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Whether you're looking for culture, nightlife, shopping or beaches, there's a holiday in Greece to suit you. The capital Athens is a brilliant city break destination, with its mix of modern boutique hotels and the ancient Acropolis. Elsewhere on the mainland, holidays in Halkidiki and Parga offer a relaxed pace of life and beautiful beaches. Then there are Greece's islands, scattered around the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Each one has its own personality, from rugged countryside and sleepy villages to busy resorts with non-stop nightlife. Enjoy boat trips, diving, water sports and swimming in clear blue seas and explore olive groves, pine forests and ancient ruins on dry land. Old favourites like Crete and Rhodes have large, resort-style hotels and plenty to do, whilst smaller islands such as Thassos and Skiathos offer peace and tranquility. For an authentic taste of Greek life, head to Kefalonia or Santorini. Why settle on just one island, Greek island hopping can be fun too - and what better way to do this than on a Greek Islands Cruise. With warm summers and so much to do, it's easy to see why holidays in Greece and the Greek Islands are popular with solo travellers, couples, families and groups of friends.
Holidays in Greece and the Greek Islands are packed with things to do. As well as a haven for relaxation, the beaches of the Greek Islands offer plenty of sports and activities. From banana boat and jetski rides, to wind surfing, water skiing, fishing, parasailing, surfing and kayaking, there's something for everyone. Waterparks and theme parks put in an appearance on some islands too. Away from the beach, other activities to enjoy in the Greek Islands include mountain biking, horse riding, tennis and golf. One of the most popular ways to explore Greece is of course from the sea with islandhopping boat trips the best way to do it. Walking tours along stunning coastlines, through rural villages and meadows full of flowers are also popular, especially in the cooler autumn months. For the culturevultures, the islands are also rich in ancient sites, from centuriesold archaeological locations, to Roman ruins and remains, and museums full of art and artefacts.
Nightlife in Greece varies greatly depending on where you choose to stay, but there are plenty of options including glossy cocktails bars, British style pubs, quaint tavernas, live music, Greek folklore shows, concerts, big name Djs, laser shows, karaoke clubs and many more. Stay in a young a lively beach resort on one of the islands for the liveliest nightlife, or choose a break in Athens or Mykonos for sophistication.
Greek favourites like moussaka and keftides are best enjoyed al fresco in small tavernas. Most big resorts and cities also have a choice of restaurants serving up food from around the world and the odd fast food joint too. Many visitors to beach resorts stay in all inclusive hotels, where buffet meals, snacks and selected drinks are included in the cost of the holiday. Don't miss freshlypicked olives and other fruit and vegetables. Aniseedflavoured Ouzo is the preferred aperitif and the robustly flavoured Retsina wine is the popular accompaniment to any meal.
Popular destinations in Greece you may be interested in:
Corfu Town, Hersonissos, Kalamata, Klithea, Kavala, Kavos, Kardamena, Kefalonia, Kefalos, Laganas, Lefkas, Lesos, Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos, Samos
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