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    Greece Hotel & Resort Travel Guide

    Greece is the perfect vacation package. From its majestic beaches along the Mediterranean Sea to the ancient sites and archeological wonders, this destination offers it all. Book a getaway to the Grecian islands for the ultimate sojourn.

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    Geography

    Greece is a peninsular country that juts out into the Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea. It’s located in Europe, east of Turkey and south of Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. The country also includes over 1,000 islands, the largest of which are Crete and Cyprus. While Greece is known for its picturesque coastlines, much of the country is mountainous. The Pindus mountain range is the most prominent, while Mount Olympus is the highest point in Greece.

    Best and Worst Times to Visit

    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Greece because the weather is pleasant, and the summer vacationers aren’t around. It’s warm enough to swim in the sea and the sun is out. Keep in mind though, Easter is one of the most popular holidays in the country, so hotel availability can be sparse at this time. Also, many shops open in June and close in October, so you could face fewer options during the off-season.

    If you don’t want to deal with swarms of vacationers and soaring temperatures around 100 degrees F, avoid visiting during August. The scorching summertime attracts visitors, which causes rates to skyrocket. Also, temperatures drop from November to February, and Greece becomes chillier and cloudier. This time span is considered one of the worst times to visit if you’ve got your heart set on beach weather.

    Lodging

    Greece is a hot spot for honeymoons, family trips, and solo getaways. Here at Expedia.com, we offer the best selection of affordable hotels in Greece that suit all your vacation preferences. Whether you’re traveling with your kids or celebrating your anniversary, there’s a place for you. Some of these hotels feature restaurants with authentic Greek cuisine and complimentary breakfasts. Many of them provide a bar, 24-hour front desk service, and Wi-Fi access in public areas, too.

    You’ll also find a selection of Greece resorts that include additional amenities than those offered at the hotels. Some feature full-service spas and outdoor pools, while others present poolside bars and nightclubs. When you browse our assortment, you’ll find cheap deals on resorts and hotels in Greece that fall within your travel budget.

    Things to Do

    If you’re venturing to Greece to bask on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, head straight to Crete. As Greece’s largest island, Crete flaunts a picturesque coastline and secluded beaches. Balos Beach is a top pick and has been compared to the Caribbean for its white sand and clear water, while Vai is another favorite beach, surrounded by Europe’s largest palm tree forest. Island hop to other picture-perfect destinations, such as Mykonos and Santorini, which boast magnificent sea views, cobblestone streets, and the famous white-washed houses.

    There’s more to this Mediterranean paradise than the aqua water and white villas stacked along the coastline. The country is steeped in history, and Athens is one of the top places to see some of the most celebrated landmarks. Visit the Acropolis of Athens, which is an ancient citadel, and discover the Parthenon that dates back to 440 BC. While you’re in town, browse the exhibits at the National Archaeological Museum, explore Syntagma Square, and then rest up at one of the nearby hotels in Athens.

    Turn up the adventure during your Grecian getaway. Hike around the ancient sites in Delfi or explore the serenity of nature at the Aoos Gorge. Get some height with a rock climbing excursion at Mount Timfi, paraglide over Drama for a bird’s-eye view of the region, and whitewater raft in Tzoumerka. From sea kayaking around Kefalonia to mountain biking in Mount Olympus, you’ll see a different side of the Greek islands.

    Culture

    Greece has an extensive history, and much of its past is still celebrated and preserved today. The concept of theater was developed in Athens, while the Olympic games are traced back to Olympia. The Greek people are responsible for creating marble and bronze sculptures along with the style of Greek Romantic art.

    There are also a number of festivals that take place in Greece. Carnival is one of the most famous celebrations the country. During the three weeks leading up to Clean Monday, the streets become a colorful sea of carnivals and parades. Live music blares, while costumed performers dance along elaborate floats. Teams compete in treasure hunts, searching for clues throughout the city; children play games; and fireworks fly through the sky.

    After observing Carnival and Lent, the Greek people host Easter, which is one of their biggest holidays. They start the celebrations on Maundy Thursday by dying eggs red, and then decorating the Epitaph on Good Friday. Easter Sunday marks the end of their 40-day fast, prompting a massive lamb feast.

    Food

    Greek food follows the Mediterranean diet. Many of the dishes feature olive oil, fish, and vegetables, however, each region of Greece adds its own spin. While there are variations on many of these meals, some of the most popular fare includes dolmades, moussaka, and courgette balls. Olives and feta cheese often accompany the cuisine, while honey and baklava make for a sweet desert.

    Whether you’re craving some fresh Mediterranean cuisine or a peaceful getaway at the seaside, Greece is the answer to all your vacation desires. Sort through our selection of cheap deals on hotels and flights to Greece to get your island sojourn started today.

