Fancy jetting off to vast sandy beaches, a mish-mash of whitewashed architecture overlooking sapphire seas and more delicious food than you can imagine? You need a holiday to the Greek islands!
There are so many divine destinations to choose from when you’re planning a Greek getaway, and your trip needn’t break the bank. We’ve scoured the islands to find some of the best free activities in Greece to make your holiday extra special and great value for money.
1. Wander The Historic Streets of Athens
Athens is the capital, and is located in mainland Greece. It’s simply bursting with things to do and see for free – even just browsing around it is a treat!
Some activities we’d look out for include a handful of fabulous free admission museums, going to the Monastiraki flea market, visiting the National Gardens, checking out free walking tours and journeying through ancient Greek ruins (some you do have to pay for, but many sites are free). If you’re feeling active, you could even climb the hills of Athens and absorb the most fabulous views of the city from the top. There are endless sights to be seen in Athens!
2. Go Cliff Jumping In Santorini
Santorini is a vision of beauty. Its instantly recognisable coastline awash with beautiful white villages is just stunning. Whilst it’s a celebrity hotspot with many lavish bars and restaurants, there are plenty of fabulous free activities to tick off on your Santorini holiday too.
If you’ve got a taste for adventure and love cooling down in the water, you can get an adrenaline rush by cliff jumping in the dazzling Amoudi Bay. The cliffs safe to leap from are around 15-20 feet high, so a substantial height but not too high to put you off! An idyllic swim in the glistening Aegean Sea is a welcome reward after your jump as well. If you dare, this free activity is definitely one to add to your list.
3. Explore The Gorges of Theriso in Crete
Crete has many attractions, one of which is the colossal White Mountains in the Samaria National Park. At the foothills of the White Mountains, you will be able to explore the towering Gorges of Theriso.
Those who love a bit of action on their holidays will find these gorge walks a total thrill. A typical walk through the main gorge will be around 6km long, with varying levels of difficulty – perfect when the weather can get fairly hot! The dramatic scenery and lush greenery makes the walk particularly memorable. You can even stop off at the little village of Theriso before or after your hike to make it a full, adventurous day out.
4. Watch The Sunset From Kritinia Castle in Rhodes
There’s nothing quite like a picture perfect sunset to round off a dreamy day on holiday. In Rhodes, there’s no shortage of ideal spots to watch the sun go down. One of our favourites is Kritinia Castle.
This medieval castle was built in 1472 and is perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea. It offers a combination of history and romance, with the most breath-taking views towards the horizon. The walk up to the castle isn’t too strenuous, and there’s a certain charm about the castle that makes it an amazing spot to watch the setting sun. You can take some time to just enjoy being with your loved ones and really take in the moment.
5. Spot Loggerhead Turtles in Zante
Zante is known for many things: its luxurious resorts, the famous Shipwreck Beach and the beautiful Blue Caves to name just a few. One of our favourite things about Zante is that it’s home to many adorable loggerhead turtles!
Spotting turtles is an especially great experience in Zante as there are so many of them that you don’t necessarily need to take an organised trip to sight them. We recommend grabbing your snorkel and heading for a swim off the island of Cameo, which can be accessed via a picturesque wooden bridge from Zante. Obviously, you can’t be fully guaranteed to see one, but it’s likely that some turtles may pay you a visit at this particular spot in the sea.
Holidays to Greece range in price depending on what you’re looking for. No matter your budget though, you are guaranteed breath-taking scenery and plenty of fun things to do! It’s one of our most popular destinations, and it’s not difficult to see why. Take a look at our deals to the Greek islands and prepare for a trip to remember.