Best Travel Destinations of Greece

Elafonissos Beach, Chania, Crete.

The best vacations are often measured not by where one wanders, but by the friendships, the relationships, and the family bonds that one forges once there. The landscapes then act as mere vehicles for delightful moments.

A place is not enough. An open mind is also required to absorb the new social, cultural and visual signals that surround a traveler. Once this is understood, then it does not hurt to be absorbed by a unique topography, an ancient landscape, to be touched by a cool meltemi breeze, or to be lost in the azure ocean.

So then, where is the best place to visit in Greece? What is the absolute must-see locale? To answer the question one must define one's own interests first. Greece can offer an incredible gamut of activities.

The cultural and historical background of Greece has sprinkled the landscapes with ruins that span six thousand years. The alternating invaders, the peacefull settlers, and the country's position at the crossroads between east and west, have all left their mark on the Greek cultural landscape. Archaeological sites abound in the country side, and museums in cities protect priceless artifacts from antiquity. It would be an omission to visit Greece and leave without experiencing the ancient Greek culture; the culture that is credited with the birth of western civilization.

 

 

Spectacular Topography

Meteora rock romations and monasteries.

  1. Meteora
  2. Thera Volcano (Santorini Island)
  3. Olympus mountain
  4. Samaria Gorge (Crete)
  5. Vikos Gorge (Ioannina)
  6. Pindos Mountain Range
  7. Korinth canal
  8. Nisiros volcano

Beautiful Greek Towns and Villages

Papingo village and mountains

  1. Papingo (Ioannina)
  2. Ia and Fira (Santorini)
  3. Githio (Lakonia)
  4. Makrinitsa (Pelio)
  5. Olympos (Karpathos)
  6. Pylos (Messinia)
  7. Chania (Crete)

Best Greek Islands

Santorini white church over the Aegean sea.In reality, there is no such thing as "best Greek islands". One would definitely find a paradise among the 3000 islands of Greece. Searching is most of the fun of course, but here is a list to start with.

  1. Santorini (Thera)
    The combination of breathtaking topography and culture automatically elevate Santorini to a favorite destination. The island's popularity is probably its only flaw. Visiting in May or early June is better to avoid the crowds. Staying at a hotel in Ia, or in Fira atop the volcanic caldera is also imperative. The views are unforgettable. Good beaches (Perissa, and Red beach), a great museum of prehistoric art, a unique excavation site at Akrotiri, and the legend of Atlantis (a little far fetched in my opinion) would keep any visitor happy. If one were to visit only one island in Greece, I would recommend Thera with some close seconds below:
  2. Crete
  3. Corfu
  4. Rhodes
  5. Kefalonia

More Greek Islands

Best Castles and Forts in Greece

Rhodes castle

  1. Rhodes
    If you are going to visit only one castle in Greece, Rhodes must be it. Almost perfectly preserved, it encloses the oldest continously inhabited Medieval town of Europe.
  2. Corfu Old Fort
  3. Methoni
  4. Monemvasia
  5. Nafplio

Best Caves

Diros Cave, Mani, Peloponnese.

  1. Perama cave (Ioannina)
  2. Diro Cave
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