The view of the Hellenic Temple on the Island of Corfu, Greece.


Reasons To Travel To Greece This Summer


Greece is a wonderful place to visit all year round, attracting millions of travellers to its lands every year, and for good reason. During the late summer months in particular, the weather in Greece is practically perfect. The intensity of the hot sun is cooled by a light breeze, and the days are still wonderfully long, giving you plenty of time to explore the many sights that are on offer.

There are hundreds of Greek Islands, so we thought we’d take a look at two of our favourite – Crete and Corfu – and the reasons why you should visit them this summer.

Crete’s alluring nature

When you visit Crete, whether it is for the first or tenth time, it has this amazing attraction to lure a variety of people. Be it those that are seeking the epitome of a relaxation, with the beautiful turquoise waters and sunkissed beaches, or people that have a hunger for exploration and culture. It is no wonder that this magnificent archipelago was the base for Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Island‘.

The Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete

The bronze age Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete

The ancient sites in Crete

Whilst history flows through the veins of every Greek Island, it’s said by many that Crete is one of the most impressive for its historical sites. There are archaeological sites and Minoan palaces dotted across the island, and some of the most impressive can be found at Knossos, Crete’s largest Bronze Age site. Thought by most historians to be Europe’s oldest city, a visit here will take your breath away, and it’s located just five kilometres south of Heraklion.

Where to stay: Just an hour’s drive from the city of Heraklion is Rethymno, where you’ll find our unique stone villa, which sits right on the beautiful sea front.

Our beautiful villa Rethymno Beach IV

Our beautiful villa Rethymno Beach IV in Crete.

Crete’s Mili Gorge

Whilst we love the beach, the weather here calls for more than just sunbathing, and one of the prettiest places to see some of Crete’s scenery is at Mili Gorge. You can find the entrance at the small town of Xiro Chorio, and it’s a fairly easy walk so you can bring the whole family along. The gorge is surrounded by lush vegetation, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the sounds of nature, with birdsong all around and a small flowing creek. Follow the small signs from Xiro Chorio and find orange, lemon and mandarin trees, a deserted old village, a watermill and stunning sea views.

Where to stay: The beautiful village of Adelianos Kambos is home to a stunning beach and great local restaurants. Our villa, Rea, is ideally located near to local markets and tavernas, so you’ll get an experience of authentic Cretan life.

Find out why Corfu is “the greenest of the Greek Islands”

Greece’s second-largest island, the charms of Corfu make it a favourite with many holidaymakers, who find themselves returning each year to admire its amazing natural beauty. The greenest of the Ionian islands, it is mainly flat in the south, and boasts rocky dramatic coastlines in the north. It’s possible to join a tour and explore Mt. Pantokrator, from which you can see the whole island, and villages like Lakones are nestled into the green hillsides, with narrow streets and charming traditional houses. If you want to take a leisurely stroll along the beach, fear not, as there are many to choose from with Glafyda in the north being one of the most beautiful.

Where to stay: Our Eleni villa at Kalami is high up in the hills with stunning views out to sea, so you’ll be inspired by Corfu’s natural beauty every day. There are some great seasonal tavernas nearby, and the centre of Kalami is just a five minute drive away.

The view of Palaiokastritsa bay from the village of Lakones in Corfu

The view of Palaiokastritsa bay from the village of Lakones in Corfu

Corfu’s diverse culture

With an especially rich history, Corfu’s culture stands out against the rest of the Greek Islands as particularly unique. You’ll find Venetian-inspired olive groves throughout the island’s peaceful countryside, and the locals here are proud of their world-class museums and fine art. In and around Corfu Town, you’ll find some of the larger museums while unusual finds, like the olive museum at Kynopiastes, can be found dotted around the rest of the island. Waterside restaurants are abundant, so why not join the locals and taste unbeatably fresh seafood whilst enjoying seaside views? Perfection.

Where to stay: Lefki in Lake Korrison is tucked away in a quiet region of southwest Corfu. With a built-in barbeque, this large property is a perfect hub for your daily family adventures, and it’s under fifteen minutes by car from the bay between Messogi and Mpoukaris, where you’ll find amazing seafood restaurants abound.

If you fancy a villa holiday to Crete or Corfu this summer, then why not take advantage of our fantastic late deals. Find out more about the stunning destination of Greece and it’s many beautiful Greek Islands here


Adam is a Website Manager at James Villa Holidays.

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