Greece is known for its legends, myths, history, and beautiful views. If you are planning to travel and have a good time, Greece can be a perfect destination. Whether you are a fan of Beaches, historic places, nature, or just want a place to take magnificent photos, Greece can be a perfect place for you. Knowing that Santorini alone is the host of two million people every year can help you understand Greece’s popularity among the people of the world.
Today we will introduce some of the most beautiful places, beaches, and cities in Greece where you can choose as your next stop and enjoy your travel there. In this list, we have tried to introduce some of Greece’s most attractive places. However, this doesn’t mean that Greece can be summarized into this list. Let’s go on to talk about the most beautiful places in Greece.
Best Places to Visit in Greece:
1. Santorini Island, The Wedding Destination
After some intensive volcano eruptions throughout the earth’s history, one of the most beautiful and romantic places was created. With its growing reputation as a Wedding Destination and endless photo opportunities, Santorini is probably the heaven of photographers and lovers. You may have seen pictures of couples kissing in a sunset and on a beach. Those pictures are usually taken in this place. Head to the beach and enjoy the blue ocean view, with white, red, black sand, and volcano rocks’ incredible sight.
Santorini is one of the best destinations for tourists between all the islands in Greece. The volcanic island of Santorini is known worldwide for its two dramatic cities, Oia and Fira, with white houses and blue-domed churches at the top of the cliffs. The fact that some of these Cycladic houses are turned into boutiques and luxury hotels with infinity pools makes these two towns the best places for tourists who are looking for romantic destinations. You really shouldn’t miss the sunsets there! Besides, visitors can enjoy swimming and sunbathing on black sand beaches, walking from Fira to Oia, and enjoying the wine tour, since the best white wines are there.
Visiting the archaeological site of Akrotiri is the perfect choice for you if you are a history buff. Destroyed by a volcanic eruption, this place is compared to Pompeii in Italy by many people.
Furthermore, the white color of houses in the Fira, the capital of Santorini, has given this place a unique look beside the unbelievable sunsets, beach, and blue ocean. With Oia village and some other villages on the island, Fira has created the so-called Caldera’s Eyebrow. Make sure to climb and even if you don’t like taking pictures, enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean and the island. Also, make sure to try traditional products such as cherry tomatoes and white eggs. Some people have reported that the most beautiful Island in Greece and the whole world is Santorini’s beach.
2. Parthenon Acropolis, History Runs Here!
The biggest temple of Greece, which was built for the goddess Athena is in the capital of Greece, Athen. Before going there and visiting one of the world’s most fabulous structures, it might be better to read about its history or simply visit the museum to know more about these beautiful places in Greece. This way, you will know what you are looking at, and the value of the place is much clearer.
It makes sense to say that the Acropolis is the most distinguished emblem of Athens. Many historic temples have remained there. The Acropolis is a gift from the golden age of Greece, dating back to the 5th century B.C., containing the remains of many historic temples, showing tremendous architectural and historical significance. There were many things in the Acropolis throughout the ages: a house to kings, a citadel, a mythical house of the gods, a religious center, and finally, one of Greece’s best tourist attractions. The Parthenon, The Propylaea, The Temple of Athena Nike, and The Erechtheion are the most distinguished buildings in the Acropolis.
Parthenon is a Doric-style temple with 46 outer columns and 19 inner columns and, among the others, is regarded as the most distinctive temple. The Statue of the goddess Athena is housed in the spectacular star of Acropolis, Parthenon. A previous structure known as the Older Parthenon, or Pre-Parthenon, once did exist on the present Parthenon site. Many historians believe the former Parthenon had been built in the year 480 B.C. when the Persian Empire attacked Athens; the Acropolis was destroyed. However, some experts disagree with this theory.
Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis Museum, situated in the historical region of Makryianni, stands about 300 meters southeast of the Parthenon. More than 4250 items are displayed in this museum, giving you the opportunity to walk through history. This museum, designed by Bernard Tschumi, shows a large collection of architectural sculptures from the Bronze Age of Greece to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
They also carefully keep ruins of a portion of Roman and late Byzantine Athens. The most well-known sculptures are Moschophoros (Statue from archaic period, also known in English as The Calf Bearer), Peplos Kore (Statue of a girl), Prokne Itys, and the Statue of The Goddess Athena seated on a rock.
