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About Greece

Greece's turquoise seas and beautiful craggy islands dotted with pretty whitewashed villages are an undeniable draw. But it is the grace of the ruins, elegantly dilapidating under clear sunny skies and the wonderful way history seems so vibrantly alive in the Greek culture that will have you coming back again and again. Food, art and hospitality are extremely important in Greek culture, and our Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Greece bring you the best of this. From sleek beachside hotels, and resorts with every facility and activity you can imaging through to charming B&Bs there is something for everyone here whether you are on a romantic escape or a family break.

The Capital

If you visited Athens before the Olympics in 2004, then you'll find it a very different city now. The historic centre, with cars banished, is more stunning than ever. The regeneration that happened in the lead up to the games hasn't stopped. It is Europe's oldest city, but with much gentrification. Central areas such as Gazi and Psyrri, which were previously clogged with cars, are now packed with cafes, restaurants and bars. This suits the Athenian lifestyle - one of making time to stop for coffee in outdoor cafes or heading off on evening strolls then eating out late.

The Islands

Greece isn't just about uncovering ancient treasures, and while the Greek Islands do have plenty to boast about when it comes to beautiful ruins and fascinating histories, they're also an extremely beautiful backdrop against which to relax.

  • Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and really has it all. Archaeology and mythology go up against inviting seas and sandy beaches, whilst the rugged, traditional interior contradicts the bright nightlife of the capital, Heraklion. Many visitors come just to see the Minoan palace at Knossos - home of the Minotaur and his labyrinth. But that's only the start of Crete's list of ancient treasures.
  • The Cyclades, sprinkled around the turquoise Aegean, include famous Santorini, with white and blue buildings hugging the dramatic crescent of the dark, volcanic rock. There's also big, green Naxos famed in myth and legends, Mykonos, which glitters by night and by day, and smooth, sandy Amorgos.
  • The diverse Dodecanese islands include famed and eternally appealing Rhodes; Kos, with her strong Greek heritage and 100kms of gorgeous coastline; and spiritual, peaceful Patmos.
  • The Ionian Islands are the other main group, including long-time beach-break favourite, Corfu; Captain Corelli's Kefalonia; Lefkada, which is actually connected to the mainland - just; and overlooked, yet most romantic and beautiful, Kythira.

The mainland

  • The Peloponnese is the backdrop for many of the highlight scenes in Greek mythology. The beauty of this peninsula hasn't been sullied by the years. For many visitors, the ruined Mycenaean palaces, Roman theatres, Venetian fortresses and Byzantine churches make this the perfect break. For others, it's the perfect sandy coves and rugged, cypress-covered coastlines.
  • Epirus is the lesser known region of central/northern Greece which buts up against the Ionian coast. Come here for a flavour of authentic Greece that probably hasn't changed much over the last century, plus quiet beaches and lovely walking terrain.
  • Halkidiki is another hidden treasure of the mainland. Comprising three finger-like peninsulas stretching out into the Aegean Sea, you can be guaranteed a gorgeous beach. However this region is popular with Greek tourists, so you'll need to plan ahead if you want to holiday here.

If you're visiting in the busy summer months then be sure to book ahead if you want to guarantee yourself a room in one of the best places to stay in Greece.

The best places to stay in Greece

Historic City Break

  • The King George Palace has stunning views of the Parthenon, especially from the restaurant and the roof terrace. Opulent and romantic, this grand dame deserves her five stars.
  • O&B Athens Boutique Hotel also has views of the Parthenon and if you choose your room carefully you can also get an exclusive view from your private balcony. The decor is black, white and neutral and it feels sophisticated.
  • St. George Lycabettus has views of the Acropolis, and the rest of Athens, from south facing rooms and a rooftop terrace. This is also one of the best places to stay in Athens with a family.

