Greece is a country that offers so much to see and do and at a very affordable price point usually too. While there are thousands of things you could do when vsiting we’ve narrowed down the options to these 111 amazing places for your Greece bucket list, to help you decide what to prioritise.
Or, perhaps you’re up to the challenge and are going to tick them all off!?
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History and Archeology in Greece
Being one of the oldest countries in the world and a major part of the cradle of civilisation it’s no surprise that Greece is full of incredible historical and archaeological sites.
From the very north, across the Mainland and out over the islands there are significant sites and attractions at every turn, some with major mythology relevance, while others have to do with war, religion, and/or modern history.
Even people who generally have little interest in History are impressed by the significance of these sites and no visit to Greece is complete without visiting a few at least.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Located in the ancient centre in Athens, just a short walk from the Acropolis you will find this temple, dedicated to the King of the Gods and the head of the mythical Olympians.
Thought to have been built between 530BC and 164BC this is one of the oldest temples in the world.
Today 15 of the original 104 Corinthian columns still stand.
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Evzones are an elite military unit and the official Presidential Guard of Greece. You’ll find them in front of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, around the clock, 24-hours a day.
They’re a unique, select segment of the Greek Army and it’s considered the highest honour to be selected as one. The word Evzones means “well-girt” — or physically fit, in essence. It is pronounced ‘Ev-zon-ez.’
Further reading: The Evzones of Greece
In Greek Mythology Delos is believed to be the birthplace of Apollo, son of Zeus.
In ancient times it was a pilgrimage site as well as being an important trading port due to its central location in the Aegean.
Located just off Mykonos there are no inhabitants on Delos today but it is a very popular day trip by boat.
Delphi was a sacred site in ancient times that was believed to be home to Pythia, the legendary oracle. For many centuries Greeks and others visited Delphi to worship and make sacrifices and offering and most importantly to have their future read by the Oracle.
Built in the 8th century BC, Delphi was considered one of the most important places in Greece.
Today it is one of the most popular day trips from Athens but it’s also worth a day or two staying in the neighbouring town of Arachova to explore the whole area.
Visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in the Peloponnese just 30 minutes by car from Nafplio.
This former health sanctuary is one of the best-preserved theatres in Europe and is thought to be acoustically perfect, with people in the back row able to hear the quietest voices on stage.
There is also a small but very good museum on site and stalls selling the best orange juice on the planet!
Ancient Mycenae is the former capital of the Mycenean empire and home to King Agamemnon, brother of jilted Menelaus who was married to Helen of Troy.
In the second millennium, BC Mycenae was one of Greece’s major centres and this civilization was the last phase of the Bronze Age.
Today you can visit the ruins and the Museum in less than 20 minutes from Nafplio or 90 minutes from Athens.
This island in the Gulf of Elounda off Crete was once called the Island of the Living Dead as it was a leper colony for Greeks after the liberation of Crete at the turn of the 21st century.
Today there are regular day trips by boat out to the island which houses a small museum as well as a cafe.
You can walk within the walls of the colony including the school and shopfronts. The waters around it are lovely and warrant a swim, albeit with a rather grim backdrop.
This fortress island in the Peloponnese is actually joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway which now also has a road.
Basically, a large castle town was built into the southern side of the island making it difficult for approaching invaders to see the town.
Today it is a charming spot to spend a few days with narrow cobblestone streets hosting small boutique hotels, cafes, restaurants and galleries.
Located in the Western Peloponnese this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.
Home to the first Olympic Games in 776, Olympia was an important sanctuary and house of worship to the Father of the Gods, Zeus.
In the summer there are performances during the International Festival of Ancient Olympia and the area around the Alpheios River is great for hiking and swimming.
This temple is the most significant attraction at the famous Acropolis, itself the most popular tourist site in Greece.
The Parthenon is considered by many engineers and architects as the most perfect structure ever built. If viewed from the sky the Parthenon forms a perfect equilateral triangle with the Temple of Aphaea, on the island of Aegina, and the Temple of Poseidon, at Cape Sounion.
The temple was built in the mid-5th century BCE and dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos (“Athena the Virgin”).
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Ancient Akrotiri, Santorini
The Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri was one of the most important Minoan settlements and ports in the Aegean Sea.
It is often called the ‘Pompeii of Greece’ as it was covered by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC, only it is 4000 years older!
Akrotiri Archeology Site is located at the southern end of the island of Santorini and is roughly 15 minutes from both the ferry port and airport and 30 minutes from the famous town of Oia.
Knossos Palace, Crete
Arguably Europe’s oldest city, and one of the must-see attractions of Crete.
Knossos was believed to have been inhabited as far back as the Neolithic period (7000 BC), and by around 2000 BC it had become the center of the Minoan civilization.
In Mythology it was believed to be the home of the Minotaur.
Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most fascinating things to do in Crete.
Knossos is open every day from 8 am – 8 pm during summer and 8 am – 5 pm during winter.
Roman Agora, Athens
The word Agora means ‘market’ or meeting place in Greek and located on the Northwest slopes of the Acropolis you will find the ancient Agora of Athens.
