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Last Minute Holidays to Greece

Greece and her islands provide the perfect venue for a last minute escape to the sun. Offering a delightful mix of sightseeing, historic sites and beautiful beaches, a Greek getaway has the ideal holiday balance with little pre-planning required.

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Choose Greece and enjoy a last minute holiday to remember

Flight times to Greece are under four hours, so ideal for families and those who don't want to spend too much precious holiday time on a plane.

One of the best times to visit is May when temperatures hover at around 25°C, but if you like it hot, July and August sizzle at 30°C and rising.

The islands all have their own distinct personalities with Crete the largest and arguably the most popular. Good beaches, mountain landscapes and historic treasures vie for attention and there's also a vibrant nightlife in some resorts for those who want it. A trip to Rethymnon, with its old walled town, imposing fortress and pretty harbour is a must.

Zante has a more laid-back vibe with some of the most photographed beaches in Greece and a choice of modern resorts. Go inland to discover traditional villages and mountain ranges. Highly recommended is a trip to Kalamaki Beach, a dedicated turtle conservation area where endangered loggerhead turtles visit to lay their eggs. Hiking and horse-riding are other popular pastimes.

Historic Corfu is another favourite with its impressive capital city, Corfu Town – a labyrinth of cobbled streets and shops watched over by an impressive Venetian Fortress. Or, those in search of relaxation may wish to consider peaceful Lefkas, one of the quietest islands offering pretty beaches and an array of sailing and water-based pursuits. Lefkas Town, with its narrow streets, quaint shuttered houses and pavement cafes, is worthy of a daytrip.

For natural beauty and ideal scuba diving conditions Kefalonia is hard to beat. There are an array of beaches to choose from, including the one made famous as the setting for the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Lixouri, the second largest town on the island, has a shady main square, archaeological museum and an impressive monastery to check out.

The best time of year to book your last minute holiday

To ensure the best last minute deal it's advisable to book no sooner than eight weeks in advance. However, if you're the spontaneous type it's possible to book right up until the day before departure.

Temperature-wise Greece is hottest from June until August but those happy to sightsee or do active pursuits in milder weather could also visit before and after peak season. Expect warm temperatures in months such as May and September.

Other last minute holiday destinations

Greece is not the only last minute option, there are plenty more destinations to consider. Take a look a Spain and its sun-drenched Costas, or maybe Cyprus will appeal – an island blessed with beautiful beaches and historic sites. Tantalising Turkey is also worth a look, with its modern resorts and colourful culture.

But, if Greece has charmed you, check out our handy travel guide to for some top tips on what you can expect from your holiday. Here are a few last minute hotels to get you started.

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