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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 location!"
    We booked this hotel due to its proximity to all of the sites we wanted to see. We couldn't be more pleased with our decision. The breakfast each morning was wonderful...best views of Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis. The staff was outstanding. We had 4 travelers, 2 children over 10 years of age and booked the family suite. It was well worth it! Excellent stay.
    A Traveller
    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
     
     
    "Fantastic experience "
    We stayed three nights at this small boutique hotel. They exceeded our expectations. Welcome drink, scented cool face towel and personal welcome at check in were very nice. Hotel location is superb and the view from our suite was breathtaking. Breakfast choices were many and delicious. Hotel staff were very helpful. Car rental was dropped off and picked up from the hotel. We went hiking every morning and it was fabulous. Sunset views have been indelibly imprinted in our memories.
    Traveller from Rome, GA
    Located in Imerovigli, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skaros Rock, Archaeological Museum, and Museum of …More
    Nautilus Dome - Santorini Hotels

    Nautilus Dome

    Fira Santorini, 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

    Eleni's Village Suites - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Eleni's Village Suites

    Klouvas Village, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    "Comfortable stay"
    We had to change dates last minute because we didn't realize that it took so much time and effort to tour the Greek islands. But, they were fine with us changing dates. I found the room to be very comfortable, the most comfortable in Europe during our stay. I was happy to sleep in an American style bed and shower with American style towels after so many nights in small beds with hard towels. The location is really out of the way, but the owner gave us some rides which we paid him for. I wa not interested in going ou late and being in the loud art of town, so the hotel was perfect for me.
    Tracey from new jersey
    Located in Klouvas, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ftelia Archeological Site, Aegean Maritime Museum, and …More
    Sun of Mykonos Studios - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 2.0 Stars

    Sun of Mykonos Studios

    Klouvas, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    "Adorable hotel for a great price"
    As a college student, I expected very little for the price that I paid. It turns out that the hotel was absolutely adorable! Each room had a different color door, the "hallways" (little streets between the different sections of rooms) were whitewashed and beautiful. Very quaint. The staff was very helpful, drinks were good and cheap, and the pool was cute. I highly recommend!
    Traveller from OH
    Situated near the beach, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ftelia Archeological Site, Aegean Maritime Museum, and …More
    Ftelia Bay - Mykonos Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Ftelia Bay

    Ftelia, Mykonos - Map
     
     
    Located in Ftelia, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Ftelia Archeological Site and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aegean Maritime …More