For over 5000 years this thriving marketplace was used by millions of people to trade, reside, and for recreational purposes and it was modified and rebuilt during the various occupations by the Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines, and more.
There are two buildings still standing, the Stoa of Attalos and the incredible Temple of Hephaestus. Other things to see are ancient drainage canals, altars, shrines, a bath, and the remains of a prison as well as a roman statue. There is a very good museum as well.
One hour south of Nafplio on the Peloponnese is the infamous town of Sparta and only 10 minutes from there is the former fortified town of Mystras.
This is a fascinating site to explore but there is a lot of steep walking so be sure to come prepared. Highlights include the Palace of Despots, the second most important palace of the Byzantine Empire. Located on Mystras’ highest spot, the palace was the house of the city’s ruler.
It is a beautiful site undergoing significant restoration and is a must-see on the Peloponnesse.
Socrates Prison, Athens
West of the Acropolis in Athens, on the northeast slopes of Filopappou Hill, is the cave prison that some believe the famous Philosopher Socrates may have been held before his trial in 399 BC.
He was condemned for questioning the justice system at the time and supporting the city-state of Sparta.
Before he could be put to death Socrates chose to take his own life by drinking poison.
Temple of Aphaia, Aegina
This magnificent temple is located on the island of Aegina, in the Saronic Gulf south-west of Athens.
It is one of the best-preserved temples from the Archaic period in Greece, and it is known for its distinctive Doric architecture and fine sculptural decorations. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Aphaia, who was a local deity associated with fertility and agriculture.
It was built around 500 BC, and it has been an important site for archaeological research and study.
Acro-Corinth, is an historic citadel located atop a rocky outcrop above Ancient Corinth, Greece on mainland Greece, about one hour west of Athens.
It was once a formidable fortress and temple dedicated to Athena that was of great strategic importance in ancient times and played a significant role in the city’s defense.
Today it is a popular tourist destination and people often visit the nearby Corinth Canal as well.
Temple of Hephaestus, Athens
The Temple of Hephaestus is an ancient temple located in Athens in the heart of the historic centre.
The temple was built around 450 BC, and it was dedicated to the god Hephaestus, the patron of fire, metalwork, and craftsmanship.
The temple has been well-preserved over the centuries and is one of the best-preserved temples from ancient Greece. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Athens.
Pylos Castle, Peloponnese
There are two important castles in Pylos. One is the Neokastra and the other is the Paleokastro, located on the other side of the lagoon at the top of the promontory on the site of the ancient acropolis of Pylos.
It has panoramic views over the sea, the lagoon, and the Plain of Pylia. Below it is Nestor’s cave, where, according to mythology, the king of Pylos raised his oxen, and the bay of Voidokilia, regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world.
METHONI CASTLE, PELOPONNESE
Methoni is a picturesque town overlooking the Ionian Sea and the island complex of Oinousses. It’s mainly famous for its fortified castle.
Built by the Venetians in the 13th century, Methoni Castle is among the largest ones in the Mediterranean.
To enter the castle, you will need to walk the bridge stone made of 14 arches. The entrance gate is dominated by the lion of St Marc, the symbol of Venice.
Ancient Messini, Messenia
Located 40 minutes north of Kalamata in a fertile valley under Ithome mountain in the Peloponnese Messini is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Greece.
This was once a large city-state, founded during the Bronze age and home to thousands of people. Due to its strategic position and clever fortification, it withstood many sieges by both the Spartans and the Macedonians and was one of the most important capitals of its time.
The Panathenaic Stadium is also known as the Kallimarmaro – a stadium located in Athens. It is the only stadium in the world built from marble and is considered one of the oldest and most historic sporting venues in the world.
The stadium was originally built in the 4th century BC, and it was used for the Panathenaic Games, a major sporting event in ancient Greece. It was also used for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
Today, the Stadium is a popular tourist attraction in Athens and, with a seating capacity of 50,000 people, it is still used for sporting events and cultural events.
The Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion
A popular day trip from Athens is to the Sounion Peninsula where the amazing Temple of Poseidon sits proudly looking out to sea. It is fantastic to visit at sunset and you can also pop into the Vouliagmeni Cave and lake up the road as well.
Built in the 5th century the temple was dedicated to Poseidon, God of the Sea and brother to Zeus, and was build in the Doric style with marble from nearby Agrileza.
Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
This formidable fortress overlooks Nafplio from its privileged position atop a hill that rises at 216 meters above sea level.
Built by the Venetians in 1686, it impresses with its imposing style and the intricate beauty of its eight bastions.
It was so well built that all attempts to conquer it failed miserably, at least until 1822, when the Greek patriots ultimately managed to take control from the Ottomans.
The Palamidi fortress can be reached by public transport, but climbing more than 900 steps to the top is well worth it if you want to enjoy the stunning views over its surroundings.
WHITE TOWER OF THESSALONIKI
The icon of Thessaloniki, the White Tower sits on the storied waterfront and has a very long history.
Though dating back to the 12th century, with Byzantine roots, the modern iteration was remodeled after Greece gained control of Thessaloniki from the Ottoman Empire in 1912.
