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Top Things To See And Do In Greece, Europe

Raksha Kulkarni Jun 5, 2020
Greece, also known as the Hellenic Republic/Hellas, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is a beautiful compilation of the untouched beaches, mighty mountains, quaint island streets, delicious food, rich history, and warm people!

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Things to do in Greece
Athens City
The capital city is an iconic ancient city with art all around like the ancient ruins at the central junction of the Syntagma Station.Other attractions like the Ancient Agora, National Garden, Syntagma Square, Ermou Street, etc.
An Acropolis is a fortress that was built high up on a hill to keep the enemy away. There’s one in Athens which was built in 5 B.C. Stay in awe at the architecture of the Propylaia, The Parthenon (temple of the goddess Athena), and Erechteion.
The Acropolis
You can also hike up Mount Lycabettus for a great view of the most famous landmark in Athens.
You can also visit the Acropolis Museum which is made of cutting glass edge and houses famous artifacts. The café in the museum boasts of a terrace overlooking the Acropolis.
There are open-air cinemas like Cine Paris, Cinema Riviera, and Cine Dexameni from May to September. Some play Hollywood movies and some play art films.
Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Athens to check out the findings from excavations. Look out for the Mycenean collection and the Poseidon of Artemision.
Watch the Sunset in Santorini
The crescent-shaped island was formed after intense volcanic activity in the ancient times. It is popular for its rocky caldera rising up to 1,100 feet above the sea level.
It also boasts of breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and amazing architecture
Towns like Fira and Agkali are on a height and give you the best view! The huge crowds can be avoided in April, May, September, and October.
You can also visit You can also visit Folegandros which is also called as the ‘new Santorini’. The white houses with the blue church domes beautifully go with the stunning view.
Visit Peloponnese
It’s a beautiful mainland with pretty seaside villages, stunning beaches, and cozy tavernas. The southern peninsula holds great significance in Greek stories. It is the area where Hercules fought the Nemean lion and basically known as ancient Greek Gods’ own country.
Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, is another village on the eastern coast where you can enjoy a relaxing or romantic break.
Mani, the land of the warriors, boasts of traditional villages, stone towers, churches, seven fortresses, and archaeological sites.
You can also travel to Olympia, a sanctuary initially dedicated to Zeus and also associated with the Olympic Games.
Other attractions here include Corinth Canal, Vouraikos Canyon, Elafonisos Island, Navarino Lagoon Beach in Kalamata, Monemvasia, etc.
Road Trip in Meteora
Go on a road trip around the stunning sandstone formations of Meteora. The highlight of this place is the orthodox monasteries that are built on peaks by monks searching for isolation and peace.
The best way to experience this is by hiking up and taking in all the panoramic views. Apart from a road trip, you can also reach by train. The Monastery of Great Meteoron is the largest and highest sitting on a height of 610 meters.
Visit the Ancient Site of Delphi
It was considered as the center of the world by Ancient Greeks and now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The archaeological site boasts of stunning ruins and a backdrop of mountains to complement it.
The ruins include temples, theater, and a stadium. This is a must-see place, especially in spring. The blooming wildflowers make it all the more beautiful.
Explore the Ancient History
Old Perithia in Corfu is a ghost village now. But, it is a tourist attraction because of the beautiful preserved 14th century buildings.
Delos, an abandoned island, is an archaeological site. It was the birthplace of Apollo, the center of the Delian League, the geographic center of the Cyclades, and a religious sanctuary.
Rhodes is the oldest medieval town in Europe and feels like an old film set. The cobbled paths, the pretty restored buildings, and souvenir shops give you all the reasons to visit this quaint town.
The Street of Knights, the Knights of St John Hospital, and the Palace of the Grandmaster are a few major attractions.
Explore the Beaches
Greece boasts of almost 8,498 miles of coastline and 380 of them have a Blue Flag Status for their cleanliness. You’re never far from these pristine beaches.
Myrtos Beach is probably the most famous beach in Greece. One thing here that is a must do is – drink a frappe. Locals call it a freddo coffee!
Skopelos is a stunning island that became famous after Mamma Mia was shot here. The clear waters and the lush greenery (67% of land is covered with pine trees) attract many tourists.
Mykonos is a party paradise with great beach clubs, luxurious hotels, and amazing boutiques. One such beach is the Psarou Beach.
Balos Beach of Crete Island is famous for its beautiful lagoons and clear waters. It’s famous for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing.
Some other great beaches are Sarakiniko Beach, Perissa Beach, The Shipwreck Beach, Lalaria Beach, Red Beach and Voidokilia Beach.
Visit the Ancient Sites
Ancient Corinth boasts of ancient ruins of both Roman and Greek relics. It is located amidst modern surroundings and highlights the difference between ancient and modern.
The Palace of Malia dates back to 1900 BC and has been rebuilt a few times. It now hosts various exhibition halls and photo galleries.
Phaestos is a ruined palatial city where you can explore a theater, the storerooms, and the main palace buildings. It offers stunning view of Mount Psiloritis and Messara Plain.
Mycenae, founded in the 6th century BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attractions here are the Agamemnon Palace, the Lion Gate, and the Royal Cemetery.
Visit the Epidaurus Theater and the Sanctuary of Asclepius. The theater dates back to the 4th century and you can sit there imagining watching a performance. The Sanctuary is a place dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine.
Reconnect With Nature
Lake Plastira is a manmade lake blessed with stunning natural beauty around. Oak and chestnut trees can be seen all around the lake. You can indulge in activities like rafting, canoeing, hiking, and horse riding here.
Hike up the stunning Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete, the largest island. The gorge spans 16 kilometers and is 4 meters wide. Other attractions here include Elafonisi beach, Heraklion, and Spinalonga.
Take a boat ride through the Melissani Cave across the turquoise waters of the Melissani Lake. The cake spans for 4 kilometers over the underground lake that was discovered in 1951.
Visit Euboea, the second largest island in Greece. It offers great hiking options like the Dimosari Gorge and Mount Dirfys. The island is also famous for its seaside resorts where you can relax and sunbath.
Greece boasts of almost 6,000 islands and only 227 of them are inhabited. You can get one such unique experience by camping in Donousa. It can be reached by a ferry from Athens and will offer you an authentic Greek summer experience.
Enjoy a night out here as Greek people start the parties after midnight and head home by sunrise. Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, boasts of the best nightlife! Other attractions here are the White Tower, Modiano Market, Thessaloniki Citadel, and the Waterfront.
Easter is a huge deal in Greece and you'll see if you're here at the right time. There are carnival processions, lighting of candles together at church, midnight firework displays, and gorging on traditional Greek delicacies. These happen all over Greece but Corfu is particularly famous for their celebrations.
Last but not the least, enjoy their delicious cuisine! Some of the must-try dishes are:
Souvlaki – a street snack that has grilled chicken/pork with chips and a salad wrapped in pita.
The famous dessert Portokalopita – a Phyllo cake with oranges or lime.
Also try Tzatziki – a Greek sauce made with cucumbers and goat/sheep’s yoghurt; Greek Yogurt, Fasolada – traditional bean soup, Greek salad, and Moussaka – dish made of aubergines, minced meat, and béchamel sauce.
Try Feta cheese in all kinds like fried, cooked, whipped, and baked in Kefalonia.
The island of Tinos is known as a foodie paradise and boasts of some of the best wines and restaurants.
You can try Ouzo which is an anise-flavored alcohol, often served as digestif.