To list all of the places to visit in Greece would be impossible. This is a spectacular land of beauty with an endless variety of landscapes. From rugged snow-capped mountains and ancient ruins to turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Greece can satisfy every travelers needs.
This is my list of 8 best places to visit in Greece.
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater).
Santorini must be seen to be believed. Take a dip in the turquoise waters, walk around the beautiful villages and dine in the fine restaurants, Santorini will steal your heart.
Sitting in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Corfu is one of the most connected to the historic Greek islands. Strongly influenced by the Venetians, the French and the English, Corfu Greece has a cosmopolitan, multicultural charm.
Exploring Corfu Town, the capital of the island, you’ll see the glorious past of Corfu on imposing palaces, noble mansions, beautiful museums, and charming squares. Moving away from Corfu Town, you’ll discover picturesque seaside villages, tiny verdant islets, luxurious Corfu resorts, and wild natural landscapes. It’s amazing how the different sides of this idyllic island coexist in harmony!
As for Corfu beaches, they are one of their kind! Nestled in sandy coves, surrounded by green forests and mountains, they are some of the best beaches in Greece!
There are few cities on earth which can boast history of the kind that Athens can. The birthplace of democracy and accredited as the founder of Western civilisation, this is a city which stretches across the ages. This throbbing and vibrant place is a must when visiting Greece.
Athens overflows with Greek culture and is filled with spectacular sites like the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus. Also do not forget to visit the Plaka district. This little suburb of Athens is located just below the Acropolis and is a splendidly beautiful spot. Stroll among the cobbled streets and take in all of the handicraft shops and restaurants.
Lefkada is a breathtaking island located in the heart of the Ionian sea, connected with the mainland by a small bridge. Being easily accessed by car and boasting one of the most wonderful natural landscapes and some of the most scenic Lefkada beaches, Lefkada Greece (or the “Caribbean of Greece”, as it is also known as) is the absolute dream destination for those who are into exotic islands.
Sandy and shrine, with mesmerizing turquoise waters, surrounded by wild nature, Lefkada beaches will amaze you!
Home to some of the Greek Islands’ best nightlife, Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Mediterranean. Turquoise water, white sandy beaches and huge chalk-white cliffs, all give Zakynthos its signature beauty.
The island is also home to one of the most photographed spots in Greece, the incredibly beautiful Shipwreck Cove. Otherwise known as Navagio beach, this alone makes Zakynthos maybe a must-visit destination. The centre of the Island is less explored than the coastline, with fir trees and olive groves adding to the island’s charm.
Next up is something a little different. Meteora is maybe one of the most unique places to visit in Greece, and Europe as a whole. Located in the heart of northern Greece, Meteora is home to some of the world’s most spectacular Orthodox churches.
The Meteora Monasteries are one of the few UNESCO world heritage sites that have been given a double status. UNESCO gives two different world heritages status, one for art and one for nature. The stunning bluffs and hoodoos of Meteora has received both.
This is a land where fingers of stone reach for the heavens, with Orthodox monasteries perched precariously on the tips. A land where people live in the sky and still worship God with a passion of a bygone age. Built in the 14th and 16th centuries, Meteora is a place which will make you gasp in wonder.
Olympia, ruined ancient sanctuary, home of the ancient Olympic Games, and former site of the massive Statue of Zeus, which had been ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This place is located near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece, 10 miles (16 km) inland from the Ionian Sea, near a point where the Alpheus(Alfios)and Cladeus(Kladios) rivers meet.
Along with the stadium and training grounds, the UNESCO accredited Olympia also boasts some of the best preserved monuments and temples in all of Greece. These hallowed monuments are dedicated to the great gods of old such as Zeus and Hera. Located in the rugged hills of the Peloponnese, the Valley of the Gods is an awe inspiring place.
Skiathos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece. Also is best known for its beach and nightlife, Skiathos has blasted onto the itinerary of many travelers in recent years. With crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, along with some incredible nightspots, it is easy to see why. Skiathos is very similar with Lefkada and this two destinations is matbe the most visited places in Greece for the summer holidays.
Despite the influx of tourism, the island has lost none of its beauty. Also this place with over 60 gorgeous beaches and hiking trails through rolling pine forests, Skiathos is a nature lover’s dream.
Along with the natural beauty of the island, there is also Skiathos Town which caters perfectly for tourists. Nice restaurants spill out onto the streets where you can sit and dine the evening away as the sun slowly dips into the Mediterranean.