The tower has served as a prison and a site for executions. Today, the White Tower is a museum of Byzantine culture.
Lindos Castle, Rhodes
Towering above the town of Lindos , on the island of Rhodes, is the Acropolis of Lindos, an incredibly significant historical site and one of the most interesting things to do in Rhodes.
Parts of the site date back to 300 BC, and the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all left a mark on it. It’s very well preserved, and the view from the top is well worth the sore legs!
The Acropolis of Lindos is open from 8 am – 8 pm between April and October, and 8 am – 3 pm between November and March.
Churches and Monasteries
Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
This monastery is the second oldest in Greece and one of the most photographed.
It was built in 1117 which is incredible in itself but even more impressive is its astounding location. Built into the craggy rock face, at 300 meters above sea level, this white-washed building looks more like a fantastical castle than a monastery.
It was originally built to protect a religious icon (itself dating to 812 AD). There are over 1,000 steps up to the entrance and spectacular views of the island.
The Monasteries of Meteora tower over the fertile plains of Thessaly and the town of Kalambaka , and are built incredibly on stunning rock formations projecting up out of the ground.
The complex is made up of twenty-four Eastern Orthodox monasteries that were built on giant sandstone rock pillars between the 14th and 16th centuries. Six of them are still in use today and can be visited by the public, whilst others are popular for sightseeing externally by hikers and photographers.
Panayia Evenyelistria Cathedral, Tinos Island
This famous church is located on a hill above Chora, Tinos’s capital city.
It s believed to be a ‘miracle’ church, and is built where the Icon of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary was miraculously discovered, after the Nun Pelagia had a vision. The name megalochari means “with all graces”, and it is one of the names given to the Virgin Mary in Greece.
The church is visited by many pilgrims who crawl from the port on their knees on the long red carpets that have been laid out.
Panagia Ekatondapiliani, Paros
Also known as the Church of 100 doors, this is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece.
Built originally in the 4th century, legend has it that 99 doors have been found in the Church and that the 100th will be discovered when Constantinople (Istanbul) is returned to Greece again.
Entrance is free
Opening hours (at publication) are 7 am‑10 pm.
In the low season: 7 am‑2 pm and 4 pm‑8 pm. ( check before you go as this can change)
Church of Saint Dimitrios, Thessaloniki
Also known as the Hasios Demetrios this Church is dedicated to Demetrius, the Patron Saint of Thessaloniki.
It is the city’s largest church and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The first smaller church was built in 313 AD shortly after Demetrios was said to have been executed on this site.
Throughout history is has been converted into a Mosque, destroyed by fire, and rebuilt and today is an important tourist and community attraction.
The Monasteries of Mt.Athos
Mount Athos is one of the most fascinating places in all of Europe. It is both a mountain and a large peninsula in North Greece covering over 330 km2, that is used only by Greek Orthodox Monks.
Often called the ‘Holy Mountain’, it is home to over a dozen monasteries, several of which are some of the biggest and most impressive in the world.
The island is governed as an autonomous polity within the Hellenic Republic (Greece) and not only is it visually stunning but one of its most unique facts is that all females are banned, even female animals.
Church of Panagia Akathistos Hymn, Oia Santorini
This much-photographed church in popular Oia dominates the northern half of the island and is a very popular wedding venue.
Located on the main square of Oia the church has five domes, an six bells and it was originally located within the Venetian Castle and was moved according to a legend where an Icon of Mary kept moving itself to the current site.
The church is dedicated to the Standing Hymn to the Mother of God (Akathistos Theotokos).
The Church of the Panagia, Rhodes
The Church of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) Tou Kastri is the most important church on the Greek island of Rhodes.
One of the most significant ecclesiastical structures on the island, it is a Byzantine church that is situated atop Kastri Hill in the old city of Rhodes.
The church is renowned for its stunning frescoes, views of the neighborhood, and its long history.
Monastery of Hosias Loukas
The Monastery of Hosios Loukas is a renowned Byzantine monastery that features two main churches – the Church of the Theotokos and the Church of Saint Luke.
The Church of the Theotokos is renowned for its intricate mosaics while the Church of Saint Luke is known for its well-preserved frescoes.
The Monastery is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination showcasing the art and architecture of the Byzantine period.
Church of Agia Sofia, Thessaloniki
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of Agia Sofia in Thessaloniki was constructed in the sixth century AD. It is regarded as one of the most significant remaining works of early Byzantine art and architecture and is well-known for its mosaics, some of the best specimens of Byzantine art that have survived.
During the Byzantine era, the church was a significant hub for religious and cultural activities and during the Ottoman era, it was used as a mosque. Today it serves as a museum showcasing the art and architecture of the Byzantine period.
Church of Saint Nicholas, Syros
Built in 1848 in Ermoupoli, the administrative center of the Cyclades islands and the island of Syros. Both locals and visitors like visiting the church, which is devoted to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors.
It is a magnificent neo-classical structure distinguished by imposing chandeliers and an ornately decorated altar.
The church is the primary church in Ermoupoli and has a great impact on the social and cultural life of the island.
111 TOP THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN GREECE
Caves, Coves, Lakes and more
Located in southern Crete this is the longest gorge in Greece and one of the most scenic national parks in Europe.
