Table of Contents
- 1 Visit The Parthenon in Athens
- 2 Visit the Acropolis Museum in Athens
- 3 Explore the Athens Central Market
- 4 Try Ouzo at Brettos in Athens
- 5 Visit the Aphrodite Temple
- 6 Explore Artemis Temple
- 7 Visit the Hephaestus Temple
- 8 Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus
- 9 Visit Olympia
- 10 Hike Near Mount Olympus
- 11 Visit the Athens National Archeological Museum
- 12 Visit the Agora Museum
- 13 Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Arts
- 14 Visit the Temple of Athena Nike
- 15 Temple of Apollo at Delphi
- 16 Visit the Temple of Poseidon
- 17 Visit Syntagma Square
- 18 Visit the Panathenaic Stadium
- 19 Visit the Theatre of Dionysus
- 20 Visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
- 21 Visit Thessaloniki
- 22 Visit Delphi
- 23 Enjoy the Archeological Museum of Delphi
- 24 Have a Cocktail at The Clumsies Bar in Athens
- 25 Relax with a Cocktail at Baba Au Rum Bar
- 26 Visit Arahova
- 27 Enjoy an Afternoon in the Plaka District
- 28 Visit the Aphaia Temple
- 29 Explore the Stone Forest at Epirus
- 30 Visit the Meteora Monasteries
- 31 Go White Water Rafting in Zagori
- 32 Visit Lake Pamvotida
- 33 Hike the Pelion Peninsula
- 34 Walk Through the Rio-Antirrio Bridge
- 35 Visit the Agios Dionysios Church
- 36 Attend the Patras Carnival
- 37 Visit the Allou! Fun Park
- 38 Go Sailing in Attica
- 39 Visit Arachova
- 40 Visit the Prespa Lakes
- 41 Visit Galaxidi
- 42 Visit Kavala
- 43 Visit the Archeological Site of Philippi
- 44 Visit the Archeological Site of Sparta
- 45 Enjoy a Nice Day on Halkidiki Peninsula
- 46 Explore the Palace of Malia
- 47 Visit a Greek Winery in Santorini
- 48 Watch the Sunset in Oia
- 49 Eat Baklava
- 50 Visit Red Beach
- 51 Visit Perissa’s Black Sand Beach
- 52 Walk to Skaros Rock
- 53 Visit the Skopelos Island
- 54 Experience the Volcanic Island Tour
- 55 Enjoy the Landscape from Old Port to Fira in a Cable Car
- 56 Visit the Santorini Lighthouse
- 57 Santorini Hidden Paths
- 58 Hike in Santorini (The Caldera Hike)
- 59 Go Camping in Alonissos
- 60 Go to the Venetian Castle of Monolithos Tour
- 61 Visit Rodini Park
- 62 Synagogue and Jewish Museum
- 63 Museum of Greek Art
- 64 Walk on top of Medieval Walls
- 65 Explore the Melissani Cave
- 66 Travel to Chios Islands
- 67 Go to the Shipwreck Beach at Zakynthos
- 68 Marathonisi Beach
- 69 Explore the Blue Caves
- 70 Venetian Fortress
- 71 Solomos Museum
- 72 Explore the Keri Caves
- 73 Visit the Byzantine Museum
- 74 Enjoy a day in the Askos Stone Park
- 75 Visit the Keri Lighthouse
- 76 Hike in the Loucha Area
- 77 Enjoy the Exhibition Center in the National Marine Park
- 78 Visit the Hot Springs of Lesvos
- 79 Visit The Paros Island
- 80 Visit the City of Heraklion
- 81 “The Place Where People forget to Die” Ikaria
- 82 Visit Astypalaia
- 83 Visit the Palace of the Gods in Samothraki
- 84 Enjoy some Tranquility at Gavdos
- 85 Visit the Beautiful Island of Delos
- 86 Visit the Island of Skiáthos
- 87 Explore the Ancient Island of Patmos
- 88 Scuba Dive in Schinaria, Crete
- 89 Explore the Mirmigi Reef in Lesvos
- 90 Explore the Elephant’s Cave in Crete
- 91 Visit the Kea Water Sports Center
- 92 Surf in Tinos
- 93 Visit the Pythagoreion and Heraion in Samos
- 94 Visit the Manos Faltaïts Folk Museum
- 95 Visit Koufonisia Island
- 96 Enjoy Turquoise Waters at Anafi Island
- 97 Visit Agistri
- 98 Visit Lefkada Island
- 99 Explore the Myrtos Beach at Kefalonia
- 100 Visit Voutoumi Beach, Antipaxos
- 101 Enjoy a Day at Sarakiniko Beach in Milos
- 102 Conclusion
When traveling to Europe, there are very few countries that can offer the same experience as the southeastern, ancient group of island-nations called Greece.
