The biggest island in Greece is big on beaches and sunshine that's for sure. Crete is the tourist-friendly retreat for everyone with space for lively resorts and hidden beaches. Heraklion or Chania are both airports with an extremely warm weather welcome.
There are more things to do in Crete than you could do in a month, but highlights are Aquaplus, the giant water park just outside Hersonissos, Aquaworld aquarium at Chersonisos and the Botanical Park of Crete in Chania. Big, tourist-friendly beaches lined with attractions and amenities are found at Rethymno and Malia, but the coasts of the island offer beaches of all kinds to explore and enjoy.
The remnants of the Minoan palace at Knossos have been painstakingly restored and are an absolute must-see - it's a truly unique site. But ancient ruins are not the only places of historical interest on Crete; the island was once occupied by the Venetians and the town of Rethymno and its harbour offers stunning examples of 16th century Venetian architecture.
As well as a vibrant main town full of museums and history, Corfu is full of enough water parks, riding stables and scuba centres to tire out even the most excitable of families. Blessed with a glorious climate, you'll barely need to spend a minute inside once you reach its shores.
Ancient artefacts and beautiful beaches are just two of the many gems Thessaloniki has to offer. Spoil yourself with trips to the ever popular museums for a culture insight into the past and present day. Once you've strolled along the stunning beach, dine like the locals and experience authentic Mediterranean food like never before!
The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia's mild climate and plentiful beaches are the ideal setting for a cinematic escape. Quite literally - it was home to the filming of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Hop on a short flight to explore Kefalonia for yourself - the kayaking opportunities, beautiful architecture and pleasant weather won't disappoint.
Natives of Kos love to spend time on the beach, and considering its beautiful climate, it's no wonder. With miles of sand and sea to explore, you'll be clamouring for a return visit before you've even left the airport.
Land of magnificent palaces, historic villages and stunning beaches, you can live like an ancient Greek on the cobbled streets of Rhodes. Dine on Mediterranean dishes in the sunshine or swim among the fish at Waterhoppers diving centre.
Zakynthos' rich countryside makes it the perfect holiday spot for wildlife fans. Explore the turtles of Keri Cave, visit the zoo or embrace your inner party animal in the island's plentiful bars and clubs.
White-washed buildings nestled in the clifftops make Santorini’s famous landscape recognisable across the globe.
With more than 50 beaches enveloped in lush greenery and lapped by a turquoise sea, it's not difficult to see why Skiathos was often used as a backdrop for the box office hit, Mamma Mia.