If you’re planning on visiting Greece, you could probably use a little help when it comes to planning. This country is not only vast, but it’s full of interesting history, culture, and food. Between mainland Greece and the islands, you’ll be busy for weeks. But, you probably don’t have weeks for your holiday, which is why we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best experiences. If you’re ready to compile some of the best things to do in Greece, just work your way down this list. Here are 37 of the best things to do in Greece, so get your itinerary ready.
White Water Rafting in Zagori
Adventure lovers will have a great time white water rafting here. The prices are affordable and the crystal-clear waters of the Voidomatis river make this a scenic journey too.
This lighthouse is located by the port city of Andros. The stone and spire stick right up out of the sea, looking like something from a Sci-Fi movie. It was built in the 1800s but has since been renovated and is seen as one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
Architecture in Santorini
Santorini is a well-known island, especially for visitors on their honeymoon. It’s full of natural beauty and is considered an extremely romantic destination. You’ll recognize it from the pictures of white houses and churches surrounded by azure blue waters. Spend some time wandering the island to check out the architecture and fantastic views of Greece.
Climb Mount Olympus
This mountain is one of the most famous in the world, especially because it has been talked about so often in Greek mythology. Visitors can trek part of this mountain from Litochoro, however, you’ll need to be in pretty good physical condition. Even if you decide against the trek, it’s a beautiful sight that is worth seeing. Plus, it is the place where Zeus sat on his throne, so it’s kind of a must-see.
This lake is known around Greece for its natural beauty. However, the lake is man-made which is surprising but doesn’t take away from the picturesque views. This area is surrounded by forests of chestnut and oak trees, and is perfect for hiking, walking around the lake, horseback riding, canoeing, and rafting. If you love nature and want to spend time outside, this is a great place.
This is the oldest distillery in Athens and the perfect place to grab a drink. It’s been running for more than 100 years and is the second oldest bar in Europe. Try the brandy, the wine, and the Ouzo.
Visit the Delphi
This is one of the top attractions in Greece, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find it on the side of Mount Parnassus, where visitors would come to pay homage to Apollo and get guidance from the Delphi oracle. Visitors today will find ancient temples, a theatre, ruins, and a stadium. It’s close to Athens so it’s perfect for a day trip if that’s where you’re based out of.
Visit Skopelos Island
Visit this island to see where the movie, Mamma Mia was filmed. It’s the perfect portrayal of authentic Greece and has stunning beaches with dramatic views of the sea.
This gorge can be found on the beautiful island of Crete. Nature lovers simply need to see this before flying home. The gorge is 16 kilometres, although some areas are only 4 meters wide. Trekking is the thing to do here so make sure to choose one that best fits your timeframe and physical abilities. It may be tough but it’s absolutely worth the hike for the views.
This museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Athens. It opened in 2009 and is made of glass and steel. It’s so well-known and loved because it’s home to some of the most famous artefacts in all of Greece. One of the highlights is the Moschophoros statue, which is a man carrying a calf on his shoulders. Another highlight is the Parthenon marbles. Make sure to check out the cafe and the terrace that looks out over the Acropolis.
Camp in Alonissos
If you love the outdoors, this is quite a unique experience. Most people don’t visit Greece to camp but it can be a ton of fun. Camping Rocks is a scenic destination with pine grove and sea views if you want to try this out.
Tour the Acropolis
On a visit to the country’s capital, Athens, you’ll definitely want to take a tour of the Acropolis. This complex is one of the top attractions in Greece and it’s not just a hyped-up tourist trap. It’s made of marble and once housed the statue of Athena. The temples, pathways, Doric columns, and the Parthenon are all incredible works of architecture.
This village is the perfect spot to experience the Greek countryside. It’s found at the foot of Mt. Parnassos, has beautiful views and a busy nightlife worth experiencing. Don’t forget to walk the cobblestone streets and check out the historic churches.
Marvel at the Epidaurus Theatre
Located in the Argolis region of Epidaurus is this beautiful theatre. It’s a ceremonial space that was dedicated to the god of medicine, Asclepius. Next to the theatre is the Sanctuary of Asclepius, which is worth a visit as well. This theatre dates all the way back to the 4th century so soak up all the history while you explore.
The Windmills of Lasithi Plateau
This area is known for its windmills, which were built to help with crop irrigation. There are about 5,000 of them so make sure to bring your camera because it’s truly a sight to see.
Visit the Monasteries of Meteora
This city is known for its monasteries that were built on top of the massive rock formations here. This is where the Eastern Orthodox monks settled after fleeing Meteora when the Turkish army invaded. There are six monasteries to see here currently, but there used to be more than 20. This is a unique landscape that is a must-see while visiting Greece. An added perk is that it’s considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This beautiful cave can be found close to Karavomilo and stretches for 4 kilometres. It was formed over centuries as water eroded the rocks here. Melissani Lake can be found inside the cave and was discovered back in 1951. Visitors can explore the cave via a tunnel and take a boat ride along the underground lake.
This temple is found in the Thissio neighbourhood of Athens. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of fire, and the goddess of ancient crafts and pottery, Athena. It dates back to 450 BC when it was designed by the same architect as the Pantheon. Look out for the marble decorations, sculptures, and friezes that dot the building.
This canal is considered one of the most amazing works of engineering in all of Greece. It was started by the ancient Roman emperor, Nero, but took centuries to complete. It wasn’t finished until the 19th century under the French. The canal is 6 kilometres and has sides that are up to 90 meters. It still works and you can often see ships travelling by if you’re there at the right time. Make sure to check out Zulu Bungy Jump, one of the main attractions here. If you could use a bit of adrenaline, this is a great option. However, it’s nice just to enjoy the view from the ground.