Often called the “cradle of civilization”, Greece is the place of legends.
Many of its mythological heroes like Hercules, Odysseus and Achilles are have been studied and admired by people from all over the world and their stories have been passed along from generation to generation.
People of all ages come from all over to vacation in Greece, to explore and learn about ancient history.
Below, you’ll find an in-depth list of the Top 101 Things to Do in Greece.
Visit The Parthenon in Athens
The Parthenon is a desolated temple dedicated to Athena – the Greek goddess of war – and set in the high city of Athens.
Built between 447BC and 438BC by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates, this majestic temple displays the ingenious architectural work that provided its white walls marble columns with perfect proportions and still has many sculptures like Athena Statue and so many others for tourists to marvel at.
Visit the Acropolis Museum in Athens
The Acropolis Museum is a modern building that was inaugurated in 2009.
Within this building, however, lies archeological artifacts from the Acropolis of Athens and its surroundings, spanning over 2500 years in age.
Visitors will be awestruck at the ancient statues, building columns, painted vases, frieze and more to be seen.
🔎 Learn more: Acropolis Museum Tour
Explore the Athens Central Market
Lovers of retail therapy can find happiness at the Central Market of Athens, which has been in existence since 1886.
The market is open six days a week (barring Sunday) and contains a fish market, a meat market and a vegetable market where the freshest proteins and vegetables can be found.
Visitors can also visit the local eateries within the market, and try some pastourma, which is a favored Eastern delicacy.
Try Ouzo at Brettos in Athens
While pastourma is a favored delicacy in Athens, Ouzo is a strong alcoholic beverage which is distilled in Greece.
And there’s no better place in Athens to try some Ouzo than in Brettos, the oldest bar in Athens.
Opened in 1909, Brettos distills its own Ouzo and serves its customers in a relaxed and picturesque interior that keeps them coming back.
Visit the Aphrodite Temple
Lovers of Love can pay homage to the very goddess of love and sex – Aphrodite, at her shrine in Athens.
Although many of the temples dedicated to the beautiful patroness of love were destroyed over the years, you can still find this shrine near the Temple of her husband, Hephaestus.
Explore Artemis Temple
Artemis, daughter of Zeus and goddess of the hunt, is one of the most respected deities in the Greek pantheon.
While her main temple is in Turkey, not Greece, the Sanctuary of Brauronian Artemis (which honors the goddess) can be found at Brauron – located about 27 miles southeast of Athens.
Visit the Hephaestus Temple
The temple dedicated to Hephaestus – armorer of Zeus and husband of Aphrodite – is the best-preserved ancient temple to be found in all of Greece.
Built in 450 BC, this peripheral styled temple is built from Pentelic marble and contains a pronaos, a cella, opisthodomos, as well as sculptures built from Parian marble.
Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Keeping in line with his standing, the temple dedicated to the King of the Greek Gods was so big and magnificent in design that it was never completed for almost a thousand years.
Now, this once grand temple only has a few columns standing.
But still, visitors are able to see and appreciate from those columns, just how monstrous the building would have been.
Olympia is a ruined sanctuary that sits in a small town of the same name.
This famous sanctuary was the initial home of the ancient Olympic Games, and also housed one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the massive Statue of Zeus.
In 1989, the sanctuary was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hike Near Mount Olympus
In the nation of Greece with all its legends, nothing is as legendary as Mount Olympus.
The Home of the Gods features 46 peaks between Thessaly and Macedonia – many exceeding 2000 meters.
Take a guided hike through the mountain and tackle the various scenic routes around it. Make sure you get some great photos!
🔎 Learn more: Mount Olympus Tour
Visit the Athens National Archeological Museum
After wandering the temples of Athens, visit the National Archeological Museum, which is the largest museum in Greece.
The museum houses the widest collection of archeological artifacts that span from prehistoric times to late antiquity, which were retrieved from all over Greece and its surroundings.
It can be found in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street, and Tositsas Street.
Visit the Agora Museum
While the National Museum houses artifacts from all of Greece, the Museum of the Ancient Agora is dedicated to the history of ancient Athens.
The reconstructed Stoa of Attalos is where the Agora Museum can be found, and it holds pots and painted vases, weapons, and terracotta figurines dating from the Neolithic Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Geometric period.
Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Arts
The National Museum of Contemporary Arts was opened in 2000.
It focuses its sole attention on collecting and displaying the best contemporary and international pieces of art in its halls.
