Greece is a country where antiquities are everywhere: Athens, Delphi, Thebes and Meteora, rock monasteries, and the holy Mount Athos. There are also great beaches, clear sea, picturesque islands, and spa hotels.
It’s a crime to go to Greece just to see the sights at a frantic pace or, conversely, lazily wallow on the beach. In this country, one should enjoy food and wine, sea and midday heat, communication with locals and nature, antiquities and silence, discos, and fun. All at once – it will not work in another way here anyway.
Winter visitors to Greece will find comfortable cool weather, no summer “bust” of tourists, a huge number of attractions, and a well-developed tourist infrastructure. In addition, in winter, “fur-tours”, beautiful nature, and the opportunity to spend a wonderful vacation on one of the most beautiful islands in the country, Rhodes, do not go anywhere. Prices in spa hotels that have significantly decreased during the off-season period nicely complement the picture; in addition, it is in winter that you can gnaw on the granite of science without being distracted by the treacherously shining sea under the sun’s rays.
By far the easiest way to get to Greece is to fly, and there are direct flights to a variety of Greek destinations from all major UK airports. Even if your starting point is North America, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, the most cost-effective way to Greece may well be to get to London – or Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or another Northern European hub – and pick up an onward flight from there.
Airfares are highest in July, August, and during Easter week. But May, June, and September are also popular, and since far fewer flights operate through the winter, bargains are rare at any time.
Overland alternatives from the UK or Northern Europe involve at least three days of nonstop travel. If you want to take your time over the journey, then driving or traveling by train can be enjoyable, although invariably more expensive than flying. We’ve included only brief details of these routes here.
When buying flights it always pays to shop around and bear in mind that many websites don’t include charter or budget airlines in their results. Be aware too that a package deal, with accommodation included, can sometimes be as cheap as, or even cheaper than, a flight alone: there’s no rule that says you have to use your accommodation every night, or even at all.
In Mediterranean Greece, summer is hot and dry, and the number of sunny days per year exceeds 300. The hottest period lasts from mid-July to mid-August, so those who like to relax at moderate temperatures are better off here in May, June, September, and October – in Crete and Rhodes … The islands are always hotter than Northern Greece. Athens has approximately the same average temperature as on the islands, but in the latter, the climate is milder and the heat is more tolerated.
In early and late summer, it can be chilly at night due to the constantly blowing breeze. The holiday season on the islands starts earlier and lasts from April to October. In Northern Greece, the season lasts from May to September. The mildest and most comfortable periods for staying in the country are May-June and September-October. More: the climate of Greece.
Beaten and old, but true: Greece has everything! This amazing Mediterranean country seems to have collected absolutely all the benefits of the tourist world. Dizzying peaks, sheltered on their slopes by first-class ski resorts like Vasilitsa or Kaimaktsalan, here side by side with the wonderful beaches of the Peloponnese and Halkidiki. Well, a relaxed vacation on the countless Greek islands, so popular with tourists, is easily complemented by an impressive “excursion”. And the latter is enough even in the dusty corner of Greece – from Athens to some tiny piece of land like Patmos. It is simply impossible to describe in a nutshell the main wealth of the regions of the country, therefore, on the page “Cities and Resorts of Greece” we briefly but succinctly told about the main directions and interests of the blessed homeland of Odysseus.