Hiking the Samaria Gorge is one of the top activities on Crete and as it takes around 6 hours to complete you do need a reasonable fitness level.
A popular was to visit it to catch the bus or drive to Sfakia near Agia Roumeli ( great beach) or start at the trailhead at the other end which has a cafe and amenities.
Caves of Diros
Located 10 minutes south of Aeropoli is one of the most important archeological sites and natural wonders in all of Greece.
The caves are explored in small boats on the water. The tour is 1,500 meters, of which the first 1,200 are on the water and it takes about 25 minutes to complete.
Inside the cave, the fossilized bones of panther, lion, and the largest hippopotamus bone deposit in Europe have been found. Pottery has been found to indicate the human presence and it is thought that this may have been where the first humans arrived in Europe from Africa.
Make sure to check the official website for prices and opening times which are subject to change.
Edessa is a small city north of Thessaloniki above the Loudhias Potamos River.
According to ancient sources, Edessa was where Caranus established the first capital of Macedonia. At one point it was the centre of Greek and Assyrian theology and philosophy and home to the famed School of Edessa.
Today it is popular with visitors from the Balkans and Greece who love to visit the waterfalls, especially Karanos which is over 70 metres high. There are several other waterfalls including Waterfalls Park and a Water Museum too.
Antiparos Cave is the biggest vertical cave in Europe and has a depth of approximately 100 meters.
The cave showcases the most exquisite stalactites and stalagmites including the oldest stalactite in Europe estimated to be 45 million years old!
This is the biggest attraction on Antiparos, just 10 minutes from Paros.
In 2022 Antiparos Cave was open from April through October and its opening hours were daily from 10:00 to 16:00.
Tickets cost 6.00 euros which includes entry to the Folklore Museum.
Located less than 30 minutes inland from Parga on the west coast of the Mainland is the beautiful Acheron River.
In Greek Mythology this was believed to be where the gates to Hades (Hell) were located and the river represented a physical barrier between mortals and the Underworld. It was often referred to as ‘The River of Woe”.
Today is it a tranquil spot for people to swim and raft with picnic areas along its banks.
Kleftiko means ‘stolen’ in Greek and Kleftiko in Milos is isolated and hard to get to. Some say this is where pirates like Barbarossa took their stolen goods.
It is only possible to visit there via boat or on a very long hike! There is no beach here but rather of series of dramatic sandstone rocks and cliffs surrounded by azure crystal-clear water.
It’s a beautiful spectacle to see and a lovely spot for a swim.
Medieval Stone Bridges of Thessaly
There are several lovely stone bridges to find when exploring the fertile valleys of Thessaly, often in conjunction with Meteora.
Palaiokarya Bridge is hard to find but worth the effort with beautiful waterfalls and often no visitors. Nearby the Stone Bridge of Pyli was built in 1514 by Saint Bissarion and is the second-largest arch bridge of Thessaly.
Located on what is often referred to as the ‘Athenian Riviera’ Vouliagmeni is a lovely seaside suburb with great beaches and very unique hot springs.
Here you will also find he thermal lake is believed to be very therapeutic. It is located just a short walk back from the beach and is open to the public for swimming and snorkeling.
There is also a nice café on-site and a range of spa treatments and activities.
Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina
The lovely town of Ionnina is located in central Greece on the banks of this lake, often called the Lake of Ioaninna.
A little over 20 sqkms in size the lake is home to Ioaninna island which has a permanent population of around 200 inhabitants and several monasteries.
The lake hosts major international waterski competitions and is lined with walkways, restaurants and has a significant wildlife habitat.
Zante Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Zakynthos
Since 2011 this centre has been protecting and rescuing the ‘Caretta Caretta (sea turtles) of the Ionian Sea.
They collect, monitor, and track the turtles during nesting season and have worked tirelessly to promote sustainable tourism with over 15,000 visitors a year.
Visitors to Zakynthos can volunteer at the centre or even apply for a Conservation internship which takes between two and seven months.
Melissani Cave, Kefalonia
One of the best things to do in Kefalonia is to explore the island’s caves. In the north, not far from Myrtos Beach, you’ll find Melissani Cave.
Known as “the Cave of the Nymph”, as it’s allegedly where the Nymph Melissani drowned after being rejected by the Greek God, Pan. It’s small but very beautiful with its natural open roof that lets the sun in the light up the water.
7euro entry including a boat ride.
Open 9 am to 7 pm daily in summer and Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm in winter.
This manmade canal runs between mainland Greece and the Peloponnese.
If was completed in 1881 after a series of attempts, including a study by the Roman Senator Caligula and a number of false starts.
It opened up a much faster shipping route for trade between the west and the east although today it only has small ships and private leisure craft come through due to its size. It is a popular tourist attraction and some people bungee jump off it too.
#currently closed for major work until October 2023
Located near Figalia on the Neda River in the Western Peloponnese, this waterfall is one of the most photogenic in Greece.
Entry is via the Neda Gorge which includes two smaller waterfalls as well. There is a wooden bridge to cross and then you will see the beautiful 20-meter-high waterfall and the inviting emerald pool at its base which is perfect for a refreshing swim.
