Greece has become increasingly sought-after by travellers around the world. It is said to be one of the first places people want to visit as soon as they are able to book a holiday—and it’s easy to see why.
One of the world’s most beautiful countries, Greece has the stunning Aegean Sea, magical sunsets, lush mountains, and rich cuisine that caters to everyone’s palate. Here, we take you on a visual tour of the country’s best sites, from breathtaking isles to small charming villages- we reveal why it’s so appealing to visit!
Greek Islands: Greece has 6000 islands in total and 227 of those are inhabited. From the Ionian to the Dodecanese, each has its own unique beauty, making it hard to choose which one to explore next!
Charming Villages: The Greek islands aren’t only about beaches and sunsets. Endearing little villages reveal so much about Greek history and culture and are well worth a visit.
Athens: The Greek capital is dominated by striking 5th-century BC landmarks and while you are there make sure to check out the outstanding neoclassical building at Athens Kapodistrian University.
Thessaloniki: Greece’s co-capital is known as the centre of Greek gastronomy. Spend some time here trying the local dishes and delicacies; and enjoy long coffee breaks at one of its many cool cafes.
Delicious Desserts: Those with a sweet tooth will be more than satisfied with the range of desserts on offer. From classic Galaktoboureko and Bougatsa to more modern treats like olive oil gelato, you won’t be disappointed!
Fresh Produce: Simplicity is the key to Greek gastronomy and there is always a wide range of seasonal foods to savour. Without a doubt the best place to head to is the local taverna, where they serve up authentic dishes using fresh produce.
Amazing Architecture: Classical Greek architecture is famous for its intricate detail, symmetry, harmony, and balance. Greece’s current architects are also leading the way with award-winning designs in both residential and commercial properties that combine old-world charm with a modern chic look.
Archaeological Sites: From Olympia and Delphi to the Temple of Apollo and the Acropolis, there are so many historically important sites of Ancient Greece to explore. Also add the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus as a must-see attraction to your list, as it’s considered one of the best open-air theatres in the world.
Chic Ceramics: If you want to take a piece of Greece home with you, we recommend sourcing a few stunning ceramic items that are handmade by talented local artisans.
Best Beach Bars: Greece is known for its buzzing island life. And if sitting by turquoise waters (day & night) in your designer bathing suit (with a glass of Prosecco in hand) listening to the latest dance tracks sounds appealing- Mykonos is calling your name!
Breathtaking Beaches: Choosing the country’s best beaches is a tough one as Greece is filled with stunning waters. And while all visitors no doubt have personal preferences as to what makes a Greek beach perfect, there’s no denying there are hundreds of great ones to choose from!
Magnificent Museums: Wandering through the numerous museums around the country brings everything about Greek antiquity to life. From grand-scale monuments to simple items of everyday life, the exhibits are filled with endless treasures.
Greek Island Hotels: Boasting majestic views and 5-star facilities & services, these pretty hotels are designed to appeal to those in search of a slice of Greek island life.
Greek Vineyards: Wine lovers rejoice! Age-old techniques are producing distinctive wines from its resilient grapes and Greece’s beautiful Santorini island is most famously known for its indigenous white grape varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani.
Holy & Spiritual Sites: Found by the sea or perched on a mountain top, the monasteries, churches and chapels in Greece are of unique beauty and a familiar feature of the country’s landscapes.
Stunning Jewellery: If you are looking for a statement piece make sure you visit one of the many local jewellers who use traditional techniques to create stunning one-off pieces that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world.
Local Festivities: To truly immerse yourself in Greek culture it’s a great idea to attend a local Panigiri (festival) where you can taste authentic dishes, try house wines and enjoy local music and dancing- everyone is invited to join!
Magical Mainland: Greece is starting to become an all-year-round destination and some of the places we love to visit during autumn and winter are Monemvasia, Nafplio, Meteora, Zagori and Veria.
Lush Fruit: Greece’s great climate is ideal for producing flavoursome fruit and if you are there during the right season trying locally grown watermelon and figs is an absolute must!
Whitewashed Houses: The first thing that catches your eye when you step foot on the Cycladic islands is the whitewashed houses, that blend in beautifully with the light blue sky and the vast Aegean Sea.
Mesmerising Sunsets: Greece has always been known for having some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world and even if you are not in Santorini, you will still be captivated by the sheer prettiness of a Greek sunset.
*Main image of Folegandros Island captured by IN+SIGHTS GREECE Senior Writer Polina Paraskevopoulou © (Copyright) Lavien Blog