Whether its lively nights spent out on the town or quiet days soaking up the sun you seek the Greek Islands have something to offer you. With their beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches and a wealthy of things to see and do the Greek Islands are a perfect choice for couples, families and groups of friends alike.
Whichever island you choose you’re sure to find a beautiful beach to spend your days enjoying, usually offering a selection of watersports and nearby bars and restaurants for those afternoon snacks. For the more energetic among you there are also a number of sporting activities you might try your hand at, whether horse riding, tennis, golf or just a bike ride through these beautiful resorts, there’s always something to keep you busy. There are also plenty of things to please those who are travelling with children including water parks, go karting and open air playgrounds where they can enjoy the cool breeze.
Food is another important part of your stay when you visit the Greek Islands as they are eager to feed their valued visitors. Step away from the chips and try the fried calamari, beautiful salads drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese or make a little extra space for the simply grilled meat offered, traditional Mediterranean cuisine at its best.
Having eaten the evening has much to tempt you. Some will retire for an early night in peaceful splendour, while others will look for further entertainment, including nightclubs, discos, bars and shows, plenty to keep everyone entertained.
Greece is a classic destination in every sense of the word. Classic in that its history, civilisation and mythology date back thousands of years with Greece being able to offer some of the world's most historically important sites.
Classic in that Greece's views and imagery are renowned the world over, in particular the Cycladic white and blue architecture of the islands and the famous blazing orange sunset. Classic in the warmth and kindness you will receive from the locals is second to none and is akin to the hospitality of a bygone era.
Home to more than 2,000 islands scattered around the Greek Seas, a vast coastline of countless beaches - famous for the purity of their crystal blue waters and breathtaking beauty - and more than 15 Unesco Heritage Sites, Greece is a holiday paradise on earth. Whether you are after a laid back relaxing holiday under the sun or in the mood for a city break, Greece has it all, and plenty more that is yet to be experienced!
The Greek Islands stay top choice for holidays if visitor numbers are anything to go by. Holiday arrivals in Greece topped the 20 million mark in the first nine months of the year this year - up 17%, according to latest figures. Greece looks poised for another record year with more than 25 million expected by the end of 2015. The Bank of Greece says more than 20.6 million tourists have visited Greek holiday resorts and beaches this year and holiday spending was also up up 4.7% to reach €12.57 million. UK holidaymakers were among the biggest spenders at €1.75 million more than last year, a rise of more than 25%. Greece's economic turmoil and the recent refugee crisis appear to have little effect on those considering a Greek Island holiday. The continued popularity of Greek Island holidays has been welcomed by the local tourist industry which has major plans to boost next year's numbers.
Top 10 Greek Islands
1 - Crete - Best for families
2 - Rhodes - Best for history
3 - Corfu - Best for walking
4 - Zante - Best for turtle
5 - Kefalonia - Best for beaches
6 - Kos - Best for sunshine
7 - Santorini - Best for romance
8 - Mykonos - Best for parties
9 - Skiathos - Best for getting away from it all
10 - Halkidiki - Ok so not an island but such amazing scenery we had to include it!
It's been more than two years in the planning but hopes are high that Greek islands seaplane services will finally get off the ground in 2016. It was in 2014 that Hellenic Seaplanes announced plans to operate up to 100 routes between islands across Greece. Bungling Greek bureaucracy is said to be to blame for the failure to grant waterway licences to anywhere but the island of Corfu despite government pledges to cut through Greek red tape. Now it looks like the Ionian islands will get the first seaplane services as Kefalonia, Paxos, Zante and the nearby mainland port of Patra are poised to pick up licences and Chinese investors jump in with new Dornier Seastar seaplanes. There is still plenty of room for traditional Greek delay however so no one is holding their breath.
Blue Flag - at the 'beach quality awards' in 2015, Greece picked up flags for 395 beaches and nine marinas across Greece and the Greek Islands!