Greece Flights:

Flights to Greece

image of greeceSituated in southern Europe, Greece has long been a very popular tourist destination for its ancient history and culture, its great weather and its great cuisine.

International flights to Greece are welcomed in Athens (airport code: ATH), Thessaloniki (airport code: SKG), Santorini (airport code: JTR), and Skiathos (airport code: JSI), though the country’s most major airport is in the capital, Athens. Flights to Greece from South Africa are indirect requiring one connection to Athens, and two stops to the other city airports. Airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates, Swiss, South African Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Egyptair, Air France, and British Airways, offer one stop flights to Athens, via their home countries, or two stop flights to the other cities.

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The Tourist Attractions of Greece:


As the capital and largest city of Greece, Athens is the country’s top tourist destination and has a wealth of ancient history and culture to offer visitors.

The Acropolis is its most famous attraction. Meaning ‘high city’, the ancient city sits atop one of the eight hills which make up Athens, and is best known for the temples built mainly in the Classical period. The Parthenon is the largest of the temples and was built in dedication to the goddess Athena. The Acropolis area understandably gets very busy during the height of summer, as well as being very hot. The views over the more modern city are very impressive.

Other attractions in Athens include the Killimarmaro Stadium (which is also known as Panathinaiko), where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. There’s also the former Royal Palace, now the home of the Greek Parliament, and the popular gathering place Syntagma Square (Constitution Square), with the nearby National Gardens.


Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and makes a nice alternative to Athens. This is also an ancient city with a history going back 3000 years, and benefits from being within easy reach of some of Greece’s other popular attractions too.

Thessaloniki has a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include Byzantine churches and monuments. The Museum of Byzantine Cultures is set within the White Tower, a 16th century fortified tower which gives wonderful views from its top.

The Halkidiki Peninsula is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for miles upon miles of beaches nearby to the city. In all there is nearly 500 kilometres of beaches here, plus archaeological sites and the Mount Olympus coast and national park.

Mount Olympus National Park is a popular area for trekking, though unlike many national parks around the world this hasn’t been well developed. Some visitors may find this an inconvenience because accessing the highest mountain in Greece can be a challenge. Other visitors will welcome this fact because it means that the area has remained unspoilt and undeveloped, hence retaining its natural beauty.

Ionian Sea Coast

In western Greece is the Ionian Sea coast. This has always been a popular summer holiday destination for Greeks themselves, but is only more recently being discovered by the rest of the world. This is a very nice area, and because it’s quieter gives visitors the chance to experience the more authentic Greece.

When Should You Visit?:

The regions of Greece mentioned above will all experience a Mediterranean climate, though obviously if you’re climbing or trekking on Mount Olympus you should expect more extremes of temperature. From April to November the weather in these regions is usually dry, and the temperature ranges from warm to hot. In July for example you should expect temperatures around 33C (92F). The wet season for Athens is between mid-October and April.

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