This is a great spot to spot when visiting the nearby Temple of Apollo Epicurius.
High in the mountains of Macedonia in Northern Greece Lake Kastoria is considered one of the loveliest in the Balkans.
Receiving water from nine rivers the lake is a very important breeding ground for birds and other animals and it has a huge population of fish.
Surrounded by huge limestone mountains the main town on the lake is also called Kastoria which is home to one of the best aquariums in Europe.
The Voras Mountains are situated on the border between Greece and Skopje, North Macedonia. The highest peak is Kaimakchalan ( Kajmakčalan).
This range is home to a popular ski resort and the Louta Loutrakiou hot springs. Nearby is pretty Agios Athanasios village which is also worth a visit.
If it is winter it is worth spending a few days in this are to make the most of the snow and hot springs.
Top Museums of Greece
Acropolis Museum, the best-known museum in Greece, and mandatory viewing if visiting The Acropolis.
Benaki Museum, Athens – also known as the Museum of Islamic Art this museum is one of the best in Greece and is home to one of the best collections of Islamic art in the world. It also has a number of art galleries, a toy museum, three beautiful cafes, and six shops.
National Archaeological Museum – the largest and arguably most important in the country. This museum houses precious artifacts from all over Greece.
National Gallery – Museum of Alexandros Soutsos, Athens – hosting Greek and European artwork, statues, and installations from the 1400s to today.
Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens – home to numerous frescoes, paintings, sculptures & artifacts from as far back as the 3rd century.
National Library of Greece – located at the incredible Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre the library contains more than one million books and magazines including a significant collection of ancient codices dating back through the centuries.
Archaeological Museum of Piraeus – showcasing the history of the port city, now the largest passenger port in Europe. Displays include the history of the naval dockyards, and the history of the city dating back through Mycenaean, Roman, and Byzantine times.
Museum of Olive and Olive Oil, Sparta – one of the best museums in Europe covering the history, evolution, culture, and production of Olives and Olive Oil. Displays include fossilized olive leaves that are over 50,000 years old and 14th-century inscribed tablets about the oil.
Natural History and Mushroom Museum of Meteora – showcases an extensive range of flora and fauna from the area including various fungi. You can go truffle hunting with dogs, and there is a big mushroom festival each year too.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira – a small but very important museum on Santorini housing ancient artifacts from excavations on the island dating back to Neolithic times.
Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, Vergina – located in northern Greece about an hour from Thessaloniki, this astonishing site is the royal tombs of the Kingdom of Macedonia. This is where Phillip ll of Macedonia is buried, father of Alexander the Great. The whole site of Aigia was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996.
Komboloi Museum, Nafplio -this quirky museum focuses on the worry beads (Komboloi) much loved by elderly Greek men. They have ancient beads once made with bones and teeth, right through to the evolution of stone, glass, and plastic.
Bouboulina’s Museum, Spetses – Bouboulina was a hero during the Greek War of Independence when she was an Admiral in the Greek Army. Both her husbands were sea captains and she took on the family legacy and also became a member of a secret organization that helped launch the revolution.
Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki – covering the rich Jewish history of Thessaloniki and northern Greece and the Holocaust.
Noesis, Thessaloniki – this is a modern science and technology museum with a planetarium and collection of classic cars.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete – presenting a huge collection of Cretan artifacts including the largest Minoan art collection in the world.
Mon Repos Palace, Corfu – a villa built for the British High Commissioner in 1828 and then given to King Georgie l as a summer residence it was also the birthplace of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Today it is a museum showcasing the surrounding area’s history as well as the construction and history of the Villa.
Corfu Museum of Asian Art – Located in the Palace of St.Michael in Corfu Town it has a big collection of art from China, Japan, India and other parts of Asia originally donated by Greek benefactors and since expanded.
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes – showcasing the history of Rhodes and the Dodecanese, particularly through the Venetian occupation.
image credit @ Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre
Greece’s prettiest Villages
Assos is a small, seaside village on the northwest coast of Kefalonia and is one of the prettiest in Europe.
Accessed by a narrow, windy road and home to only a handful of hotels and apartments there are several excellent tavernas and cafes and a beautiful calm bay. The beautiful Venetian architecture and proximity to famous Myrtos beach are another bonus.
This is the sort of place where you can really get away from it all and it’s very affordable too.
Naoussa is a lively fishing village in the north of the island of Paros, a perennial favorite with visitors, especially in Summer.
It is the 2nd biggest town on the island and is slightly more upmarket, and more expensive than Parikia. There are many excellent bars and tavernas around the main square at the port and lovely shops and boutiques, as well as a winery.
People say Naoussa reminds them of Mykonos 20 years ago but we think it’s even better.
Magical sunsets, breathtaking views, enchanting restaurants with divine food and ambiance, luxurious Villas hidden in caves – Santorini really has it all. Plus there are enough activities and things to do to keep things fun and interesting.
Oia is widely regarded as the most beautiful village on the island with its iconic blue church domes, high-end hotels and restaurants, windy alleys, and amazing sunsets.
