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Top 10 Destinations To Visit In Greece And Yes It’s Open For Tourism!

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Travelers around the world started packing their bags the moment Greece re-opened to tourists.

Where better to destress than on a picturesque beach on an idyllic Greek island?

That being said, the country has, like, thousands of them. Not to mention all the cities and sites on the mainland. So, we narrowed it down to you with these top 10 destinations.

Athens

You knew we had to start with Athens. Not only is it Greece’s modern capital, it’s the historical and cultural capital as well, from the Acropolis and Parthenon to the Varvakios Agora (Central Market).

Explore over two thousand years of history through various monuments, get philosophical over coffee in a Greek cafe, check out the local nightlife, or just wander the streets and take in the vibes.

Zakynthos

All of of the Greek islands are rather beautiful, but in our opinion, Zakynthos may just be the most picturesque. Especially Navagio Bay, also known as “Shipwreck Beach”.

You’ll have no trouble capturing some Instagram-worthy photos here, if you’re into that sort of thing. But the soft white sand and stunning blue waters also make it a great place to swim, sail, or just relax. And that’s what vacation is all about, right?

Crete

If you’re a history buff, Crete’s castles and palaces are a must-see, from the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which dates back to around 1950 BC, to the 16th-century Venetian castle of Gramvousa.

The old towns of Chania and Rethymno are also brimming with centuries-old buildings.

But Crete is also Greece’s largest island. And with that come many beautiful beaches, including the pink sand Elafonissi Beach. Plus, Crete’s food is known as some of the best in the country, with rich flavors and fresh ingredients.

Thessaloniki

Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki provides equal parts historic sites and modern delights.

Explore Roman archaeological sites and Byzantine monuments between bites of bougatsas, Thessaloniki’s favorite flaky breakfast pie. Walk the waterfront and see the White Tower, one of the city’s most famous monuments.

Or do some shopping before hitting up the nightlife. The city offers all of the above – and more.

Mount Athos

Also known as the “Holy Mountain”, Mount Athos is one of Orthodox Christianity’s most important religious sites. It’s actually an autonomous state founded in the 10th century, with its own independent government, made up of 20 monasteries and over 2,000 monks.

However, visiting is not without its difficulties. For starters, it’s only accessible by boat, and you have to apply for a permit in advance. Plus, since the entire island is considered one big monastery, women aren’t allowed. At all. Other than the Virgin Mary, that is.

Meteora

Fortunately, there are other monastic communities in Greece that are a little more accessible, including Meteora.

The name means “suspended in the air” in Greek – and it’s not hard to see why. Each of the six monasteries here are built on towering rock columns, some up to over 1,200 feet tall, and only accessible by climbing stairs cut into the stone.

The buildings themselves date back to the 14th through 16th centuries, when the area first came under Ottoman control, and have housed monks and nuns to this day.

Santorini

If you search for a photo of “Greece” in your favorite search engine, Santorini will be one of the first suggestions. The stark white buildings set against the rocky coastline and blue waters are simply iconic.

Usually, the island is packed during the summer, but with tourism just getting started again, you may be able to avoid the crowds. The only question is whether you’ll use the opportunity to snap some photos or sip some Santorini wine. Hey, why not both?

Rhodes

If you prefer your Greek islands with a bit more historical flavor, Rhodes is another highly-recommended option.

Here, you’ll find traces of the numerous civilizations that called Rhodes home over the past few thousands years, including the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks, Byzantines, Knights Hospitaller, and Ottoman Turks. Even the island’s non-surviving ruins, like the Colossus of Rhodes, are world famous.

Corfu

You can travel around Greece visiting beautiful beaches, ancient monasteries, and centuries-old Venetian architecture.

Or you can come to Corfu and do them all in one place!

We’re not saying it’s the best Greek island, but it’s certainly one of the most well-rounded, with easy access to a variety of attractions. Explore Corfu Old Town, swim at Porto Timoni, and drench yourself… er, your food in delicious locally-made olive oil.

Mykonos

History, architecture, culture… bleh! That stuff is for the birds.

So, if your idea of a Greek vacation is partying like it’s 2019 (you know, before all the clubs shutdown because of Covid), then Mykonos is the place to be.

The island is a favorite of international DJs and A-list celebrities, who come to get down in legendary local clubs, like Cavo Paradiso – or just hide away from paparazzo in a luxury villa.

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George

Friday 28th of May 2021

Thessaloniki is nothing special, I would replace this destination with a tour of Peloponnese, I a short day trip you can visit Nafplio (first capital of modern Greece), Mycenae (the capital of Agamemnon with it's castle and museum), and finally close the trip with an ancient performance in the Epidavros ancient amphitheatre (check in advance to book tickets online as well as the local restaurant for dinner). For modern Greek cities, I would recommend Volos, Ioannina or Kavala, cities far superior in any aspect to Thessalllloniki

Richard Storey

Thursday 27th of May 2021

A small correction: Mount Athos is not an island, it is one of the three Halkidiki peninsulas. Although women are banned, it is possible to cruise down the southern coast from Ouranopoulis at a safe distance of 500 metres. This takes in around six monasteries.

John street

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

These places are wonderful, although there is so much more to Greece. It is important to explore other destinations away from the normal suggested places. One example is Lesvos. It has had a lot of bad press, although it is a fantastic and beautiful place. It is a large island, with a great deal to explore. Like the rest of Greece it has a lot of history, beautiful beaches and the people are warm and friendly. Do not dismiss this beautiful island.

EdwardV

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

This article and the one for Paris are great. I'm headed to Europe in September once again and looking for ideas. This one double so since I've never been to Greece. Keep them coming.