much music and literature.

Things to do on a Holiday in Greece

Watersports: In almost every resort you will find a range of watersport facilities ranging from paragliding to windsurfing with Vassiliki, Lefkada hosting one of Europe's largest windsurfing centres. Waterskiing is very popular in Greece and there are over 30 waterskiing schools in Greece. Another great way to spend the day is to hire a small boat and picnic on isolated beaches only accessible by sea.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: Snorkeling is possible pretty much anywhere and, with the benefit of the clear crystal waters, is a great way to see observe the plethora of underwater wildlife in close up. However, to go scuba diving, it is necessary to book lessons with one of the many recognised diving schools as independent scuba diving is forbidden.

Hiking: The stunning scenery makes holidays in Greece a paradise for walking and hiking. As temperatures can be high in summer, the best time of year for activity holidays is in April or May when you will be rewarded by the carpet of wild flowers on the mountain sides. The autumn months of September and October are also cooler and so ideal for exploring. Hiking in the magnificent Samaria Gorge, Crete can also be quite exhilarating.

Golf: Although Greece is a relative newcomer on the golf scene, courses are now to be found in Rhodes, Corfu, Crete, Athens and Halkidiki.

Rock climbing: is becoming more popular in Greece, particularly in Crete, Kalymnos, the Pelion Peninsular and at Meteora.

Cycling: is also becoming increasingly poular and is a great way to get off the beaten track and discover more traditional Greek villages.

Eating/Drinking During Greece Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Greece Holidays

Taxis: Taxis are metered and are in plentiful supply in the resorts.

Interurban Buses: There are various bus companies linking all major towns, with daily routes at specified intervals.

Urban Buses: These operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, summer timetables are extended until midnight.

Bicycles: Bikes are available for hire in most resorts.

Greece Holidays Shopping

While on Greece holidays you'll be able to find shops and shopping centres where you can purchase a huge range of items from clothing to jewellery and DVDs. If you're looking for mementoes of your trip, souvenir shops are plentiful where you can purchase a fantastic selection of local produce including wines, pottery, leather goods, hand-made jewellery, religious icons and embroidery.

The major cities and resorts offer a greater choice of shops and places to go to enjoy a full day's retail therapy; the comparatively low prices make Greece holidays perfect for shopaholics to indulge their pleasure without breaking the bank.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Greece 17 21 24 26 27 24 22
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Greece 8 10 12 12 11 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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