There’s a part of Greece for everyone to soak up some last minute rays and top up our tans… here’s our recommendations by island…
If you’re looking for a last minute autumnal escape to hotter climes before the long winter sets in and those dark, chilly days take over, Greece is the place to be. With so many beautiful beaches to discover, cultural sites to explore and islands and mainland destinations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go. Here’s our guide to finding your little slice of Hellenic heaven.
Think lantern-lit dinners and sipping ouzo in the starlight in a Kos town taverna. On this island, the evenings are very laid back – where plenty of food and taking it easy are rules of thumb. By day, catch some rays on beaches of all shapes and sizes – whether you’re after golden swathes backed by beach bars, hidden bays and secret coves – like Kamari bay – or the pebble-strewn shores of Agios Fokas – ideal for a romantic stroll. The surrounding white on blue landscape dotted with traditionally Grecian whitewashed housing makes an idyllic setting. For an even better view of the dramatic landscape, dig out your hiking boots and climb the rocky slopes of Kos’ highest peak, Mount Dikeos.
Greece’s answer to St Tropez – this island is frequented by A-listers and has been hailed as the new Ibiza. Nightlife is buzzing, with a full range of beaches packed with tavernas and cocktail bars. Water sports fans will love it here, too, with water-skiing, banana boats and scuba-diving at Paradise beach. Treat yourself by sampling some traditional, cutting-edge Greek food like Moussaka and tzatziki, or dine against a sunset backdrop with suppers at Little Venice.
There’s something for everyone in Crete. Whether it be party-fuelled shooters and nightlife boozer cruisers in Malia, or exploring the largest historic Bronze Age ruins site at the Palace of Knossos. Thrill-seekers will have a wild time at Watercity’s 80,000 square meters of water fun. Here you can brave the kamikaze slide, enjoy the winding sideswinger-boomerango or take a deep breath and spin round Body Slide Cyclone. For a more chilled view of Crete, relax on one of Herkalion’s many beaches. Enjoy cocktails on the shores of lively Malia, and explore the rugged bays of the deserted island of Dia. Chania is also a popular hotspot on Crete’s north coast, with beautiful blue flag long stretches of sand just waiting to be strolled, like Agioi Apostoloi and Gerani, and the chic bar-lined strip in Agia Marina. History seekers are catered for too, with ancient architecture to discover and plenty of old museums, churches and craft shops to tour around. Last on the must-see list is Rethymmon in Crete’s north coast. With a blend of Greek, Ottoman and Venetian design, the harbour is a cultural must-see with narrow streets, stone walkways and old churches, all overlooked by Fortezza castle. Foodies can taste the amazing seafood on offer in local tavernas, all washed down with a good glass of vino from Achanes, the city of wine.
Take a day off from all the adventuring and explore the ship...
Dig out your combat trousers and scrunchies, because we’re paying the 90s...
What's it like being Captain of a cruise ship? We caught up...
Author: Emily Louise Overy
Published: September 24, 2015
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
Shop Finder Ask a question? Contact us
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU2 9TN
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Privacy Notice Terms & conditions Ways to Pay Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Google Play Store App Store for Ios TUI Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group TUI Credit Card First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday Weather
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk