Greece may still be fiscally flabby but it’s proving to be one of the world’s top destinations during summer. In recent years Athens considered to be the great city break destination and Greece still offers great value for your money than any other Mediterranean hotspots like Italy and Spain. The country as a whole has literally hundreds of small islands ripe for discovery. Here are the best places you need to visit on your next trip to Greece.
As the vibrant capital of Greece and the birthplace of democracy, Athens is probably the top of your list that you’ll want to see on your trip. It’s easier to spend all your time in Athens, but that would mean you’ll miss out many other great things to see in Greece. Spend at least two to three days to see some of the highlights of Athens such as the Acropolis, ancient Agora, and National Archaeological Museum. That will also give you time to explore the colorful streets of Monastiraki and Plaka neighborhoods, as well as discover the hilly district of Kolonaki and many more, many people tend to find homes for rent in Greece and enjoy some amazing stays there.
This mysterious lake is just 15 miles outside Athens. The name Vouliagmeni derives from the Greek word vouliiazo, which means submerge and true enough the amazing lake formed when a big underwater spring let loose and caused a massive cave roof to collapse.
Established in 316 BCE, Thessaloniki was named after Alexander the Great’s half-sister. It is also Greece’s seaside second city. This city is rich in history, to name a few, the Roman and Byzantine ruins, Christian heritage, and fascinating Jewish history also. Aside from its colorful history, there are also plenty of good cafes and restaurants to make Thessaloniki included on your itinerary. There are available flights a day between Thessaloniki and Athens. Take note also that summer can be hot and humid in Thessaloniki.
One of the main attractions in Milos island is the Venue de Milo statue, however, this statue sits in the Louvre. And another secret is that this Cycladic island stunner is the most popular destination for many Greeks as their honeymoons and a dating place for couples for a few days. Just like the famous Santorini, Milos is volcanic in origin also. This island boasts its wealth of extraordinary beaches, including Sarakiniko with its amazing white landscapes. This island is about three hours ferry ride from Piraeus.
If you’re looking for great food, extraordinary beaches, a hint of glamor and not too expensive to travel then look no further than the Greek island of Paros. This island is located south of Mykonos, the most famous and more expensive island, but is another favorite spot for the Greek themselves. This town of Naoussa has tons of amazing seafood restaurants and tavernas and is near an array of uncrowded and fine beaches. You can take also a 10-minute ferry ride going to tiny Antiparos, which offers more great beaches.
Crete (north side)
Crete is a popular destination for Europeans who are looking for beach weather for a long vacation, usually six months out of the year or more. It is also the largest island in Greece and the most beautiful among many islands in the country. It will take time and makes a bit tough to navigate its mountainous terrain, however, if you think of southern and northern section it is much easy. In north side, you’ll find some of the most amazing cities, such as Heraklion and near to it are the Minoan ruins of Knossos, Chania, and Rethymno. The latter two have sustained many good architectural details from Crete’s Venetian era.
Crete (south side)
The south side of Crete is not yet fully developed than the south side of Crete, which is good news for those who love to see extraordinary beaches and landscapes. It is recommended to start your south journey in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Enjoy an authentic lunch at Peskesi. Drive 97 due south, and see the impressive Minoan ruins at Phaistos along the way. Go after the signs of Matala, a very lively beach town.
While Rhodes is the most popular and biggest Greece’s Dodecanese Island, it is also the most crowded place. If you’re not a big fan of medieval history, it is advisable to skip this island in favor of the Karpathos, the second largest of the Dodecanese, Karpathos. Karpathos is more authentic and has best beaches.
As beautiful as Crete, Corfu is an island that is rich in history and compelling geography. It is also one of the Ionian islands called in Greek as Kerkyra. Corfu is very green unlike many Greek islands and its old town is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. You can also stay at the Grecotel Corfu Imperial, which is near the replica village, a shooting location for most iconic movies such as The Durrells and For Your Eyes Only.
Attica is not just about its international airports, as some other mistakenly think. The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, attract tourists in any season. The Attica peninsula is the Athenians’ alternative for a beautiful beach if they don’t have time for an island visit. You can also swim at the Limanakia and Varkiza, and the entire coast is filled with beautiful hidden coves and sea views.