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 Greece 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 holiday in Greece, 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. For a little added flexibility, why not book your flights and hotel separately, and for a super cheap holiday to Greece make sure you've got your own kitchen so that you can prepare the local produce and save on eating out every day.
Most people think of the Greek islands when they are after a holiday to Greece and with such beauty, beaches and great value deals all on offer we can't argue against them! If you're after wild nightlife 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.
Looking at the islands more in depth, you will find an amazing variety of resorts, sights and beaches. If you like breath-taking scenery then here are a couple to choose from. Kefalonia (sometimes called Cephalonia), made famous by the novel 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' boasts Myrtos Beach, the most photographed in the whole of Greece, thanks to its sheer white cliffs and stunning turquoise waters. Lassi is the main resort, but try Fiskardo Bay for an upmarket alternative.
Ranking a close second in the stunning island stakes is Santorini. A volcanic island with a dramatic landscape it's got plenty of unique scenery, ranging from an active volcano to beaches in a variety of colours and the stunning white-washed villages such as Fira and Oia. Thanks to soaring cliffs, Santorini has dramatic views in abundance and the sunsets are legendary - La on the west coast is the most popular spot so stake it out early!
But it's not all about lazing around on the sand and taking in sweeping views, Greece is also known for its amazing cultural attractions, many dating back to the Ancient Greek civilisation. And if you want to take in as much as possible, the 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 Greece'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 holiday 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.
There are a multitude of package holidays to Greece 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 2013 and 2014 to get more out of your holiday to Greece without busting the budget!
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!
If you're visiting one of the Greek islands for your holiday then it's a great idea to use the summer ferries for a little island hopping to take in alternative islands for the day. There's far too much to fit it all in here, so head over to our Greece guide for more!
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