While it is commonly and rightly so associated with blue seascapes and whitewashed villages it also offers rugged Balkan hinterlands and an array of architectural styles. Making it an extraordinarily diverse country to visit. The combination of fascinating ancient history, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and a plethora of idyllic Greek islands scattered across the shimmering waters of the Ionian and Aegean Seas provide something for everyone. Enjoy a sundowner while catching a picture-perfect sunset over the caldera on spectacular Santorini, wander quiet cobbled lanes with a backdrop of traditional whitewashed buildings on Mykonos or spend some downtime relaxing in the pristine surrounds of sun-drenched Elounda in Crete.

Break up your sunbathing with a visit to ancient ruins, providing an insight into a bygone era. Cycle along the Peloponnese coastline taking in its fascinating classical history and a superb variety of landscapes or discover the archaeological treasures of Athens with a stay in this vibrant city.

Top Recommendations

  • The imposing white columns of the Partenon, lording over Athens from its hilltop position
  • Spectacular sunsets from Oia Village, at the northern tip of Santorini
  • Rent a car and explore Greece’s biggest Island Crete
  • Party on Zakynthos or sample the nightlife in the Greek Ibiza of Mykonos
  • Explore the islands of Corfu, Rhodes and Naxos

When to Visit

The best time to visit Greece varies by region and what you’re planning to do. The Greek Islands such as Crete, Santorini and Mykonos enjoy a hot, dry summer so travel from June to September for perfect sunbathing weather. Athens hits its peak temperatures in the summer months so for cultural sightseeing travel from March to June and September to November to avoid the heat.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Athens.