Best Places To Visit in Greece. Here is a closer look at the top best destinations to visit in Greece: Athens, Greek Islands, Crete, Santorini, and more…
The 10 best places to visit in Greece
10 – Cap Sounion
Cap Sounion is situated at the southernmost tip of the Attica Peninsula, and best known as the site of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, the God of the sea.
The remains are perched on the headland surrounded on three sides by the sea. The sunset over the Aegean sea as viewed from the ruins is a sought-after spectacle. The site is also a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens.
9 – Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city and the capital of the Macedonian region of Northern Greece. Lively festivals, social events, and a buzzing nightlife make this city the cultural capital of Greece.
Comprised of a historic city center and commercial district, Thessaloniki offers both old and new attractions from its Byzantine walls, White Tower, and Turkish baths to colorful food markets and museums.
8 – Mykonos
Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands. Mykonos town is a stunningly picturesque Greek town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed houses. Although the streets are lined with small shops, boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants, Mikonos Town has not completely lost its identity.
7 – Halkidiki
Halkidiki is a peninsula near the city of Thessaloniki, sporting excellent beaches. The three separate peninsulas can be roughly summarized as follows: Kassandra has the nightlife, Sithonia has the beaches and Athos has the monks.
Being closest to Thessaloniki, Kassandra is more built-up, while the more quiet Sithonia has campgrounds, haven coves, and clear waters. Both are popular with Greek and Eastern European tourists. Much of the Easternmost peninsula belongs to the Mount Athos monastic community. It’s accessible by boat and open to male pilgrims only.
6 – Peloponnese
Peloponnese shaped much like a large leaf, Peloponnese was traditionally called Morea, which means mulberry leaf. Located in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece, Peloponnese is a wide peninsula connected to the mainland by the Rio-Antirrio bridge.
Interspersed with classical Greek temples, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches, and Mycenaean palaces, the peninsula echoes the ancient cultures and events from its extensive history. Among these ancient ruins is Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honor of Zeus.
5 – Delphi
Delphi is Greece’s most popular archaeological site. Located about two and a half hours from Athens along the slopes of the awe-inspiring Mount Parnassus, Delphi was once revered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the earth.
Dedicated to the god Apollo, Delphi was an important oracle. Significant ruins and structures include the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the theater, and Hippodrome.
4 – Meteora
The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air”, and this phrase aptly describes the spectacular cliffs that rise more than 1200 feet in the air, overlooking the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki in the northern region of Greece.
What makes these cliffs even more inspiring are the historic monasteries perched along at summit, dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries, the monasteries at Meteora were built by monks seeking spiritual isolation and freedom from religious persecution.
3 – Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. Crete is a spacious land of pleasing contrast where landscapes range from stunning coastline to rugged mountains and rolling countryside dotted with olive trees.
Bustling cities spread beyond to quiet villages centered around outdoor coffee shops. History lovers will want to explore the many historic and archaeological sites that dot the island such as Knossos Palace, which dates back to the mind Minoan civilization.
2 – Athens
Athens is widely known as the cradle of Western civilization, and the birthplace of democracy. The city presents a confusing blend of historical and modern features.
Athens is famous for its archaeological ruins and monuments such as the famous Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, and the theater of Dionysos. However, Athens is not just about ancient ruins. This bustling city is also an important center for culture and nightlife.
1 – Santorini
Santorini is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, the white-washed houses, and its very own active volcano. Fira, the capital of Santorini is a marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, whose white cobblestone streets bustle with shops, tavernas, hotels, and cafes while clinging on the edge of a high cliff.
If you arrive by sea, you can take a cable car up from the port, or alternatively take a trip on a mule up the 588 zigzagging steps.