Greece has always been a firm favourite with holidaymakers in search of – endless sandy beaches, thriving nightlife, numerous archaeological sites and its welcoming atmosphere. Here at Holiday Hypermarket we’ve handpicked our top eight things to do in Greece. So whether you’re looking to relax and enjoy the sunshine or you’re keen to explore the Greek isles, we have just the thing for you.
Shipwreck Bay, Zante
Navagio Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Greece, with its pristine white sand and its crystal clear waters it’s easy to see why this made it onto our list. Zante is also known for its nightlife with an abundance of clubs, bars and parties – so you can let your hair down and dance the night away.
Imerovigli looks like a traditional Greek village should, with its iconic whitewashed buildings, blue domed roofs and narrow cobbled streets. The village is said to have some of the best sunsets and views on the island. You can also explore the 13th century Venetian palace of Skaros, or take a guided boat tour to the nearby volcano of Nea Kameni. Imerovigli has some of the most remarkable short walks in Greece, a must do walk is to Scaros Castle and the church of Theoskepasti.
This island was the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and put Kefalonia on the ‘must visit’ list, due to its diverse and dramatic scenery. It’s an island to be explored with the Kefalonia Caves being top of the list – the caves have been formed over thousands of years with stalactites and stalagmites filling the cavern. Myrtos Bay is situated on the north east coast and has a worldwide reputation as one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. Due with its impressive white rocky cliffs, lush vegetation, white pebbled beach and striking crystal waters.
The Acropolis is the cultural icon of Greece, and is the most important ancient monument in Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a 2.5 mile long pedestrian only, tree lined walkway that skirts along the foot of the Acropolis and links all the city’s major archaeological sites. No matter where you are in Athens you can see the Acropolis and its Parthenon standing proudly.
Thassos Town, Thassos
Thassos Town is the historic capital of the island, with the resort combining an ancient city and a modern town, with many ancient monuments reflecting its past glory. The resort is clearly dividing into old and new, the older town with its old churches, narrow cobbled streets and harbour that overlooks the acropolis, making it on whole a very picturesque setting.
Just behind the old port you’ll find the largest archaeological site in Thassos, an ancient court dating back to the 5th century where musicals used to be held. The remains of Athena’s temple can be found on top of the hill, you will pass through Silens Gate, Hercules Gate and Dionysos Gate as you reach the top of the hill. These ancient ruins are worth visiting, along with the amphitheatre that offers up some truly stunning views over the coast, where you can marvel at the history of this fascinating little island.
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
Rhodes Town is the largest and most developed of the resorts on the island. It is made up of the cosmopolitan New Town and the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The New Town has a lively and cosmopolitan feel to it, with its wide open squares, sophisticated boutiques, potteries. Jewellery and designer shops make it renowned as a shopper’s paradise.
The Old Town has a maze of narrow cobbled lanes and amazing architecture that dates back to the 16th century Knights of St John. Amazing sites to visit in the Old Town are – The Medieval Crusader Fortress, the 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters, the Mandriki windmills and lighthouse, the Mosque of Suleiman and the archaeological museum and aquarium and Byzantine buildings.
This picture perfect resort is built around a working fishing harbour and still retains its traditional village atmosphere. It’s backed by the rugged landscape of Mount Pantokrator and a peninsular of olive groves and citrus plantations. There’s an abundance of beaches in the resort, with most of them having been awarded EU Blue Flag status for safety and cleanliness. The beaches are a mix of sand and shingle, with plenty of sheltered coves that slope gently into the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.
There are loads of water sports to do in Kassiopi from water skiing to paragliding – the resort even has its own dive centre and tennis courts. From the harbour there are masses of boat excursions to Kefalonia, Nissaki and Sidari and Corfu Town.
Chania Town, Crete
Before you even step foot out of the Old Town you’re surrounded by archaeological sites. It is an amazing place to visit with its characteristic Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture. Chania was developed around the picturesque harbour, which was built by the Venetians during the 14th century. You will see that the Venetian lighthouse still proudly overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. You can also explore the Medieval Castles, and trek along the Samaria Gorge, which is one of the largest gorges in Europe and is an extremely popular hiking destination in Crete.
The Ottoman Baths have become a landmark of the city, and although they are not in use today they are well worth the visit. Along with the Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa that is located on top a hill above Elafonissi beach.
Greece offers more than just sunshine, so why not make it your next holiday destination.