Top 10 Places to visit in Greece 2018
Welcome to Greece or better known as The Hellenic Republic, is the southernmost country on the European mainland. Athens is the Greek capital and it’s situated on the south of the mainland Greece.
Greece & the Greek Islands are known for 3 things: ancient civilization, amazing landscapes and high developed tourism.
The Greek Archipelago includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited so yes finding your own secluded island it’s not gonna be hard.
Currency: The currency used is Euro and ATMs are widely available in Greece for Master or Visa cardholders.
Credit cards: All major credit cards are accepted in almost in the main points. Stickers in the front windows will advise you as to which cards are accepted.
Language: Greek is the official language. Most Greeks speak English as a foreign language.
The Cyclades (Santorini & Myknos)
Attica or Athens is considered Europe’s historical capital and one of the world’s emblematic cities. We recommend 2 days stay, this will be more then enough to visit and if you are looking for a cheap location for as low as 10$ per night (check it here).
Here are 5 of the best things we consider you must visit while in Athens.
Parthenon – The Athenian Acropolis is home to one of the most famous buildings in the world: The Parthenon. Entrance fee is 20€ and sometimes in winter price drops to 10€. It’s always full even though it’s reconstruction is expected to last till 2020. Also Nearby you can also see Theater of Dionysus
Pláka – Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, or locally known as the rich street, but nowadays it’s full of souvenir shops and restaurants
Mount Lycabettus – It’s a limestone hill rising 300m above sea level, there are two ways of getting up there taking the trail or using the funicular for 7€/round-trip/pers though a dark tunnel full of ads I admit the 360 views of Athens it’s breathtaking.
Pireus – The Port of Piraeus is the largest Greek seaport and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.
Acropolis Museum – If you want to get lost with 3000 artifacts then this is the place for you, the entry fee is only 5€
The most beautiful city I have ever visited hands down, unfortunately, it’s not that touristic yet so most of the places will be empty or with very few tourists. Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to help us with a small commission you can use the following URL to book a location for as low as 10$(Thessaloniki Hotels)
The traffic here is very chaotic and if you plan to drive here I suggest finding a small car because you will not be able to find a single parking spot almost anywhere.
There are not that many points to visit but there are a few though, here are the ones we loved the most.
Arch of Galerius and Rotònda Roman Temple – I am gonna add them together since they are very close to each other, both build around 300 CE.
White Tower of Thessaloniki – The most icon tower in Thessaloniki former Ottoman fortress & prison housing an interactive exhibition of the city’s history.
Scenic Route – Now this is gonna be more different, I am going to explain the best route to take when visiting the city and you won’t miss a thing:
Start at Roman Forum then after you are done visiting go towards the sea until you arrive at Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, on left you will have Ekklisia Panagia a Byzantine church and on right Bey Hamam, alternatively known as the “Baths of Paradise” a Turkish bathhouse(yes still functions you can take a bath).
Continue down towards the sea on the most beautiful street until you reach Aristotelous Square then take a left on the boardwalk until White Tower. On the water you will notice a boat take the ride it’s worth it, you don’t have to pay anything just buy a coffee onboard or a beer up to you.
After you are done continue on the boardwalk until you reach Alexander the Great Garden statue and with that. we usually end the sightseeing.
Tip: A walk on the night on the colored boardwalk is amazing.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily.
There are a few ways to get here either by plane or by ferry, there are actually 5 airports but only 2 of them are used by major airlines Chania and Heraklion both of them have also the 2 main ports so either way you will arrive in one of this two cities.
Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete, from here you are only 5Km away from Palace of Knossos which is the largest Bronze Age archaeological sit.
A must see attraction that gives a good knowledge of Minoan Culture. Get there early as you will need to queue to gain entry. You can take the bus which cost us 8€ round-trip from Heraklion. The entrance fee is 10€ and free for students with valid ID.
Other things you can do is visiting Hersonissos, one of the best tourist city you can find and the best place I suggest you stay at least few days and visit the day tours. Here are a few of day tours we suggest.
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Chrisi Island – most beautiful and wild island you can find in Greece i will talk about it in a little (pictures below).
Watercity Waterpark – this is a must do, it’s so big you will get lost and i can tell you it’s cheaper to buy a day trip then doing it yourself because the entrance ticket it’s more expensive then the actual tour which includes transport to and back from Waterpark (pictures below).
Pirate Ship – a cruise in Souda Bay with rest and relaxation for parents and activities for the children.
Zeus Cave – The Cave of Zeus is a system of caves located on the slopes of Mount Ida. It’s not very hard to climb but the view from on top and the actual cave it’s well worth it (pictures below).
CretAquarium and Dinosauria Park – Both good points to go if you have kids with you.
This remote island is the most southern point of Greece, depending where you stay in Crete you can here either buying a day trip or you can do it yourself by getting a bus to Ierapetra and take a boat towards the island.
The Boat ticket is 25€ round-trip + 1€ cleaning fee, once you get on the island there are toilets but they are on the other side where you land with the boat i am not sure if they brought others also.