The construction of Athen’s golden age has a beautiful view of the history of Greece. You can find the Parthenon Acropolis in the center of Athen, the city with some of the best restaurants and views in the world.
3. Meteora, Nature Rules
Located in central Greece, Meteora is one of the phenomena of nature. The strange rock formation in this area and the wonderful buildings of monasteries have given this place a wonderful and magical look. Meteora is also one of the places with a lot of history behind it and has an archeological site along with a UNESCO world heritage site. There are a village and a town in the foothills of this extraordinary rock where you can stay in. Also, if you are not afraid of the dark, make sure you see the city from the rocks at night. It is a beautiful scene.
The gigantic rocks of Meteora are situated on the plains of Thessaly, a few km from the town of Kalabaka. Just like Delphi, The Meteora Monasteries are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a perfect place to visit. The Greek word Meteora means “In the air, floating” properly defining remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries. After climbing the rocks, not just a wonderful landscape, but six active monasteries with a small number of monks (nuns) are expecting you. Monasteries are filled with religious treasures, wall paintings, icons, and libraries that have old manuscripts.
No one knows why they decided to live on a tall rock, but some vague imaginations and theories about this weird decision and geological phenomenon exist. The monks who used to live in this part of Greece during the 11th century have settled in Meteora for the first time. Their houses were the caves, and apparently, as a result of lack of safety, they claimed the highest part of a tall rock with more than 1,200 feet (366 meters) height. It was tough to get to the peak, and that was how they made themselves inaccessible to protect their lives. These days the tall rocks are connected, and visiting them doesn’t feel the same as climbing them during the 11th century with ladders and ropes. As you get to the highest part, the epic landscapes will wow you; just wait for them.
Ensure you allocate enough time to explore the whole area, including the city, rocks, Monasteries, and learn about them. Monasteries in Meteora are at the top of the mountains, near the beautiful river of Pineios. They seemingly have about a thousand years of age and were built in the 10th century. Meteora is one of the places in the world that gives you hundreds of photography spots with historical sites. If you are willing to see all these six monasteries, You’ve got to note that these gorgeous tourist attractions take a full day or more
4. Zakynthos, the Blue Water
Zakynthos is mostly known for its astonishing clear blue water and the beaches. It has hundreds of places to go, lots of hotels, and many activities to do and enjoy. When you enter this place, it feels like somebody has painted a picture, and a surreal experience is occurring in it. Beaches are the symbol of Zakynthos, and the shipwreck beach is the most famous one. Many postcards have been made of this beauty, but the full joy comes out of experiencing this place. Beaches are popular for their magnificent clear water and the beauty they provide. If you are lucky enough, you may see some newborn turtles trying to come out of their eggs since these beaches are the place for lots of turtles to lay their eggs.
Besides playing on the beach and exploring the ocean’s surface, do not forget to visit the ocean deep down. Furthermore, diving is one of Zakynthos’ popular hobbies and one of the most thriller ones. There are numerous places for diving and many people to teach you diving. In the end, when you have thoroughly enjoyed the beach, numerous Islands, and the deep down of the ocean, have a journey to the city as well. There are many museums, beautiful hotels, and yummy restaurants you can also enjoy visiting as well as elegant villages and traditional monasteries. This city and its beaches provide some of the best spots for photography.
5. Nafplio; History, and Beauty Together
A seaport town and one of Greece’s former capitals is house to many archaeological objects and places. A two hours trip with a bus or car from Athens can get you to this place. One of the important things about Nafplio is that you can visit this place all year. Unlike most of the islands, Nafpolio has mild weather during autumn and winter. As mentioned before, Nafplio is the house to so many historical objects of Greece. The famous archaeological museum in the Syntagma square is probably heaven for history lovers. Also, the War museum can be a good spot for paying a visit.
The museums do not contain all the historical things in the Nafplion. The medieval castles, Ottoman fountain, and ancient walls are some of the beautiful spots as well. Palmeri Castle is one of the castles where you should pay a visit and enjoy the view. It is built in the mountains, and you should climb about 999 steps to reach there. It is too much, but the result is worth it.
One of the places seen in the photos and the heights of Nafplio is a castle in the ocean near the city. It is called Bouritzi, the Venetian fortress. It is one of the most photographed places of the Nafplion. You can get there via boat and enjoy the view of this exciting castle that used to secure the port in the past. Aside from this city’s historical parts, one of the most satisfying things to go in this city is walking! Even if you are not a fan of walking, we truly encourage you to walk in the town and enjoy the scenes created by the houses, restaurants, hotels, and the maze of narrow streets.