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    Hotels in Athens

    President Hotel - Athens Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    President Hotel

    43 Kifissias Avenue, Athens - Map
     
     
    "The Penhouse 21 rocked!!!"
    Rooftop swimming deck, restaurant and bar are amazing! 360 degree view of Athens! First Class! Thank you Kim for helping to make it such a fabulous experience. Best hotel you'll find for the money!
    Traveller from chicago
    Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Australian Embassy, Mount Lycabettus, and …More
    Amalia Hotel Athens - Athens Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Amalia Hotel Athens

    10 Amalias Avenue, Athens - Map
     
     
    "This Hotel was perfect for us"
    We wanted a Hotel within walking distance of the Plaka and Acropolis - and it was. We were with our granddaughter so we needed and extra bed. The room was big enough to hold the extra bed and then some. The Hotel is on a main street - so there was traffic noise.
    Traveller from Blue Bell, PA
    Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Athens National Garden and Syntagma Square. Hellenic Parliament and …More
    Athens Gate Hotel - Athens Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Athens Gate Hotel

    10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens - Map
     
     
    "Excellent hotel"
    Excellent hotel; great location for the Acropolis and Plaka but also for any business visitors.
    Traveller from London
    The Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch are directly across from this hotel, ideally located in Athens' historic district. The …More

    Hotels in Santorini Island

    Volcano View Hotel & Villas - Santorini Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Volcano View Hotel & Villas

    Fira, Santorini - Map
     
     
    "Hotel on good position into Fira "
    The hotel was great clean and food was excellent staff friendly would recommend this hotel.
    Traveller from london
    Located in Fira, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wine Museum Santorini Island, Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and …More
    Santorini Princess Luxury Spa Hotel - Santorini Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Santorini Princess Luxury Spa Hotel

    Imerovigli, Santorini - Map
     
     
    "Stunning views in a quiet atmosphere "
    Perfect option for your trip to Santorini. Having stayed at a hotel in Oia on my last trip to Santorini at almost 2 1/2 times the cost, I was extremely pleased with the location, amenities and services at this hotel. When you step outside your hotel in Oia you are inundated by cruise tourists and shops. At times, it is even difficult to walk down the pedestrian street. Imervogigli is a 20 min walk up the hill from the Santorini Princess with great restaurants and a quaint atmosphere. The room was spacious and clean. The staff were young but very eager to please the hotel guests. The spa prices were extremely reasonable and I enjoyed my massage, facial and manicure. The hotel can arrange transportation to various locations on the island, as well as, the port and airport. However, the walking path to Oia and Fira passes right in front of the hotel, so if you are adventuresome, just put on some sturdy walking shoes and hike to see the sites. Remember water and LOTS of sunscreen. Minimal shade and the walk to Oia takes 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your pace.
    Traveller from Ohio
    Located in Imerovigli, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skaros Rock, Archaeological Museum, and Museum of …More
    Nautilus - Santorini Hotels

    Nautilus

    Fira -Agia Irini, Santorini - Map
     
     
    "Ordinary, nothing special "
    There's not much convenience to the place The housekeeping guy was very courteous . I noticed he was also in charge of the breakfast. There's a very young lady who checked us in , She said, " she's a working student " very pleasant . I gave her a tip , for being so wonderful . Especially , we just arrived, tired & hungry We waited almost an hour for somebody to be available . The Reception was CLOSED !!!!. But , your real receptionist was a flank, she doesn't even have a single smile in her face...,stoned !!!! Another issue was , at night , I really wanted to use the swimming pool , but, there was a big dog strolling around the hotel .... So, I have to cut off my swim & hurriedly, went inside my room. I'm disappointed to stay there for 5 days ... Now that I know Santorini , I have already idea where to stay. Thank you , Venus ( New York )
    Traveller from New York
    This romantic aparthotel is located in Santorini (Fira), near the airport, Wine Museum Santorini Island, Museum of …More

    Hotels in Mykonos Island

    Royal Myconian Hotel & Thalasso Spa - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Royal Myconian Hotel & Thalasso Spa

    Elia Beach, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    "Not quite 5 star"
    This hotel is on a beautiful beach - Elia Beach in a delightful bay.The big disadvantage is that there are absolutely no shops or minimarkets etc in the area and no where to walk in the evening. There is one beachside bar with a restaurant. Other than that you must rely on the free hotel shuttle to Chora the main town on the Island. the shuttle runs hourly from 6pm and takes 20 minutes
    Traveller from London
    Nestled on the beach, this Elia hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Elia Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, and Monastery of Panagia …More
    Aphrodite Beach & Resort - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Aphrodite Beach & Resort

    Kalafatis Beach, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    "Good hotel close to the beach and some restaurants"
    The hotel staff was very welcome especially the concierge who welcomed us with open arms and took care of any of our needs whenever we asked. As for the location the hotel is only a few steps from the beach and a kayaking/windsurfing rent station which will always keep you entertained and has a restaurant affiliated with it on the beach as well although it is a bit on the pricy side. As for the surrounding areas there are a few restaurants up the hill with no more than a 3-4 minute walk which have good food and low prices as well. Breakfast at the hotel was not extremely diverse but enough so to keep you satisfied each day, although many of the food items had pork, which I personally couldn't eat, the pasterries, yogurts, and other food items allowed me to quench my hunger for several hours. Overall I would recommend a stay here despite it being far from the city since a 2 euro bus ride would get you to the city within 20 minutes and the calmness of the hotel would allow you to relax well after a night out.
    Traveller from Beirut, Lebanon
    Offering direct access to the beach, this Kalafatis hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalafatis Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, and …More
    Rhenia Mykonos - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Rhenia Mykonos

    Tourlos Bay, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    "Nice Quite Hotel Away from Center of Town"
    Nice quaint room with a smaller end bathroom. The owners/host are both very friendly and helpful. The owner dropped us, family of four with luggage off at New Port at 7am for our 7:35am ferry. I would recommend this place. Note: It is 2km (non walkable) from center of town but it is 8 euros to go and 6 euros to come back by taxi. It is 2 Euro per person each way by sea taxi and 1.60 euro each way by bus both of which is down the steep hill. If you arrive to New Port then take taxi from port although walking distance from port there is NO place to walk except the road and then climb the hill.
    Traveller from NJ
    Located in Tourlos, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mykonos New Port, Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, and Aegean …More