Greek Island Escape

  • Cut into the cliff edge, Grace Santorini is a haven of wonderful luxury designed to perfectly complement the spectacular surroundings. The decor is simple to make the best of the view, it has the largest infinity pool on Santorini, an excellent restaurant with sea views and a chic but simple spa.
  • The cavernous rooms and suites of Santorini's Kapari Natural Resort are cut from a similar cloth. They have a great wine bar and some suites with hot tubs on private terraces. What's more, it is one of the few luxury hotels in Santorini to welcome children.
  • The Notos Therme Resort and Spa on Santorini captures the real romance of the place. It is on one of the last relatively undeveloped areas of coast around Vilhada, a tiny fishing village, and has luxurious facilities with an excellent spa.
  • Hotel Kavos on Naxos is just above one of the best beaches on Naxos: 1.5kms of soft sand and clear waters. A village complex in typically Cycladic fashion with different types of accommodation and lush, green grounds.
  • The Kivotos Club Hotel on Mykonos is where you'll find money's-no-object luxury. They don't just have a pool bar, they also send a limo to collect you, and services include 'private yacht rental' as well as a cigar and caviar bar.
  • Mykonos Blu also offers serious luxury. Stay in a private villa with your own pool and garden, and cap off your evenings in their 'long hours' cocktail bar open pretty much all the time.
  • Lindos Blu sits pretty on the cliffs above Lindos, Rhodes, with spectacular views of the turquoise bay and sugar cube village just a short stroll away. The spa is top of the range and the rooms and suites offer every modern luxury and in some cases a private pool.
  • The Corfu Palace is just a 10 minute stroll from the centre of Corfu Town and has wonderful ocean views right across to the mainland. It was one of the first hotels built on Corfu, so it has something of the grand old dame about it with private balconies and terraces.

Once in a Lifetime Holiday

  • Chromata, on Santorini, is the perfect place for romance and relaxation. Built above traditional style 'cave houses' carved into the rocky cliff and decked out in beautiful, simple luxury, there's plenty of privacy and an infinity pool which looks across the caldera.
  • Amanzo'e in the Peloponnese is modern luxury at its intimate best. There is a private beach club, private villas with their own pools, four restaurants, a fleet of boats and yachts and a top of the range spa.
  • The unusually named Fashion Hotel Nikos Takis offers harem style high-camp glamour hidden away in one of Rhodes' Old Town's historic townhouses. There are just eight rooms, so this is an intimate and very memorable place with plenty of added extras like whirlpool bathtubs and the complimentary use of guitars and accordions with which to serenade your partner.

An Historic Odyssey

  • Zannos Melathron is a wonderful juxtaposition of an 18th Century mansion and the traditional homes cut from caves which are most common on Santorini. The decor is in places elegant or charmingly rustic, but it really works. Each room has a private balcony and there is a lovely pool and fantastic Greek restaurant.
  • The Malvasia, in Monemvasia in the Peloponnese, has been converted from a collection of ancient Venetian buildings into an historic and romantic 21 room hotel. This was the first hotel built in the walled town of Monemvasia - right between the castle and spectacular views of the sea.
  • Pirgos Mavromichali is a traditional Peloponnese tower building in a lovely village above a fishing cove. The views out to sea will bring you peace and you are in the ancient harbour of Limeni which has plenty of fascinating history about it.
  • The Marco Polo Mansion has the ambience of Rhodes' Old Town just right. A lovingly restored Ottoman townhouse with just seven rooms, coming here is like staying in another time. The walled garden is peaceful and beautiful, the restaurant is good and it is very romantic.
  • The Hotel Andreas has been converted from a charming house in the Old Town of Rhodes. It has beautiful views over the rooftops and out to sea, a gorgeous leafy terrace and simple, chic, whitewashed rooms. Very traditional, very Rhodes.
  • More remote options, like serene little resort 9 Muses Exclusive Apartments on Patmos, are some of the best places to stay in Greece for people who want a Greek Island experience from bygone days. This place has wonderful views of the Aegean, flagstone floors and the opportunity to dine under clear skies.
  • Casa Delfino, a 17th Century mansion in the old quarter of Chania, Crete, is classy but not snooty. Close enough to give you access to all the local treasures.

