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The Greek islands are a popular destination for many families during the Easter holidays, and it’s not hard to see why. Stunning views, friendly people, azure seas and golden beaches - what more could you want for a week or two of perfect relaxation at this time of year?

Whichever island you chose to visit you will be guaranteed plenty of lovely beaches and a variety of welcoming bars and tavernas. However, the islands are not just about beach life. Inland is a whole other world - with charmingly villages and ancient monasteries, excellent museums all characterised by the relaxed, easy going attitude of the locals.

In recent years, Greece has really has addressed its accommodation woes. Whilst you will still see plenty of modern concrete blocks, newer builds are far more in keeping with the gorgeous scenery - and there are some absolutely fantastic boutique and luxury hotels to choose from. In the same way, the cuisine has taken a vast leap forward, and you will find a whole variety of delicious, local food on offer, thoughtfully cooked and beautifully presented. If you see a lot of locals dining in a particular taverna, you can be assured of the quality of the food. When eating out, it is often much cheaper (and more fun!) to order a selection of appetisers (mezedes) to share, rather than a more expensive separate main course for everyone. You should also bear in mind that buying wine by the carafe is generally cheaper than by the bottle.

The holiday season on most of the Greek islands runs from Easter until the middle of October, although if you are heading to Southerly Rhodes or Crete, you may get away with visiting right up until the end of October. Corfu and Skiathos are more northerly, so lose the good weather earlier. If you are on the lookout for a bargain holiday, travelling outside of the school holidays will definitely save you money. In any case, whilst the temperatures soar in July and August, so do the crowds, so if you’re in the market for deserted beaches and cooler seas, plan to visit in April or May.

Hiring a car is a great way to get out and about and really explore everything your chosen island has to offer. However, be warned - the locals have a largely deserved reputation for reckless and sometimes dangerous driving - so pay particular attention when approaching side roads or when overtaking.

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