Holiday Gems are a company I hadn't previously heard of, I'll admit I'm very guilty of going to the big names when looking into holidays, these however seem to always cost an absolute bomb. Holiday Gems have some amazing value for money deals, with flights from most major UK cities including Newcastle! For me being able to fly from Newcastle for a low cost is a big deal 'cause personally I find it difficult to find flights to most places for under £200! Holiday Gems have destinations everywhere from Florida to Mexico, Egypt and Africa. After spending a short while looking at their destinations I knew where I wanted to talk about, I mean yeah Florida is at the top of my list of places to visit because hello Disney World and Universal, Mexico too who doesn't want to visit the Mayan ruins?! However I saw Greece and was like yeah I wanna visit Greece I wonder what hidden gems they have there?
Of course we all know about Greek Gods and how the Olympic Games originated there, the ruins but there is so much more than this, Greece has so much hidden beauty and history. The island of Crete is one I didn't realise had so much history, its filled with ancient ruins like those of the Palace of Knossos which are ruins of the Minoan Civilisation who were known for their pottery and with links to the mythological story of the labyrinth and the Minotaur. Elafonisi is a small Island just off Crete that holds a lot of history, there's war memorials from the Greek War Of Independence, you can visit the old ruins of the Light house which was destroyed during WWII by German Troops. The light house was built on the island purely because of a Ship known as the Imperatix was wrecked in the Islands waters, the wreckage of which is still there to this day waiting for divers to visit. Wreck diving is a huge thing in Greece, not only are there ships to visit but also planes, I would love to go diving and see how the sea creatures have taken over the wrecks and made their homes. Not only does it boast history but it also boasts beauty, they have pink sand. Pink Sand!! How amazing is that, imagine all the instagram worth snaps you could get there! It's very easy for you to day trip between the Islands around Crete as they're very popular tourist destinations, you can even walk to some when the water is shallow enough! The other Greek Islands are also beautiful several of them such as Skaithos were even used for filming of Mama Mia, now wouldn't you love to visit and dance around the streets pretending you're a part of the film? Haha.
Thanks to Holiday Gems I now really need to go on a trip to Greece and my bank balance is probably going to hate me since I discovered their amazingly priced City Break deals! My holiday window shopping is definitely going to get worse since discovering them.
Do you have any holidays coming up or are you just window shopping like me?
*This post is a sponsored post and I have been paid to advertise Holiday Gems however all writing is my own as was the research into the country. The photos belong to Holiday Gems I take no credit for how beautiful those photos are!*