9 Best Places to visit in Greece

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Are you looking for a perfect getaway?  A holiday filled with whole new experience and adventure? Well, Greece is the answer to all your questions. The country is located in the southern part of Europe. It has most of the profound places tailored to your vacation.

The city’s atmosphere is uplifting, and the moment you set foot, you will feel it in your bones. The coastal beach and the towns will present you with picture-perfect scenery. I would recommend having your camera with you. A camera can only capture such prestigious view. I do understand selecting the right places to visit is usually a hectic task.  To help you with your selection here is a list of some of the fantastic spots you must visit.

1. Chania town

Chania Town
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It is the center of attraction in the old harbor town. The small harbor town has a lot of places that you can visit and explore. You can start by strolling to the famous Venetian lighthouse. The lighthouse has a lot of history within. It is the only renowned building that has resisted change in the harbor. It was built in the 14th century. You will not be allowed into, but it has a beautiful view in the evening when the sunsets.

There is the Maritime Museum of Crete brings the sea life to the land. In the museum, you will be able to see nautical instruments and ship models. If you are a believer or a historian, then you will love visiting the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The building was built when Ottman Turks invaded the town. They turned the church into a soap factor, and everything was destroyed except a statue of the Virgin Mary. But later it was built back to the famous Cathedral.

Tabakaria is an old leather factory that was built in the early 19th century. It is only a 15-minute work from the harbor. I would suggest that you walk and enjoy the cool breeze.

Bohemian sunset tour will make your holiday perfect. The tour will take you to the hidden places in the harbor. There you will enjoy the view in the evening as the sun goes down. It is an adventure that couples should not miss. You can also learn how to prepare the delicious Cretan food in one of the local kitchens. Your family can have a bit of what you have made as you bond in the evening.

2. Athens

Athens
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The historic town is the place to have your holiday. You and your family will explore the various famous places that you might have read in the books or watched in the movies. The Acropolis Museum is to be on top of your list. Here you will find the various artifacts displayed in the museum. The beautiful building has been designed to allow natural light to highlight the objects. This makes them more appealing to the eyes.

For hikers, you may want to exercise up your muscles and prepare to climb the Acropolis. The iconic building is located at the top of the hill. This gives you a stunning view of the city when on top of the mountain. You will be able to explore the famous Parthenon, the Arrephorion, the Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion.

The Hadrian’s library is a monument that is located in Monastiraki. It was constructed in the 132AD for housing documents and reading rooms.   However, it is a different library because it doesn’t lend books. The library gave people an avenue to study the historical past of the lovely town. The ancient building still stands, but not much of it is left. You will be able to see the layout of the library and how it was structured in the past. The Benaki Museum is magical as it showcases the Greek culture, which dates back to the 20th century. It displays sculptures and historical items such as swords and old documents.

The warm sandy beach of Edem is the ideal place to relax and unwind. You can swim in the clear waters and also stroll along the beach. There are restaurants found on the beach. Therefore, you and your family will dine and enjoy the beach at the same time.

For art lovers and enthusiasts, the street art tower will be perfect. The tours enable you to see different graffiti art and modern street art. It will give you a different perspective on how you view art.  The journey takes three hours, and it is offered by the street artist.

While in the town you may have a bite of the Loukoumades, which is Greek donut. The donut is immersed in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. A nip and you will want to have more to your full. It is a delicious snack, and I still have the after taste up to date. I think I will go back for the recipe next time I am around.

You and your family can take a boat trip and sail to the various Islands. This will give you a platform to bond with family and relax your mind. Athens is a remarkable place to take your vacation. I guarantee you there is so much to explore and you won’t be able to cover all in one tour. You will have to come back to explore and discover the secret treasures of the lovely city.

3. Zakynthos

Zakynthos

The beautiful Island is located in the Ionian Sea west of the Greek mainland. It is an island that will make your holiday rejuvenating and peaceful.

Navagio Beach is a spectacular beach on the Island. The white sandy beach will give you a perfect experience. Strolling along the beach will help you unwind. At the beach, you can take a sunbath and swim in the blues waters. For you, with a historical eye, the decaying ship in the sand will give you work to examine while relaxing. The history behind it is that it was used to smuggle tobacco to the Island.  A view of the sea from the top of the cliff is remarkable and cannot be explained.