Located in Athens, it holds a permanent collection of pieces from great contemporary artists like Stephen Antonakos, Nan Goldin, Ilya Kabakov, Gary Hill, and other amazing artists.
🔎 Learn more: National Museum of Contemporary Arts
Visit the Temple of Athena Nike
The goddess Athena is worshipped in many forms.
As the goddess of war, wisdom, mathematics, and many more.
As Athena Nike (goddess of victory); a small, distinguished shrine in her honor stands at an eminent spot in the Athena Acropolis, and visitors regularly come to see it and the statue of Athena adjusting her sandal which it holds.
Temple of Apollo at Delphi
The Temple of the sun god – Apollo, is located in Delphi, a site seen as sacred throughout Greece.
Tucked on the slope of Mt. Parnassus, it sits between a very impressive amphitheater which is above it and the Valley of Phocis – where millions of green olives grow and have been harvested for thousands of years.
Visit the Temple of Poseidon
The temple dedicated to the Father of the Sea can be found perched two hundred feet above it at Cape Sounion – 43 miles southeast of Athens.
Built during 500BC in the typical hexastyle, its ruins still have sixteen of the initial thirty-eight still standing today.
The Temple of Poseidon is treasured as one of the remaining monuments of the Golden Age of Greece.
Visit Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square is the center of (and most famous place in) Athens.
It is in front of the Old Royal Palace and has been the site of various political functions for over a century.
However, it is a great place for families to hang out with its fountain, statues and open grass areas that make for great picnics.
Visit the Panathenaic Stadium
Also known as Kallimarmaro, the Panathenaic Stadium is a major cultural and historical monument of not only Athens but the whole of Greece.
First opened as a sporting arena in 330 BC, it has been continually modified and expanded over the millennia.
In 1896, this marble-built stadium hosted the first Olympic Games and continues to be an icon of sport and athleticism all around the world.
Visit the Theatre of Dionysus
Dionysus, the god of merriment and wine, was also a patron of theatre and the arts.
In his honor, a temple was remade into a theatre in 500BC.
The theatre was cut into a cliff and could seat over 17000 people.
This theatre is the oldest in Greece and was the debut stage for many of the most famous tragedies and comedies in ancient Greek history.
Visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
The Odeon of Herodus is one of the most famous amphitheaters in the world.
Herodus Atticus built the theatre in 161 – in memory of his wife who passed – at the base of the Acropolis of Athens.
It was destroyed a hundred years after but was rebuilt in the 1950s.
Today, it hosts the Annual Athens Festival.
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second city and it is located on the coast of the Thermaic Gulf.
A fully walkable city, Thessaloniki is filled with a combination of historical monuments blended with unique contemporary ones.
There are so many things to see like museums, churches, ancient ruins, and places to eat delicious delicacies till your heart’s content.
🔎 Learn more: Thessaloniki Bus Tour
The Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi is situated at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Delphi is an incredible day-trip option if you’re coming from Athens
According to Greek mythology (and archeological excavations), this sanctuary has not only been home to the most famous oracle in Greece but has also been a place of establishment for many of the Greek gods like Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Dionysus, Zeus, Hermes, Poseidon, Polieus, Hygeia and Eileithyia.
🔎 Learn more: Delphi Tour
Enjoy the Archeological Museum of Delphi
In 1903, the Archeological Museum of Delphi was constructed to house the many archeological artifacts brought to light in successful excavations.
Funded by Andreas Syggros, the museum was a success and has since been expanded upon.
Today, this sanctuary is home to some of the most valuable pieces of Greek art; including the sculptures and paintings that once adorned the temple of the Sun God – Apollo.
Have a Cocktail at The Clumsies Bar in Athens
The Clumsies Bar is an all-day bar that encourages its customers to come to have a drink and be their perfectly imperfect selves.
The bar opened its doors in 2012 on a simple street in the center of Athens.
Since its inception, it has created a steady fan base of locals and international guests.
In 2017, it was ranked number six on the World’s 50 Best Bars list.
Relax with a Cocktail at Baba Au Rum Bar
Baba Au Rum is another Athens-based bar that makes the World’s 50 Best Bars List and is – hands down – the best cocktail bar in the city.
Nicely abbreviated to B.A.R, this world-famous nighttime spot sits just south of the parliament square and has outdoor seating, free wifi, and amazing music.
Arahova is the most dazzling winter wonderland in Greece and features sunny days and soft snow, an amazing ski resort and a village built out of stone that has an international feel to it.
At the end of the daytime snow activities, Arahova is well equipped for nighttime fun; with a plethora of luxurious accommodation, excellent culinary options and clubs for a night on the town.
Enjoy an Afternoon in the Plaka District
The Plaka District is the oldest community in Athens and sits in the shadow of the Acropolis.
