BEST OF GREECE – Top Destinations in 2019

Our Best of Greece list includes the top travel destinations in 2019. With so many candidates, compiling such a list is not easy. We include here both the most photogenic and culturally significant destinations. Read on, and choose a perfect spot for your vacation.

Best Greek Islands and Mainland Holiday Destinations in 2019

Our top choice is Santorini island and Nafplio. on the mainland.

Popular Island Choice: Santorini (Thera)

View of Santorini caldera
View of the caldera from Fira, Santorini

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 Kamari), 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 you were to visit only one island in Greece, we would recommend Santorini, mainly because of the unique landscape and experience.

Other islands like CreteCorfuRhodesKefalonia are excellent choices, especially if you are looking for popular vacation spots.

Classy Town on the Mainland: Nafplio

Bourtzi and fishing boats in Nafplio port
Fishing boats in front of Bourtzi fort

Nafplio is a wonderful little town in the Peloponnese, popular adults, families, and couples.

It’s location in the middle of the most historic areas of Greece make it a great place to stay if you want to combine city life, swimming, and historical/cultural excursions.

If you like visiting archaeological sites, we recommend you spend at least a week in Nafplio.

From there you can visit ancient Mycenae, Epidaurus, Franchthi cave, Asini, and Nemea.

If you time it well, you can also watch an ancient Comedy or Drama in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus.

Best Greek Travel Destinations by Category

The Parthenon east facade
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ancient stadium with packed earth pitch and grassy spectator slopes
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Balos beach
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Belegrina beach
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Corfu sunset over old town
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Morosini fountain in Lions Square in Heraklion
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Ruins of the Tholos with three columns standing
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Egremni beach
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Elafonisi beach view
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Falasarna beach, Western Crete
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Fishing boat in Fanos beach
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Fresco depicting dolphins
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Knossos
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Sand and parasols at Magic beach
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View of Meteora rocks formations with monasteries on top
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View from above of Myrtos beach
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Zeus of Artemision at the Archaeological Museum of Athens
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Navagio beach viewed from above
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General view of Papa Nero beach
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Naxos beach view
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Psili Ammos beach in Vai, Crete
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View of Santorini caldera
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Simos and Sarakiniko beaches
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Vat beach in eastern Crete
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Best of Greece: Spectacular Topography and Geology

Meteora panorama
Panoramic view of Meteora.
  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
  9. Perama cave (Ioannina)
  10. Diro Cave

Best Quiet Travel Destinations in Greece

  1. Papingo. Papingo is a small village perched high up in Pindos mountain range, in Epirus, in an area called Central Zagorohoria
  2. Little Cyclades (Koufonisia, Donousa, Iraklia)
  3. Xerokampos, Crete
  4. Elafonissos, Lakonia
  5. Petra, Patmos island
  6. Pylos, Peloponnese
  7. Messolonghi, Western Greece

Beautiful Greek Towns and Villages

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

Best Ancient Greek Sites

No matter where you go in Greece, you will be near an archaeological site, and a museum.

Click here for our extensive advise on the best of ancient Greece

The best of ancient Greece include:

The Best Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites

If you only have time for one or two sites, choose the Acropolis and Delphi.

If you have time for two more, choose Mycenae and Epidaurus.

The Best Archaeological Museums in Greece

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens has the most extensive and important collection of ancient Greek art.

The Acropolis museum is the most impressive.