It’s located at the very northern tip of the island which means that tour buses and traffic are unable to access it, adding to its cache.
Ano Symi, Symi
Located less than 2 hours from Rhodes by ferry Symi Island is considered one of the prettiest islands in Greece. In fact, its small harbor town of Ano Symi is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.
The town is lined with beautiful converted neo-classical building spilling down the hills to the harbour and the many charming shops, cafes and tavernas around it.
Located between Chania and Heraklion in northern Crete is the very charming town of Rethymnon.
The old town is filled with Venetian mansions housing boutique hotels and wonderful tavernas and there are several interesting historical sites and good beaches nearby.
This is like a smaller, less crowded version of Chania and is a very authentic, laid-back town to spend a few days.
Little Venice, Mykonos
Like its namesake, Mykonos’ Little Venice is a beautiful place to stop for a drink or meal, or simply just to wander through, taking in the gorgeous views and atmosphere.
The oceanfront area is one of the most picturesque places in Mykonos, with a myriad of maze-like laneways and alleys dotted with great shops and eateries. To see it without the crowds, it’s best to arrive early, although it’s well worth joining the masses to watch the sunset over the water when it’s at its Venice-esque best.
Ano Syros, Syros
Located just 2 hours southeast of Athens by Fast Ferry or north of Santorini is the capital of the Cyclades Islands, Syros. This island is very different from the others in the group with its colorful neo-classical buildings and many Government buildings, museums, theatres, and even a casino!
When you arrive by ferry you see two hills covered in neo-classical buildings, both with a Church at their peak. One is the capital Ermoupoli and the other is the medieval capital and fortress town on Ano Syros.
Spend days getting lost in the maze of alleys and hidden delights in this magical town.
Most visitors choose Plaka when they stay in Athens is Plaka, a pretty area right at the foot of the Acropolis with lots of car-free space, great tavernas and bars, and many galleries, museums, and ancient sites within a short walk.
Located on the highest part of the northeastern side of Acropolis Hill is an even smaller place called Anafoitika, one of the oldest suburbs in Europe. This area is made up of several narrow, winding streets, both colorful and white-washed houses, great little tavernas and cafes, and lots of stairs.
Nestled near the southern end of the island of Rhodes is Lindos, a charming town that is in close proximity to a number of great beaches and attractions.
It has become an upmarket destination for visitors to the island as its Old Town and archeological sites such as the Acropolis of Lindos.
There’s an excellent selection of tavernas, shops, and bars to enjoy, so it’s an excellent base for exploring the island. It is also right next to beautiful St.Pauls Bay which also deserves a visit.
Plaka is a traditional village located on the island of Milos on the hillside above the port of Adamas. It is known for its charming narrow streets and whitewashed houses as well as a variety of traditional Greek tavernas and cafes.
Visitors can explore the village and enjoy the traditional Greek architecture, as well as take in the beautiful views of the sea.
It’s a great spot for those looking for a more peaceful and traditional experience during their visit to Milos.
The Castle Fortress of Monemvasia dates back to the time of the Byzantine emperor Maurice, in the year 582 AD. It is completely unique and a must-do if you are visiting the Peloponnese.
Once an island joined to the mainland by a rock wall it was designed to blend into the mountain and not be seen by enemies at sea. It was a thriving seaport during the time of the emperor Andronicus XII and after the occupation by the Ottomans, which lasted up until the early 19th century.
Today it is home to a number of small hotels, cafes, tavernas, galleries, and shops as well as a few remaining landmarks and churches.
The historic town of Lefkes, which is in the island of Paros’s center, is renowned for its old-world-style buildings and gorgeous surroundings. Its quaint cobblestone pathways and white-washed homes make it one of the island’s most picturesque settlements.
Visitors who want to learn more about Paros’s history and culture frequently visit Lefkes. The village is home to an impressive Church and a variety of classic Greek cafes and tavernas, as well as shops that sell items like Greek ceramics and textiles.
It’s a fantastic location for photography as well as admiring the breathtaking views over to Naxos.
Limeni, Mani Peninsula
Located on the western side of the Mani Peninsula Limeni is one of the most beautiful villages in all of Greece.
Much photographed on Instagram it is a very small and rather new seaside village on a narrow coastal road in a small protected cove with crystal clear, azure water, right below the charming and very authentic town of Aeropoli. There are a number of outdoor activities and boat rides on offer in Limeni as well as a dive center.
Whilst there are only a handful of tavernas and cafes the quality is very good.
Chania is one of the most popular places to stay in Crete, and also one of the most charming.
It offers a stunning beautiful Old Town, where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you wander the laneways.
Over the years, Crete has been influenced by many different groups – the Minoans, the Ancient Greeks, the Venetians, and the Ottomans. Each one has left its own visible marks on the island and particularly on the Old Town in Chania.
Aegina Harbour, Aegina
It takes just one hour by ferry to reach Aegina Harbor, which lies on the island of Aegina in the Saronic Islands, from Athens. Traditional Greek homes and cafes line the waterfront, which is a popular destination for tourists interested in sampling the local way of life.