Xigia beach is also a scenic place to hang out. It is found in the Island and gives you a view of three cliffs surrounding the beach. I prefer you to visit the site in the evening during sunset. If you are a newlywed or ordinary couple, this is the place to watch the day fading away.

The Island is home to the famous Loggerhead sea turtle. You can be able to see the creature at the Zakynthos Marine Park. Boat tours are there to take you and your family on the search of the beautiful turtle. The tour can also take you around the island exploring the hidden treasures in the Island.

Alykes beach will take your breath away. The golden sand found along the beach gives the beach a unique look. Spending time at the beach will make you love the island even more. The breeze is fresh and welcoming. This is the place to chill out on the Island and should be on top of your list.

Zante town is a peaceful space where you have your meals at the restaurants that a found in the city. The beautiful village has a few streets that will be good for you to stroll and learn about the culture. It offers you a beautiful view of the seafront that you will enjoy admiring while sipping wine.

4. Meteora

Meteora
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The town is made up of vertical rocks that are 300 meters high. At the top of these rocks are the Monasteries of Meteora. They appear to be suspended on the rocks. The magical Monasteries used to be 24, but only six are left. The beautiful cities can be explored by foot and hiking. The view from the top of the cliff is spectacular. A guided tour is offered to ensure you can visit all the beautiful spots. This is an adventures place to come to during the holiday.

You can begin your holiday by visiting the Great Meteoron Monastery. It is the most significant building remaining of the six Monasteries.  It was built by Athanasios the Meteorite and was enlarged in the 14th century by his disciple Loasaph. Their tombs are found within the building. There is also a museum located within the compound which showcases religious icons and books used in the ancient past. For historians, these will quench your thirst as you will have a lot to explore.

Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest. The ancient building is located on a 373-meter high cliff, and It was established in 1517. It houses a small museum. Ayia Triada is also known as the holy trinity. The monastery will take you 140 steps to climb to the top. You will need the right shoe for this. I believe it is wise to carry some sneaker to help you with the climb. If you are a James Bond fan, then you will notice the building was used in one of his movies. I wonder which one is it.

The other monasteries are also perfect for you to visit and be able to explore them. This includes Ayios Nikolaos Anapafsas, which is closer to the Kastraki Village and Rousanou. The last to top your list is the Ayios Stefanos monastery which is the easily accessible monastery compare to the rest. It doesn’t require you to climb since there is a footbridge. This is the perfect site for you and your family.

Kastraki village is situated below two prominent rocky pinnacles hence making the town an attraction. The city was built in the mid-19th century. It will also be perfect for strolling in the village and learning about its history.

5. Halkidiki

Halkidiki

It is found in the northern side of Greece. The region is known of having three peninsulas projecting out into the Aegean Sea. The coastline covers about 350miles you can walk along the white beach comfortably. The woodland cover gives the region the peaceful scenery, and there are also villages and towns for you to explore.

Thessaloniki, the vibrant city, will present you with a port of different cultures. This is seen from the various dishes prepared in the restaurants. The architectural design of the building is unique, and it will catch your eyes. The white tower will make your tour remarkable, and also you might continue with the fun if not tired. The city doesn’t sleep, but it comes to life in the night.

Sithonia the beach is picturesque. It is ideal for you to have a picnic on the beach. The cool breeze from the sea and the sun rays bouncing on the clear waters makes it a romantic place. For couples and families thinking of visiting the Island, this is a perfect hideout. You can also engage in the boat tours to be able to explore the entire coastline.

Hiking and biking are also possible in which you and your family can participate in. The hills and forest have perfect trails for you to cycle or hike.

Mount Athos has a lot of history for you to learn. The mountain comprises of 20 monasteries which offer a place for the Christians and the monks to worship and contemplate. The history behind the sanctuary is that the Virgin Mary visited the site when she was passing to Cyprus. This was to shelter from the storm. Well, sad enough the women are not allowed to set foot on the mountain. Only men are allowed.

Polygyros and Ormos Panagias are a must-visit. At Polygyros town you can pick monuments to mark the visit. There is traditional jewelry that is perceived to ward away evil spirits. You might purchase one for luck if you are a believer. The village of Ormos allows you to participate in the race along the beach. If you consider yourself athletic, then you can sign up for the race.

6. Crete

Crete
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The city of lights is a perfect getaway for you and your family. The coastline gives you beautiful beaches to sunbathe and swim in the blue waters. There are rocky terrains that you can go for hiking and strolling.

