Do you wonder where to go in Greece? Everyone knows about the beaches, and what about the food, history, archaeology, scenery and the unparalleled joie de vivre that is Greece? As the country was already inhabited from prehistoric times, traces of human civilization can be found everywhere, in all corners of the country. Athens is the historical capital of Greece. The country offers over 100 outstanding archaeological sites; the best known being The Acropolis in Athens. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is one of the most important museums in the world.
Around 6,000 islands and islets are scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea, most of them grouped in clusters, that constitute the unique Greek archipelago. Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades are some of the famous and popular islands and island clusters in Greece.
Santorini seems to be made for romantics and is immensely popular. But even well-known tourist attractions can actually live up to their reputation—and a sunset over the caldera is hard to beat. During the day, visit a winery, relax on some of the world’s most colorful beaches, or venture offshore for a tour of the volcano.
Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese, has been famous since antiquity for its Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, it’s most known for its Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters, which was once a Turkish prison.
Mykonos’ reputation precedes it, and for good reason. While most of the Greek islands are laid-back enclaves, this cosmopolitan Cycladic island can satisfy any and all of your nightlife needs, from surfside lounge bars to wild clubs. Mykonos also has a burgeoning art scene.
Kefalonia will more than satisfy beach lovers. Greece has more than 8,500 miles of coastline, so sand-and-surf fiends have no shortage of places to put their towel. Still, of the Greek islands, Kefalonia is one of its beach meccas, and Myrtos Beach, which sits between two mountains, is its most famous. Cinephiles will recognize the island from its onscreen time in 2001’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which was filmed here.
Ikaria is perfect for adventure-seekers and the lovers of the outdoors. Deriving its name from Icarus, who in Greek mythology fell into the sea nearby, Ikaria is primarily mountainous, which makes it an excellent island for walking and hiking. (The island’s network of paths, known as monopatia, will take hikers from coast to coast, through oak and pine forests, and from one mountaintop to another.) Post-hike, relax in the mineral bath houses at Therma, whose waters reputedly have curative properties.
Hydra, a mere two hours from Athens by hydrofoil, remains blissfully free of wheeled vehicles. That’s right, no cars or scooters here. Instead, you’ll find cobblestoned streets traversed by mules and donkeys, immaculate stone mansions, and picturesque, harbor-side cafes.
Whether you’re looking for culture and nightlife, fresh seafood, or some of the best in the world, you’ll be able to find it in one idyllic trip. Here are some sample tours to answer the question where to go in Greece.
Best of Greece – 15 days from $2899 CAD ($2226 US). The must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the Samariá Gorge, isolated Cretan villages and the sway of Santorini.
Adriatic Adventure – for 18 – 30 somethings. Dubrovnik to Athens 9 days from $1299 CAD ($1000 US).
Sailing – Santorini to Mykonos (or reverse) 8 days on 15 m yachts from $1399 CAD ($1074 US).
Sailing – Athens to Santorini 15 days from $2399 CAD ($1847 US). Select departures Sept and Oct.
Cycling – 8 days from $1895 CAD ($1455 US).
Walking – Discover the 3 islands of Paros, Naxos and Santorini. 8 days from $1675 CAD ($1286 US).
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