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Follow in Odysseus' footsteps with holiday homes in Greece
Holiday homes in Greece place you in the epicentre of the western world, the land that spawned myths and legends. Greece is the home of Odysseus, the archetypal traveller whose journey home took him on a tour of the Greek islands which are still a paradise enjoyed by visitors to this day. Experience the magic of this mythic country when you select a holiday apartment in Greece today.
Getting to know Greece
Ancient temples and the ruins of a once puissant world power are ubiquitous while the magic of serene fishing villages, where life passes just the way it did centuries ago, is also retained. Yet modern Greece also boasts an effervescent party scene and plenty of outdoor attractions to compliment its ancient sites.
Visit ancient attractions from your holiday home in Greece
It goes without saying that a trip to Greece involves world-class UNESCO heritage sites. Whether you are ticking the imperious Acropolis off your bucket list, discovering the seat of divination in ancient Delphi, or following in Hercules' footsteps on Peloponnese, you are in for a treat. Don't miss out on the ancient and sprawling Palace of Knossos, or ancient Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Modern marvels near holiday apartments in Greece
Many claims that Athens is the new hipster hangout in Europe and the city certainly has a very vibrant social scene. The majority of nightlife in Athens is within walking distance from Syntagma Square. Try the sophisticated TAF Bar situated in attractive 19th-century buildings which host ephemeral exhibitions of painting, photography and plastic arts. Opposite a Russian Orthodox church is the convivial wine bar By The Glass, which offers speciality wines, flattering lighting and light meals. Party at Island which supplies ocean views and sushi.
However, it's not just Athens and Thessaloniki that boast a happening modern lifestyle. The islands are as vibrant with cosmopolitan energy as their coves are with marine life. Mykonos for instance boasts a plethora of celebrated bars and clubs that attract equally famous clientele. World-class DJs animate parties beneath the stars, complete with chic cocktails. Party on beaches like Paradise and Paranga where bars overlook the glittering Aegean. More laid back party people gather on the island of Ios, especially in the beach resort town of Mylopotas. That's saying nothing of Kos, the most famous island for nightlife in the Dodecanese.
Wonders of nature
Greece is also a trove of natural wonders. Almost 500 Natura 2000 sites gush with picturesque waterfalls and surge into precipitous peaks. Come to mountain climb, kayak or jet ski but also discover the fossilised forest of Lesbos and spot hundreds of bird species in the forest of Dadia and the deltas of Evros and Pinios. Scuba dive on shipwrecks, swim with sea turtles and dolphins, or sail away like the legendary Odysseus on the brilliant blue ocean.
Sun kissed orchards, sapphire waters and flower-filled olive groves are the building blocks of Greece's healthy and delicious cuisine. Fruity olive oil is liberally drizzled over many a meal, while creamy, crumbly, salty feta cheese varies from region to region. Turkish spices and Italian influences infuse Greek food with a wide palette of flavours.
Adventures in the Greek outdoors
Visit the volcanoes on the islands of Nisyros, Methana and Milos. The former is the youngest in Greece, though dormant, and its crater is seven metres across. Methana has not one but more than thirty volcanoes, which heat thermal springs and make for idyllic hiking. Marvel at Milos' strange geology before lounging on Greece's pristine beaches. For watersports, locate your holiday home in Greece near Kefalonia's Myrtos beach, or plunge into the turquoise water at Mykonos' Super Paradise Beach. Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos is famed for its clear water and wrecks, while the award-winning Canal D'Amour beach on Corfu is known for its lovely grottoes.
Greece's greatest flavours
Greek food is so delicious that it has become world-famous. Dig into traditional taramasalata with a squeeze of lemon as you gaze out over the glimmering water. Dine like a Greek God on dolmades, also known as stuffed vine leaves and be seduced by the cinnamon aroma of cheesy, unctuous moussaka. You'll never taste fish this fresh as the aroma of the grilled catch of the day beckons you to many a seaside taverna. Take advantage of the availability of grilled and marinated octopus or just plonk a dollop of delicious local honey in some cooling Greek yoghurt and melt blissfully away.