6. Samaria Gorge, Walking on the Clouds
The national park of Greece has half a million tourists annually and is one of the most popular places in Greece. In Samaria, You will need to walk around the park and enjoy it. However, it would take a long time since it is about a 13 km walk, and you will have to be patient and have healthy feet. Anyway, there are some stops in the way that you can rest.
Samaria George is home to 450 species of plants and animals, and you can explore the magnificent walking path that goes through the mountains and breathtaking cliffs. Also, the narrow pathways that sometimes are only 4 meters wide and have 300 meters in height can be an exciting place. There are also boats and places to dive as well. You don’t have to worry much about water since there are drinking water springs in the national park and along the way. Head to Samaria if you like national parks and you are ready for long walking trips.
7. Mykonos, the Blue Skies
The minimal Cycladic architecture of Mykonos is the first thing you notice about this place. Mykonos is a famous destination in Greece with white houses and a clean blue sky. If you are traveling with a guide, ask him/her about the blue-domed churches around the city. That may give a spiritual feeling while traveling. The most significant thing about this island is the combination of natural attractions and eye-catching architecture. The best places to enjoy your stay on Mykonos island are the 25 beautiful beaches that this island boasts. Never miss the beach life of this island. Wandering around the main town of Mykonos is another side of this island. Relaxing bars, adventurous clubs, and a lot of local food places are there waiting for you.
Talking about islands, Mykonos is among the Cycladic ones. People praise Mykonos because of its nightlife activities, and believe it or not; they are actually super awesome! From night clubs, bars, and chic restaurants to the never-dying sound of music in super beach clubs. In the afternoon, beach parties will start and will continue until dawn. It’s not finished yet. These beaches are the perfect spots for daytime relaxation and sunbathing. You can try diving at Mykonos Diving Center and GoDive Mykonos, swimming at infinity pools and private plunge pools or in various sandy beaches, and even flyboarding, wakeboarding, and wakeskating.
Mykonos’s nickname is “The Winds’ Island” This island also attracts tourists who admire history. Taking a quick boat ride, you can visit the holy island of Delos, where Apollo (the Greek god of music, poetry, light, prophecy, and medicine) and Artemis (the Greek goddess of forests and hills)were born.
8. Corfu, the colorful Riffs
Tourism is actively improving in Corfu. Every tourist can find a convincing reason for visiting Corfu due to its many places to see. The significant Riffs of this island attracts a huge number of travelers to Corfu. Diving is a very popular activity with tourists in Corfu. If you need your equipment to experience diving in Corfu, there is no reason to be worried as there are some tours for diving that provide you with proper equipment. But for surfing, you’d better think of the things you will need before going to Corfu. Having done everything by the beaches, head to footpaths through the island and try to get to mountainous villages in Corfu. The scenery is unexplainable, don’t forget your camera. It’s really worth carrying the camera. The Esplanade (Spianada), Old Fortress (Paleo Frourio), and Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Palaia Anaktora) are only some of the historical sights on this Island. You shouldn’t miss this chance to have this encounter with their historical heritage. It also helps you have a more profound understanding of their cultures.
9. Peloponnese, the Huge leaf
Peloponnese is a peninsula in the southern part of Europe and Greece with a second name that dates back to the old days. People used to call Peloponnese “Moea.” This is a word for Mulberry leaf, and it is said that this naming is because this island looks like a massive leaf. Rio-Antirio bridge connects Peloponnese to the mainland. To fully discover this island, there is a chance to visit Byzantine churches and Venetian fortresses in which you will dive into the history of that nation. Many travelers also prefer to spend their time visiting classical Greek temples and Mycenaean palaces to have a sense of spirituality. A random fact about these historical places in Peloponnese is that the first Olympic games were held in the ancient ruins of Olympia, dating back to 776 years BC. That’s pretty much old, isn’t it? By the way, the first game was in honor of Zeus.