Traditional Greek fishing boats and larger ferries that connect the island to the mainland and other adjacent islands are among the many boats and ships that can be found in the harbour.
The Aegina Ancient Market, a popular destination for travellers interested in learning more about the island’s fascinating past, is also located in the harbour.
Rhodes Old Town
Rhodes Old Town, also known as the Medieval City of Rhodes, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
The Old Town is enclosed by a well-preserved set of fortifications, including the impressive Knights of St John’s Palace.
Visitors can explore the charming narrow streets lined with traditional houses and shops, as well as a variety of historical sites such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights. There are also many restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Located 25 kilometers from Chios Town on the island of Chios, Pyrgi ( pronounced ” Per-yee”) is the largest medieval village in Chios and most will say the prettiest.
Often called ‘The Painted Village’ 13th and 14th century houses are decorated in intricate paintings and etchings, done by hand. These etchings are known as ‘xysts’ and are similar to what you may see in a Genovese village in Italy. This is likely due to the fact that Chios was under Frankish occupation at the time Pyrgi was settled.
Today more than 1200 people live in Pyrgi which has a lovely shady square, an impressive Byzantine church, and three Greek Orthodox churches worth seeing too.
Shopping in Greece
Monastiraki Flea Market, Athens
Every Sunday, the Flea Market sells a wide range of goods, including handicrafts, vintage apparel, jewelry, and antiques.
Located right behind Monastiraki Square and Metro Station visitors can browse Greek souvenirs and unusual, one-of-a-kind products can be found there. A selection of street food vendors providing customary Greek fare and beverages are also available for visitors.
The market is renowned for its vibrant and busy atmosphere, where both vendors and customers haggle over pricing.
Pop into Hobby Lobby for a treasure trove of knitting and haberdashery materials or Newskin Vintage Clothing for some unique bargains.
And of course, there are hundreds of shops along the main pedestrian shopping street, Ermou, and running parallel to that is Panepistimou Street, where you will find Attica Department Store.
Other great places to visit in Athens are:
The Greek Designers: This store is known for its high-end fashion and accessories, featuring a curated selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories designed by Greek fashion designers.
Kalogirou, Athens: This family-run shoe store has been in business for over 100 years and is known for its traditional Greek leather sandals and shoes.
Vassilis Zoulias, Athens: This high-end fashion boutique is known for its luxury clothing and accessories, including handmade Greek textiles and fabrics.
Kostas Mavrikis, Athens: This store is known for its traditional Greek pottery, including hand-painted ceramics and vases.
Elsewhere in Greece you must try and visit:
Klios Honey Farm in Olympia,
Mati Art Gallery, Mykonos
Rethymno Traditional Products, Crete
Fotini’s Lace, Santorini
Poniros Jewellers, Santorini – makers of the much coveted ‘Santorini Flower’
Voulgaris Goldsmiths, Rhodes
Kostas Tsakiris, Skiathos – known for its traditional Greek sandals and leather goods
Efi’s, Naxos, – known for its traditional Greek pottery, including hand-painted ceramics and vases.
Mykonos Shopping, Mykonos—for its luxury fashion and accessories, including designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
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Kalithea Springs is situated on Rhodes’ northeastern shore. The beach is renowned for having a quiet cove with healing mineral springs and water that is crystal clear.
The Springs are easily accessible by vehicle or bus, and there is a huge parking area nearby. In addition to the ancient springs, the area has a great taverna and bar.
Due to the pristine nature of the waterways, swimming, diving, and snorkeling are very popular. Natural swimming holes with a rock border can be found close to the shore.
Porto Katsiki, Lefkada
Porto Katsiki is a popular beach located on the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea. The beach is located on the west coast and is well-known for its clean waters and fine sand. It is renowned for the sheer white cliffs that surround it and is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Ionian Sea.
Using a car or a bus will get you to the beach. In the neighbourhood, there are a few tavernas and cafes where guests can eat and drink traditional Greek fare.
Swimming and water activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing are all very popular and its a terrific place for diving and snorkeling because of the water clarity.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos
Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach or Smuggler’s Cove, is a popular tourist destination located on the west coast of the island of Zakynthos. It’s also a popular spot for cliff diving and photography.
Situated in a secluded bay surrounded by towering white cliffs and crystal clear waters. It is best known for the shipwreck of the MV Panagiotis, a smuggling ship that ran aground on the beach in 1980 and has been there ever since.
The beach is accessible only by boat, and boat tours arrive from the nearby port town of Porto Vromi. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
Agnontas Beach, Skopelos
The Greek island of Skopelos is home to gorgeous Agnontas Beach, which is renowned for its pristine waters and fine, white sand. Swimming and snorkeling are popular here due to the water’s clarity. A stunning natural backdrop is created by the beach’s proximity to rocky cliffs and dense flora. It is quite serene and tranquil, making it a great place for visitors looking for a more private and laid-back experience.
There are a few tavernas and cafes in the area where visitors may eat and drink authentic Greek cuisine. Sunbeds and umbrellas can also be rented at a very reasonable fee.
St.Pauls Bay, Rhodes
Often included in ‘best beaches in the world’ lists legend has it that Saint Paul came to this Bay by boat to spread the word of God.
