Travelling To The Greek Islands
Greece is a lovely and intriguing holiday destination that offers visitors a myriad of diverse experiences and activities, with the Greek Islands being one of the most popular destinations for travellers.
Boasting some of the most beautiful scenery and landscapes in the world, Greece has captured the heart of travellers from all over the globe. The Greek Islands are a popular beach holiday spot for many Europeans in particular. You can relax in the sun on any number of beaches.
Different islands have different flavours some are more restful or family friendly, while others cater to different subcultures; the party scene being one example. On Mykonos, for example, when the sun goes down you can experience the thriving nightlife.
Considered the cradle of Western civilisation, Greece has a long, rich and fascinating history and culture, the influences of which can still be felt across the world today. Those interested in history and architecture may wish to visit the Parthenon, which rises majestically over the hazy sprawl of Athens, or view the ancient city of Delos, rich in mystery and artistic appeal.
Not only are the Greek Islands beautiful, and Greek history compelling, another reason for a steady influx of foreign travellers is quite simple: Greek culture includes a vibrant and optimistic outlook on life and an unquestioning hospitality. For tourists, this means a warm welcome and incredible food. No wonder most people who choose Greece as their holiday destination will state that the experience was truly unforgettable.
Sightseeing In the Greek Archipelago
As well as mainland Greece, the Greek archipelago has loads to offer the willing traveller. Consider a tour through the grandeur of Delphi or the rugged and unspoiled hills of Crete with their spectacular, colourful wildflowers. Ioannina has its own, unique appeal and will be of particular interest to those who enjoy a tranquil commune with nature while on holiday. Those who prefer socialising and making new, international friends may enjoy an outing at one of Thessaloniki’s many quaint and inviting coffee shops; conversation a must!
The unusual rock formations of Ikaria, the outstanding beaches of Thasos, and the 10 million olive trees found in Thas Lesvos make island hopping well worth the time. People who enjoy a semi-tropical climate may wish to visit Samos and enjoy its pristine beaches and near-perfect climate. If complete serenity and seclusion are more to your taste, you will want to visit the islands of Psara, Inousses, and Fourni, as they are virtually tourist free.
Greek Climate and Seasons
Covering a wide geographic area, Greece has a range of microclimates. Northern Epiros and northern Macedonia experience hot, humid summers and freezing winters. Crete, Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Attica Peninsula, and the eastern and central Peloponnese have a more traditional Mediterranean climate with mild winters, and hot, dry summers.
Snow is rare in many parts of Greece; however, the lofty mountains of Crete and the Peloponnese are often snow-covered during the winter. Athens has been known to experience snow from time to time as well.
The western Sterea Ellada and the Ionian Islands have less severe winters than northern Greece and one can expect a greater amount of rainfall when visiting these areas. Crete offers the longest summer, and in Crete people enjoy water sports from April to November.
Generally in Greece July and August are exceptionally hot months, and temperatures can easily reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (100 F) in virtually any part of the country. However, during this time of the year, the Meltemi a powerful wind from the north sweeps Greece’s east coast.
In most parts of Greece, the rainy season begins in October and from then until February the weather remains cold and wet.
Planning a Greek Island Holiday
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit Greece. This is when attractions, landmarks, and beaches are relatively uncrowded. In addition, because demand is down, visitors have a wider variety of accommodation from which to choose.
Conditions are optimal from mid-April to June. This is when temperatures are warm and pleasant in most areas.
During the winter months the majority of the countrys tourist facilities operate on a limited basis, especially facilities on the islands. Some of the smaller islands close entirely, and on others, ferry and bus services operate to a very limited schedule. If you are planning to visit during the off-season, to avoid hassles and disappointment, you will need to get detailed information about timetables and schedules before planning to move from place to place.
Peak holiday season is mid-June through to August, and during this time ferry and bus timetables change, with most of Greece, particularly the islands, operating on extended schedules to accommodate the massive influx of tourists.
It is vital for families to book their travel dates well in advance if you are planning to visit the Greek Islands during the peak season.
However, no matter what time of the year you choose to visit Greece and the Greek Islands, you are guaranteed to have the holiday experience of a lifetime.