Also known as “Gods’ District”, the scenery around the neighborhood is utterly mesmerizing; with neoclassical buildings sporting rich colors, excellently preserved gardens and an atmosphere that speaks of peace and good health.
Visit the Aphaia Temple
The Temple of Aphaia can be found on the island of Aigina and is exclusively dedicated to the mother-goddess of fertility and agriculture.
It was built around 500BC and is a display of the new building technologies which were discovered in that period.
Although plundered, the temple still features beautiful pediments, collonades, and other beautiful pieces of historical art.
Explore the Stone Forest at Epirus
The road from Monodendri to Oxya holds a beautiful detour – the Stone Forest.
There, almost intentionally placed slabs of limestone have come together to create a rock formation.
This formation is about 35 million years old, and are also a nice spot for climbers who like a small challenge.
Visit the Meteora Monasteries
The Meteora Monasteries are Six Eastern Orthodox monasteries built impossibly high up on a unique rock formation.
Located in Thessaly, they are a wonderful blend of natural and man-made wonder.
Visitors can drive up through the mountains and take a walking tour through this marvel of architecture and religious history.
🔎 Learn more: Meteora Monasteries Tour
Go White Water Rafting in Zagori
Zagori is a paradise located in the mountains of Epirus. Surrounded by beautiful rivers, the entire area is vibrant with colors, vegetation and animal life.
The Voidomatis river is popular amongst white water rafters and offers a mild descent which is favored by beginners who are new to the popular aqua-sport.
Visit Lake Pamvotida
Lake Pamvotida lies at the the foot of Mount Mitsikeli in the Epirus prefecture.
Often referred to as the “Ioannina city lake”, this beautiful body of water is peaceful and welcomes lovers to take romantic strolls on the road alongside it.
The lake can be visited all year, but the best times for a visit are fall through spring.
Hike the Pelion Peninsula
Mount Pelion has been the mythological home of wood nymphs and centaurs, who chose it for its all-year-round beauty and great atmosphere.
Explorers can take hikes through the mountain and uncover the magnificence it holds.
Depending on fitness levels, guided tours can range from one to five hours in length.
Walk Through the Rio-Antirrio Bridge
The Rio-Antirrio Bridge was opened in 2004, and connects the town of Rio to Antirrio.
It is one of the longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges in the world, and also the longest fully suspended bridge.
Cross the bridge by foot, and enjoy the beautiful view you get from being suspended so high up.
Visit the Agios Dionysios Church
The patron saint of Zakynthos is called Saint Dionysios, and the church dedicated in his honor can be found along the seashore of the city.
Built in 1948, the church is recognizable as soon as visitors enter the port.
Most notable is its bell tower, which is encased in lightbulbs and brightens up the sky at night.
Attend the Patras Carnival
Patrino Karnavali typically holds every year from mid-January to mid-February in the town of Patras.
It is the single biggest carnival event in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
Every year features parades, costume balls, children’s carnivals, treasure hunts, and many more amazing attractions.
Visit the Allou! Fun Park
Allou! Is a super-fun amusement park that is located close to the centre of Athens.
It is the biggest amusement park in all of Greece, and is always a great place for fun among the young and old alike.
It is open from Monday to Friday between 17:00 – 22:30, and on the weekends and public holidays between 10:00 – 23:00.
Go Sailing in Attica
About an hour from central Athens, you can get on a boat at Cape Sounio and set sail on the Attica Peninsula – which surrounds Athens on all sides.
The eastern region of the peninsula is rich with rivers, mountains, beaches, caves, forests and lakes.
To the west lie the seaside Peloponnese villages, and explorers can tour all these in private boats or on guided tours.
In the winter, Arachova is a place of wonder where ski-lovers can make their dreams come true.
The village is not only gorgeous, but has an ultra-modern ski-resort that is the stuff of fantasy.
A tourists’ delight, Arachova also has great bars and nightclubs, and is pretty close to the sacred Delphi site.
Visit the Prespa Lakes
The Prespa Lakes are two freshwater lakes located in the region of Florina.
These wetlands are believed to be the most significant in Europe, as they serve as a haven for hundreds of migratory birds every year.
The lakes, known as the Great and Small Prespa, offer bird lovers a chance to see their favorites and marvel at creation.
Galaxidi is a romantic town in the south of Phocis.
Easily accessed by three-hour car ride from Athens, the town provides a relatively private getaway for those looking to experience Greece with sparse company.
Visitors can take a stroll on the port, watch and feed the birds, or visit the Nautical and Historical Museum – the first museum of that nature in Greece.
The city of Kavala is the capital of the Kavala administrative district, which is in Macedonia.
