Top 5 reasons why Greece is the top pick for summer 2015

“As the year draws to a close”

it may be time to stave off the cold and start thinking about your summer holidays for 2015! If you’ve not decided where you’d like to go yet…

  • Top 5 reasons why Greece is the top pick for summer 2015

    As the year draws to a close, it may be time to stave off the cold and start thinking about your summer holidays for 2015! If you’ve not decided where you’d like to go yet, Greece happens to be one of our best picks, for value for money and consistent holiday appeal, with its sparkling island beaches, historic sights and reliably warm weather. Formed of a 6000-strong archipelago, there are definitely enough Greek Islands to go round, and perfect for anyone who’s into watersports, sunbathing, culture or even better, all of the above.

    Here we’ve chosen the five we think you’ll enjoy the most…

    1. Kos: relax by day, party by night

    Spend your days in Kos enjoying the watersports and 290km of pristine coastline, and your nights on the ‘street of bars’ in Kos Town or at the karaoke in Kardemena. Whether you want the high life or a more chilled week in the sun, Kos is an island with two faces, one with whitewashed villages and beautiful olive groves, and the other with huge purpose built resorts with everything you need within easy grasp. It’s no wonder that so many visitors love Kos!

    1. Rhodes: all inclusive packages

    It’s the beaches that suck everyone in when it comes to Rhodes – the whole of the east coast is virtually uninterrupted sand and it’s where you’ll find all the biggest and best holiday resorts including Lindos, Faliraki and Pefkos. All offer stunning hotels with all-inclusive packages.

    Rhodes Town is a must-see if you’re visiting Rhodes Island – the harbour is steeped in history, while the centre is dotted with unique wineries, souvenir shops and restaurants. Traditional villages and chalky mountains surround Rhodes, adding to the traditional ambience of the island. You can even take a boat out to Marmaris in Turkey here!

    1. Corfu: beautiful coastline and whitewash villages

    Corfu is one of the most picturesque of the Greek islands. It’s often referred to as the Emerald Isle thanks to the combination of the traditional whitewashed villages, the translucent waters and the unspoilt landscapes. Head to the Old Town for authentic  tavernas, local and designer shops, and endless culture. Just a short drive from Corfu Town you’ll find the turquoise bays and seaside villages that make this island in particular so picturesque.

    The party area of Kavos is the place to head for if you want to make the most of the well-documented Greek nightlife.

    1. Zakynthos: tranquil beach resorts

    You’ll find Zakynthos, also known as Zante, at the tip of the Ionian Islands. One of the best things to do here is to visit Smugglers Cove, the most famous Zante beach, along with the stunning Blue Caves. One of the top day trips here is to hop on a coach to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics.

    In Zakynthos Town you’ll find the Venetian castle ruins which are well worth a few photos and the harbour-front church of Ayios Dionysus, the island’s patron saint.

    1. Crete

    Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and people visit to make the most of the climate, the lively resorts, unspoilt beaches and stunning natural beauty. Crete also has a rich mythological history that you can learn about in the island’s many museums. The famous Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular things to see here, and you should definitely take a trip out to Knossos to see the incredible archaeological site while you’re here.

    Fancy seeing something of the mainland? Ask your holiday rep about doing a day trip to Athens from the islands. It’s easy from some of our top Greece destinations and well worth the journey to explore sights like the Pantheon and the Acropolis that the capital of Greece is so well known for.

    Thanks to VisitGreecegr, 60842240@N05, stumow, mickpix and oliver_clarke for the images from Flickr, used under the Creative Commons Licence.

Author: Charlotte Brenner