Greece is one of those magical places that gets under your skin. There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful, historic, hospitable land. Stunning beaches and amazing landscapes, ancient culture and vibrant cities, water sports, nightlife and fantastic food are just some of them. For even more, check out our top 10 reasons to make Greece your next holiday destination!
1. Fabulous beaches
There are countless beaches in Greece – which boasts more than 16,000 kilometres of coastline – and every one is stunning. Whether you want to bask on the black sands of Santorini, go Robinson Crusoe on Crete’s Caribbean-like Elafonissi Beach, or take a boat out to Shipwreck Beach on Zante, the options are truly endless. Family-friendly beaches, party beaches, secret beaches, beaches that are brilliant for water sports – all await in gorgeous Greece!
2. Dazzling nightlife
Your idea of great nightlife might be the all-night dance clubs on Mykonos, or the chilled-out taverns on Skopelos, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll find all the nightlife you could want in Greece. Hit the party towns on Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Zante and Crete for crazy summer nights, with everything from mega clubs to hippy beach shacks where you can dance till dawn with your toes in the sand.
3. Culture and history
It’s hard to imagine anywhere that even comes close to Greece when it comes to cultural attractions! Greece is the cradle of western civilisation, and home to some of the world’s most celebrated and recognisable ancient monuments. Queen of them all is the Acropolis in Athens, but there are another 17 UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites across the country. There are just the start: you’ll find enchanting ruins, which recall one of the greatest civilisations on the planet, everywhere. As well as the remarkable temples and citadels of the ancient Greeks, you’ll find that Romans, Venetians and Ottomans have all left their mark, in stunning mosaics and beautiful architecture.
4. Gorgeous landscapes
There is an incredibly diverse range of landscapes in Greece, from the lush hills of Corfu to the volcanic craters of Santorini, it truly is a land of infinite variety! Mediterranean olive groves, vineyards, meadows, spectacular gorges and soaring mountain peaks… Greece is a paradise for walkers, bird-watchers and nature-lovers.
5. Greek light
The Greek light is something special. It’s inspired painters and writers for centuries, and has a clarity and intensity that nowhere else can match. So there’s no need for filters on those Instagram shots you’re using to make your friends at home jealous (#nofilter)!
6. Greek food
Mmmmm. The food in Greece is spectacular and a highlight of any holiday. Everything is incredibly fresh and locally sourced, so even the simplest dish bursts with flavour. Meals usually begin with meze, a selection of small dishes to awaken your palate, and which might include anything from grilled octopus to tasty dips. This is followed by seafood plucked straight from the sea, or a Greek salad made of tomatoes and cucumbers from the restaurant-owners’ own garden, or perhaps free range lamb chops tossed on the grill – is your mouth watering yet?
7. Warm hospitality
The Greek hospitality is legendary. Even the Greek word for ‘welcome’ literally translates as ‘welcome home’. Visitors are treated with warmth and kindness everywhere (particularly if you’re travelling with kids), and you will soon feel as though you are part of a vast, Greek family.
8. Perfect climate
Oodles of sunshine – an average of 300 days a year of it, in fact – make Greece the perfect holiday destination. But it’s rarely unbearably hot, even in the height of summer, and a fresh sea breeze or some mountain air soon mitigates the heat. Spring and autumn are cooler, but deliciously warm in the afternoons, when you can relax over a long lunch in the sun.
9. Loads of choice
Whatever kind of holiday you want, you’ll find it in Greece. Hoping to take it easy, or pack in the sights? Just want to fly-and-flop or looking for some wild summer nightlife? It’s all here in Greece, which boasts family-friendly villages, romantic seaside towns and action-packed resorts to suit every kind of holiday-maker!
10. Fantastically affordable
Greece is one of the best bargains on the Mediterranean, whether you’re looking for a cheapie summer escape or fancy something more upmarket at a price that’s right. The best things in life – like the amazing beaches – are free, and eating out is very affordable. And of course, you’ll always find the best deals at loveholidays, so you’ll have more to spend on the fun stuff when you get to Greece!