Mainland Greece Holidays
Mainland Greece Holidays – Fantastic beaches, picture-postcard scenery and plenty of rich history
Greece is a beloved destination for many, and in addition to the more familiar islands, the mainland offers plenty of options for a classic Mediterranean holiday, at an affordable price. Whether it’s sunbathing on golden sands, enjoying thrilling water sports, touring the beautiful countryside or exploring one of the many ancient sights found here, the region truly has something for everyone. Drenched in glorious sunshine and steeped in history, mainland Greece is dotted with stunning beaches and delightful coastal resorts, which boast authentic character and a rich sense of tradition, and offer the perfect base for a restful week or two away.
You’ll find well-equipped and family-friendly tourist centres, unspoilt fishing villages full of tranquil charm, and a wealth of archaeological sites, such as the world-famous Olympia, all throughout the region. The fascinating culture, spectacular coastline and picture-postcard scenery all add to the appeal of a getaway to mainland Greece, and from the Peloponnese peninsula and Porto Helio in the south, to Parga, Halkidiki and Thessaloniki further north, the area offers plenty of choice for a wonderfully relaxing holiday in the sunshine this year.
When to go
The tourist season throughout mainland Greece runs from May to October, with July and August being the most popular months to come. The region sees plenty of visitors during this, the hottest time of the year, including hordes of Greek tourists who flock to the coastline to enjoy the beautiful beaches, so for a quieter holiday experience, think about a trip during the low-season months. Easter is a great time to soak up the fascinating traditions and culture, whilst May sees the beautiful countryside in bloom. In late September and October, temperatures are still great for the beach, but much more comfortable, and there are far fewer tourists around.
Weather in mainland Greece
Mainland Greece experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, enjoying hot dry summers, and mild wetter winters. May and June can see 10 hours of daily sunshine, and highs of 24C – 28C, however the sea can be a little chilly this early in the year. Temperatures rise to 31C during July and August, with coastal breezes serving to temper the high heat, with these months also seeing high humidity, and pleasant night-time highs of 19C. At the end of the season, mainland Greece still sees 7 - 9 hours of daily sunshine, with September and October temperatures between 24C – 28C, and the sea still warm enough for swimming.
Getting the best deal
Avoid the busy peak season weeks if you are after the cheapest holidays to mainland Greece. These months see the greatest demand, and continue to command the highest prices, so if you are looking to save money, travel during the quieter low-season weeks of the year. There are better deals during May, September and October, and you’ll also enjoy quieter resorts and lower prices throughout the whole region. Being flexible and departing at the very last minute can also mean great savings, so look at our offers below, and visit our late deals page for the best prices to mainland Greece today.
Airport and transport need to know
There are a number of international airports that serve mainland Greece, with regular charter flights departing the UK during the summer season. To get to Halkidiki, fly directly into Thessaloniki (SKG), for the Peloponnese peninsula, use Kalamata (KLX) and for Pelion, travel to Volos Airport (VOL). Fly to Prevaza (PVK) for Parga, and Athens (ATH) for the Porto Heli region, with all flights to mainland Greece taking between 3 – 4 hours.
Transfers are included on package holidays to mainland Greece, with buses and taxi services available at each airport for the major beach resorts. The main hubs such as Thessaloniki and Kalamata have excellent transportation options and good access to the coast. Renting a car is the best way to explore your chosen destination, with mopeds and scooters being a particularly affordable way to get around. Boat trips are widely available, and perfect for discovering all that the coastal areas have to offer.
Best beaches in mainland Greece
The region boasts a diverse coastline, full of both stunning sandy bays and tiny pebble coves, and is home to everything from Blue Flag beaches to delightful rocky shorelines – ideal for relaxed sun-worshipping, swimming and water sports. Here are our picks for the best beaches in mainland Greece.
Best beach for sunbathing - Sani
One of the most popular beaches in Halkidiki, the Blue Flag stretch at Sani offers a stunning setting and everything you need for a relaxing day - beautiful golden sands, azure blue waters and a glorious pine backdrop, with plenty of convenient tourist facilities to enhance the experience.
Best beach for activities – Finikounda
Finikounda, in the Peloponnese, is one of the best spots in the country for windsurfing – thanks to its remarkably sheltered location and offshore cross-winds. As well as sunbathing on the sandy beach, other activities to enjoy on this award-winning spot include diving, snorkelling, and sailing.
Best beach for isolation – Horton
Head to the unspoilt Pelion, just north of Athens, for total seclusion on any of the peaceful beaches located here. Horton is set on glorious coastline, and there are plenty of charming hidden coves and bays to discover, many of which are only accessible by boat.