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Best places in Greece – The Mediterranean Paradise

By Subramanya - May 24, 2020

Greece is located at the Southern end of Europe and is surrounded by the Mediterranean waters. It is split into a cluster of numerous tiny Islands. Each island has its own charm and appeal. In addition, the Mainland area of Greece, the regions of Athens and Meteroa is filled with ancient temples, pantheons, museums, and resounding architecture. Let’s have a look at the best places in Greece that you should visit on your next vacation.

The Greek islands are best visited during the summers. Summers in Greece starts in the month of April and last until October. But, the best time to visit would be from May till September last week as some of the operators and Boutique properties start functioning only from May.

Athens – Blend of History and Modernity

Athens, The capital city of Greece is the core of any Greece itinerary. It is the only city in Greece that has good flight connections to all Asian countries. Hence, Greece would be the starting and ending point of most itineraries.

Are you a history buff? Then, Athens would surely fascinate you. Athens is home to Greek architecture and Greek Temples. We suggest you find Accommodation near the Plaka region or Acropolis region. Since, This region has a good number of museums and cafes to visit at your leisure.

Acropolis of Athens
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Things to Do in Athens:

The Combination of Ancient and Modern Architecture is what makes Athens one of the best places to visit in Greece.

Mykonos – Island for Beach Parties

Mykonos Island is to the south of Athens. There are regular ferries available from Athens and Santorini to Mykonos. In addition, ferries just take roughly around an hour and a half to reach Mykonos. Therefore, Reaching Mykonos shouldn’t be an issue.

Mykonos is a vibrant Island in Greece that hosts amazing beach parties. If you are looking for a destination with good nightlife in Greece, then Mykonos is your go-to destination. You can rent a bike and go for party-hopping in the evening. However, be prepared for some sleepless nights as most of the parties go on until pre-dawn.

Windmills of Mykonos
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Things to do in Mykonos

  • A day trip to Delos
  • Visit little Venice – Take a Gondola ride
  • Beach Hopping
  • Aegean Maritime Museum – Recommend for History enthusiasts
  • Churches of Paraportiani – Cluster of impressive whitewashed Churches

Santorini – Mecca for Honeymooners

Easily one of the most beautiful islands in the World. Santorini is known for its White Dome Oia castles, enchanting views of Volcanic islands, beautiful sunsets, and luxurious properties. All this makes, Santorini a perfect honeymoon destination and one of the best places in Greece. Bollywood movies are a major factor in increasing the popularity of Destination.

The best places for accommodation in Santorini are the Imerovigli village or the Oia Region. The Oia region houses beautiful white dome structures, whereas Imerovigli properties have the best views of the island.

Santorini is well accessible from all major Greek islands. it also has an international airport, but connectivity will be limited for Indian cities. In addition, regular ferries are available from Athens and Mykonos, making it easy for commuting tourists.

Best places to Visit in Greece - Santorini
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Things to do in Santorini:

  • A day to Volcanic Islands
  • Trek on Sakros rock for mesmerizing views
  • Exploring Fira village
  • Visit the famous Red beach
  • Spend a night in Oia Village partying

Crete – The largest Island in the Mediterranean

Crete is a contrasting island compared to other islands in Greece. The island has a lush green coastline, rugged beaches, heritage sites, white mountains and caves, and a decent nightlife as well. All these make Crete a perfect destination for any kind of traveller and surely one of the best places in Greece.
Crete is quite far from all the major cities of Greece. Hence, commuting through ferries wouldn’t be ideal as all ferries are of longer duration. The best way to reach Crete is through domestic flights. Crete has a well-developed flight connectivity with direct flights available from Athens.

There are several good regions for accommodation in Crete. Chania Xania has a historical setting and hence if you are a history buff, it will be a good place to stay. Elafonisi Beach, one of the best beaches in Crete is a good region to stay for people looking for a beach holiday.

Mountains in Crete
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Things to do in Crete

  • Knossos – The oldest city in Europe, Archaeological site famous for palaces and ruins
  • Elafonissi Beach – Pink sand beach
  • Explore the Chain Regions
  • Visit unexplored gems like Spinolonga Island and Village of Loutro
  • Rethymno – the ancient historic town
  • hiking on Volcanic Mountains

Thessaloniki – City of Festivals

Thessaloniki is a cultural hub in Greece. The city is present on the northern side of Greece mainland. The city has a strong transport network. It is well connected through buses, flights, and even ferries from Athens. Again the city has a rich history and is home to colossal ruins and ancient temples. Hence, make sure you don’t miss out if you are interested in Greek history.

Thessaloniki is also the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Plenty of museums are present in every corner of the city. Exploring these museums is one of the best ways to learn about this place.

Most parts of the city were destroyed in 1917 owing to the great fire. The city was rebuilt again in the 20th century with modern European architecture. Hence, the city has a good mix of modernisation themed in ancient architecture.

thessaloniki Ariel view
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Things to do in Thessaloniki

  • Visit Signature Monument – White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Walking tour around Aristotelous Square
  • Explore the Cobble street and cafes of Ladadika
  • Learn about Greek and Roman empire history in Rotunda

Suggested read: Arch of Galerius and Rotunda – History of archaic marvels in Greece

The article gives a glimpse of what Greece has to offer. Considering the vastness, there are enough places to explore even if you are going for a month-long vacation. If you feel Greece is one such place that resonates with your interests then log to Pickyourtrail to plan a hassle-free and fab vacation. Happy vacay!

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