Kavala is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece – set on the slopes of Mount Symvolo like an open air theater and blessed with historical sites, great bars, and a wonderful archeological museum.
Visit the Archeological Site of Philippi
Philippi was designated a UNESCO World Heritage in 2016, and the ruined city is located in north-eastern Greece.
Founded in 356 BC by King Philip II of Macedonia, who attempted to make it a “small Rome”.
The city still shows visible artifacts of Roman occupation, as well as Christian and Byzantine.
Visit the Archeological Site of Sparta
Among the Greeks, the Spartans were the most famed and ferocious warriors to ever pick up sword and shield.
The ruins of their great city-state began being unearthed by excavations in 1910.
Since then, great finds such as the Temple of Athena Chalkioikos, the ancient Theater of Sparta, merchant stalls and homes have been discovered.
Enjoy a Nice Day on Halkidiki Peninsula
The Halkidiki Peninsula is a part of Central Macedonia, and features lush mediterranean forests, tourist resorts and beaches, hidden coves and picturesque villages.
The first peninsula, Kassandra, is the most developed – with clubs, resorts and more.
The third, Mount Athos is a monastic community only accessible to men.
Explore the Palace of Malia
The Malian Palace is located in Crete. Constructed on the north coast – by the sea, it is the third largest Minoan palace in the land.
Guided tours of Malia take visitors through the actual palace grounds as they were excavated and the massiveness, complexity and multiple details make the palace an exciting place to visit.
Visit a Greek Winery in Santorini
Santorini is well known throughout Greece and Europe for having some of the best wines – due to its uniquely dry climate.
The island has been producing wines since the ancient days, and wine tours offer visitors a chance to experience history by taking them to various wineries.
🔎 Recommended Tour: Santorini Winery Tour
Watch the Sunset in Oia
The sunset in Oia happens around 8 P.M. and is possibly one of the most famous sunsets around the world.
People come from all over the world to experience and capture this beautiful and daily event.
The best place to view the sunset on Oia island is the ruined but popular Castle of Agios Nikolaos.
For the sweet-toothed explorer, baklava is a delicious dessert pastry made with filo, chopped nuts, and honey.
A great place to experience this delicacy is at Terpsi en Oia restaurant in Santorini; a culinary haven with warm colors and a romantic atmosphere that serves world-class baklava.
It also has an awe-inspiring view of the Blue Sea for visitors that sit outside.
Visit Red Beach
A visit to Red Beach is a must do for lovers of sand and surf.
Named after the red volcanic sand that lines it, the beach is unique and stunning, with similarly red cliffs that create a picturesque contrast with the turquoise blue waters.
But while this beach is a beautiful and fun experience, beware of possible rock slides.
Visit Perissa’s Black Sand Beach
While the unique feature of Red Beach is its striking red sand, Perissa Beach features black sand – another side effect of being next to a volcano.
Besides making for great pictures, the beach has a lot of fun activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.
Of course, just lying on a beach towel is fine too.
Walk to Skaros Rock
Castle Skaros is one of Santorini’s five castle fortresses.
Although ruined and unlived in currently, visitors can take an incredible climb up the rock to reach and tour the fortress.
The view of the sea and the volcanic island is absolutely breathtaking and makes the climb up totally worth it.
Visit the Skopelos Island
Skopelos is a magical Greek island located in in the western Aegean Sea.
This island first became popular when it featured in the hit 2008 movie, Mamma Mia!
Tourists who have seen the movie often visit the Kastani Beach and the Agios Ioannis Church, and then go on to see other beaches, churches and monasteries.
Experience the Volcanic Island Tour
The Island of Santorini is a place of natural and historic beauty, and oftentimes visitors find it difficult to choose what part of Santorini to experience.
Guided tours provide an exertion-free experience of the island, taking visitors through key Santorini monuments like the Santorini Hot Springs, the volcanic crater of Nea Kameni, and Ancient Thira.
🔎 Learn more: Volcanic Island Tour
Enjoy the Landscape from Old Port to Fira in a Cable Car
Tourists leaving Santorini Old Port and heading to Fira can take a cable car.
The ride costs just four euro and gives riders a scenic view of the mountains.
It is regularly available only from May to October, and has a limited schedule from November to April.
Visit the Santorini Lighthouse
The Santorini Akrotiri Lighthouse was constructed in 1892 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece.
It faces the southern peninsula of Santorini island and its square shaped tower hovers more than 10 meters above lighthouse warden’s home.
Santorini Hidden Paths
Behind the major tourist spots of Santorini, lies a deeper and less explored island to be seen.
Private 4-hour off-road tours take curious guests to explore the jewels of the island which can only be found off-radar.