After you arrive you have to travel on the other side of the island though what it looks like a desert with very hot sand so better go prepared for that by having sunglasses and a hat.
Last time I was there there was a bar there where you could buy water and beer but you can also buy frozen water from the boat. To rent an umbrella for 2 the price was 10€.
If you have a tent you can stay there overnight but you will be all alone so do it at your own risk there will be nobody there in case something happens and the closest island is Crete.
In the end it’s well worth coming here and you won’t regret it. The beach near the water is made from shells but the sand after is very find and nice to sleep on.
Kalabaka & Meteora
Meteora is a rocky formation in middle of Greece, hiding 20 monasteries of which only 6 are functioning monasteries, the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen and the Holy Monastery of Roussanou are inhabited by nuns while the remainder are inhabited by monks. While Kalabaka is the village that sits at the bottom of the monasteries where you can find a place to sleep if you want to visit all 6.
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Each monastery is closed in different day here is a timetable so you know what to visit and when
|Monastery||Opening Hours||Price||Closed Day|
|Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron||09:00 to 16:00||3€||Tuesdays|
|Holy Monastery of Varlaam||09:00 to 16:00||3€||Fridays|
|Holy Monastery of Rousanou||09:00 to 14:00||3€||Wednesdays|
|Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas||08:00 to 16:00||3€||Fridays|
|Holy Monastery of St. Stephen||09:00 to 13:30||3€||Mondays|
|Holy Monastery of Holy Trinity||09:00 to 17:00||3€||Thursdays|
Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron – The Great Meteoron, is a male monastery and is the oldest and largest of all the monasteries of Meteora built around 1340 by a scholar monk of Mount Athos.
Holy Monastery of Varlaam – The Varlaam Monastery is also a male monastery named after the first monk who built the first church on the rock around the year 1350.
Holy Monastery of Rousanou – The Rousanou Monastery was built in 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina dedicated to St.Barbara. This is one of two nuns monastery.
Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapafsas – St. Nicholas Anapafsas monastery was founded in the 14th century and nobody is quite sure who the monastery is named after.
Holy Monastery of St. Stephen – This is the easiest monastery to visit due to proximity to Kalabaka, was built around the year 1400 by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene
Holy Monastery of Holy Trinity – The monastery of the Holy Trinity was made in 1488 by a monk named Dometios, and it was featured in a James Bond movie.
The Cyclades Mykonos & Santorini
Mykonos is an island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. It’s very popular because it’s mostly known for it’s party atmosphere.
Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise have bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn. Iconic landmarks include a row of 16th-century windmills, which sit on a hill above Mykonos town.
Santorini is the most visited island in Greece hands down, it’s always full of tourists but that’s for a reason it’s beauty, the multicolored houses near blue water are what gives Santorini it’s magic. Did I mention Santorini is in the caldera of an active volcano?
I suggest traveling here by doing 1 day trip via Crete, it’s cheaper and it’s simply due to how expensive is get there and stay for few days and it’s very very crowded especially during summer time from March to November so yeah if you are not ok being in middle of a crowded place then this is not the place for you.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece with a peak at 2918m above sea level. If you want to hike it will take approximately 7hours from Katerini. There are a few things to do once you get there, we visited St.Dionysios Monastery and Bath of Zeus.
On the way up you will find plenty of places to stop to get a bite to eat or drink and I suggest doing it during the summer time. There is also a place where you can rent para-glides if you are into that.
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Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. It’s the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle.
Delphi is 180 kilometers northwest of Athens to which it is connected by a regular bus service. Although there are enough things to do here to justify an overnight excursion, you can easily make Delphi a day trip from Athens.
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Here are some of the places you should visit while here:
The Sacred Way – is the main route through the Sanctuary of Apollo
Temple of Apollo –All that remains of the Temple of Apollo, the most important building in the Sanctuary of Apollo, are the foundations.
Treasury of the Athenians – The Treasury of the Athenians was built around 510 BC in the form of a Doric temple.
Theater – the theater could accommodate 5,000 spectators on 35 rows of stone benches. It was built to host musical contests at the Pythian Games.
The Tholos – It was built around 380 BC based on a circular plan with the remains of 20 Doric columns on the outside and 10 Corinthian columns in the interior.
Museums There are a few museums, but the biggest one is the Delphi Archaeological Museum.
Corfu is mostly visited by Europeans because it’s very cheap alternative to go, sometimes as cheap as 150$ for 1 week including transport depending on the country you leave but yeah if you want a cheap and beautiful place to go during the summer this is the place to go.
There aren’t many things to visit around here but there is one that we absolutely loved the view at Cape Drastis.
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Is the northern-most Greek island in the Aegean sea and sits just 6 nautical miles from the coast of Greece. It’s incredibly easy to get to the island on your own, you can take a ferry from Keramoti and Kavala or you can just fly directly here.
Thassos is like one place to go to do everything. The list of watersports available on Thassos island is only limited by your energy, ability and imagination!
You can go fishing, scuba diving, rent a boat and go on a secluded island all by yourself, bicycling, hiking on the mountain, visiting monasteries, horse riding and the list can go on and on and on.
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