Greek Island Travel – Traveling During the Peak Season
The high season of a Greek island travel vacation is typically July, August and September along with the Christmas and New Years holidays. It is during this peak time you will find that prices are up and everything becomes instantly crowded. Things like reservations, pre-booking and renting a room on a yearly basis takes on an entirely new meaning for anyone who chooses to visit the islands of Greece during the middle to the end of summer.
Rooms with air-conditioning and peaceful areas like Plakias Bay become rare gems for a desperately seeking tourist or visitor who is visiting during the hottest time of the year-without a reservation.
If you are one of the unlucky ones who have not pre-booked or reserved lodgings for this time of the year on the Greek islands, there are still a few things you can do to get a room. The biggest and the best have probably already filled – such as the major resorts and hotels with nearby or private beaches. This is because the package holiday accommodations focus on the seaside resorts with beach fronts the earliest, with bookings already done several months in advance.
If money is not a problem, there may be a few rooms remaining at the super luxurious world-class resorts for a few Greek island travel spots. These are areas where the wealthiest guests arrive by helicopters-private helicopters-with personal swimming pools in each suite with each bathroom designed with a television. One of the local resort hotels even has their own in-house orchestra to entertain the guests and a mini-zoo to help entertain the children of customers.
Looking for an available room during the summer in Greek islands is difficult. However, the old towns or villages may have numerous rooms available with “Room for Rent” signs plastered on back street rooms, apartments, pension homes, or Venetian mansions. Camp sites are always another option for backpackers or travelers who are limited in cash. They are no longer allowed to camp on the beaches for free, but campsites are well-equipped for the comfort of guests and travelers-even though many individuals still choose to camp out in the outer areas, hoping they will not get caught.
Another option is to escape the crazy congested holiday madhouse and plan on staying at a more traditional environment surrounded by peace and quiet-like the Plakias Bay resort village on the southern coast of Crete-while using the local ferry to get around. Areas such as this or inland villas are more apt to have an empty room than the Greek island travel vacation spots during the busy summers. Traveling is usually within the vicinity of any major holiday celebration, so the peace and quiet is usually well worth it.