Private tourists can discover little-known beaches, meet locals and share homemade foods and wines with them, and maybe even explore a secret cave or two.
Hike in Santorini (The Caldera Hike)
On Santorini Island, the road from Fira to Oia is right on the rim of the Caldera volcano and is famous for being a great hiking trail.
In ancient times, the path was regularly passed through by sailors, merchants and peasants alike.
Now, tourists can go on guided hikes on the path and learn about its history from a local expert.
🔎 Learn more: Santorini Caldera Hiking Tour
Go Camping in Alonissos
Alonissos is one of the less inhabited islands in Greece.
As such, there is lots of open space available for people who want to camp out under the stars instead of renting a room or apartment.
There are two campsites at Steni-Vala and Plakes near the harbour, and the latter has functional bathroom facilities as well as a cafeteria.
Go to the Venetian Castle of Monolithos Tour
In Rhodes, the castle of Monolithos sits on a rock 100 meters high above the village of the same name.
Unpreserved through time and now a ruined castle, visitors who are capable of making the climb up the hill can take a guided tour through the Venetian styled castle.
Visit Rodini Park
Rodini Park can be found along the Rhodes-Lindos highway, three kilometers from Rhodes City.
It is famed to be the first landscaped park in the world, and is resplendent with tall trees to rest under, well manicured grass to lie on, and a plethora of wonderful creatures to look at.
Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The city of Rhodes has a rich religious history, which includes Judaism.
The Kahal Shalom Synagogue of Rhodes was built in 1577, and in 1977 the Jewish Museum was opened inside the Synagogue to catalogue and exhibit historical artifacts that show the lives of the Jews who once lived there.
Museum of Greek Art
When visitors walk into the Old Town of Rhodes, they are first welcomed by the Museum of Greek Art – which was established to display and celebrate the uniqueness of Greek culture and identity.
The Museum displays hundreds of pieces by famous Greek artists, and is typically open from 8 am – 3 pm.
🔎 Learn more: Museum of Greek Art
Walk on top of Medieval Walls
The Island of Rhodes is filled with many spectacular castles and the walls that kept them safe.
Visitors can walk those very walls, and spend a few hours exploring the bastions and ramparts, and marveling at the sights around.
This is best done in the morning before the heat of the day rises.
🔎 Read more: 24 Fun & Historical Things To Do in Rhodes, Greece
Explore the Melissani Cave
Melissani is a gorgeous and fully developed lacustrine cave located on the island of Kefalonia.
For a small fee, tourists can take boat rides across the lake within, and listen to a guide who narrates the history of the cave.
The contrast of vibrant colors is fantastic and the cave makes for great pictures and memories.
Travel to Chios Islands
The fifth largest island in Greece, Chios, is one of the most uncharted and preserved of all the Greek Islands.
Also known as The Majestic Island, Chios has a rich history which includes Saracene pirates and occupation by the Turks during the Greek Revolution.
Visitors can explore its medieval villages and the Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Go to the Shipwreck Beach at Zakynthos
Shipwreck Beach is a small exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos. Buried in the limestone gravel of the beach is the freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, which ran aground on October 2, 1980 due to bad weather.
While taking a nice dip at the beach, check out and take pictures with the ship.
🔎 Learn more: Shipwreck Beach Tour
The Isle of Marathonisi lies across the coast of Keri, and on its north side sits a pristine beach with spotless sand and beautiful pebbles.
Visitors to the beach can access the island only during the day and must carry their own refreshments as there are no stores to be found there.
Explore the Blue Caves
On the west coast of Zakynthos, the blue caves of Volimes offer the most breathtaking view that Zakynthos possesses.
Accessible by rented boat only, exploring the mythical beauty of these caves can only be described as a once in a lifetime experience.
🔎 Learn more: Blue Caves Tour
The Venetian Fortress of Zakynthos sits above the town, on the hill of Bohali.
The castle was built on top of a site which – excavations have shown – also hosted a Byzantine castle, as well as the ancient Zakynthos Acropolis.
The castle is in ruins, now, but visitors can still stroll over and look around it for free.
Solomos Museum is on the island of Corfu, in what was once the home of Dionysios Solomos – the 19th century National Poet of Greece.
Destroyed in World War Two but later restored and converted to a museum, the poet’s home contains many artifacts of his life; including his writing desk and many of his manuscripts which are studied to this day.
Explore the Keri Caves
The Keri Caves form up along the Marathia Cape peninsula, in the South-West area of Zakynthos.
Accessible only by private boat or in a tourist group, the caves are astoundingly beautiful, with the blue of the water resplendent in the light.
