Quick Guide to Greece

Greece boasts amazing history, a vibrant culture, delicious cuisine and one of the world's longest coastlines - thanks to 1,400 islands in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian seas so if you want a patch of beach to call your own, you could do a lot worse than heading off on a holiday to Greece!

But don't forget that Greece was also home to one of the most magnificent ancient civilisations - ruins are dotted across the country and are a must-see whatever sort of holiday you're on. If you want to focus more on the historical side of holidays here then there are plenty of opportunities! Corfu, Rhodes and more all have ruins, but Athens, Olympic and Delphi are the major stops on sightseeing tours.

If you're after a cheap all inclusive holiday, that's easy! There are offers throughout the spring, summer and autumn months so you can decide how hot you want the weather to be. Or for a more DIY approach, with added flexibility, why not book your flights and a self-catering hotel separately, and for a super cheap holiday bargain. Make sure you've got your own kitchen so that you can prepare the local produce and save on eating out every day.

Fab holidays for:

History buffs, glorious beaches, cheap sunshine

Airport:

There are plenty of direct flights and most of the main Greek islands have their own airport

Did you know?

Greece has more international airports than almost any other country - meaning more cheap flights for you!

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Saving Money on Holidays to Greece

There are a multitude of package holidays that suit every budget, and they can be a great way to stretch your funds. If you're after a little more adventure, or just want to make your own path then you can also book your flight and hotel separately - of course using our search to get yourself a great deal. Look out for special events in 2014 and 2015 to get more out of your holiday without busting the budget and if you just want a slice of sun on the cheap check out our last-minute deals!

What to do in Greece

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One of the highlights wherever you go on your Greece holiday is bound to be the fresh and tasty local cuisine, although beware as the Ouzo that comes with it can be very strong! There are so many amazing historical attractions dotted across the country whether you go to the mainland or the islands - like the Palace of Knossos in Crete, so make sure that you take in something, whether it's a ruined temple, an old Odeon or even a mythological site!

When it comes to islands, Greece has more than its fair share, and here are some of the most popular:

Santorini
The tiny whitewashed towns on this island are world famous for their good looks and even better food - and we've heard that the sunsets aren't bad either! Popular for chilling out and watching the world go by, night life here is modest, so soak up the charm and enjoy the local cuisine.
Crete
The largest island, there is plenty to go around from the stunning Samaria Gorge to the secluded beaches of the south and the bustling resorts of the north. You can also visit the Minoan Palace, apparently where the whole of the Ancient Greek civilization came from.
Kos
With some of the liveliest resorts as well as a stunning Old Town and bargain holidays to boot, this is an all-rounder, great for families, couples and mates out for a good time.
Kefalonia
Picking the prettiest of all the Greek islands is a tall order, but thanks to some truly jaw-dropping beaches and the legacy of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, this might just be it. Hire a car to make the best of the island, with lots of secluded coves and ruined villages well worth seeking out.
Corfu
Known as the Emerald Isle, and the second largest of the Ionian Islands - Corfu is covered with pretty olive trees and lush green mountains surrounding the the soft-sandy beaches. If you're a party seeker, then head to Kavos and dance until the sun comes up, whilst the town of Agnos and Roda serve a more laid-back lifestyle.

Where to Go in Greece

The Greek islands are the top holiday spot here and with such beauty, beaches and great value deals all on offer we can't argue against them! Crete, Corfu and Rhodes are popular all-round choices no matter what type of holifay you're after. If you want wild nights out then Faliraki, Ios and Mykonos are your best bets, whilst Kefalonia, Hydra and Santorini offer sophistication and relaxation.

There are also beach resorts on the mainland that are fast becoming some of the most popular holiday spots in Greece. Katakolon and Thesalloniki are where it's at so keep your eyes peeled for some cheap holiday deals to these Greece destinations.

If you're after a more cultured stay, then Athens is where it's at. You needn't look any further than the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to know that you're somewhere special. This is one of the country's top tourist attractions, with visitors flocking to the Parthenon and other temples which are dedicated to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. But don't forget the other attractions too, such as the Parliament Building in Syntagma Square (if only for the uniforms) and the Temple of Olympian Zeus which is set near the 1896 Olympic Stadium. There is all this and more available on a citybreak to Athens.

For an alternative cultural destination, try Thessaloniki which is known as the country's cultural capital. You'll find numerous annual events such as the international film festival in November. The nightlife is also pretty popular, so you can get a great mix on a holiday to Greece if you take it here.