From Mount Olympus, the abode of mythical Zeus and his court, to the Acropolis's splendor, down to the white sand shores of The Aegean, mythology and reality meet present one of the world's most renowned Mediterranean destinations. The cradle of European civilization and much of Western thought, Greece has always been gifted with being legendary in its unmatched archaeological sites, rugged landscape, and legendary hospitality. The country is a peninsula surrounded by yet more charming islands concealing an unparalleled beauty of serene beaches, delectable cuisine, and relaxation.
The birthplace of democracy and philosophy, Athens, has grown upon history and modern life's vivacity. Dominated by the imposing Acropolis, high above, Athens flows amid a frenetic day-time lifestyle and a vibrant nightlife seldom matched by the most hedonistic metropolises around Europe. After a well-deserved visit to the symbol of Classical Greece—the Parthenon—there's still much to do in the heart of this exciting city: the National Archaeological Museum offers the best collection of Ancient Greek relics in the world; or Syntagma Square to watch the colorful changing of the Hellenic Guards, perhaps a stroll through Plaka, one of Athens most attractive neighborhoods. A world city like Athens is never short of bars, cafes, and clubs, not to mention the picturesque flea markets like Monastiraki and quintessential Greek tavernas that populate nearly every street. With an excellent transportation system made up of timely buses and economical taxi rides, getting around Athens is relatively easy. Still, if you have the privilege to do it on foot, even better: you'll experience the real-life and the unique tastes of Hellenism.
Though small in size, this central Island was once home to a mythical giant—the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, bathed by crystal clear waters and replete with picturesque towns and relaxing seaside resorts, Rhodes is in itself a colossus of hospitality and fun. The Island's main attractions include the Acropolis of Lindos and the city's serene beaches, the ancient site of Kameiros, and the incredibly charming town of Archangelos. While on the Island, don't forget to spend an evening at any of its many cafes and tavernas for a friendly exchange with the locals and a taste of their delicious cuisine.
Corfu is another typical Greek island, quite similar to Rhodes, but perhaps more vibrant, packed with dozens of resorts, cafes, restaurants, museums, verdant squares, and quaint little villages surrounded by olive groves and forests covering the rugged, hilly country. If anything, Corfu is a more posh, exciting version of Rhodes. On the other hand, Santorini is the more posh, eccentric of the islands, offering dramatic landscapes of rugged mountains and high-end resorts where the rich and famous sometimes come to play, far away from the fastidious sumptuousness of Cote d'Azur.
One of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, Crete is home to one of the world's earliest civilizations—the Minoan. And as the famed home of the Minotaur and Icarus' doomed flight, Crete is also a magnet for cultured travelers, where they can visit places of much historical importance like Knossos and Phaistos. But not all is mythology in the pages—the many cafes, hotels, squares, and promenades have given the Island a relatively cosmopolitan profile sought by many, especially if you are ready for a vast hospitality dose from the locals in their extremely picturesque villages that populate the Island. The Island's fabulous beaches are also popular with tourists. Its landscape is also an ideal combination of olive groves, pine and cedar forests racing across rugged hills, and towering mountains, all too dramatic and unforgivable to anyone forgetting their cameras.
Milos is well-known for its romantic and natural scenery, rocky coves, and clear waters. Milos is an excellent destination for families and couples. It is a quiet and beautiful island, offering all visitors a unique feeling of relaxation. Milos is famous for its fancy beaches. Due to the volcanic origin of its soil, Milos has a unique morphology and variety of beaches. You will find beaches crystal clear blue waters, colorful carve rocks, and white gold beaches. All of them with distinctive colors and depths in the sea, while you can also swim on fully prepared beaches or choose more lonely and wild. What is certain is that the Island's clear waters and its infinitely beautiful beaches will offer you an unprecedented experience.
Located on the southern side of the Aegean sea, Santorini is a part of the Cyclades islands complex and the most popular Greek destination and famous worldwide. You will encounter a world where all the shades of red create a fantastic sunset. Santorini caldera extends the most exciting sea views you've ever seen and enormous walls dotted with a romantic Cycladic white house!. The unique sunset view in Oia Santorini, the Cycladic architecture, the luxurious Santorini Greece hotels, the excellent restaurants, the exciting rocky landscape, and the Santorini volcano are just some reasons you must visit this unique Island!
Its perfect harmony of blue and green, culinary tradition, history, traditional villages, upbeat nightlife, and natural beaches make Kefalonia Island one of the best destinations for families' vacation. This Island is truly a gem that attracts all who want to spend a memorable holiday.
Kefalonia is a massive island, and for this reason, it's capable of satisfying every kind of tourist, from the most active to those who dream of a relaxing stay. Kefalonia offers beaches with a clear sea and beautiful colors, hidden coves, caves, charming villages, and breathtaking views.
It will indeed surprise you with its scenery, countryside, a geological wonder, and history.
