Greece is incredibly popular with our new clients but we know it can be tough to decide on where to choose. With a destination this varied and more islands opening up to visitors we can understand why. That’s why I was inspired to write this blog. I love that we could take every family holiday from now until we can travel no more. And we still wouldn’t have seen all the 227 inhabited islands. So I’ve pulled together my highlights of the region.
Athens, Greece – For history, art and food lovers
The world’s ancient capital. Athens is a heavenly mix of the ancient and contemporary cool. The city is layered with sights. From the remnants of ancient Greece, most popular thanks to democracy, mythology and drama. To the millenia in between. There is an art scene energy to the city, and it’s now world-renowned for its street art. Beyond the city centre are more and more spectacular antiquities. Which makes it much more than a city break option.
For foodies, it’s an exciting time to visit the Greek capital, with an explosion of cafes, bars and eateries opening up, alongside a fresh appreciation for the food heritage and amazing natural produce available.
Hotel Recommendation – Electra Palace Athens
With a great location in the centre of Plaka, facing the Acropolis, this 5-star hotel offers personalised service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed rooms with a buffet breakfast included. The restaurant’s terrace looks directly to the Acropolis.
Electra Palace Hotel Athens is within walking distance from most of Athens’ main attractions. Syntagma Square is less than 5 minutes’ walk away and the parliament and shopping districts are nearby.
Kefalonia – For solitude and escapism
Kefalonia is a fabulous destination for a relaxing holiday. The islands natural beauty, calmness and peace invoke an atmosphere of well being and tranquility. These qualities combined with excellent resorts provide an amazing wealth of opportunity for those seeking relaxation.
From natural landscapes to luxury spa facilities there is something to suit every budget. Organised art, craft and self expression workshops and retreats can enrich your experience, or just take it easy with a simple retreat into nature. Take a self guided walk, a swim at a stunning beach, a picnic in an old, abandoned village, watch the sunrise from Agia Efimia and the sunset in Myrtos or Petani beaches.
Hotel Recommendation – White Rocks Hotel – Platis Gialos Beach
I came across this hotel for an over-worked client, desperate for a relaxing holiday. She agreed, it was perfect for her. The cool, stylish White Rocks Hotel & Bungalows is a welcome retreat on the beautiful island of Kefalonia. The superb location affords stunning views out over the sea and with its own direct access to the beach, the hotel really is a haven of relaxation. The surrounding pine forest offers welcome shaded areas, as well as adding an air of exclusivity to this popular complex.
With the most stunning sea views and direct access to a secluded beach. You can really escape.
Halkidiki – For understated culture and relaxation
Halkidiki is visited by tourists from all over the world, to enjoy its beautiful nature, pristine beaches and tucked away bays with hills and mountains as a backdrop, cultural events and rich nightlife.
Go to Halkidiki and you can’t miss the crystal clear sea, beautiful views and diverse architecture, which is why you should rent a car to soak in as much of its uniqueness as possible.
If you are looking for an entertaining nightlife, Kassandra is your best choice. If activities in magnificent nature are your favorite, Sithonia is irreplaceable. Athos, known as the Monastic Community, features various interesting monasteries in really engaging.
While travelling round Halkidiki, don’t overlook picturesque villages and settlements, each featuring appealing architecture and history. To witness one of the oldest human findings in Europe, visit Petralona Cave on West Halkidiki.
Hotel Recommendation – Royal Hotel & Suites, Polichrono
This small yet welcoming hotel has something for everyone, whether you choose to spend your days relaxing by the pool or taking advantage of the excellent location close to the beach, the Royal Hotel is perfect for a low-key, relaxing Greek holiday. Winner of the Travel & Hospitality award for stylish hotel of the year in 2019, guests won’t be disappointed with comfortable and accommodating rooms.
Elounda, Crete – For the multi-generational holiday
With endless activities for all ages, and resorts filled to the rafters with activities and options. Crete is the biggest island in Greece, so there’s loads to see. I think Crete should be a top choice for those on a multi-generational family holiday. A family holiday in Crete offers the perfect mix of parental pampering and child-friendly activities under the Greek island sun.
There is also a great mix of accommodation from self-catering villas to all inclusive cluster resort hotels.
