10 Best Things to Do in Greece

Greece is located in the Southeastern part of Europe, noted for its natural scenes with stunning beaches and mountains as well as distinctive historical sites. Due to the Mediterranean climate, whether in summer or winter, it is always warm and agreeable, making it more popular for tourists worldwide. If you are looking for a travel guide for exploring Greece, you can read this article which introduces the top 10 must-have experiences in Greece.

Athens, a historic city, is the capital of Greece as well as the birthplace of Western democracy and philosophy. Crowned by the Parthenon, the Acropolis stands over Athens, which became a World Heritage-listed site in 1987. The Acropolis reflects the splendid and glorious ancient Athens in its heyday, which will give you an immersive experience. By the way, don’t forget to take comfortable shoes because visiting the Acropolis requires a lot of walking.

Walking down, you will see the Acropolis Museum, exhibiting significant findings from the Sacred Rock and its foothills, where you can stroll through the galleries including the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, Archaic Gallery and Parthenon Gallery. Thus, you can gain a kind of aesthetic enjoyment.

The Acropolis of AthensThe Acropolis of Athens

Greece is composed of more than 2000 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited, boasting lots of amazing beaches, and thus, no matter which island you head to, you can find a nice beach easily. It will be very enjoyable for you to spend time on the superb beaches.

Surrounded by white rocky cliffs and green luxuriant vegetation, Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia has breathtaking natural beauty, where you can not only take a sunbath with perfect facilities such as umbrellas and sundecks but also appreciate spectacular sunset views. Navagio Beach on Zakynthos Island, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is a pristine beach with crystal clear waters and a picturesque ambiance, so it is absolutely a paradise if you want to enjoy the beauty of the original ecology. There are some other impressive beaches, such as Elafonissi and Balos in Crete, Porto Katsiki in Lefkada, and Sarakiniko in Milos.

Santorini is a popular tourist destination, noted for its iconic white-and-blue buildings, stunning sunset, breathtaking beaches, and more. Of all of its attractions, the sunset stands out with its unique geographical features of the island, the location in the Aegean Sea, and the clear blue sky that intensifies the vibrant colors. National Geographic used to feature its sunset in several articles, recognizing it as a remarkable natural wonder, so watching the sunset in Santorini may be a memorable experience.

You can choose to watch the legendary sunset from the sea by hiring a personal vessel, and it will impress you when the sunset is integrated with the sea, and the whole world is glittering and sparking with pink, coral, purple, and crimson hues. If you like to sit down and appreciate the sunset leisurely, Ammoudi Bay is an idyllic spot for you, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and fine wine at the same time. Then, you can also explore the quaint town of Oia and head up towards the hillside behind Oia, which gives you an impeccable angle to watch the sunset and enjoy your moments of solitude.

Santorini Sunset ViewSantorini Sunset View

According to Greek Mythology, Mount Olympus is the home of the 12 Olympian Gods, which attracts tons of tourists worldwide to catch a glimpse of this legendary mountain. The adventure starts in Litochoro, a picturesque town in the foothills of the mountains, where you can be fully prepared. Then, continuing to hike, you will arrive at Myli, and spot the impressive Enipeas River Valley, natural pools and waterfalls along the way. If you are passionate about sports activities, there are many options, such as canyoning, off-roading, and mountain biking, all of which are enjoyable and exciting. Finally, on the summit, you will appreciate the panorama of Mount Olympus’ majestic mountain grandeur, which may be one of the most exhilarating adventures in your life.

You can climb Mount Olympus between May and October each year, and keep in mind that you need to check the weather forecast because it is often rainy. Also, don't forget to pack appropriate clothes, equipment, and other necessities.

Delphi is regarded as the center of the world. The archaeological site of Delphi consists of two sanctuaries, one for Apollo and the other for Athena, and some other buildings, listed as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1987. Adjacent to the sanctuary of Athena, there is the Castalian spring, which is valued as the sacred spring of Delphi and many travelers purify themselves with the water.

Next to the site, you will see the Delphi Archaeological Museum, acclaimed as one of the most popular museums in Greece, exhibiting the extensive artifacts and relics that date from the Mycenean period (600-1100 BC) to the decline of the Oracle in the Late Antiquity period and the early Byzantine era. Hence, you can learn a lot about the history of the ancient Greek world, which may give you valuable insight into Greece's past and future.

