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Greece: Where To Go and What To Do

By Alex O'Dwyer

Greece is an ideal holiday destination known for its fascinating history and natural beauty. Whether you’re planning on going as a couple, family, friends, or exploring by yourself, Greece has something to suit everyone.  With sparkling white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, rolling hills and a unique culture, you’re bound to have an amazing sun holiday to Greece.

With so many islands in Greece to choose from it can be hard to decide where to go, so, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite destinations with a few suggestions for what to do in each place.

 

1. Corfu

 

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Corfu is one of the greenest of the Greek islands, as well as one of the country’s most visited island destinations. Take a stroll through Corfu Town, the islands capital, which is comprised of Venetian-era buildings that are home to shops, restaurants, and cafes on the ground level. Down at the port you’ll find excursion boats offering day trips to Albania which is worth the trip if you have the time.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s summer escape known as Achilleion is a neoclassical villa with lovely gardens that you can explore. For some great views, head up to Mount Pantokrator which is the highest point of the island that has a monastery dating back to the 14th century. From there you’ll be able to see Albania, the Diapontia islands, the islands of Paxos and Anti Paxos, and if it’s a clear day you’ll be able to see the southern tip of Italy.

To soak up the sun on the beach be sure to go to Glyfada which is often considered the best beach on the island with its golden sand. Kassiopi is also a popular area that is a traditional fishing village with a white pebble beach and turquoise blue sea. 

 

2. Rhodes

 

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Rhodes is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations and the capital, Rhodes Town, is a walled town enclosed by monumental towers and gates that were built in the 14th century. Within the old town there’s cobbled car-less streets with impressive sandstone architecture that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. To get the best views of the old town you can walk the medieval walls for a small price on weekdays or else on weekends you can walk the moat for free.

Head to the Archaeological Museum, which was once a hospital, where you can see ancient treasures from archaeological sites across the island, mosaics and a marble figure of an Aphrodite of Rhodes. The pretty hillside coastal town of Lindos is worth a visit to see the Acropolis of Lindos and from it there are lovely coastal views.

Rhodes is not short on nice beaches. Those that come recommended include Agios Pavlos Beach otherwise known as Saint Paul’s beach, Agathi beach, Lindos beach, and Tsambika beach. For those a little more adventurous, Prassonisi has fantastic windsurfing conditions where you can take a windsurfing or kiteboarding lesson or simply lie out on the sand and watch the windsurfers.

 

3. Santorini

 

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Santorini mainly sees honeymooners; couples and celebrities visit the island as it tends to be marketed as a romantic destination. Arriving by sea to Santorini gives you an impressive view of the lava cliffs on the caldera lip with the famous white cubic houses of which many have been converted into boutique hotels with infinity pools.

Many wine and brewery tours can be found here with Boutari being the biggest and most visited but Venetsanos is the most impressive.

Almost all the beaches in Santorini feature dark grey volcanic sand. Kamari beach has the most amenities and is the most manicured of the beaches. The most well-known and popular beach is at Perissa where you can rent sunbeds, umbrellas or avail of the water sports on offer. Scuba diving can be done in Santorini to see the caldera however there isn’t a lot of sea life to be seen.  

 

4. Crete

 

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Crete is Greece’s largest island and has a wide variety of beaches to choose from like those with soft white sand, or coves with coloured pebbles, or stretches of golden sand beaches with rocky coastlines. Elafonissi beach comes highly recommended, as does Balos beach and lagoon.

If you’re looking to take a break from the sun then be sure to visit the Palace of Knossos where you can explore the palace, courtyards, baths, lively frescoes as well as much more. Visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and taking a guided tour will help with giving context for the Palace.

For those a little more outdoorsy the Samaria Gorge in Samaria National Park stretches from Omalos in the White Mountains to Agia Roumeli which is on the Libyan Sea. This can take anywhere from five hours to seven hours to complete depending on your pace. 

 

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