Tourists can swim in the water among the starfish that live there.
🔎 Learn more: Boat Tour to Keri Caves
Visit the Byzantine Museum
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is in the Dionysios Solomos Square, and is the largest museum on the island.
Opened to the public in 1960, it houses Byzantine artifacts and works of art from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
The museum is typically open from 08:30-15:00, but is closed on Mondays.
Enjoy a day in the Askos Stone Park
The Askos Stone Park of Zakynthos is 124 acres of forest reserve, wildlife sanctuary, archaeological history, natural zoo, and agricultural research ground combined into one astounding place.
Visitors are allowed to enter the park, and the rest of the space is used for fruit and animal food farming.
Visit the Keri Lighthouse
Keri Lighthouse was built in 1925, in the town of the same name.
A mere 20 kilometers from Zakynthos, this nine meter lighthouse offers a magical view of the shore, the sea and breathtaking sunsets for those who climb to its peak.
Hike in the Loucha Area
The Loucha area within Zakynthos is a hiker’s paradise for those who like to explore on foot.
One of the few parts still unaffected by tourism, Loucha offers scenic routes around the mountains of Zakynthos.
Group hiking tours will go through the beautiful village, the island’s vineyards, and the Monastery of Yperagathos.
Enjoy the Exhibition Center in the National Marine Park
The National Marine Park Exhibition Center in Zakynthos is situated in Agios Ioannis, near Dafni beach.
The Center’s main creature of focus is the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, which can be found in immense populations on Zakynthos.
Visitors can learn about the sea turtles and their nesting places from 7:00 – 19:00.
Visit the Hot Springs of Lesvos
The Hot Springs of Lesvos are said to hold healing properties; and the fact that they boil hotter than any other springs in Europe may be part of the reason.
Since the time of Herodotus, these picturesque pieces of natural beauty have been a place for solace seekers to soak and relax.
Visit The Paros Island
Paros is nestled within the Cyclades – the most famous of the Greek island groups.
The island presents visitors with a mix of traditional and modern Greece; with its chic clubs and bars set in old Cycladic buildings, its irresistible rustic villages, breathtaking beaches, and ancient artifacts.
Visit the City of Heraklion
Heraklion is the fifth largest city in Greece, and the administrative capital of the island of Crete.
Proudly showing off its history while being the cultural and technological hub of Crete; Heraklion has created a retro-modern vibe that makes it one of the most vibrant cities in all of Europe.
“The Place Where People forget to Die” Ikaria
The Island of Ikaria has been known as the “paradise of longevity”.
This is because one in three of its population live up to age 90 with few medical problems.
Visit this island and walk among the locals, and discover their secrets of healthy eating, easy living and maintained connections.
Astypalaia is a little-known island belonging to the Dodecanese group of islands.
This island – which is named after the daughter of Phoenix and Perimedes – is characterized by remarkable beaches, clear turquoise waters and whitewashed buildings in picturesque villages.
Visit the Palace of the Gods in Samothraki
The Isle of Samothrace is of significant mythological import to the Greeks.
Known as the Island of the Great Gods, it houses Mount Saos – which, according to legend, was where Poseidon sat atop to get a view of the Trojan War.
This island of legends is filled with smooth sandy beaches, famous springs, and archeological finds to fall in love with.
Enjoy some Tranquility at Gavdos
Gavdos sits south of Crete, and is the southernmost of all the Greek islands.
Mostly unexplored by tourists but famed in mythology, this island is said to be the place Odysseus was shipwrecked and then detained by the nymph – Calypso.
The isolation of the island makes it a tranquil location to escape to.
Visit the Beautiful Island of Delos
While many of the other Greek islands have museums to show their history, Delos is history in and of itself.
This island which is known as the birthplace of the sun god, Apollo, and the goddess of the hunt, Artemis, is the most mythologically significant island in all of Greece.
Visit the Island of Skiáthos
Skiáthos is in the northern part of the Sporades islands, and is the most culturally diverse of them all.
But even with the diversity, Skiáthos still boasts of unimaginable beauty.
This amazing island has lush pine trees, clear azure waters, and is blessed with more than sixty beautiful beaches.
Explore the Ancient Island of Patmos
Patmos Island is a significant christian pilgrimage site that welcomes lots of tourists every year.
Known to be the island where St. John was exiled to and subsequently wrote the book of Revelations, many Christians come here to see the Cave of the Apocalypse where Revelations was written, and also visit the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, which is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
Scuba Dive in Schinaria, Crete
The island of Crete has a great coastline and is known for being a great place to go scuba diving.
An especially cool part of Crete to go diving is Schinaria Beach.
