Located in southern Europe, Greece consists of a mountainous, peninsular mainland extending out into the sea at the southern end of the Balkans, concluding at the Peloponnese peninsula which is detached from the mainland by the canal of the Isthmus of Corinth and advantageously positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Greece offers more than two hundred inhabited islands. So sometimes it becomes really difficult for a tourist to choose the perfect tourist destinations in Greece. Interestingly, there is no perfect time to visit Greece. It is a year-round vacation destination that is deficient in frosty winters, with yearly temperatures ranging from 50 to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Off-season travellers enjoy their vacation with exciting cultural events, lesser traffic, and an amazing weather. However, according to the National Geographic Traveller magazine, the best times to visit Greece are spring and fall, because you’ll find the finest weather, blossoming wildflowers and hotels can be easily availed. Visit late April to mid-June or September to mid-October to avoid visiting this beautiful place jam packed with other tourists. The 70-degree air during that time is relaxing, the water is warm enough for swimming and all the local attractions are open. The only drawback is that the nightclubs may not be as crammed with a gorgeous international audience during the off season. Here is a list of few places to visit in Greece.
Crete is the largest island of Greece, and with its spectacular White Mountains, kilometres of bright, sunny beaches, the enchanting Samaria Gorge, it is one of the best tourist destinations in Greece. A perfect place for a person interested in archaeology, this place gives you the best of both worlds, i.e. the spectacular views of the island as well as old buildings that you would love to explore. Just 5km outside of Iraklion lies, the island’s paramount ancient site, the Knossos with its splendid, the remarkably well preserved second millennium BC Minoan palace, where King Minos once kept the well-known Minotaur. The design of the interconnected halls and rooms is truly like a maze, where you can be in awe of the excellent ancient art. Iraklion’s archaeological museum, also, is also one of the country’s best museums, with a plethora of intriguing Minoan treasures.
- 2. Mátala.
Mátala is an energetic, peppy town with an exceptional beach. Once known for its cave-dwelling hippy community, now the town never feels anything less than touristy. There are tonnes of places where you can sit to enjoy a cocktail at sunset. The caves are all glowing with lights at night, making the beach the most romantic place. On the other hand, if you want some alone time with your partner, you can always go to the hills that surround the Red Beach. The nudist beach is stammeringly beautiful, with its reddish gold sand perfect to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner, making the town of Mátala one of the topmost tourist destinations in Greece.
For all those who have ever wanted to step foot on the moon, the Sarakiniko beach is the place to go to in Greece. With its extravagant seashore characterized by multicoloured rocks and volcanically heated sand, Milos is a geographically assorted island recognized for its bizarre rock formations and geothermal springs. The Sarakiniko beach, in particular, is one of the most amazing tourist destinations in Greece, making it a place that you simply cannot miss.
- 4. Metéora.
Metéora, a UNESCO heritage sight in literal terms means “suspended in the air”, which is also an awfully serene place. Here, where you can simply be by yourself. It is an area of roughly unattainable sandstone peaks, where the monks settled from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, regardless of the unbelievable difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a rather important stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting. With its serene and composed aura, this is surely one of the topmost tourist destinations in Greece.
Green hills, beautiful beaches, small bays and underwater caves, and welcome the lucky visitors to Paxi, a sanctuary of love for gods which is also an ideal island for a peaceful holiday. It is renowned for portraying one of the most stunning port sceneries in Greece. The island hosts internationally famous Greek and foreigner soloists at the beginning and at the end of summer, whereas in July the traditional festival of “Water and Oil” is held dedicated to folk music. The small island, is gifted with outstanding beauty, and is definitely one of the best tourist destinations in Greece. Another attraction is the island of Antipaxi (which literally means “opposite Paxi”) which lies at just 3 nautical miles from the port of Gaios. Antipaxi is renowned for its distinguished beaches, among which Voutoúmi, with its striking turquoise waters, is supposed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But travellers will cherish the place as much as the wine.
- 6. Lésvos.
The versatile Lésvos which is often referred to as Mytilini after its capital is, startlingly, little visited. It is the third-largest island following Crete and Evvia, making it a large town with a rather luxurious seafront, an extensive fortress and several fascinating and captivating museums, with plenty of places to eat and drink. There are also smaller towns that seem architecturally impressive, like the Molyvos (aka Mithymna) and the Ayiassos. The former sits on a north coast headland crowned by a magnificent castle, while the latter straddles a mountainside valley and houses a labyrinth of streets around the pictorial central church. A variety of other stunning monasteries can be found around the island. With the coastline blessed with a number of admirable beaches, the Vatera on the south coast is undeniably the most beautiful of all the beaches. Another attraction is the exceptionally and breathtakingly beautiful Gulf of Kalloni which consists of salt marshes that are bliss to a birdwatcher’s eye. This town has a little bit of everything to offer, making it one of the topmost tourist destinations in Greece.
- 7. Telhinis Hotel.
