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What are the best things to do in Greece? How many answers can we find for this question? Although there are innumerable answers to this question, we have gathered in the list below the most popular attractions and things to do all over Greece and the islands.
#1 Sunset of Santorini
This is probably the most romantic thing to do in Greece! The sunset from the Castle of Oia in Santorini attracts millions of tourists every summer. Although every spot of the caldera offers a unique sunset view, Oia is the most famous sunset-watching spot on the island. Of course, the entire Santorini island is one of the most fantastic places to visit in Greece with a stunning landscape and picturesque Cycladic architecture.
Tip: For an even more romantic view of the Santorini sunset, consider joining a sunset boat tour!
#2 The Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is arguably one of the unmissable attractions in Greece. Over the years, this important monument has become the symbol of the country and usually features among the most important archaeological sites in the world. Constructed on top of a rocky hill, within a walking distance of the commercial center of Athens city, the Rock of the Acropolis hosts the Temple of Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Sanctuary of Erechtheion, the Propylaea Gates and other monuments. After your visit to the Acropolis, do not forget to visit the new Acropolis Museum that opened a few years ago and is located right opposite the Holy Rock.
#3 Swim in the sea
There can’t be a Greek summer holiday without swimming in the sea! This is surely one thing not to miss in Greece. Although there are islands with fantastic beaches, like the islands of Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Crete, Rhodes, and so many others, visitors can find a lovely place to enjoy the sea and soak some sun almost everywhere in the country. Even in Athens, only 30 min by bus or tram from the city center, there are beaches to spend some relaxing moments, such as Vouliagmeni, Kavouri or even Glyfada beach.
#4 Cycladic architecture
The small whitewashed houses, the villages with the narrow paved paths, the windmills and the blue-domed churches of the Cyclades islands are some of the country’s trademarks. The unique architectural style and the exotic beaches of the Cyclades make this island group the most popular of all the island groups in Greece. Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Ios, Amorgos, and Folegandros are among the islands with the most characteristic Cycladic architecture.
#5 Food and wine
One of the best things to do in Greece is to have a meal at a traditional Greek tavern. Eating homemade food and drinking house wine at the Greek taverns by the sea or the village squares is truly something to experience. Try traditional dishes, like the village salad (horiatiki), pies, kleftiko (lamb dish), tzatziki dip, and many others. Ask the waiter for dishes made with local products and, if you eventually like the dish, you can get the recipe and try it when you go back home!
Also read: Top Greek dishes to try during your holidays
#6 Ancient Delphi
Ancient Delphi is surely among the most impressive sites in Greece. Perched on the slopes of a mountain in central Greece, Delphi was the sanctuary of god Apollo and the most famous oracle of the Greek antiquity, where pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean basin would come to request a prophecy. Today, there are ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theatre, the Stadium, the Gymnasium, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea (Tholos) and others. Right next to the site there is a fantastic Archaeological Museum.
Tip: Delphi can be easily reached by day tour from Athens.
#7 Nightlife in Mykonos
Although Mykonos is a wonderful island with a unique style and exotic beaches, it is also a great place for nightlife. There are nightlife options for everyone in Mykonos, from drag shows and lounge bars to gourmet restaurants and traditional taverns that stay open until late. During the day, people go to the beaches and have fun at the beach bars, while in the evening they head to Mykonos Town. In the narrow streets of Mykonos Town hide many cozy nightlife spots!
#8 Medieval Rhodes
Due to its long Medieval history, the entire island of Rhodes is like a trip back in time. One of the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe, the Old Town of Rhodes is a fantastic place to stroll. Visitors will get to see the Knights Street, the magnificent Palace of the Grand Master, the Archaeological Museum housed in an old hospital building, the old port of Mandraki, and many other sights. A drive around the island will also bring you to Medieval Castles, such as Monolithos Castle and the Acropolis of Lindos. To get the best view of the Medieval side of Rhodes, combine your holidays with the Medieval Rose Festival that takes place on the island every June.
#9 Epidaurus Ancient Theatre
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is famous all over the world for its excellent acoustics and wonderful architecture. In ancient times, this theatre hosted religious ceremonies and rituals connected to the close sanctuary of Asclepius. The drama performances were part of such religious ceremonies in ancient Greece. Today, drama performances that are part of the Greek Festival (Athens-Epidaurus Festival) take place there in July and August. Ancient Epidaurus is easily reached by a bus tour from Athens.
#10 Corfu Old Town
Walking around the Old Town of Corfu is like strolling around the Renaissance towns of Italy, such as Florence or Naples. Due to the long occupation by the Venetians, the architecture of Corfu resembles a lot to Italian old towns. The Old and the New Fortresses, on both sides of the town, the Liston Promenade, Spianada Square, the bay of Garitsa are fantastic spots to explore in Corfu Town.
Tip: Do not miss the view of the chapel of Panagia Vlacherna and Mouse Island from the quarter of Kanoni!