Located 3 km south of the village Lefkogia, Schinaria is home to sea turtles, octopus, morays, blackfish and many more.
Explore the Mirmigi Reef in Lesvos
For beginner divers, just getting the hang of things, Mirmigi Reef in Lesvos is a popular place.
With very little current and crystal clear waters, Mirmigi is easy to explore and is abundant with marine life for the eyes to feast on as you get the hang of scuba diving.
Explore the Elephant’s Cave in Crete
For more experienced divers, the city of Chania in Crete holds a fascinating find – the Elephant’s Cave.
This underwater cave is strikingly beautiful, and is filled with an impressive array of red and white stalagmites and stalactites.
Under the water, lie the remains of a long extinct elephant including its teeth, spine and tusk.
Visit the Kea Water Sports Center
On Kea Island, Koundouraki Beach is home to the Kea Water Sports Center.
Perfectly organized with sun beds and umbrellas, food spots and drinks, the center offers lots of fun, water based activities.
Fun lovers can engage in sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle surfing and more.
Surf in Tinos
For lovers of the surf in search of the waves, Tinos Island welcomes you.
On Kolibithra beach, surfing has become an established pastime, and Tinos Surf Lessons has been responsible for popularizing this sport not just to visitors of the beach, but to Greece as a whole.
Surf classes are set at intervals, and can be attended by showing up.
Visit the Pythagoreion and Heraion in Samos
The small island of Samos has a long history of invaders and foreign inhabitants on its lands going as far back as 3000 B.C.
The most visible signs of invasion can be found at the Pythagoreion – an ancient port and aqueduct, and the Heraion – a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess, Hera.
Visit the Manos Faltaïts Folk Museum
In the town of Skyros, the Manos Faltaïts Folk Museum was built to exhibit the mythology and history of Skyros.
Visitors can lose themselves; exploring this warren of ancient Skyrian clothing, furniture, weaponry, cooking utensils, and old photographs.
It also has a gift shop where you can get books, ceramics and more.
Visit Koufonisia Island
Once a member of the Cyclades islands, Koufonisia (meaning “Hollow Islands”) is made up of two islets – Pano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi.
Pano is the only inhabited island of the two, and has restaurants, hotels and well catered beaches.
Kato is uninhabited, and great for those looking to explore unspoiled, natural beauty.
Enjoy Turquoise Waters at Anafi Island
Anafi Island is located about ninety minutes from Santorini by boat, and is one of the most simple and sparsely populated islands of the Cyclades group.
This exquisite little island is not accessible by plane, and there are very few cars around; making it a quiet and tranquil place to take walks, swim in the sea and enjoy a relaxed life.
Agistri Island is located about 55 minutes from Athens, and is one of the more popular getaway spots for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital.
A stark contrast to Athens, its quiet and rural ambience features peaceful beaches, fresh farm produce, and more.
Visit Lefkada Island
Lefkas is one of the few Ionian islands that can be reached by driving, as it is attached to mainland Greece.
Its landscape is absolutely breathtaking, and its beaches are the epitome of soft sand and clean water.
There are also castle ruins, waterfalls, old churches and other beautiful attractions.
Explore the Myrtos Beach at Kefalonia
On the north-west corner of Kefalonia Island, sea seekers can make their way down a steep windy road to find Myrtos Beach between the feet of the mountains Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros.
Often described as being among the most sensational beaches in Greece, Myrtos is mostly made up of dazzling marble pebbles, set in an arc a one and a half miles long.
Visit Voutoumi Beach, Antipaxos
Voutoumi Beach is situated in Antipaxos, which is just south of Paxos Island.
This sandy treasure is a favorite among families who like a quiet wave.
For those who appreciate a great view, the Bella Vista is a great taverna located above the beach.
There are also fabulous tavernas on the beach, and they have umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.
Enjoy a Day at Sarakiniko Beach in Milos
Sarakiniko beach is the most photographed landscape in the Aegean Sea, and it’s located in Milos Island.
This isn’t your typical beach back at home.
Sarakiniko is made up of bright white volcanic rock that takes its form from being cut, and carved by the wind and the waves of the sea.
There are many caves that line the edge of the sea and there is even a small natural bridge that can be crossed.
If you’re an adrenaline seeker, there are many cliff jumping opportunities here!
As usual, make sure you swim out to the spot first to find out what the depth is before jumping!
We also highly recommend doing a day trip to Kimolos.
Greece has always been a holiday delight for travelers, and it is not hard to see why.
With its many islands, hundreds of beaches and aqua-spots, history-rich sites and more, visitors are often spoiled to choose which place to go first.
On your next trip, use this guide to make an itinerary, and prepare to have the time of your life.
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