Located in the southeast right next to Lindos, the Bay actually has two beaches with clear, calm water and it is sheltered by towering rocks and cliffs.
Both coves are organised and have beach bars, tavernas, toilets and sunbeds for rent. There is a big carpark up behind both beaches.
Paleochori means ‘old place’ and this beautiful beach in southern Milos is popular every day particularly when it is windy.
The imposing cliffs surrounding the bay are brightly coloured with the various minerals found on the island and there are some thermal springs in the western part of the beach.
Paleochori is well organised with affordable sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and watersports equipment and boat rental on offer. It’s easy to get to with a big carpark and a bus stop too.
Asteria Beach, Syros
Located right in Ermoupolis, in Syros, the Capital of the Cyclades, in the upmarket Vapporia area this is a more ‘italian style’ beach with a large concrete platform and ladders that enable you to dive into the crystal clear bay, which has a healthy marine eco-system too, great for snorkelling!
It is also home to Ciel beachbar & restaurant – one of the best of its kind in the country in our opinion and very sophisticated.
Super Paradise, Mykonos
This famous Mykonos beach is well-known for its non-stop calendar of events and parties.
It’s a place to let your hair down (albeit perhaps not quite as much as you might at nearby Paradise Beach) – so may not be ideal if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay.
If you’re looking for a lot of fun, you’ll love it. It’s also well-known as Mykonos’ most LGBTQ+ friendly beach.
Agios Prokopios, Naxos
This wide, sandy beach is located 5 kilometres south of Agios Georgios and the main town and one of the best beaches on Naxos.
Frequently ranked as one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world it is very popular with families as it is so safe and calm.
It is lined with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and there are many tavernas and hotels alone the street behind it.
Astir Beach, Athens
This popular beach is located on the Athens Riviera in the Vouliagmeni neighborhood, about 20 minutes from the Ancient Center. Known for its crystal-clear waters and expensive resorts, including the only Four Seasons in Greece, it is a stunning length of coastline.
There are several facilities at Astir Beach, including umbrellas, sun loungers, and cafes and restaurants right on the sand, including an exclusive beach club.
Jet skiing, parasailing, paddleboarding, and other water sports and activities are also available at the beach.
Paleokastritsa – Corfu
Arguably the most picturesque village on Corfu located 25 km northwest of Corfu Town. The word Paleokastritsa means ‘old castle’ and a fortress used to be high the hill where the Monastery of the Virgin now stands.
Wrapped around three beautiful bays, Paleokastritsa is an iconic, scenic spot at a dead-end road that becomes a bustling resort during the day and is surprisingly tranquil at night.
There is a lot to see and do with a wide range of boats and boating activities on offer including modern glass bottom boats, snorkelling and diving, parasailing and kayaking.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Myrtos beach is located on the west coast of Kefalonia 25km from Fiskardo and about 40km north of Argostoli. You can reach the Myrtos beach by road and there is a large car park at the bottom as well as sunbeds and umbrellas and other facilities.
This much-photographed beach is surrounded by imposing rocks and is a symbol of Kefalonia and the Ionian islands. It is always at the top of any list of the most beautiful beaches of Greece and is one of the top things to see on Kefalonia.
Falasarna is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Crete and in fact, Europe. It is not yet overcome by tourism and still feels peaceful and spread out, perhaps due to its size. It’s located at the very western tip of Crete, and an easy day trip from Chania town.
There is also a boat service from Falasarna that does cruises around to Balos Beach which takes 6 hours.
Balos Beach, Crete
Balos is located near the town of Kissamos which is less than an hour west of Chania.
Balos is located in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by flora and fauna and sun-drenched swimming spots the beach is ideal for sunbathing and snorkelling, with soft white sand and light green water, framed by dramatic islets and mountains.
You can drive to the back of the hill and hike on foot which can be quite strenuous on a hot day or, a boat trip from Kissamos is very popular.
Pori Beach, Koufonissi
Just south of Naxos, in the Cyclades is Ano Koufonisi, a tiny speck in the sea that is part of the ‘small Cyclades’ group.
At just over five square kilometres, its immense natural beauty makes up for its modest size. In particular, the island is famous for its jaw-droppingly perfect beaches, such as Pori Beach.
There are also numerous classic tavernas that offer traditional meals and friendly service. It is a very popular day trip from Naxos by boat.
On the west coast near Messinia is a unique-shaped beach that is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It consists of an almost perfectly round bay of sand in the shape of the Greek letter omega (Ω).
The curve of Voidokilia is hidden behind semicircular sand dunes and lies beneath Paliokastro, an old Frankish castle and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos. The beach is protected and remains relatively untouched by civilization.
One of the most photographed beaches in Europe, Sarakiniko is arguably the biggest drawcard of Milos.
After millions of years, the wind and the sea have shaped the white Neogene volcanic rock into an extraordinary landscape described by many as feeling very ‘lunar’.
The beach itself where you can swim is quite small and relatively protected so it is usually possible to swim even on windy days. There is a network of abandoned mining shafts to explore and a large carpark. There are no facilities here including toilets so come prepared.
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