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Activity holidays in Greece

Greece has long been a sailing and water sports paradise. The warm, gentle waters and hundreds of islands make it a magnet for anyone who enjoys beach activity holidays. Greece and the great outdoors simply go hand in hand!

Sailing and windsurfing are powered by consistent, warm winds. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding give you the chance to escape on the gentle ripples to discover the many bays, caves and inlets along the meandering coast. The calm waves and secluded beaches ensure activity holidays in Greece are an ever-popular choice, with kids of all ages having fun and building confidence in the water.

Activity holidays in Greece are all about taking things at your own pace. Unwind by the pool, throw yourself in our inclusive activities or head out to explore the surrounding area. Children aged 4 months upwards can have fun making new friends in our cool kids’ clubs and everyone can enjoy al fresco dining under the stars as you share your day’s adventures.

Our beachclubs in Greece
  • Flights, transfers and accommodation included
  • Discover the Ionian from Retreat, Cosmos or Vounaki Beachclubs
  • Aeolian Village and Portomyrina Palace Beachclubs on the islands of Lesvos and Lemnos
  • Visit the Peloponnese at Messini and Buca Beachclubs
  • Up to 15 inclusive activities to choose from including windsurfing, kayaking, fitness classes and mountain biking
  • Inclusive kids' clubs for 2 - 17 year olds
  • Adult only beachclub

When it comes to choosing amazing destinations for activity holidays, Greece is a real Neilson mainstay. With its gorgeous coastlines, green hillsides blanketed with olive groves and fascinating culture, it’s little wonder this sunny gem is home to no less than seven of our beachclubs

Aerial view of sandy bay in Greek islands

Where to go in Greece for an activity holiday

Retreat and Vounaki Beachclubs can be found among the mainland and islands of the Ionian Sea. If you’re interested in a yacht sailing activity holiday, this stunning area is the place for you. 

The southern peninsula of the Peloponnese is home to some of the finest and least developed beaches in the country. And this is where you will find our neighbouring Messini and Buca Beachclubs. The pair share some activities and facilities, but Buca Beachclub is an adult-only zone that’s all about child-free downtime.  

The beautiful off-the-beaten-track islands of the northeast Aegean Sea are home to some of the most unspoilt and relaxed destinations for Greek holidays. The island of Lemnos plays host to our Portomyrina Palace Beachclub, while our Aeolian Village Beachclub can be found on the island of Lesvos.

mum and dad in kayak with two young children

Family activity holidays to Greece

Family is placed firmly at the centre of Greek culture. Which is why Greece is a brilliant location for family activity holidays. All of our Greek beachclubs, with the exception of the adult-only Buca, offer summer long kids’ clubs - taking advantage of the hot, sun-filled days. Full of activities and fun to get children of all ages involved, there’s also the Starfish crèche for babies and toddlers.  


When it comes to water sports, the kids absolutely love our activity program. Whether they are trying kayaking, sailing or paddleboarding, we’ll have a club for them to join, based on their age. Don’t be surprised to see even the shyest kiddies joining in and making new friends.


Messini is particularly good for family activity holidays, with a giant chess board, kids pool, play area and frog bikes. The club also has a long sandy beach that kids of all ages enjoy.

couple stand up paddle boarding in Greece

Couples' activity holidays to Greece

The hidden coves, sheltered bays and boutique-style hotel at Buca Beachclub were made for couples’ holidays. This adult-only destination offers a wide selection of activities for couples, whether you try them together or individually. 


Head out on a cycle ride to explore, join a guided ride or get competitive on one of our seven tennis courts. Group coaching is included during your stay, so you’ll be able to up your game and improve your fitness.


Kayaking as a couple is a brilliant way to explore the coastline. Early birds should head out just after breakfast to enjoy the calmest seas. For days where you simply want to unwind, the day beds in our glass-sided swimming pool are waiting to welcome you. With an outdoor hot tub to test out, you really can relax. The sleepy, surrounding area adds to the laid back vibe, with rural villages peppering the slopes of the Taygetus Mountains. On our count: one, two, three…and relax. 

three dinghies sailing

Activities to do in Greece

You’ll find up to 15 inclusive activities on the menu in Greece, some on the water, others land-based.  Whether you’re a novice or an expert, we’ve got you covered. Rock up and have a go at something new or make the most of our free expert tuition to boost your skills and performance in your favourite sport.

