Feeling warm sand between your toes, the breeze gently touching your skin, and watching the sun go down from the terrace of your hotel… sounds like the perfect summer holiday to us. This week, we’ll be showing you four of our favourite destinations in Greece – and we’re revealing the loveliest places to check out once you’re there.
Top Destination in Greece: Crete
The largest of the Greek islands is located at the very heart of the Mediterranean. Crete’s big – even larger than the Austrian Province of Salzburg – and is a particularly popular destination amongst travellers looking for more than just a great beach holiday.
Highlights of Crete
→ Explore the historic sites of Knossos, Phaistos, Eleftherna, Falassarna or Aptera, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of times long past.
→ Round off the day with a glass of good wine and freshly-caught fish at the Venetian port of Chania.
→ Walk through the island capital, Heraklion, and admire the impressive buildings in the old town.
→ Take a boat tour to the island of Gavdos or Chrissi Island, and feel just as if you’re in the Caribbean.
→ Wander through Samaria Gorge, with its extraordinary natural beauty, and enjoy the views out over the island.
Crete’s loveliest beaches
→ Seitan Limania
→ Chrissi Island
You can get to the sun-kissed island of Crete quickly and easily, and non-stop from Vienna, via the airports at Chania and Heraklion.
Top destination in Greece: Mykonos
If you’re looking for a super-trendy island with its own special flair, romantic architecture and a party here and there, you should put Mykonos close to, if not at, the top of your wish list for that summer get-away. This Cycladic Island is so much more than that! It also makes the perfect starting-out point for island-hopping.
Highlights of Mykonos
→ Stroll through the narrow alleyways of Mykonos town and have lunch in one of the tavernas.
→ Find the perfect viewing-point for watching the sun go down.
→ Take a walk to the five ancient windmills, which, although no longer operational, make a great photo-opportunity to this day.
The loveliest beaches on Mykonos
→ Kalo Livadi Beach
→ Saint Anna Beach
→ Elia Beach
Top destination in Greece: Rhodes
You should all be absolutely sure not to miss out on the sun-kissed island of Rhodes! The island was once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, a 33 metre-high bronze statue of sun god Helios. This was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, until it was destroyed by an earthquake. All that remains of it today are two columns.
Highlights of Rhodes
→ Visit the Palace of the Grandmasters, dating back to the fourteenth century, and feel as if you’ve been transported back in time.
→ Explore the neighbouring island of Symi by boat directly from Rhodes, and enjoy the colourful houses there.
→ Feast on typically Greek delicacies in one of the numerous tavernas. The rule here usually is that the simpler a taverna looks, the better its cuisine.
→ Stroll through the tiny alleyways in the town of Lindos, with its white houses and never-ending view of the crystal-clear water.
The loveliest beaches on Rhodes
→ Glystra Beach
→ Kallithea Springs
→ Elli Beach
Top destination in Greece: Lefkas
The least well-known destination on our list by a country mile is Lefkas (also known as ‘Lefkada’). The island in the Ionian Sea is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and the best way to explore it is by renting a car.
Highlights of Lefkas
→ Enjoy the view from Doukato lighthouse, at the southern tip of the island.
→ Pack your bathing suit and freshen up at Nydri Waterfalls.
→ Take a short trip by ship to Papanikolis Cave.
The loveliest beaches on Lefkas
→ Porto Katsiki
If you want to discover Lefkas, then the easiest way to reach the island is via the airport at Preveza.
Austrian Holidays starts you off on your summer holiday comfortably, quickly and easily. The flight time to our Greek islands is usually less than 3 hours, by the way. While on board, expect to be served delicious DO & CO catering, the latest newspapers and magazines, enjoy our services including 23 kg of carry-on luggage and seat selection free of charge. Look for the right flights right away: