Greece is famous for its gorgeous beaches, fascinating history and Mediterranean cuisine which make it a hugely attractive destination for all types of holidaymakers, with English spoken by most in the main towns and tourist destinations.
May to September is the ideal time to visit and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate with temperatures around 27oC and 12 hours of sunshine a day, perfect weather for sight-seeing, sunbathing or any number of both land and water sports and activities, from diving, wind surfing and other water sports, to mountain biking, tennis or walking. The mainland mountainous areas often see snow in the winter months.
There are around 6,000 islands and islets, all with stunning stretches of coastline. Each island has its own character. Crete, the birthplace of Zeus and the largest of the islands or Rhodes, a beautiful medieval town are perfect for a bit of history.
Corfu, Preveza and Kefalonia are home to lush greenery and turquoise waters, or Santorini, voted the number one destination in Greece. Kos is a combination of beaches, lush vegetation and historical sites such as the tree of Hippocrates or the medieval castle. Skiathos, the film setting for Mamma Mia is a popular destination due to its beauty and charm.
The Greek cuisine is popular, restaurants are called ‘tavernas’ and often offer a meze menu is a collection of small dishes similar to Spanish tapas, seafood is common and drinks too - Greece is one of the oldest civilisations to make wine and ouzo is an anis flavoured liquor. Different islands and regions have their own speciality dishes. Nightlife to suit every taste can be found in the main towns of the most popular islands, from bars playing live traditional music, to clubs open all night long.