It is the perfect holiday destination. White washed buildings, incredible architecture, stunning sandy beaches and all day long sunshine. And don’t forget the sparkling nightlife with a cuisine amongst the best in the world! With all this wonderment around us, where do we start? Follow our guide to top 10 places to visit in Greece to get your holiday juices flowing!
One of the many Greek Cyclades islands, Mykonos is also one of the most visited. It boasts a buzzing nightlife and has an incredibly friendly atmosphere. It is a wonderful mixture of modern sophistication with a traditional background and winding streets amongst the beautiful white buildings, and continues to be one of the most popular parts of Greece to holiday.
The Meteora means “suspended in the air” in Greek, which describes these cliffs and Monasteries perfectly. On mainland Greece, these cliffs tower over the villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka and are over 1,200 feet high. Hidden among them are 14th century Monasteries which were built by the monks themselves, to give them their spiritual isolation and freedom. Truly an incredible and breathtaking spectacle!
3. Shipwreck Beach – Zakynthos
Given 4.5 out of 5 stars by Trip Advisor, Shipwreck beach is definitely a place to put on your “Places To Visit” list. Take an organised boat trip there or hire a car and find it yourself, but be sure to pack sun protection as the beach is a guaranteed sun trap! With views you have to see to believe and crystal sparkling sea, this is not a place to be missed!
4. Mystras, Peloponnese region
If you are looking for something a little more historic from your Greek holiday, visit the ghost town of Mystras in Laconia (Peloponnese region). It has the most incredible scenery and buildings, consisting of a Fortress, Monasteries’, Churches and a Palace. Built in the 14th and 15th century, Mystras served as the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea. The Ottomans occupied Mystras until it was abandoned under King Otto for the newly rebuilt town of Sparta in 1821.
5. The Acropolis, Athens
A must see visitors spectacular is The Acropolis, sitting as a Citadel above the city of Athens, containing ancient buildings and architecture. Once used for the residents of Athens as a place to escape to if the town was under threat, The Acropolis is now a stunning tourist attraction hiding the beautiful historical buildings within.
6. The Easter Festival
If you get the chance to experience it, don’t miss Greece’s biggest yearly festival, The Easter Festival. The entire Island of Greece joins in with the festivities but some of the most spectacular celebrations are held in Corfu, Skiathos, Patmos, Chios, Leonidio and Monemvasia. Celebrating their Christianity, the locals take part in a week of music, food and ceremonies which are a delight for anyone to be part of.
With azure blue waters and a Hollywood feel, Skopelos is known as one of the greenest islands in Greece due to half of the island being covered with Virgin Pine Forest. Famed for its stunning beauty, this is the Island where the movie “Mama Mia” was filmed and continues to pull in tourists year after year. You can even marry in the same Chapel from the movie – should you want to.
If olive groves, orange trees and stretching golden sands is more your kind of break, head for the Parga region of Greece. A laid back atmosphere and friendly locals help to make your visit perfect and relaxing. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Ancient Fortress whilst you are there, and have a little drink at one of the many seaside taverns, whilst mixing with the locals.
If it’s the nightlife you want, Kos is the place to be. But that isn’t all it offers. Kos is one of the main Greek holiday destinations for families and couples alike. Bustling and busy, Kos has some of the most beautiful scenery of all the Greek islands, regardless of what time of day it is. Kos isn’t just about the nightlife and party atmosphere though. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, are pockets of traditionalism where tourists are much less frequent but no less welcome.
10. Greek Vineyards and Wine Tours
No Greece holiday would be complete without a visit to one of its many Vineyards. Wine tours are available all over Greece and offer the opportunity to have a real taste of Greece in a glass. From the mainstream to the most scrumptious and celebratory wines, you are sure to find one that will give you a real bubbly appetite to return for more!