As the longest gorge in Greece, the Samaria Gorge is also a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve, with various species of plants and animals, enabling you to have a closer connection with nature. You can not only see scenic dense forests of pine, cypress, and holly trees but also catch sight of stunning freshwater springs, all of which reflect its unspoiled beauty.

Walking through the whole Samaria Gorge takes about 4 to 6 hours or even more, so it will be a memorable journey. If you don’t want to hike such a long distance, here is a "Lazy Way": you can go to Sougia first by car or public transportation, and then take a ferry to Agia Roumeli, a small village located at the seaside entrance to the Samaria Gorge, from which you can also appreciate spectacular views. In addition, you can explore the Samaria Gorge in April and May when the trail is brimming with beautiful and fragrant wildflowers. Sometimes, you may come across "indigenous residents" - the mountain goats that are called "kri-kri", which depict a picture of harmony between humanity and nature.

In Greek, Meteora refers to "suspended in air", which depicts the astonishing Orthodox monasteries and religious culture. Coupled with unusual topographical and remarkable historical sites, Meteora is very unique in Greece.

There are some fascinating monasteries, but they are different from those in other areas because these monasteries stand on the cliffs, creating a unique and beautiful landscape. Try to imagine the picture that the solitary monastery perches high on the steep cliff, shrouded in dense clouds and mists. How mysterious and impressive! You have the chance to meditate and relax in this peaceful and awesome place. Just enjoy this spiritual journey.

Meteora MonasteriesMeteora Monasteries

Corfu is such a special existence in Greece because it is distinctively different from other cities in its architecture and cuisine, of which Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is like a maze of quaint towering buildings, countless monuments, and narrow cobbled streets, displaying a remarkable mix of Venetian and French architecture, so strolling along the streets will make you immersed in this charming city. It has two fortresses, the Old Fort on the East and the New fortress on the North and West, also called Kastropolis, bringing you a feeling that you are whisked away into a bygone era. The Liston, a main square, is notable for diverse local shops and featured cafes, where you can buy delicate native handmade jewelry and artifacts and sip indigenous coffee. Besides, there offers Italian-influenced cuisine, giving you a captivating experience for the senses, so you shouldn’t miss it.

If you want to experience modern Greece, Mykonos will satisfy your needs, with chic hotels, fancy restaurants, lively cafes, and upmarket boutiques. It is also feasible if you just would like to enjoy tranquil moments in Mykonos, and then you can head into Hora, a quiet small town, where you will encounter seven windmills as icons of Mykonos island. Here, you can buy almond cookies, colorful handwoven garments, napkins, and rugs as souvenirs and gifts for your friends.

Mykonos boasts 25 beaches, so sunbathing on alluring beaches is a great choice. You can't go wrong with Paradise Beach, having fine golden sand, azure blue water, and fascinating taverns, which is a perfect place to relax yourself; besides, Paraga and Psarou Beach are also fine. Elia Beach is enjoyed by many families, whereas you can choose Platys Gialos and Kalafatis Beach if you want to do some water sports.

How romantic and agreeable you and your companion take a ferry to explore Greece! By day, with a soft breeze and warm sunshine, you can spot the shoreline and appreciate the islands at a distance, which is different from the angle when you are on the island. The sunlight floods the scattered islands, glittering like pearls, which will bring you an impressive visual experience. Also, on the deck, you can sip fine wine and taste local food, admiring the romantic ocean views, and you will watch the legendary sunset when dusk approaches. At the moment, the islands glow with dim yellow light in the darkness, like stars in the sky. All in all, island-hopping enables you to experience a different Greece and spend your time leisurely.

There are some popular routes, for instance, Athens to Crete Ferry, Athens to Santorini Ferry, and Crete to Santorini Ferry, and you can choose a suitable one according to your tour management. Due to the popularity of Greece, please book tickets 2 to 3 months in advance.

Greece Island Hopping CruiseGreece Island Hopping Cruise

As you can see, Greece is a romantic and charming destination mixed with ancient and modern, traditional and chic, natural and cultural colors. No matter what you expect, Greece is able to give you surprises and satisfy your needs. Are you prepared to explore Greece? Please contact us if you are interested in Greece, and we will offer a customized route for you.

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