Greece: when you think of this Mediterranean paradise, visions of rich ancient history, a pantheon of gods and goddesses, the food triad, amazing architecture, and stunning beaches all likely pop into your head. The point of the matter is, Greece is a beautiful European country with so much to offer both the locals and the curious travelers who graciously visit its shores.
If you're planning a trip to Greece and are overwhelmed by all the activities, sights, and snacks available to you, and aren’t sure what to add to your itinerary, here are 10 of the top things you need to do when vacationing in Greece and why.
The Acropolis of Athens is an absolute must for your itinerary. This ancient landmark is home to several buildings and other structures of architectural and cultural significance, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Beulé Gate. History and architecture lovers will have a grand time strolling down the paths and marveling at the beautiful and massive temples and statues surrounding them.
Mount Olympus; the mountain of the gods! In Greek Mythology, the peak of Mount Olympus is the hub for gods and goddesses. It's where Zeus sits on his throne and Hades' office from which he rules the Underworld. Every avid hiker and rock climber dreams of conquering Mount Olympus and standing level with the deities. Visit Litochoro, where the base of the mountain lies, to start your ascent and embark on the journey of a lifetime.
The Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The Delphi is located on the side of Mount Parnassus and features various temples, a stadium, and an ancient ruin. This charming locale is where citizens of Greece used to come to pray to Apollo, the Greek god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, healing, and the Sun.
Speaking of Apollo... after visiting his playground, stop by his and twin sister Artemis's rumored birthplace, the island of Delos! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a location packed with history and mystery. It's a crucial Greek archeological site and a place of extreme historical, religious, and mythological importance. There's no shortage of things to do on this sacred island, but some spots you simply must check out include the Sacred Lake, the Terrace of Lions, the ruins of the Sacred Precinct, the Temple of Isis, and the Archeological Museum.
It wouldn't be a true trip to Greece if you didn't spend some time near the shore! Lounge on the beach while listening to the calming sound of the rolling waves or rent a catamaran or a yacht for a day and sail across the Aegan and Ionian Seas. The water is great for surfing, water skiing, snorkeling, swimming, and more!
Fun fact: did you know that Greece’s winemaking tradition dates back to the Minoan civilization thousands of years ago? With such a long-lived tradition, it's no wonder why Greece is famous for its abundant vineyards and family-owned wineries. Stop by one or two during your visit and gulp down rich and delicious wines. Popular wineries worth visiting during your trip include the Achaia Clauss Winery in Patras, Domaine Sigalas in Oia, the Gaia Winery in Kamari, and the Santo Winery in Pyrgos.
There are several wine-producing regions in Greece, including the Aegean Islands, Central Greece, Epirus, Macedonia, and Thessaly. Each region produces its own distinctive wines. With so many options to choose from, even the pickiest drinkers are sure to find something to love.
Another thing you need to do when vacationing in Greece is visit Lake Plastira. Lake Plastira is a manmade lake formed by a dam. Despite this, it has an abundance of natural beauty! You can go canoeing or rafting on the lake. Alternatively, you can hike or ride horses through the scenic trails encircling the water.
Santorini, also known as Thira, is one of Greece's most famous islands. The island is covered in Cycladic homes. The beautiful white, sand, and blue colors look incredible next to the ashy volcanic hills and azure sea. Walk around and admire the breathtaking scenery, taste some local wine, or take a break from the hot summer sun by basking in Santorini's quintessential breeze (it's very windy here, so hold on to your hats!).
Greece is known for its pebbly beaches surrounded by the Azure Sea. These locations are perfect for unwinding after a long day of touring, trying out adrenaline-pumping water sports, chatting with the locals, or partying! But with over 500 Greek beaches, how do you choose which one to visit? Some popular coastal locations to consider include the Sarakiniko and Paleochori beaches in Milos and Navagio Beach.
Milos is a volcanic island. The beaches in Milos are surrounded by interesting rock formations that you can admire from below, climb, and in some areas, dive from! Sarakiniko beach, with its chalk-white cliffs, and Paleochori, with its thermal springs, are two one-of-a-kind beaches to visit in Milos.
Another must-visit beach is Navagio Beach on Zakynthos in the Ionian. Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach and Smuggler’s Cove, has an unusual selling point. Perched in the center of the beach are the abandoned remains of the coaster ship MV Panagiotis, which ran aground in the eighties. How many people can say they partied near a shipwreck? Visit Navagio and you'll be one of the lucky few. Additionally, the cliffs surrounding the beach make an excellent lookout and photo opportunity. Just remember to exercise caution by the cliff edge.
Every country has dozens of art and history museums, but how many museums have you seen dedicated to olive oil? The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Othonos Amalias in Patras pays homage to this salty round treat and tells the tale of how it became one of Greece's most valued resources. You'll inevitably be munching on Greek olives and crunchy oil-dressed Mediterranean salads throughout your trip; why not learn the history behind what you're eating while you're at it?
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