hen it comes to booking a holiday in Greece, there’s one thing that can make deciding on a specific destination complicated, and that’s the sheer volume of amazing locations to choose from.
While On the Beach – the award-winning travel company known for its great-value holidays, low deposits and FlexiPay options – is there to make the practicals work, it’s down to you pick just where you want to go. However, with the many Greek holiday spots to choose enjoying an impressive combination of rich history, gorgeous architecture, crystal clear water, delicious food and buzzing nightlife spots, narrowing down your favourite can feel tricky.
For a guide on what to expect from six of Greece’s most beloved summer spots, look no further.
Zante’s party credentials are well known, and for those who want a gorgeous beach with a lively atmosphere, it’s hard to go wrong with a visit to Laganas. The area’s main beach is over a mile long and sprinkled with bars, restaurants and activities, so there’s plenty to keep you busy in the sun.
But don’t be fooled into thinking Zante is just good for a party: there are lots of great opportunities to relax too. On the family-friendly Kalamaki beach, keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in between dips into the beach’s shallow waters. For a touch of culture in between sunbathing sessions, don’t miss the island’s historical gems, from the Museum of Solomos on St Mark’s Square to the 17th-century Venetian Castle.
There’s nothing quite like wandering historic streets while you’re on holiday, and Rhodes’ offering is one that you’ll remember for years to come. On a visit to the medieval old town – a Unesco World Heritage site – you’ll feel transported to another era. Wander the quaint and quiet streets for long enough and you might just expect to see a knight on horseback.
As you’d expect with a Greek island, naturally you’ll find plenty of stunning beaches too. From the bustling Prasonisi, a popular watersports hub, to the Instaworthy Elli beach, there’s no shortage of places to take a dip.
Whether you want to take in the island’s beautiful coastline on a boat trip or make the most of the mostly flat terrain by bike, Kos is the perfect place for explorers. Stop by the medieval Neratzia Castle and take a trip to see the breathtaking Asklepieion ruins for a taste of the island’s storied past. Or why not try out the therapeutic benefits of the Therma Hot Springs?
Of course, if all this sounds a bit hectic, gorgeous stretches of sand beaches are just waiting to be reclined upon.
As well as around 50 beaches – think crystal clear waters lined with lush greenery – Corfu is home to a wide selection of fascinating historic gems, from Byzantine churches to Venetian fortresses.
In the Ionian island’s old town, another Unesco World Heritage Site, you can wander its charming winding streets, stopping off for a bite to eat along the way. It’s also a great base for day trips to other islands – the neighbouring Paxos and Antipaxos are great ones to tick off the bucket list.
For a holiday where you can truly get amongst nature, Greece’s largest island, blessed with olive grove-lined beaches, might be your best bet.
Hikers should make sure to visit the Samaria Gorge to experience stunning green vistas and wildlife aplenty, while Voulismeni – Agios Nikolaos’ salt water lake once thought to be where goddesses Artmeis and Athena bathed – is a great spot to kick back and relax.
Inland, in Crete’s Lasithi district, you’ll find the spellbinding Dikteon Cave, often described as the birthplace of Zeus.
Once you’ve made your decision, On the Beach makes booking – and paying for – your holiday as simple and stress-free as it can be.
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