Telhinis Hotel is one of the best budget hotels in Faliraki, the stunning seaside resort on the Greek island of Rhodes. This fabulous location is renowned for its stretched sandy beaches and for offering a wide range of water sports. In addition to that, the tourists on holiday in Faliraki will be able to visit the outstanding and exceptional Anthony Quinn Bay and the Kathara Bay. This enchanting hotel is just right for the travellers seeking comfort and value-for-money, and it symbolize the idyllic choice for a tranquil vacation on the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Telhinis hotel offers all the primary hotel conveniences plus some extra services, like a restaurant and a splendid outdoor swimming pool. Further services at the Telhinis Hotel are inclusive of wireless Internet access, an Internet Point with 2 computers, and a 24-hour bar where guests can order their favourite drinks and also enjoy a game of billiards. The poolside snack bar also provides the guests with refreshments and snacks. The experience of staying at the Telhinis hotel can definitely be described as truly amazing, which is why this is undeniably perfect place to visit in Greece.
- 8. Canaves Oia Hotel.
The Canaves Oia Hotel located on one of the highest points of Santorini, depicts the astounding white sophistication of Santorini amongst spectacular never- ending views. Canaves Oia Suites perfectly portray the brilliance of Santorinian architecture. With private plunge pools on every balcony, spacious rooms and elegant interiors with a hint of dazzle, these suites provide for a comfortable ambience and matchless extravagance. Another mesmerising attraction is the Canaves Oia Villa, close to Canaves Oia Suites which is a wonderful holiday home for friends and families looking forward to extravagant services and individual privacy. It is also perfect for couples travelling together as it has an out rightly intimate setting which is perfect for the couples. Canaves Oia Santorini is also an extremely popular place for weddings. Accompanied with polished sophistication and immaculate services, the weddings at Canaves Oia seem like fairytale dream come true for many couples worldwide. It also offers plush private yachts and exquisite fine dining in the absolutely amorous connoisseur restaurant, and is definitely successful in giving its guests unforgettable, once in a lifetime experiences in Santorini, making it one of the topmost tourist destinations in Greece.
- 9. Sarandos Restaurant-Cafe Bar, Anaxos.
Sarandos is a family-run Greek bar which is located within walking distance of the beach. You can take a seat and relax in the charismatic and appealing outdoor area and enjoy some local live music and dancing, after spending your day at the beach. The menu is varied thereby giving you a lot of choices and the food is equally delicious. Its proximity to the beach, the delicious food and the amazing ambience contribute in making it a yet another splendid place to visit in Greece.
- 10. Konstantin restaurant cafe, Kalathos.
With a great wine-cellar offering more than 50 varieties of red wine, 35 varieties of white wine and rosé wine from the entire Greek wine-growing areas, a view of the tiny village of Kalathos and under the stars of the Rhodian sky, the Konstantin restaurant cafe attempts to generate beautiful moments of leisure and great culinary variety for you, making it one of the most stunning places to visit in Greece. Champagnes, at this place are reserved in special temperature-controlled wine cabinets, in order to serve you each of the good bottles of wine at its ideal temperature thereby trying to please the most selective authorities. It also serves grilled vegetables and fantastically fresh salads, which largely come from the restaurant’s own garden and from Rhodian producers and food of the quality that can persuade you to become a great lover of Greek food.
- 11. Terra- Nera.
Terra Nera Grill & Coffee House is a family run business devoted to supplying quality food, in soothing surroundings with incomparable service. Situated on the black beach of St. George Perivolos, which is one of the most renowned and best organised beaches of Santorini, granting you with an array of drinks and snacks, this is one of the best restaurants in Santorini. The fresh ingredients and homemade recipes’, the comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff will make your holidays both relaxing and unforgettable, making it one of the compulsory tourist destinations in Greece that you cannot miss. In addition to the marvellous food, there are sun beds on the beach, a cosy patio area and a children’s play zone. To sum it up, terra- nerra has everything you need for that perfect holiday.
- 12. Med’s cafe and Restaurant.
Located at the proximity of the eventful nightlife of Hersonissos, just outside the crowdy center, this is the perfect place to enjoy the combination of excellent food and cocktails, where you can relax listening to chill-out lounge music with a splendid view of the sea. It offers lip smacking varieties of food and this makes the restaurant one of the most ideal places to visit in Greece.
- 12. Athens Central Market.
The chaotic, vivid Athens agora (market; also referred to as the Varvakios Agora) is the highlight of the vibrant Athinas market district. It is a sensory and culinary delight, with an absolutely astonishing array of olives, spices, cheeses and deli treats. The historic meat market, with hanging carcasses elucidated by wavering light bulbs, is a rather weird highlight. The taverns in and around the market are worth seeking out, where you can dine and drink making this market one of the best tourist destinations in Greece.
- 13. Goutis.
Goutis is a store where you can find an assorted compilation of antiques and collectibles, mostly from Greece and France, together with jewelery worn with traditional dress, prints, silverware, royal crockery and embroideries all packed into this minuscule fortune trove of a store you’ll find, where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and family, thus making it .a must in the list of places to visit in Greece.
The good news for travellers to Greece is that they can pay no heed to the crisis headlines because apart from the depressing prospects in central Athens, life goes on as normal. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and travel to the breathtaking lands of Greece. Happy holidays!