To Relax

  • Santorini's Astarte Suites is a nine room hotel with spectacular sea views. Especially relaxing when experienced from your private hot tub.
  • Lakki Village is in a wonderful spot, just outside a charming village and above a long sandy, shallow-water beach. The collection of bungalows and apartments have plenty of charm - Cycladic cottages with blue woodwork and whitewashed walls, a lovely pool and flower-filed garden. Perfect for families.
  • The Kinsterna Hotel & Spa on Monemvasia, in the Peloponnese, is a working wine and olive oil estate with a collection of 13th Century villas incorporating 27 rooms. Romantic terraces abound and there is a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant to boot.
  • Hidden away in the countryside, the Villa de Loulia is one of the best places to stay on Corfu if you want to experience some of the island's lesser-known pleasures. Only 400 metres from the nearest beach, you are quite close to the mountains of Perithia and several interesting abandoned villages. This is also a great place for foodies - the gourmet restaurant serves local specialities.
  • For the ultimate in Cretan tranquillity, you'll want to stay at Aspros Potamos. A collection of traditional stone cottages house ten basic rooms where mod. cons. are limited, but beachside beauty is abundant.

For a Weekend Break

  • The reasonably priced Art Hotel Athens is a trendy, boutique bolthole close to all the major sights. Built in the Neo-Classical style of the 1930s, this hotel has been nicely renovated inside and favours pale colours and original art.
  • The New Hotel, Athens, is a cutting edge option full of natural light and all the mod. cons. situated only 200 metres from Constitution Square. It has a fabulous restaurant, spa and hammam.
  • The Hotel Periscope is an easy choice: small, boutique, well located for the major sights and there is a Michelin-starred chef whose culinary expertise you can enjoy.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Greece is best weather-wise in the summer with July and August experiencing average temperatures of 29°C. This however is peak tourist season, so if you fancy visiting at a quieter and cheaper time then consider coming in May, September or October.
  • Athens International Airport is Greece's main airport, receiving the majority of international flights. There are, however, a number of other airports in Greece's top tourist destinations including, among others: Corfu Airport, Heraklion Airport, Thessaloniki Airport and Rhodes Airport.
  • The airports are all well-served by public transport links to the surrounding areas.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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See all » 113 hôtels in Cyclades

  • Mythic Paros Agia Irini, Paros 40 rooms from CA$476

    Boutique  -  All room and suites are individually designed with natural materials, bespoke furnishings and a boho chic vibe
    Romantic Break  -  With no children allowed, beautiful accommodation and sunsets to die for, Mthyic is very romantic!
    Views  -  All of the rooms boasts gorgeous views over the Aegean and enjoy epic sunsets
    5* Luxury  -  A luxurious property featuring hand made furnishings, fabulous food, and high end amenities as standard
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    An adults-only luxury escape perched on a hillside in Paros. Rooms and suites are individually designed but all feature plenty of natural materials and a boho-chic style. The best come with either plunge pool or private outdoor hot tub. Elegant fine dining and views to die for. Romance guaranteed! See More

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  • Emprostiada Guest House Chora, Amorgos 11 rooms from CA$73

    Beach Life  -  Amorgos has an abundance of beaches for you to explore and enjoy at your leisure.
    Value chic  -  Traditional Grecian stay in style at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Chora's 13th century castle, or the Byzantine churches.
    Full of character
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    In the heart of the Aegean the Emprostiada is the ideal island getaway. The guest house is designed in the classic Cycladic white-wash, adding to the idyllic rooms quiet and calming features. Local restaurants are close by and this quiet island's many beaches are yours to explore as you please. See More

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  • Yiannis Retreat Sitia, Crete 5 rooms from CA$88