Water sports – of course – feature highly at our Greece beachclubs. Windsurfing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing and wakeboarding are all inclusive activities, with kite surfing and scuba diving costing a little extra. If you’re a keen windsurfer, check out our windsurf clinics at Cosmos and Aeolian Village from top windsurfing gurus Peter Hart and Sam Ross. They’re a special extra you won’t find anywhere else.  

Away from the water, you’ll find tennis, rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling and a great choice of fitness classes covering flexibility, conditioning and cardio. Not to mention treating yourself to some time enjoying the spa and wellness facilities. Each of our beachclubs has a slightly different offering of sports and activities so if you have something specific in mind, check out where to go for your activity to avoid disappointment.  

Vounaki beachclub swimming pool

When to visit Greece

Greece’s high summer is as hot as you’d expect a Mediterranean country to be, although summer can have some cloudy or rainy days, expect bright, bright sunlight to be the norm.

Temperatures are usually in the 30s, with the hottest days arriving in July and August. If the high summer temperatures aren’t for you, spring and autumn still see plenty of sunshine. The sea may feel a little fresh in spring, but we find it's still plenty warm enough with a rash vest on. 

Our beachclubs are ideally placed to harness Greece’s varying wind conditions. Beginners will be able to develop their skills in the gentle breezes (force 1-2) found at the Retreat Beachclub. If you’re more experienced on the water, conditions tend to pick up around midday at most locations allowing you to ease into any activity before the breeze picks up for the afternoon. The only exception being Portomyrina, where the strongest cross on-shore winds start in the morning. 

Kalamata Greece

Culture

History buffs and culture vultures won't fail to be inspired by Greece. This is a country with a rich and varied history. Inquisitive minds will be inspired by the cultural influences of occupying civilisations including Classical Greece, the Roman and Byzantine Empire and many more in between.

Venture out and you’ll be rewarded with picture postcard views of olive groves and white, domed churches, pinpointed against the indigo sky and sea. But Greece's landscape holds may secrets and a day's exploring could see you discovering mythical sites, ruins and ancient temples from some of the oldest civilisations in Europe.

If you find yourself adapting to the local pace, don't worry. The days are long and everything slows down, allowing you to enjoy a Greek tradition - a long coffee and a chat with friends. Lazy lunches are also definitely on the menu.  

Greek food

Eating like a local

Greece produces some of the finest, freshest ingredients in the world, so where do you start? The familiar Greek classics are hot contenders, but tzatziki (yoghurt and cucumber), melitzanosalata (aubergine) and taramasalata (fish roe) will only get you so far. Feta and olives are almost compulsory - the flavour knocks spots off the stuff you buy from the local supermarket back in the UK.

But to really get a taste for Greek cuisine you've got to try some of the region's signature dishes. Skip the moussaka and opt for pastitsio. A Greek take on lasagna, it’s a layered dish of pasta, ragu and Béchamel - ideal for refuelling and sampling a rustic classic you won’t find back home.

The charcoal grill is a mainstay of most tavernas. Grilled meat and fresh fish are simply cooked so that the freshness and flavour of the food shines through. Souvlaki and Gyros are fast food favourites from the grill.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be in heaven with the honey and sticky, sweet desserts. You can’t go wrong with traditional baklava made with layers of pastry, chopped pistachios and honey. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, tracking down some kourabiedes. A delicate almond shortbread with an added touch of brandy makes these simple looking biscuits worth finding. The local honey, infused with local wildflowers and herbs is also a real treat on thick Greek yoghurt.

Greek travel info

Travel info

Language: Greek

Currency: Euros

Local time: GMT/BST+2

Flight time from UK: approx. 3-4 hours
Visa info: Visa is not required for UK passport holders.
Additional info: Before you travel visit www.gov.uk/foreign-advice-travel/greece for recommendations and advice for you holiday to Greece.

the hotel and pool area

Buca Beachclub (adult only)

Analipsi , Greece

From £809pp
swimming pool with double loungers

Aeolian Village Beachclub

Lesvos , Greece

From £639pp
Space to relax around the 50m (approx.) swimming pool

Portomyrina Palace Beachclub

Lemnos , Greece

From £715pp
Early mornings on the beach

Messini Beachclub

Analipsi , Greece

From £715pp
Swimming pool with views over the bay

Cosmos Beachclub

Vassiliki , Greece

From £629pp
The beach at Vounaki Beachclub

Vounaki Beachclub

Paleros , Greece

From £795pp
Aerial view of Retreat Beachlcub

Retreat Beachclub

Sivota , Greece

From £679pp