Charming and welcoming in equal measure, each island offering their own individual appeal, the Greek Islands are your gateway to pristine beaches, quaint whitewashed villages, and sumptuous local cuisine. From pretty Santorini to exhilarating Mykonos and historic Corfu, there's something to suit all types of luxury holidays to the Greek Islands.
The Greek Islands have always had a magnetic effect on travellers, and this is partially because of the sun, sea, and sand, but it's also because of the unique magic each island evokes. Luxury holidays here have become the norm, thanks to the beautiful boutique hotels popping up all over the place and the world-class dining options, your only task is to choose your favourite island.
Iconic views of the cliff-top town of Oia have graced many a postcard sent home from Santorini, but seeing it in person is another experience altogether. Wander its winding, cobbled streets, and take in its panoramic sunsets. Meanwhile, Mykonos boasts sugar-cube houses, narrow laneways, and clear turquoise waters, but it specialises in late-night revelry, with lots of chic cocktail bars and dance clubs to duck into.
If you’re a beach dweller, look towards Greece's largest island of Crete for a fix of relaxing summertime vibes. The pink-tinted sand of Elafonísi is an arresting sight, whilst Balos beach in Chania has the enviable powder-white sand typically found in the Caribbean. The island of Corfu is home to Venetian-style buildings and Italianate churches, and then just out of town, olive groves and lemon orchards complete its idyllic Mediterranean landscape. At the risk of sounding cliché, the Greek Islands really do have it all.
The Greek Islands are generally "open for business" from Orthodox Easter until mid-October. In the peak of summer, daytime temperatures in the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and North Aegean Islands hover around 30 degrees.
Whilst other areas of the country suffer from stifling heat waves, the Greek Islands avoid this discomfort thanks to cooling ocean breezes. Even spring and autumn deliver endless sunny days, where temperatures are low enough to spend your days hiking or mountain biking.
Choose to stay at a luxury resort and you can sample the very best in modern Greek cuisine, made using quality seasonal ingredients. When paired with an exceptional local wine and sunset views of the ocean, the Greek Islands are guaranteed to deliver unforgettable dining experiences.
Greek hospitality means you'll be treated like a long-lost family member, so expect generous portions bursting with pride. Fresh seafood is caught on a daily basis, and each island usually has its own unique local cheese you can try.
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Greece and can stay for up to 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. For more information about passports, visas, and capital controls, visit GOV.UK.