Destination guide

Greece is the Land of Gods

Greece needs little introduction. Lying on the fringes of Europe, the Land of Gods has a rich history matched by few. Most will have seen the iconic photos of whitewashed homes tumbling down the barren rocky cliffs on the Aegean islands, the sun-soaked beaches and the piercing blue skies, but it would take a lifetime to truly understand this complex nation. There are as many Greece vacation rentals dotted around the country as there are olive groves and when you stay in one, whether it's in Athens or on the islands, you can begin to discover this ancient culture.

Things to do

Discover Greece's ancient culture

Greece's ancient history dates back much further than the original Olympics, more than 2,000 years ago. Nothing sums up this sophisticated culture and exquisite architecture more than the iconic Acropolis in Athens. That said, the mainland and islands teem with ancient ruins. For something a little more unusual, you can visit the old UNESCO World Heritage monasteries that sit atop narrow rocky outcrops. Alternatively, book a Greece vacation rental in the northern city of Thessaloniki to explore the Byzantine churches and arguably the best food in the country.


Greece caters for beach bums and certified thrill seekers

It's simply impossible to list all the things you can do in Greece. Dedicated beach bums can invade the gorgeous beaches to sunbathe, perhaps ambling down to the water occasionally to cool off. If you're a certified adrenaline-junkie, you won't be disappointed when you stay at a Greece vacation rental. Launch a kitesurf to fly across the water's surface, or powder up to rock scale the craggy coastal cliff faces. Greece is dotted with rows of vineyards and if you visit one of the wineries, you can sample some fine vintages.


Greece's endlessly bright skies

The summer break sees the biggest influx, with vacationers descending upon the islands and coast to lap up the almost guaranteed blue skies. Top that with Greeks escaping the heat of the city and things can get awfully crowded. Those in the know book their Greece vacation rentals in the late spring and early fall, when the climate is even more agreeable and the throngs have all returned home on their cruise ships. The weather is still warm enough to eat al fresco, the sea is still just as inviting and the prices have taken a nosedive.

Natural features

Greece is a haven for birdwatchers

It might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of wildlife, but Greece teems with animals and they don't keep it hidden. On the mainland's interior, it's possible to spot wild brown bears and packs of wolves. In fact, there are more than 100 species of mammal in the country. Bird watchers should be particularly taken when they stay in a Greece vacation rental. The country is home to more than 400 species of bird. If staying on the islands, you may very well bump into playful dolphins or curious Mediterranean monk seals when you swim.

Where to stay around Greece?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 29,338 vacation rentals near Greece. From 11,395 Villas to 6,873 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Greece for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Greece?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greece. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santorini: 941 vacation rentals
  • Athens: 3,445 vacation rentals
  • Crete: 7,044 vacation rentals
  • Corfu: 2,244 vacation rentals
  • Naxos: 1,071 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Greece! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Greece?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greece:

  • Athens: 3,445 rentals
  • Naxos: 1,071 rentals
  • Oia: 941 rentals
  • Chania: 2,355 rentals
  • Mykonos: 1,443 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Greece?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Greece are:

  • Santorini Airport (JTR): 945 vacation rentals
  • Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH): 3,783 vacation rentals
  • Rhodes Diagoras Airport (RHO): 718 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Greece?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Greece. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oia Castle: 990 rentals
  • Mykonos Town Hall: 1,488 rentals
  • Elafonisi Beach: 416 rentals
  • Athens Central Market: 3,610 rentals
  • Porto Heli: 457 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greece listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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