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Cheap flights to Greece

The birthplace of the Gods and civilisation itself, Greece is one giant open air museum. Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods, is the highest mountain in Greece. From this birthplace another tradition was created – the Olympic Games, in Olympia where crowds flock to see the stunning Temple of Zeus.

Among the old town of Corfu, with its own ancient castles, citadels and19th century mansions, elegant cafes can be found from which to admire the dazzling turquoise of the Aegean Sea. The medieval heart of Rhodes town is equally atmospheric with its narrow cobbled alleys and ancient Islamic architecture, while Athens is home to the breathtaking UNESCO site of the Acropolis. Here the once ‘high city’ of Athens, with its marble temples dedicated to the goddess Athena and where the 5th century Parthenon meets the Ancient Agora, Greek political life was debated. Among the Greek treasures, galleries and museums are filled to bursting with art and artefacts. Lush parks make a welcome break from the crowds.

Once known as the centre of the world, Delphi sits on the hillside of Mount Parnassus, former sanctuary of God Apollo. Discover the Cyclades, a group of Greek Islands including Santorini, whose whitewashed houses in the towns of Oia and Thira glint in the sunlight and cafes cling to the cliff edge. Stunning sunsets can be seen from every viewpoint, while black sand beaches line the coast.

Gourmet cuisine straight from the ocean and tranquillity meet pure hedonism, as the clubs and glamorous beaches of Mykonos attract party goers and celebrities for dancing until sun-rise. Pine scented Skiathos, the white pebbles and azure waters of Lyrtos, the dramatic coastline of Kefalonia and super soft sands of Vai beach in Crete are beautiful alternatives to the clubbing scene.

3000 year old Minoan Palaces and holy mountains, vast gorges perfect for hiking and monasteries on Mount Athos that only men are allowed to visit are just some of the wonders of Greece. Exquisite food, relaxing spas, Zorba style tavernas, olive groves and bustling market - in Greece it’s the simple pleasures that matter most; as it should be.

Fly In

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is the gateway to Greece, located just 12 miles east of the Greek capital. It is where the majority of international flights land. So extensive, Athens airport is even home to a museum, where the architectural treasures found during the construction of the airport, are on display. Buses, trains and a speedy metro service run frequently between the airport and Athens city centre.

Zakynthos International Airport serves the Greek Island of Zante with most f its international arrivals either package holiday flights or budget carriers such as Easyjet. There are regular buses that take visitors from the airport to downtown Zakynthos and shuttle buses that operate service between most of the major hotels and resorts.

Thessaloniki International Airport is located just 10 miles from the centre of Thessaloniki with a regular bus service travelling from the airport the main railway station in just 50 minutes.

Destinations Kos, Corfu, Rhodes and Mykonos are all served by their own airports (Kos Island International Airport, Corfu International Airport, Rhodes Diagoros International Airport and Mykonos Island National Airport respectively), offering local transport or shuttle buses to visitors.

Other airports in Greece include Kalamata International (mainly charter flights), Santorini Thira Island National (small military and civil airport), Samos International (on Samos Island, near Pythagorio), Heraklion International and Skiathos Island National – all serving the lesser known and less touristy corners of Greece.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (EUR) €

Visas: UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Greece as it is a member of the EU. All that is required is a passport valid for the duration of stay. Visas are not required by members of the Schengen Agreement. Travellers not in these two categories should check with their local embassy or the Foreign Office website for more information on visa requirements.

Laws: In Greece it is illegal to smoke in any indoor public spaces. A fine of € 500 may be incurred if caught breaking this law. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Greece is 18, or age 16 with adult supervision, however it is not very strictly implemented. Many clubs do not ask for identification at the door.

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Greece is in late spring and early summer. The weather is perfect, not too hot but still warm enough to swim and the holiday crowds have not yet descended. It also avoids the inflated prices of high season. September to mid-October is also a wonderful time of year to visit – balmy and quiet. Be aware that during the quieter months some restaurants and hotels may be closed and there are fewer boats sailing to the nearby islands. The Easter week sees most of Greece close for festivities. Don’t miss the Hellenic Festival in Athens between June and September. During these

months, the ancient Odeion of Herodes becomes the site for performance, dance and music while enactments of Greek dramas are played out in the amphitheatre of Epidaurus.  

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