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    Athenes, Greece
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    Corfu, Cape Drastis, Greece
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    Crete, Greece
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    Halkidiki, Greece
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    Santorini, Greece
 
 
 
 
 
It’s summer time, and if you are looking for your first vacation destination in Europe, Greece can be easily one of those designations. Greece and Greek Islands have been Europe’s favorite vacation spot for many decades thanks to the country’s natural beauty, sunny weather, warm waters of the Aegean and the Ionian Seas, and sandy beaches.Greece is a very small country, which is ideal for travelers interested in exploring everything the country has to offer. Located between Italy and Turkey, in the easternmost part of Europe, Greece is rich in history.

The major tourist attractions include Ancient Olympia, Vergina, Delphi, and, of course, Acropolis of Athens. One will never be bored in Greece: every day you can visit a new place, and enjoy the historical artifacts from the Byzantine era. Monasteries and churches are spread all over Greece and numerous festivals are taking place everywhere in the country, giving you an opportunity to enjoy local traditions.

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Greece Weather:

The average summer temperature ranges between 27°C-32°C (80.6°F – 89°F) on the mainland, with the hottest month in July. September might be even a better month for traveling if you want to avoid the heat (average temperature – 24.2°C (75.56°F). The Greek Islands have milder summer temperatures thanks to the cool winds blowing from the Aegean Sea. The winds also create perfect conditions for sailing and windsurfing. It rarely rains in summer, therefore perfect Greece Vacations guaranteed.

Top five reasons to visit Greece

1. Explore rich Greek history and culture;

2. Sunbathe on picture-perfect Greek beaches and swim in warm blue waters;

3. Greece is Europe’s most popular honeymoon and wedding destination – say the vows on the  beach;

4. Enjoy your favorite water or land sport in Greece: rafting, kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, rock climbing, or hiking – you pick;

5. Taste the local cuisine – Greece is famous for its Mediterranean gastronomy:  Greek yogurt, nutella crepes, souvlaki, mousaka, sadziki, kalamata olives, feta cheese, incredible fish, and fanially, Greek Salad, just to name a few.

And, one more reason to visit Greece this particular time around is Affordability. With the economic downturn, people are hesitant to book vacations in Greece this summer, and as a result, many tour operators and hotels slashed their rates for summer 2012 season, often up to 50%. It’s never been a better time to see and relax in Greece than now!

When to go to Greece

The high season in Greece begins in mid-April and lasts well into October. However, prices as well as the temperatures do not skyrocket until mid-June. If you can, go to Greece in May. You will enjoy nice summer weather, avoid the crowds, and save some money. The same is true about September and October – the weather still will be very comfortable and balmy, but the crowds will thin, and you will enjoy half-empty beaches.

July is the hottest month, with temperatures rising up to 38°C (100°F), and the crowds may be unbearable to deal with. However, if you enjoy young crowds, water sports, and beaches, you will have a great time. July and August are not good months to explore archeological sites as it’s too hot. If you are planning to travel during these months, just pick up an island that appeals to you the most, and enjoy the beach. On the mainland, I would pick up a mountainous area to stay at as mountains and the breeze from the sea always make it easier to tolerate the heat.

Winter is the best time to explore Greece’s numerous archeological sites. Many taverns stay open in winter, and hotels slash prices considerably.

Greece Hotels

As there is no lack of accommodation in Greece, it’s more about picking the island or mainland area in Greece for your perfect vacation. Crete, Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes, and Zakynthos are the most developed tourist locations, with hundreds of hotels to choose from. Crete actually rivals Paris in the number of hotels it has to offer: with more than 1,650 hotels, it might be a challenge to find a perfect accommodation – just because there are so many options.

To help you pick the right hotel in Greece we have compiled a list of the most popular vacation spots in Greece sorted by popularity, and highlighted five popular destinations with hotel suggestions in luxury, family, beach, and romantic categories. Have  a look.

Popular Greece Destinations

Santorini is by far the most popular island in Greece, closely followed by Crete, Mykonos, Corfu, and Rhodes. If you want an island experience, then definitely start with Santorini, which boasts one of the most magnificent and stunning landscapes in the world. On the mainland, you can’t go wrong with Athens, Halkidiki, and Pelion. While Athens is a must-see for its archeological sites, Halkidiki is famous for its best beaches in Greece, and Pelion for the ideal combination of green mountains, sandy beaches and clear waters.