    Full of character  -  A truly Cretan hideaway with beamed ceilings and thick stone walls — each room is rustic chic and packed full of character
    Families  -  With plenty of space and activities for kids to enjoy plus the option to self-cater makes this an easy option for families
    Beach nearby  -  Pretty Kato Zakros Bay is nearby and has tavernas serving Cretan cuisine on the beach front
    Self catering  -  Each room has a well equipped kichenette and there are BBQ facilities for guests to use too
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    A charming self-catering retreat set in cascading tropical gardens. Charming stone villas with private kitchenettes and outdoor dining are dotted around the grounds. Guests are provided with a selection of homemade jams and spices. A short walk from the beach, this is a perfect holiday hide out. See More

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  • Hotel Porto Loutro Loutro, Crete 23 rooms from CA$102

    Total relaxation  -  Utterly charming accommodation with sea views and a no mobile policy in shared spaces creating a tranquil environment
    Full of character  -  With quarried slate or marble floors, beamed ceilings, and private balconies each room has bags of character
    Groups  -  With great value rooms this small hotel is a good option for groups of friends looking for a quiet hideaway
    Great walks  -  The island has no roads and no cars making it an ideal location for a walking holiday
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A great getaway to an idyllic blue bay in a car-free village, right on the beach. Off the beaten track, this tranquil hotel is ideal for a simple seaside holiday for families. Boasting unspoilt bay views, life plays out on a different tempo here. Utterly relaxing. See More

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See all » 57 hôtels in Peloponnese

  • Monemvasia Village Monemvasia (Peloponnese) 12 rooms from CA$88

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil hideaway set in a scenic and secluded position with independent villas offering real privacy
    Self catering  -  Each villa comes with a kitchenette and a private terrace allowing guests to stay quite independently
    Families  -  Family Bungalows are a comfortable option for those travelling with children
    Views  -  Enjoy the fabulous views over Mirtoon Sea and the Castle of Monemvasia
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    A collection of twelve cottages in a prime spot above town and with superb views over to the castle of Monemvasia. Studios and apartments are done in traditional style and each comes with equipped kitchen and private terrace. Plus there's a pool and spacious terrace. Great base for local exploring. See More

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  • Nafplion 1841 Nafplio (Peloponnese) 6 rooms from CA$91

    Active Holiday  -  With great hiking opportunities in the surrounding Nafplio countryside, this hotel is a great pit stop on your active holiday
    Romantic Break  -  The picturesque location and pretty, bright suites make this hotel a favourite with couples
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Nafpoli, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Discover the natural beauty of the Nafplio landscape on a long walk or hike; enquire with the hotel for recommendations
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This traditional, family-run hotel is situated on an idyllic street in central Nafplio. The individually styled rooms have modern, hand-selected furnishings; the best have a balcony overlooking the pretty town. Enjoy breakfast on the picturesque terrace at this smart yet homely bed and breakfast. See More

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  • Hotel Kokona Dodecanese, Symi 10 rooms from CA$88

    Value chic  -  A smartly designed hotel offered at very reasonable rates.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A chic small hotel situated in a quaint village on the picturesque island of Symi. Uniformly styled rooms are cleanly designed and contemporary with soft hues, designer lights and luxurious bathrooms. Serving indulgent breakfasts and with easy access to the island's many attractions. See More

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  • Opera House Symi 29 rooms from CA$93

    Families  -  Peaceful self catering apartments in Symi's lovely centre, with shared garden and plenty of space to run around.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the major Monastery complex at Panormitis.
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    Tranquil oasis, simple attractive rooms and apartments, two minutes walk up the hill from the harbour. Relaxed and charming, with views of the village and a small courtyard bar for hanging out. Well positioned and reasonably priced. See More

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See all » 48 hôtels in Mykonos

  • Almyra Guest Houses Paraga, Mykonos 5 rooms from CA$158

    Groups  -  The larger maisonette is good for groups, sleeping an additional person on a sofa bed
    Beach Life  -  Located on the seafront, these guesthouses make a great base for a beach holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the privacy of these guesthouses and having access to a pool
    Sailing  -  Enquire with the hotel about local boat hire and explore the Mykonos coastline on a sailing trip
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This hotel offers luxury, self-contained accommodation in Mykonos. Drawing on elements of Cycladic architecture, expect whitewashed rooms and simple, elegant interior design. The larger maisonette offers separate living and dining space; guests have shared use of the pool. A smart seaside stay. See More