Popular destinations in Greece
Holiday apartments in Greece position you perfectly for exploring Crete's 4000-year-old Minoan history. Whether you are hiking through Europe's longest gorge or discovering the birthplace of Zeus, Crete supplies endless wonders. Laze on idyllic beaches, snorkel in secluded coves, or cycle through the orchards that adorn Lasithi. Soak yourself in Turkish bathhouses or celebrate with locals at a traditional festival.
Holiday homes in Greece also offer the delights of the island of Corfu, another one of Odysseus' stopping points. The rugged scenery of this jewel is coupled with Venetian palaces and colonial influences like ginger beer and cricket. Discover ancient artefacts and ruins at the royal retreat Mon Repos.
A lesser known Grecian treasure is the northern region of Chalkidiki. Vineyards overflow with grapes while crystalline waters invite to snorkelling, sun-lounging in the glittering sands. Dive with sea anemones in Nikiti, fly through pine scented forests on your bike in Kassandra and discover strange rock formations in the Petralona Cave.
Getting to Greece
It couldn't be simpler to arrive at holiday homes in Greece from within Europe. Flights to Athens, Crete and Rhodes depart from most major European cities several times a day. From Athens airport, you can take advantage of 24-hour buses and taxis to and from the city centre, while Crete and Rhodes transportation run until late at night.
When to visit holiday homes in Greece
Temperatures and visitor numbers soar between May and August at holiday apartments in Greece. In the shoulder seasons of April, September and October, the weather and sea are still warm, but you'll find the beaches and attractions more sparsely populated while some internal transportation run reduced schedules. November through March are the low season when temperatures and prices drop.
Greece is especially easy to visit from the UK, Germany and Austria since it also uses the Euro. Expect to bargain in markets, and be sure to stock up on cash before visiting remoter regions since ATMs are often out of order. A small tip is appreciated at restaurants and stewards and bellhops expect a few euros in recompense for their efforts.
Loutra, Crete (Central Crete)
Holiday home for max. 6 personsProperty no. 2189191
from USD 652for 1 weekApprox. 125 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 5 km, sea approx. 5 m, private pool, sea/lake view
Chania, Crete (Chania and the surrounding area)
Holiday home for max. 12 personsProperty no. 2128791
from USD 2,018for 1 weekApprox. 190 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 400 m, private pool, sea/lake view
Faliraki, Rhodes (North of Rhodes)
Holiday home for max. 8 adults + 1 childProperty no. 1760574
from USD 1,413for 1 weekApprox. 240 m², 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 500 m, parking area, private pool, communal swimming pool, sea view, lake view
Agia Marina, Crete (Chania and the surrounding area)
Holiday apartment for max. 8 personsProperty no. 1376582
+ 3 morefrom USD 732for 1 weekApprox. 109 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, sandy beach approx. 200 m, sea/lake viewThere are 3 further property types with 3 accommodations for this complex
- Holiday apartment for max. 7 persons, approx. 97 m², 3 bedrooms, property no. 1376588 Preview from USD 651/week
- Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons, approx. 65 m², 2 bedrooms, property no. 1377128 Preview from USD 529/week
- Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons, approx. 61 m², 2 bedrooms, property no. 1377122 Preview from USD 529/week
Douneika, Peloponnese (West Peloponnese)
Holiday home for max. 6 personsProperty no. 1440461
+ 2 morefrom USD 1,139for 1 weekApprox. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 10 m, communal swimming pool
Eleftherna, Crete (Central Crete)
Holiday home for max. 8 personsProperty no. 1342513
from USD 732for 1 weekApprox. 160 m², 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 11 km, private pool, natural stone house
Agia Pelagia, Crete (Central Crete)
Holiday home for max. 6 personsProperty no. 1558049
from USD 1,464for 1 weekApprox. 110 m², 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 800 m, private pool, sea/lake view, Infinity pool, cycladic house
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