20 Incredible Vacations That Prove There’s Never Been a Better Time to Visit Greece

Back to Ottoman times

Although Ottoman-era houses can be found in Athens’ Plaka district, traces of Ottoman rule are more pronounced in Thessaloniki, once known as “the Sultan’s rose.” Here you’ll find the Hamza Bey, Alaca Imaret and Yeni mosques, while the Aigli Geni and Bey hammams have been converted from a public bathhouse into one of the city’s liveliest party spots and a chic café, respectively. To delve deeper into the Ottoman heritage in northern Greece, head to Veria.

How to do

A day trip to Thessaloniki’s Ottoman architecture with Greek Transfer Services (greektransferservices.com) starts at £17 pp.

Covid Rules

All travelers aged five and over must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery, negative PCR taken within the last 72 hours, or negative antigen test taken within the last 24 hours. Children under five are exempt

Greece like a local

Look beyond Santorini

While there’s nothing wrong with walking down a busy path, you’ll reap the rewards of exploring Greece beyond the well-known sights – and your bank balance will likely thank you.

Discover the continent

Many visitors are determined to experience Greek island life, but don’t overlook the mainland. Beyond the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, the idyllic beaches of Halkidiki, Pelion and Peloponnese are just a few mainland alternatives to a tranquil island break.

dinner later

Don’t worry, swap your 7:30 dinner for 9 or later. In summer, you will be happy to enjoy the vibrant flavors of Greek cuisine in the cooler evening temperatures.

Off-season visit

Although Greece is a great summer destination, visiting off-season is an opportunity to discover another side of the country (not to mention exploring archaeological sites in less sultry temperatures!). Why not admire the autumn colors of Zagorohoria or the spring flowers of Halkidiki?