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
If you’re visiting Thessaloniki, make sure to check out this museum, which is under the ownership of the Ministry of Culture. The building dates back to 1962 and while it isn’t ancient, it’s still considered a treasure. The collection of artefacts here is quite impressive. You’ll find pieces from the ancient Macedonia civilization amongst the seven sections. By the end, you’ll have a well-rounded history of the country.
Visit Kalokerinos Taverna
If you’re visiting Athens and want to embrace the local culture, you’ll want to visit Kalokerinos Taverna. It’s one of the oldest in Athens and is popular for tourists in Greece. There’s a live show with traditional dancing and great local food.
This mountain has long been considered important in Greek history. You’ll find it sitting atop of Chalcidice Peninsula where it is home to 20 monasteries. People of the Christian Orthodox faith consider this an extremely important place to come and worship. These monasteries are still in working order, making them one of the oldest monastic communities in the entire world. Visitors should keep in mind that only male visitors are allowed to enter the areas around these monasteries.
Explore the Palace of Malia
This palace dates back to 1900 BC and has been rebuilt various times after earthquakes and natural disasters. Make sure to check out the collection of exhibition halls to view the photo galleries and scale models of how the complex used to look. One of the highlights is the Kernos Stone, a disk featuring 24 holes.
Ancient Corinth can be found in a village that exudes both modern and ancient themes. This is a great place for history lovers as you’ll find Greek and Roman relics. The Temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre, and Peribolos of Apollo are all here. There’s also a nearby museum where you can learn all about the history.
Ancient Site of Phaestos
This ancient site can be found just 60 kilometres from Iralkio, with incredible views over Mount Psiloritis, and Messara Plain. This once palatial city now lays in ruins, most of which are still available to see. It’s sort of like an open-air museum where visitors can see the old theatre, storerooms, crypt, and the palace buildings.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous because of the Odyssey and the Iliad by Homer. The author said that Mycenae was built by the son of Zeus and that it was part of the Royal House of Atreus. While this may not be the real story exactly, it is known that Mycenae was founded in the 6th century BC. Highlights here include the royal cemetery, the Lion Gate, the Great Court, Agamemnon Palace, and artefacts like the Warrior Vase.
Museum of the Kalavryta Holocaust
This museum is special because it’s the country’s only Holocaust museum. It’s located in Kalavryta and is a must-see if you’re visiting there. It was designed to honour the city’s population who suffered and were killed by the hands of the Nazis during World War II. The museum is situated inside a former schoolhouse where you’ll find photographs, galleries, and possessions of the victims.
This beach can be found on Gramvousa Peninsula if you’re visiting the island of Crete. The beach is somewhat of a legend and a great place to spend some time if you’re visiting Greece. You’ll be met with lovely lagoons, deep blue water, and tons of marine life. Rent a sunbed and umbrella and spend some time relaxing, swimming, and sunbathing.
Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil
This museum can be found in Patras at Othonos Amalias. If you’ve spent a ton of your holiday visiting museums and ancient ruins, this museum can help you mix it up. You’ll learn all about the olive and how it became extremely important to the Greek way of life. There are galleries and ancient oil presses that still work today.
Vergina Royal Tombs Museum
This museum is located in Macedonia and is a must-see if you’re in the area. You’ll have the chance to visit the ancient burial mounds and go down inside the royal tombs that are found underground. Make sure to see the tomb of Phillip II, dating back to 336 BC, as well as the items that he was buried with.
Hike the Corfu Trail
If you want to get in a little exercise you need to hike the Corfu Trail. The entire trail stretches for a whopping 2220 kilometres and will take 8-10 days to complete. This is a bit intense for the average traveller, so don’t feel pressured to do it all. Just a small portion can yield fantastic views of the diverse landscape. Picture lagoons, summits, and a dramatic picture of nature.
Museum of Contemporary Art
If you want to see the more modern side of Greece, head to Hora to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art. You’ll find gorgeous galleries that show off contemporary artists as well as the works of Greek sculptors, photographers, and painters.
This stunning beach is a must-see while in Greece. The colour of the water is incredible and even though the beach is pebbly, it’s rated one of the top beaches in the country. Bring your camera and get ready to swim because Myrtos Beach is a beauty.
This beach is located in Mykonos and is considered one of the most famous in Greece, especially for its blue sun loungers. It’s a party place as the beach is lined with restaurants, bars, and clubs for dancing. It’s not exactly cheap as you can tell from the yachts that line the shore. If you want to splurge and experience a bit of the famous Greek nightlife, this is the place.
For a little outdoor adventure, try sea kayaking along the coast. There are places all over Greek that are perfect for exploring by kayak. However, the Pelion coast is most notable. Take a kayaking day trip and you’ll most likely get a chance to swim, take nature walks, do some cliff jumping, all while eating and drinking throughout the day.
See The Graffiti in Athens
Take a self-guided tour around Athens to look at the graffiti and street art. It’s free to do and absolutely worth it to see some of the more modern art in the city. While some of this artwork is illegal, others are intentional. You’ll be able to find public murals all over the city that are beautiful and worthy of a photo. Central Athens offers numerous murals so it’s a great place to start.
Greece offers a ton of art, history, culture, and natural beauty. If you’re planning a trip, make sure to get off-the-beaten-path, enjoy some of the tried and true attractions, and make the journey your own.