10. Kefalonia, the Magical Land
One of the most beautiful places in Greece is Kefalonia, located in the Ionian Sea. Close your eyes, imagine the most amazing landscape you could ever see, now open your eyes and match your poor imagination with magnificent views of Kefalonia. That much beauty in this place takes your breath away as it is called a magical place by many tourists who have been there. Natural underground caves are a part of the interesting things in Kefalonia that attract nature lovers worldwide. Kefalonia is the most prominent Greek island in the Ionian Sea; that’s why every visitor has this name on their bucket list to discover it fully. Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas, and Skala are very famous names for those who have been to Kefalonia. These are the most significant beaches on this island; each one has something to offer and the lively spirit of the island makes them all enjoyable and unforgettable. Read the online reviews and feedback about the beaches of Kefalonia; They all confess that these beaches can not be described, and even the pictures are missing a huge part of their wonders.
11. Delphi, The Time Machine
Delphi seems to be an ancient history lovers’ wonderland! Assumed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Delphi is one of Greece’s major tourist attractions: not only the main cultural center, but also the religious center at the foothills of Mount Parnassus and, as it is known, the center of the world in its own time. Delphi, the house of the legendary Oracle, was devoted to Apollo(the Greek god of music, poetry, light, prophecy, and medicine). In Delphi’s historical area, The Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, the Tholos, the Treasury of the Athenians, and the Holy Way can be admired by visitors. Between the modern city of Delphi and the ancient area, the Delphi Archaeological Museum can provide you with additional information about the city and the remains of Delphi. If you’re a tourist, we suggest that you require at least a full day in Delphi.
12. Rhodes, a Gift from Old Days
Because of its vast beaches and historic buildings, Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, is one of the most alluring tourist destinations. If you are traveling to Rhodes, there are two places you really need to visit: the old town of Rhodes and the village of Lindos.
The Medieval City of Rhodes:
Random Fact: In Europe, among the large cities, no city was kept fortified better than Rhodes. During the 14th century, the Knights of St. John constructed walls, castles, and towers there. Within the walls, no car is permitted so that you can take a nice walk in this historical location, observing impressive Gothic towers, gates, and historical landmarks. The Palace of the Grand Masters, the Archaeological Museum (Knights Hospital), Street of the Knights, Suleyman Mosque, etc., are the most popular sites in Rhodes. The whole valued location is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well.
Lindos is also a significant archaeological site on the island of Rhodes, located 50 km away from Rhodes City. It is situated on an immense rock, 116 meters above sea level. The most remarkable sight is the hilltop acropolis of Lindos, enclosed by fortified walls. Besides the importance of the forts, Lindos is one of Greece’s best tourist attractions, with amazing scenery that reminds you of posters.
13. Thessaloniki, the Northern Treasure
Thessaloniki (Salonica) is the second biggest city in Greece, situated in the northwestern region of the Aegean Sea. The town of Thessaloniki was constructed by Cassander of Macedon in 315 BC, named after his wife. Thessaloniki was regarded as the wealthiest city During the Byzantine Empire.
The White Tower, assembled in the fifteenth century, is the city’s landmark and allows you to see the city, the sea, and even Mount Olympus from the top floor. There are famous museums and churches in this area. Agios Dimitrios, Agios Pavlos, the Church of the Holy Apostles, and Agia Sofia are the most prominent churches.
Don’t forget the statues and monuments. Founded in around 300 AD, the Arch of Galerius is a Roman monument that used to be the ancient city’s entry gate.
Ano Poli and Many Churches
Ano Poli, the Upper Town of Thessaloniki, is the aged city of Thessaloniki and is situated near the Acropolis of the city. Ano Poli holds many significant churches such as Saint Catherine’s church, the church of the Holy Apostles, and Osios David (Constructed in the fifth and sixth centuries).
14. Mystras, the Mystic Destination
It’s not easy to dream about tourist attractions in Greece, not to mention Mystras, situated near the city of Sparti. Mystras was once the capital at the time of the Byzantine Empire and was at the focus of publicity throughout the 14th and 15th centuries.
The fortress and the Kastro (Castle) and churches are now surrounded by marvelous nature. In the topmost parking lot, visitors can drive a vehicle to Mystras and park it. within certain stages, though, they do have to be ready for some climbing.
Myrtos Beach is situated on Kefalonia Island and is one of the most beautiful beaches. The majority of visitors agree that one of Europe’s most outstanding beaches is Myrtos Beach.
Since the water appears to be quite so blue, you may believe photographers of Myrtos Beach have been editing their pictures; however, the sand from the white rocks that change the sea is the explanation for the dazzling turquoise color. With its 2.5 kilometers arc of captivating pale pebbles, Myrtos Beach is also characterized as one of Greece’s most scenic beaches.