Islands

Mainland

-Santorini, Cyclades islands   -Athens
-Crete -Halkidiki, peninsular, Northern Greece, Macedonia
-Mykonos, Cyclades islands -Pelion, peninsular, Central Greece
-Corfu, Ionian Islands -Olympia, Peloponnese
-Rhodes, Dodecanese Islands -Delphi, Sterea Greece
-Zakynthos, Ionian Islands -Epidaurus, Peloponnese
-Kefalonia, Ionian Islands -Meteora, Thessaly, Central Greece
-Heraklion, Greek island of Crete -Nafplion, Peloponnese
-Chania, Greek island of Crete -Mycenae, Peloponnese
-Kos, Dodecanese -Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, Macedonia
-Lefkada, Ionian Islands -Monemvasia, Peloponnese
-Paros, Cyclades islands -Parga, Epirus
-Naxos, Cyclades islands -Gythio, Peloponnese
-Ios, Cyclades islands -Nafpaktos, Sterea Greece
-Samos, Aegean Islands -Mystras, Peloponnese
-Skiathos, Sporades Islands  
-Thassos, Aegean Islands
-Milos, Cyclades islands
-Amorgos, Cyclades islands
-Hydra, Saronic islands
-Sifnos, Cyclades islands

Santorini Hotels

Santorini – Stelios Place Periisa beach

TYPE

Luxury

Family

Beach

Romantic

ISLAND/AREA

 Santorini

Astra Suites, Imerovigli Astra Suites, Imerovigli Stelios Place, Perissa Dreams Luxury Suites, Imerovigli
Aria Suites, Fira Enigma Apartments & Suites, Fira Smaragdi Hotel, Perissa Mill Houses Studios & Suites, Firostefani
Anassa Deluxe Suites, Kamari Atalos Villas, Kamari Glykeria Mini Suites, Perivolos Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli

Crete Hotels

Crete – Elounda Peninsula Hotel, Junior suite

TYPE

Luxury

Family

Beach

Romantic

ISLAND/AREA

Crete

Avli Lounge Apartments,Rethymnon Anastasia Hotel, Stalis Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Elounda Casa Leone Boutique Hotel, Chania Town
Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa, Chania Town Ammos Hotel, Agii Apostoli Renieris Hotel, Kato Stalos Casa Moazzo Suites & Apartments, Rethymnon
Rimondi Estate, Rethymnon Hotel Ostria Beach, Ierapetra Creta Maris Beach Resort, Hersonissos Hotel Leo, Rethymnon

Corfu Hotels

Corfu – Aquis Agios Gordios Beach Hotel

TYPE

Luxury

Family

Beach

Romantic

ISLAND/AREA

 Corfu

Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa, Kontokali Delfino Blu Boutique Hotel, Agios Stefanos Delfino Blu Boutique Hotel, Agios Stefanos Aquis Agios Gordios Beach Hotel, Agios
Grand Mediterraneo Resort & Spa, Ermones Kallisto Resort, Pelekas Three Brothers, Sidari Fundana Villas, Paleokastritsa
Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel, Gouvia Sidari Water Park Hotel, Sidari Dina’s Paradise Hotel & Apartments, Agios Zefiros Hotel

Rhodes Hotels

Rhodes – Lindos Blue hotel

TYPE

Luxury

Family

Beach

Romantic

ISLAND/AREA

Rhodes

Spirit of the Knights Boutique Hotel, Rhodes Town Island Blue Hotel, Pefkos Atrium Platinum Hotel, Ixia Avalon Boutique Suites Hotel, Rhodes
Zacosta Villa Hotel, Rhodes Town Holiday Village Rhodes, Kolimbia Elite Suites by Amathus Beach, Ixia Nikos Takis Fashion Boutique Hotel
Lindos Blu, Lindos Melenos Lindos Hotel, Lindos Elysium Resort & Spa, Kalithea Al Mare Villas, Kiotari

 Halkidiki Hotels

Halkidiki – Porto Sani Village

TYPE

Luxury

Family

Beach

Romantic

ISLAND/AREA
 

Halkidiki

Achtis Hotel, Afitos Oceania Club, Nea Moudania Porto Sani Village, Sani Achtis Hotel, Afitos
Porto Sani Village, Sani Sani Beach Club, Sani Blue Dolphin Hotel, Metamorfosi Poseidon View Hotel, Kriopigi
Sani Asterias Suites, Sani Eagles Palace Hotel, Ouranoupolis Lagonisi Beach Resort, Sithonia Ekies All Senses Resort, Vourvourou

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