These holiday resorts prove why Greece is the ideal holiday destination for all
Wherever you go in Greece you'll find beautiful beaches, azure seas, history, nature and great food. Some islands have more of these Greek treasures than others. Whether you're a couple or a family, a sun-worshipper, thrill seeker, history buff, gourmet or nature lover, there's a Jet2holiday to fit your agenda. We've picked seven of the best.
Corfu for families
For families with children, Corfu is nothing short of an adventure. Take the kids back in time, exploring the lovely UNESCO-listed old town with its distinctive architecture. Plenty of fantastic ice-cream parlours keep the little ones happy as you wander the maze of paved streets. Hop on the reliable Green Buses from Corfu Town to a variety of wonderful beaches for swimming and playing – Sidari for warm, shallow water, enclosed by extraordinary sandstone formations, Glyfada for soft sand, and picturesque Paleokastritsa with its six pebbly beaches, coves and caves to discover. If these stunning beaches aren't quite enough, Aqualand Water Park in the island's centre should wear your kids out.
Kefalonia for couples
Romantic Kefalonia, where fictional hero Captain Corelli played his mandolin to woo beautiful Pelagia, is the perfect escape for couples. It's the largest of the Ionian islands and somehow never feels crowded, with lush greenery, magnificent mountain scenery and amazing natural wonders. Take a subterranean boat trip through the turquoise waters of the Melissani Lake Cavern, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites in the Drogarati Cave, and simply spend lazy days together on the white sands of Myrtos beach and secluded Platia Ammos. For intimate, lamplit dinners for two, head to Fiskardo marina for delicious local cuisine accompanied by the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore.
Zante for 24-hour thrill seekers
Zante's nightlife is a Greek legend. Party central is Laganas on the island's south coast which offers up the island's best clubs featuring big name DJs and 100 lively bars along the strip and beach. The fun kicks off with beach and boat parties around 2pm and doesn't stop till after sunrise. If you're a hardcore thrill seeker there are plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities to choose from: quad biking, diving, caving, canyoning and terrifying base or rope jumping from the huge vertical limestone cliffs at Navagio beach. Coming home from a holiday in Zante is bound to be an anti-climax.
Crete for foodies
Greek food is delicious whichever island you're on – crispy salads, net-fresh fish, mouth-watering grills, garlicky dips and salty olives... Crete takes Greek gastronomy to a whole new level. Delicious local cheeses, made from sheep's or goat's milk, appear at almost every meal, in crisp pastries and in desserts drizzled with orange blossom honey. Dakos, a crunchy rusk, is served under salad toppings for a quick snack or light lunch. A true Cretan speciality is snails, cooked with red wine and olive oil, but if you don't fancy those, there's slow-cooked pork or charcoal-grilled sardines too. And the wine is definitely worth sampling – Crete is one of the biggest producers of Greek wine.
Rhodes for history buffs
If you think Crete, with its Minoan Palace of Knossos, is spectacularly historic, just wait till you see Rhodes. Rhodes is packed with culture at every turn. There's no dusty ruins in the UNESCO-listed walled old town – people live and work in this maze of medieval streets, ancient fortifications and buttresses, making it as buzzing now as it was in the 1300s. On the hill above the city the Acropolis of Rhodes and the Temple of Apollo dominate the view, with an ancient stadium, a theatre, and tombs to explore. And once you've exhausted uncovering the history around Rhodes old town, travel 50km south to Lindos, where you can start all over again with another ancient acropolis, temple and towers.
Halkidiki for nature lovers
You might not think you could stumble across wolves, jackals and wild boar on your Greek holiday, but if you visit Halkidiki you just might. Part of mainland Greece, these three beautiful peninsulas jutting out into the Aegean boast mountain ranges, wetlands, conservation areas, forests and 550km of stunning coastline dotted with tiny islands, inlets and deserted coves. There's a cavern system with the accessible Petralona Cave to visit, waterfalls, thermal springs and mountain trails to explore by bike or on foot. Mount Itamos is the place to spot wolves while wild boar, roebucks and birds prefer the woodlands of Mount Stratoniko.
Kos for beach lovers
If your perfect break is a beach holiday, Kos will be right up your street. The whole coastline is dotted with an amazing variety of lovely sandy, rocky and pebbly beaches, the most popular of which is Paradise Beach. It's well-set up with sun loungers, parasols and a beach bar for adults, and an offshore inflatable water park and banana boat rides for youngsters. There's even Therma Beach where the water is hot from thermal springs which is popular in the winter. When you've had your fill of Kos's beaches you indulge in a spot of island hopper and catch a ferry neighbouring Pserimos to enjoy old world charm and a little calm.
Fly to Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante, Crete, Rhodes, Kos or Halkidiki for your Greek experience with Jet2holidays. Package holidays to Greece include flights, hotel and transfers; prices start at £219 per person.
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For more ideas on where to go and what to see and do on your Greek holiday head to www.visitgreece.gr