The sunset at Falassarna beach is spectacular, and you should not miss seeing this. Elafonissi beach is also an ideal spot to relax.

There is the Heraklion Archaeological Museum has different artifacts displayed. This speaks about the history of the town. The palace of Knossos is an iconic site that holds a lot of history about the city. You will be able to see this from the outstanding architectural design.

You and your family can also visit the Samaria Gorge National Park during the vacation. The children will learn and also enjoy the park. Wine tasting tours at Manousakis Winery gives you a chance to taste of all the flavors wine has to offer.

7. Kalavryta

Kalavryta, Greece
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It is a historical town found on the east of Achae region. It is the southern terminal for the Diakopto to Kalavryta railway. Holocaust museum which acts as a tributary to the souls lost during the slaughter in 1943. A museum is a form of remembrance to the people of Kalavryta. You can visit the facility and pay your respect.

The family can enjoy the train ride from Diakofto to Kalavryta while having a view of the river. Along the way, you will also be able to see a few scenic waterfalls. The railway is regarded as the world’s narrowest rail track. The cave lakes are a remarkable point in the town to explore during the tour. It is located in Kastria village 17 km away from Kalavryta. During winter when the snow melts the caves, lakes are turned to waterfalls. If you are lack of being around during the season, you will be able to catch this.

Agia Lavra monastery was built in the 961 AD is the oldest in the region. It has been destroyed several times. The building played an important part during the Greek war for independence. If you are fascinated by historical events, then I believe you will find the monastery to be a fantastic place.

The village and spring of Planitero is a lovely village found 25 km away from the town. The village has a woodland cover and a small river passing through it. It will be right for you to take a hike on these trails. Also, you will be able to eat delicious traditional foods.

For water enthusiasts, you can take part in the kayak at Ladonas River. The ski resort gives you a chance to ski during winter. Even during the winter seasons, you will find an activity to undertake or a place to explore.

8. Nafplio

Nafplio, Greece

Seaport town is one of the most romantic places in the world. You can take a tour around the city trying to understand the history behind the beautiful city. The private walking tour will lead you to the deep ends of the town. These are places you would not have explored on your own. The tour will include visiting the Italian Gelateria of Nafplio and ends at the Acronafplia.

You may as well climb the Palamidi Castle which stands at the height of 216 above sea level. For hikers, this is the ideal place for you. The hike will cost you 999 steps to be able to reach the top. The reward awaits you at the top, and it will be the breathtaking view of the city.

The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio gives you a platform to learn about the history of the city. It displays various artifacts from the prehistoric era. There is also a war museum that was a former military school. The local cuisine is something you will have to taste before living in the city. The delicacy includes the bogana that is mostly prepared for weddings.

A boat ride to the famous Bourtzi will crown your evening. The fortress is located on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi. The build has undergone various transformations from the residence of executioners to a hotel and now an occasional host site for events. A holiday without visiting the beach is not complete. The Karathona beach offers you clear waters to swim and a sandy beach to relax and sunbath.

9. Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion
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The spot is anchored on the edge of a cliff the temple was constructed 444 BC. It is located a few meters away from town. The famous temple was built for the sea god Poseidon. I am sure you have read about the god of the sea in novels or seen him in the movies. If you are a fan of fiction novels and films, then you must visit the temple.

The sad part is the ruins of the Greek sea god temple are what remain. But you will be able to identify with the layout. The view from the top of the cliff is remarkable. If you are a history lover or a literature fanatic a day in the temple will be ideal for you. The perfect time to visit the place is in the evening. This will give you a chance to experience the mesmerizing view of the sunset.

Conclusion

Work has taken a higher percentage of our lives. We even offer to take in more jobs to be able to make that extra coin. I agree that in this century, you have to toil to set food on the table and have a comfortable life. You must agree with me that mental health and family time is essential. Overworking makes you have work burnouts that will affect your health and the family as well. That is why I advocate for holidays in very profound places to be able to unwind. A vacation will not only help you bond with your family but also relax your mind and body. This will improve your work output and your relationship with your family. Therefore, take a vacation or a weekend if possible to one of the places in Greece. Trust me; you will never remain the same after this trip.‍

My Purpose

You deserve to relax and enjoy your vacation. Being stressed in the process is not part of it. This is why I decided to create this blog to guide the new savvy travelers. It will guide you on where to go and provide more information about the holiday destination of your choice.

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