Perhaps you're looking for a beach holiday with a bit of the ancient mixed in. If so then a holiday on Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Lefkada or Zante will suit you down to the ground. From here you can enjoy all the traditional Greek island experiences including fantastic beaches and rustic tavernas. Plus there's the added bonus of a visit to Athens to see the Acropolis and ruins of the Parthenon to name but a few sites. Does this sound like the last minute holiday to Greece you're after?
For a more traditional beach holiday to Greece you may prefer one of the better known islands. Known as the Ionian 'Emerald Isle' Corfu is a mix of lush pine-clad mountains and soft sandy beaches. Thassos is the island of choice if you're after the more traditional Greek experience in unspoilt surroundings. If you're after a bit more action on your summer holiday to Greece then maybe Crete or Rhodes with their well known party capitals would suit you better. Not forgetting Santorini, Samos and Kos all of which simply ooze charm and tranquillity with their sugar cube villages and picturesque countryside.
Which of these sounds like the perfect summer holiday to Greece? The choice is yours.
Kos is a beautiful Greek island with 25 miles of sandy beaches to suit everyones taste. The climate here is hot, as you would expect in Greece – the island is close to Turkey ensuring a hot summer with low rainfall. Kos holidays attract people to two main resorts – Kos Town, Kefalos and Kardemena, which are lively energetic towns – the busiest and youngest being Kos and Kardemena. With plenty of ancient buildings and remains there's something here for everyone, cultured or not.
Who Comes To Kos?
Kos is extremely popular with young British tourists wanting an inexpensive holiday in a hot beach resort. Kos Town is quite a cosmopolitan resort with many mixes of Greek bars, lively clubs and fantastic beach bars ensuring that there's something here for everyones taste. There are quite classy bars in the newer part of the town and Kardemena is a vibrant village where you will find the young party goers will flock to. There are quieter areas where you will find families like to stay, away from the noise and the bright lights of the night.
When does the Season Begin in Kos?
Most people tend to visit Kos from the end of April through to the end of October. Because of the Mediterranean climate, the season is quite long but gets hotter, and much busier, in July and August.
Most people travel to Kos via Athens International Airport where they catch a connecting flight to the Island or you can sail by ferry. However to avoid having to change flights, larger companies will book you on a flight to Kos International Airport (Hippocrates) where you can transfer easily in 30 minutes either by taxi or by hiring a car. Buses are a regularly available but check timetables prior to your departure dates as times vary. A taxi transfer will cost around 25-30 Euros.
With Kos being one lively Island, you will find clubs like Heaven (in the Lambi area) with regular DJ spots and you will also find traditional English style bars like the Kings Arms Pub which has five bars. At the many bars in Kos you will find that bars and most clubs don't charge entry although most people stay in the pubs found on the main 'Bar Street' stretch. If you want a break from the clubs and bars for a couple of hours, you can visit the outdoor cinema in Kos Town 'Orpheus'. As usual in Greece, the law states that loud music cannot be played after midnight – and police do drive around as a warning to bar owners – so the music is usually turned down at this time although most bars have back areas or places to gather upstairs and indoors where music is still pumping and drinks are still flowing.
Take your holidays in Corfu and you can expect to come face-to-face with over 600 species of wild flowers…and a surprising number of exotic birds – including pelicans and hoopoes, golden orioles and bee eaters. As well as creatures like foxes and pine martens and even the island's famous wild tortoises!
So last minute holidays in Corfu are full of surprises and even cheap holidays to Corfu are full of richness; especially if you like to throw a little sightseeing into the sea, sun, sand and nightlife mix. Corfu - having been prized by many nations, including the Corinthians, the Romans, the Venetians, the Byzantines, the French and the British - has had a rollercoaster of a history, as evidenced by its village architecture, fortresses, museums, temples and churches.
Added together, it means that holidays to Corfu are always much more than the sum of their parts. Hire a car and explore to make the most of your summer holidays to Corfu.
Zanteis located off the western coast of mainland greece. Its is also known as Zakynthosand is one of the largest Ionian islands. The Island has an ideal climate for sunseekers and those looking for a relaxing holiday abroad.
This postcard perfect island offers a variety of pristine beaches, activities and entertainment for families as well as a pleasurable nightlife. Families can enjoy a delightful and safe holiday at some of Zakynthos's child-friendly resorts, while couple and singles can enjoy the adventure and excitement of Zante's large selection of pubs and clubs. Zakynthos makes for a great cheap holiday destination for Europeans and anyone choosing to travel to Greece. The island offers an excellent selection of resorts, inns, and cheap hotels for visitors. Areas that are popular with travelers include resorts in Kalamaki, Argassi and Keri. Tourists will also find that in terms of budgeting, compared to other islands in Greece, Zakynthos offers quality entertainment, food and accommodations ideal for a cheap holiday abroad.
For Tourists that prefer the nightlife, then Laganas on the south side of the island is your choice. The resort of Laganas offers lively bars and nightclubs for those who like to party untill the early hours. Ravers with enjoy the variety of bars and clubs found on the beachfront of Laganas. After the evening's entertainments end, visitors can relax, during the day, on the longest beach found on any of the Greek islands.
For tourists, who are seeking an ecological adventure, divers can explore the underwater marine attractions that the island has to offer through its many cave dives and the wide range of marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can also enjoy Zante's marine life which includes moray eels, monk seals, and loggerhead turtles.
Zakynthos offers are variety of attractions for families, couples and singles. It's picturesque beaches, wonderful weather and fun atmosphere to sum up what tourists will experience while visiting Zante or as the Greeks call it Zakynthos.