GREECE is the hot summer destination of 2023, but with so many islands and beaches to choose from, deciding where to go isn’t easy.
Get inspiration from these seven Jet2holidays destinations, each unique and packed with character.
Fly with Jet2holidays, the UK's top tour operator for Greece, and you can discover 19 destinations across the country from 11 regional UK airports, offering a raft of perks, including 22kg baggage, 10kg hand luggage and free transfers, along with accommodation to match every style and budget.
But variety is also Greece’s strong point: whether you want adventure, nature, relaxation, romance or a family holiday, there’s an island or resort for you.
Santorini for romance
It’s the most photographed Greek island, and no wonder. Santorini’s towns deliver spine-tingling views over the inky blue mystery of the caldera, left 3,500 years ago when the volcanic island blew its top.
Gleaming white cave hotels drape over the abyss, offering romantic boltholes amid cocktail bars, boutiques and restaurants.
Stroll hand in hand along the cliff edge and visit Akrotiri, the ancient city buried by the volcanic eruption – and possibly the inspiration for the lost city of Atlantis.
Don’t miss: The unforgettable sunsets from Oia on Santorini’s northern tip.
Crete for families
Besides countless shelving sandy beaches, Crete has so many family-friendly activities that parents will never hear the dreaded “I’m bored”.
You’ll find traditional villages, mountain gorges, caves and archaeological sites to explore as well as fun fairs, theme parks, aquariums, museums and even a 9D cinema, Minoan’s World, which brings ancient history to life.
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Family-friendly hotels abound; many even have their own waterparks.
Don’t miss: A visit to the Bronze Age palace of Knossos – according to legend it’s the home of the Minotaur and his labyrinth, and mythical Cretan ruler King Minos.
Corfu for nature and culture lovers
The charm of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals lingers in Corfu, the greenest Greek island packed with exquisite beaches and secret coves, wild flowers and ancient olive groves.
And culture? Visit Corfu Town, a totally unique Venetian, French, British and Greek world heritage site; Mon Repos, birthplace of the late Duke of Edinburgh; and the palatial Achilleion villa and garden – used as the casino in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
Don’t miss: A taverna lunch in bucolic Palaia Perithia, Corfu’s highest village.
Kefalonia for land and sea adventures
Kefalonia offers rolling landscapes of vineyards, cypresses and olive groves, plus a spectacular coastline, ideal for touring by car or sea kayak.
There are famous beaches to seek out, including dazzling white Myrtos, tucked under the cliffs, and Antisamos, where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed.
Also seek out swanky Fiskardo or pretty Assos for a seafood lunch, and Mount Aenos National Park for hiking and incredible views over the entire Ionian Sea.
Don’t miss: A winery tour and tasting of Kefalonia’s crispy white robola wine.
Mykonos for dancing under the stars
Boho-chic Mykonos is not for introverts, but if you love your nights out, get your groove on and join the fun: the summer clubs here draw in party lovers from around the world.
Mykonos is small but has golden beaches galore. Its capital Mykonos Town is a whitewashed Cycladic gem, filled with designer boutiques and glam cocktail bars where you can play “spot the A-listers, influencers and billionaires”.
Don’t miss: A boat trip to neighbouring Delos, island birthplace of Apollo and one of the Aegean’s top archaeological sites.
Parga region for traditional Greece at its best
Western mainland Greece’s precipitous coast gives way to a trio of colourful, picturesque beach resorts: Parga, Sivota and Perdika, where the hospitable charm of old Greece still lingers.
When you need a break from the sands, take advantage of a full range of exceptional excursions: cruises to Paxos and Corfu, visits to the Necromanteion – the Homeric Oracle of the Dead – and a day trip to Meteora, where Byzantine monasteries defy gravity on pinnacles of rock.
Don’t miss: A hike (and wade) down the enchanting Acherontas Gorge.
Halkidiki for classy R&R
Some of Europe’s most stylish hotels, spas and restaurants hug the three ruggedly idyllic beach-lined peninsulas of Halkidiki in northern Greece.
Westernmost Kassandra has the biggest luxury resorts and the bijou town of Afytos; mountainous central Sithonia peninsula has pine-kissed turquoise coves and views, while on the easternmost peninsula, a 7,000ft mountain sits like an exclamation mark on its tip.
This is Mount Athos, off limits to females – although they can take a cruise and see its fantastical monasteries from the sea.
Don’t miss: A day out in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city and foodie capital.
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