Hotel Recommendation – Elounda Bay Palace
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the stylish Elounda Bay Palace sits on the seafront, enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque mountains and Aegean Sea. Small and intimate beaches furnished with sunbeds are scattered along the seafront and here you will also find the award winning Thalassa Restaurant and Sail-in Beach bar. For a more informal atmosphere the Greek taverna is a food lover’s delight. The air-conditioned rooms and bungalows, scattered throughout the grounds and on the seafront offer a comfortable oasis from the heat and the array of sporting facilities and impressive amenities make this hotel a truly indulgent escape.
Cyprus – For Winter sun
Spending the summer in Greece is an excellent idea, but don’t be too quick to dismiss it for your winter holiday break. You may be surprised to find out that temperatures in Cyprus average around the 22-23 degrees mark. Cyprus receives more than 340 days of sunshine. In cities like Nicosia and Larnaca, you’ll find locals out and about in the midst of winter. Now that the summer crowds are at home, towns like Paphos and Limassol still have a great atmosphere. And you can still eat alfresco under the sun.
Hotel Recommendation – Annabelle, Paphos
Arguably Cyprus’ most famous and prestigious residence. The 5-star luxury Annabelle hotel is a family run oasis set within six acres of tropical gardens on Paphos’ Mediterranean seafront. Enjoy a magical setting created by meandering pools, waterfalls and palm trees, with stunning views over Paphos’ charming fishing harbour.
At the Annabelle hotel, stylish accommodation and understated design are coupled with warm service and 5-star luxury to create a relaxing atmosphere of unpretentious elegance. This classic hotel provides the quality and sophistication which you would expect from a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts’, making the Annabelle hotel the perfect choice for your dream holiday.
Wildlife Holidays in Greece
Greece has some wonderfully unspoiled habitats teeming with a rich butterfly fauna. The picturesque mountain regions of Mount Chelmos in the Aroanian Mountains, and Mount Parnassos on the northern side of the Gulf of Corinth, share a similar reputation for the high diversity and unique quality of the butterflies frequenting their forested slopes and alpine meadows.
Approximately 500 Brown Bears inhabit the vast wilderness of Northern Greece. The Greek waters are home to 3 sea turtle species, 4 species of dolphins and are a last refuge for the elusive Mediterranean Monk seal. Greek flora is second to none in Europe with an estimated 5.800 species, including some 900 endemics!
If you want to snorkel with sea turtles head to Zakynthos and there are a plethora of day cruises, specifically for spotting the ancient creatures.
It’s many people’s dream to swim with dolphins and Skiathos is the Greek destination to head to for that.
Paros – For exciting nightlife
Along with Mykonos and Ios, Paros is the third island of Cyclades that has become famous for its exciting nightlife. The party scene of Naoussa, known as the centre of nightlife in Paros, where you will find a great selection of clubs for all tastes. I love what’s happening on this island as it creeps out from Mykonos’ shadow. There is a superb selection of bars and clubs including traditional Greek bars, late-night clubs and where to hear jazz.
Hotel Recommendation – Eri Hotel, Paros
The Eri Hotel is a 3 – star family hotel. The Port of Parikia is only 800 m away and the closest beach only 300m. It takes a pleasant 10 minutes to reach the city center. The Eri Hotel boasts an abundance of areas which have a breathtaking view of the mountains or the sea, allowing the guest to enjoy a lovely sense of serenity and freedom.
Santorini – For Instagrammers and Lovers
Look up #santorini on any of the socials and you’re inundated with images of blue domes, white washed, cliff side villages and those sunsets. It is everything you get from those images and not much more. I love this island, it guarantees a real escape from reality. This is why I suggest it’s perfect for Instagrammers and couples. Check out those sunsets with fizz, or a cocktail and your favourite company.
Hotel Recommendation – Athina Luxury Suites
Introducing your sanctuary in Santorini. Perched on the cliffs of the caldera, this boutique hotel puts you in the most sought-after location in Fira. Just meters away from the vibrant town center, Athina Luxury Suites immerses guests in tranquility. Breathtaking views, world-class service and exquisite accommodations combine to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
They also are prolific on Instagram, so if you’re looking to boost your followers tag them in your posts. They’re likely to share it!
Only 227 of the 6,000 Greek Archipelago are inhabited. That’s a huge amount of choice for this destination! Hopefully we’ve helped you navigate them and find an island that is perfect for your next holiday. Whether you’re a wildlife buff, or a sunset seeker.
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