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  • Pietra e Mare Mykonos 30 rooms from CA$234

    Honeymoons  -  Ideal for couples, this hotel offers a 'Honeymoon Suite' equipped with a private terrace, hot tub, and living area
    Hideaway  -  Located in a quieter region of the island, an unspoilt charm surrounds the hotel. The beach is pristine
    Beach Life  -  One of the Mykonos' most intimate and beautiful beaches 'Kalo Livadi' is just a five-minute walk away
    Weddings  -  The hotel has a quaint, idyllic chapel overlooking the beach and sea which caters for unique weddings
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Pietra e Mare is tucked away on an idyllic hillside on Mykonos' quieter side. As an adult-only hotel, rooms and suites are perfect for holidaying couples. The minimalist design mimics the island's blue and white Cyclidic architecture. Queen size loungers overlooking the Aegean call for relaxation. See More

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See all » 47 hôtels in Athens

  • Piraeus City Hotel Athens (Piraeus) 47 rooms from CA$102

    Hideaway  -  Sitting opposite the port, outside of the busy city centre, this hotel is a great hideaway holiday destination
    Local exploring  -  Located a stone's throw from the port, this hotel is a great base for exploring local islands by ferry
    Families  -  The family rooms in this hotel are perfect for parents travelling with children
    Less £  -  With rooms starting well below 100 Euros, this is a well priced base
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    This newly renovated hotel sits opposite the central port of Piraeus. Rooms are bright and modern with comfortable beds and large windows; the best rooms have a furnished balcony with views of the port. Don't miss the hotel's roof garden restaurant, serving traditional Greek dishes. A smart hotel. See More

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  • Gallery Residence Athens 46 rooms from CA$113

    Short break  -  Piraeus Port is two minutes away making this the perfect base for those heading out or returning from the Greek islands
    Contemporary  -  The design is light and refreshingly contemporary with whitewashed walls, pale wood furniture, and modern artwork
    Families  -  The two bedroom suite complete with a living area and kitchenette offers a comfortable base for families
    Value chic  -  With chic contemporary style and a convenient location, this is a very well priced base
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    A chic property minutes from the Piraeus ferry terminal. A wide range of rooms and suites are decorated in neutral tones and many have a balcony or terrace. There's a communal roof terrace space, plus a sauna and gym. No restaurant, but there's plenty close by. A great stopover for island hoppers! See More

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See all » 44 hôtels in Santoríni

  • Acqua Vatos Kamari, Santoríni 32 rooms from CA$124

    Local exploring  -  This hotel's location makes it an ideal choice for guests who are looking to explore the best of Santorini's bars and beaches
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed suites, a pretty pool and private dining options, this hotel is perfect for a romantic island getaway
    Beach Life  -  Set a few minutes' walk from a popular beach, this hotel makes an idyllic base for a seaside break
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the picturesque village of Kamari, with easy access via the shuttle bus that leaves from outside the hotel
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Tucked away in Kamari, a stone’s throw from one of Santorini’s longest and most popular black sand beaches, this stylish hotel makes a charming hideaway holiday. Whitewashed walls are set off with splashes of colour in the bright suites, while outside an azure pool encourages total relaxation. See More

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  • Aria Lito Mansion Fira (Main Street) 16 rooms from CA$168

    Total relaxation  -  In a quiet and peaceful setting, its the ideal place to enjoy some time out, sit back and relax by the pool or on the terraces.
    Families  -  Aria Lito Mansion prides itself on being one of the few truly family friendly hotels in town
    Romantic Break  -  A perfect couples getaway with its chic and comfortable interiors, great service and food.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located close to the centre of town as well as the beaches.
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    A stylish retreat, in the heart of the city. This mid-1900's renovated mansion offers creatively designed rooms, with chic contemporary décor, and lovely views of the sea. An outdoor pool, a cosy garden space, in room massages and wine tastings add to the charm. A classy yet modern vibe. See More

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