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Greece is packed with elements that add up to a near-perfect holiday: a warm Mediterranean climate, ancient sites and architecture spanning millennia, scintillating nightlife, and idyllic islands blessed with sugar-cube houses, olive groves and soft-sand beaches lapped by glass-clear water. Holidays abound, whether you fancy do-it-yourself island hopping around the Cyclades, Dodecanese or Ionians, going all-inclusive on Santorini and Mykonos, or need accommodation inspiration on Corfu, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Kos. The Independent’s travel experts have reviewed affordable, boutique and luxury hotels across Greece, as well as curating guides to Athens if a city break is more your vibe.

<p>Follow Crete’s coastline or head high into the hills</p>

Why this European island is perfect for an ‘inbetweeners’ holiday

With her teenage sons about to fly the nest, Tracey MacLeod faces the challenge of balancing an upscale adult getaway with a raucous lads’ holiday for one last family-friendly break

FAQs about Greece travel

Best hotels in Greece

You'll be spoiled for choice when searching for stylish stays across Greece and its thousands of islands. The Independent's impartial experts have reviewed and rounded up the best hotels in Greece, from adult-only all-inclusive resorts with private beaches to family-friendly villas that have their own pools. Whether you’re planning an island-hopping trip taking in popular Santorini and Mykonos or need a budget city break-base in Athens, check out our top recommendations.

Greece for foodies

Aside from its culture, history and top beach holiday credentials, Greece has another huge draw for adventurous travellers: its food scene. Greek food manages to get the knack of balancing simple ingredients with huge flavours. Think generous Greek salads brimming with feta, olives and cucumbers; thick, creamy Greek yoghurt swirled with honey; gyros stuffed with roasted meat, tomatoes and tzatziki; or dolmades, sumptuous vine leaves packed with rice. Read some of our mouth-watering foodie guides below and start getting inspired.

There plenty of tavernas in Elounda, but the best Cretan cuisine is to be found off the tourist trail

Gizzi Erskine eats her way around Crete

The celebrity chef and food writer follows the sunshine - and her stomach - to Crete's north-east coast

<p>Excavations at ancient Eleutherna, Crete</p>

A road trip to the centre of Crete’s rebellious heart

Forget fly and flop: central Crete’s highlands have long been a stronghold of resistance against invaders throughout the island’s history. Len Williams takes a drive through this fascinatingly rebellious region

Island-hopping in Greece

The very best way to experience the magic of Greece? Get island hopping. With more than 6,000 isles to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming – but you can’t really go wrong. Insta-darlings Santorini and Mykonos may be up your street, or you might prefer Corfu with its Venetian fortresses, Crete with its wealth of historical sites, Naxos with its marble streets and whitewashed cube houses. And then there’s Rhodes, Zakynthos, Naxos, Paros, Skiathos, Kos… The list goes on. Check out our guides to help find your perfect island match.

<p>Lefkada has mindblowingly beautiful beaches</p>

The best Greek island hopping routes

With 227 inhabited islands in total and six main island regions, Greece offers almost too much choice. Lucy Thackray lays out some of the best routes to help you plan your next island-hopping adventure

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