Being a big island, Naxos offers many options to travelers who wish to explore various liveliness during their holidays. Naxos has many beaches, each one with different looks and styles. Whether it is a sandy or a rocky beach you are looking for, a quiet or a busy one, with or without sports and facilities, a big beach, or a small cove, Naxos has it all. Because of its picturesque villages, Naxos is a photographer's heaven. For its endless sandy beaches, lazy villages, homemade wine, and arsenic cheese was described by Herodotus as 'the happiest of islands.'
Mykonos is one of the most prestigious cosmopolitan greek islands, which offers an incredible atmosphere, legendary nightclubs, numerous picturesque pedestrian streets adorned with bougainvilleas, great beaches, and attractive water activities. The most enjoyable part of Mykonos is its beaches. You will find countless impressive beaches with crystal water and soft sand dot the Island's coastline, along with special luxurious services and exclusive facilities for an ultimate summer destination!
It is nominated as "The flower of the East" as there are over 7,000 species of flowers. Zakynthos gives numerous options to enjoy a fantastic holiday in one of the most pretty islands of the Ionian Sea. Beautiful beaches, underwater caves, mountainous villages, and scraps of fascinating history made Zakynthos one of Greece's most popular tourist destinations over the last years. Additionally, its traditional architecture, great cultural life, cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, festivals, stunning nature, and locals' hospitality are the main components you will find in this fantastic Island for your unique vacation.
It is the second biggest city in Greece after Athens, and it is rich in archaeological sites, lovely beaches. You will explore the homeland of Saints, Apostles, heroes, leaders, and philosophers and discover the city that is justifiably considered an open-air museum of Byzantine art. You definitely will enjoy Thessaloniki for its beauty, anarchy, history, and culture without mention its exceptional cuisine and excellent vast sea views along with its streets full of life and vibrancy. The most popular area in the city is Thessaloniki Beach Promenade. There, you will enjoy walking while marvel at the sea view and watch the sunset, Aside from the beach promenade, Aristotle Square, located right in the city center, is another prominent spot. Around this square is the commercial center of Thessaloniki, where you'll find all kinds of shops, restaurants, and coffees.
WHAT DO TO IN GREECE?
Explore most visited historical sites in Athens:
- The Parthenon: The symbol of Classical Greece. The National
- Archaeological Museum offers the best collection of Ancient Greek relics in the world.
- The Odeon of Herodes Atticus: reflects the traditional style of open-air theatres of the time.
- The Panathenaic Stadium: The only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.
- The Philopappos Hill: Offers excellent views of the Acropolis and the rest of Athens.
- Temple of Olympian Zeus: The largest temple in Greece.
Sail around Santorini
A boat around this fascinating Island will head you around the bay's dramatic parts, visit the Volcanic Island, and even have a little time for diving into the deep blue water!
Walk to the top of Santorini Volcano.
Take your walking shoes, hop on board a local boat, and skip over to Nea Kameni island. The beating heart of the Volcano just off Santorini. It is an enjoyable activity, and you can notice a big difference in the temperature.
Ancient Theatre of Milos
This theatre has an extraordinary view, and it's Belong to Klima's ancient town. The theatre would have first been built in Hellenistic times in the 3rd century BC and had to be reconstructed after the Athenians razed the city in Roman times.
Tour the Plaka Castle
Plaka castle in Milos was a refuge from pirate attacks, and still, if not much is left today, you have to go to the top for the scenery of the whole Island.
Visit Zakynthos Town
Great cafes, restaurants to enjoy. Besides, you will walk and go back in time while visiting the Agios Markos Square, the Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos, the commercial Alexandrou Roma street, and many other exciting places.
Explore the Samariá Gorge
Crete's excellent trail covers 18km (11.1mi) of spectacular landscape and scenery.
See the Knossos Minoan Palace
Knossos is considered Europe's oldest city, discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. The palace in Crete featured over 1,200 rooms, with some of them reconstructed to portray the site's grandeur.
Walkthrough the Rhodes City
Explore through the gates, and you'll be on walking cobblestone streets, evading under arched tunnels and flying buttresses.
Hit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
Today this palace is a museum, representing the monument's story and displaying the centuries-old architecture of the Main Hall and the arcaded patio.
Enjoy the best Greek food & wine.
All islands have their specialties and produce, a unique blend of the land and products available, the history of production on the Island, and closeness to other influences and cultures.
What to try?
A delicious flaky filo pastry with semolina custard filling, bougatsa can be found in Crete.
Sifnos Island's dozy streets fill with the aroma of freshly baked bread and biscuits from its many divine bakeries.
Santorini produces one of the most popular and delicious Greek wines.
Naxos has high-quality taverna meals, especially up in the mountains: think delicious slow-cooked meats with potatoes and impressive grilled lamb chops.
Corfu has the most apparent Italian heritage; beautiful and unspoiled Kefalonia certainly has the best wine in the region. Its combination of wine trails, mountain foods, and incredible scenery marks it as a top food destination.
In Chios, you'll also find the lovely perfume of mandarin groves, empty beaches and silent blue waters, fig raki, dried olives, Chian mastic ouzo, fruit preserves, honey, mushrooms, and a recently revived winemaking tradition.