I’m worn out. Like, really worn out. This year a new job, a master’s program and planning my next big move has left me with grey hairs (yes! Scary!), so I’m looking forward to walking to the Camino de Santiago and having the better part of August to relax.
Wait, relax? Not a word I often use. In fact, having twenty days of vacation during a dead month in Seville has me looking for something cheap and exhilirating to do, and I keep getting pulled in one direction: the country where it all started.
Some type of all inclusive holidays in Greece could be just what I need. I’m usually a DIY traveler, but between trips to Croatia, La Rioja and Italy in the past five months, I’m a little tuckered out. I quite like the idea of just relaxing somewhere near the water and not having to worry about finding a place to eat, a place to stay or things to do.
Whether you want to book a last minute deal or look a little further in advance at a summer getaway, all-inclusive Greece holidays have the ideal climate for those who love to travel from May to October. I had the opporunity to nab an all-inclusive package in Ibiza in 2005 and saved probably hundreds of euros at the height of tourist season, having my food and beverage paid for, along with airport drop-off, a pristine pool and even discounts to the nightclubs that have made the small island a top party destination.
As well as mainland resorts, such as the up and coming hot spot Halkidiki, Greece is known for its vast range of breathtaking islands. Kos, Rhodes, Crete and Corfu, are four of the most popular islands and of gran renombre, while Skiathos and Santorini offer a more laid back vibe, much like some of my favorite beaches in Cádiz like Los Caños or Zahara. I’ve never been to the islands in Greece, and they’re high on my list. For real, why wouldn’t they be:
Approximately four hours from the UK or Spain, the flight time is manageable with families – just don’t try and take your sunscreen in your carry on like I did a few years back! Temperatures can be as high as 35°C in Crete during the height of summer, though I remember most hotels having enormous pools open, even in the center of Athens.
Although Hellas was once known for predominantly offering self catering stints, the rise of luxury accommodation has seen an increase in the number of all inclusive holidays in Greece. Vacations of this type have made the destination more suited to families, offering a more cost effective and convenient holidaying option.
All inclusive holidays in Greece do differ depending on your hotel choice – however, as standard, you can expect three meals per day, snacks and local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Entertainment facilities are typically diverse, with many complexes offering kids clubs, mini discos and early-evening productions (foam party if ya lucky!).
If you’re looking to go inland, I have fond memories of visiting the archaelogical sites around Athens and the olive groves beyond them that are home to the foundations of modern society – Delphi, Mycennae and Epidaurus. If only I had photos of 15-year-old me in Greece to add.
OH WAIT. Don’t say I never gave you a good laugh.