Sun, sea and sand
There are numerous beautiful Greek beaches to spend your time on, it all depends on the island and area that you choose. If you arrive on a busy island, with crowded beaches then bare in mind that you may be able to take a boat trip to a nearby island where the beaches are more secluded. During the summer months of July and August, prices rise due to the number of tourists and because it is a popular time for families to travel with children, because of the school summer holidays. Visiting Greece in July or August is brilliant if you want the hot Greek weather, a lively atmosphere and entertainment. Obviously, this will depend on the area where you are staying and what amusements are around you. However, if you find that your accomadation isn't too near to where the entertainment is, you will be able to find reasonably priced car hire through your tour rep or at an information office, or you can get the phone number of a reputable and trusted taxi driver.
If you are looking for a break with no noise or hustle and bustle, why not try one of the more quieter islands. Travelling directly to a smaller and less known island is often quite difficult, but there are regular ferry trips available from the larger islands and from there you will be able to travel to your destination.
Explore the Greek ruins
After the release of the hit films 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' and the more recent 'My Life in Ruins", there has been a rise in the number of tourists wanting to travel to Greece to explore the famous Greek ruins and learn about its history. Although some islands have very little evidence of 'old' Greece and have been developed for the tourist industry, there are still many islands where you can still see the historical side of Greece. Kefalonia, which was the filming location for the hit 2001 film 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', is an island rich in history and ruins. Most of the ruins in Kefalonia don't actually stem back to Ancient Greek times and are in fact the result of the devestating earthquake in 1953.
The glorious Greek sunshine is the main reason why the grapes that are produced in Greece are of excellent quality and go on to make some outstanding wine. In the rural areas in Greece, many of the locals produce their own wine and the national Greek spirit - ouzo. Homemade wine is said to be the best, so it is definitely worth trying before you leave. Foreign expats who live in the rural areas of Greece will be quite familiar with their Greek neighbours and friends inviting them in to their homes to share their wine with them, but as a tourist, you will probably not have the chance to do this during your stay. Wine tasting is the next best thing! Winetasting is very popular in Greece and gives tourists to have a taste of real Greek life. Usually during your wine tasting session, you will be given numerous Greek snacks and foods, including their fresh produce and homemade olive oil. You will get the oppurtunity to try some of the many varieties of wine and then you will be able to purchase a bottle or two of your favourite. It is a good idea to ask around to see where you can go winetasting, as the locals will know where is best.