Greece is a holiday destination packed with wonder. Four millennia of settlers from the Minoans to the Romans to the Latin Crusaders and the Turks have left their footprints across this fascinating country, making it one of the most historically and culturally rich places in the world.

One of the best things about Greece is the sheer variety on offer. Mainland Greece offers the breath-taking beauty of Athens, but it's on the golden beaches of the many Greek islands, away from the hustle and bustle, that you'll be able to really relax.

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The big resorts of Corfu sit alongside unspoilt beaches and lush, green landscapes. It also has its fair share of history and the archaeological museum in Corfu Town is well worth a visit. Even larger than Corfu is Kefalonia, which has escaped mass tourism and is worth visiting for its deserted beaches and pretty Venetian-style fishing villages, such as Fiscardo on the north-east coast. Crete’s north coast caters for the young, party-going crowds, whilst the south is quieter and less commercial.

Here you'll find Hania, with its quaint harbour surrounded by higgledy-piggledy Venetian streets and a view of snow-capped mountains. Rhodes has the usual sandy beaches and mountains, but its most stunning attraction is the medieval old town that lies at the heart of its capital, Rhodes Town. The diversity of Greece makes for a fantastic holiday, whether you're looking for a relaxed beach holiday, an archaeological odyssey or a foodie's dream tour. There's simply something for everyone.

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Greece has two mainland islands and thousands of smaller islands spread between the Aegean and Ionian seas, offering huge variation but always the same beauty.


Greece was the birthplace of democracy and the philosophers of Greece – Plato, Aristotle and Socrates laid the foundations of modern Western civilisation here.


Some of the UK’s favourite cuisines like olives, houmous, kebabs and feta are said to have originated in Greece and are still a main part of the Greek diet.


South of Kefalonia is Zakynthos, which offers crystal clear waters and underwater caves perfect for snorkelling. It's also only a short hop from the mainland.


We have Greece to thank for theatre and drama, classical architecture and the Olympic Games which were held once every four years in Olympia.


The beautiful island of Kefalonia will be familiar to some as it was the backdrop to the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin.


Rhodes sits so far east in the Mediterranean that it's closer to Turkey than it is to Greece and the sizzling temperatures reflect this!


Mount Pantokrator in Corfu is the highest peak on the island and if you can take the trek up to the summit, you might be able to see all the way to Italy!


Greece is home to over a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites, making it one of the most culturally and historically rich countries in Europe.


Crete’s capital city, Heraklion, is home to the fantastic Aquaworld Aquarium where the whole family can see beautiful marine life and reptiles too.