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Top 6 Must-See Places in Greece

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The town Oai on the Caldera of Santorini, Greece.

The town Oai on the Caldera of Santorini, Greece.

Greece invites travelers eager to explore ancient ruins, sparkling beaches, and more at the following must-see destinations.

Greece takes you beyond the dreamy ideals of whitewashed architecture and massive marble statues to shine a light on the intimate beauty of life’s finer details. Ruins bleached by millennia of sunlight tower over the diverse landscape and azure waters spread across more than 6,000 islands. Greece is a cultural treasure chest with beaches sparkling along the coast of famous islands.

To best consider your trip design, the following destinations offer essential experiences to inspire your travels.

1. Athens

 View of the Parthenon Temple of the Acropolis and the old town Plaka in Athens at sunset.

View of the Parthenon Temple of the Acropolis and the old town Plaka in Athens at sunset.

Athens remains the symbol of when Western Civilization rose to its heights with a history that dates back more than 3,000 years. The unique combination of ancient wonder and contemporary chic brings an alluring ambiance known to unveil its layers to visitors slowly and then all at once. Charming beaches run down the Attica peninsula, and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion provides a great escape for a perfect sunset view. Athens is a sophisticated collection of Greece’s regional cultures with neighborhoods that feel like villages all nestled beneath the looming gaze of the Acropolis.

Highlights: Acropolis | Plaka | Ancient Agora | Hadrian’s Library | Temple of Olympian Zeus | Acropolis Museum

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Days

Best Times to Visit: March | April | May | September | October | November

2. Santorini

Narrow cobblestone street of Oia Village on Santorini Island, Greece.

Narrow cobblestone street of Oia Village on Santorini Island, Greece.

Santorini embraces its reputation as a haven for romance and discovery. Historic wineries and elegant towns cling to the lava-layered bluffs and ancient archeological sites spill the secrets of once flourishing civilizations. Hiking trails weave along the steep ridges for unparalleled views and sailboats glide over the turquoise sea. With sensational sunsets accentuated by the famous bleached-white buildings draped in bougainvillea, stunning cliffs plunging into the renowned caldera, and beaches bathed in the colors of the rainbow, Santorini does not just charm but enchants you.

Highlights: Village of Oia | Akrotiri Archeological Site | Red Beach | Pyrgos Village | Archeological Museum of Fira

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Days

Best Times to Visit: April | May | September | October

3. Mykonos

Elia beach in Mykonos, Greece.

Elia beach in Mykonos, Greece.

Mykonos is often considered a paradise on the Mediterranean Sea. Sunlight spreads across the balmy beaches glowing with azure water. Sporadic quaint fishing ports emerge from the shoreline, and historic villages crown the hills. You can wander around luxurious boutique shops or listen to soothing waves from the patio of a cafe. From Byzantine chapels to secluded medieval monasteries, colorful cubic homes to archeological ruins, Mykonos is endlessly photogenic with a unique mixture of preserved local culture and seasonal delights.

Highlights: Elia Beach | Chora town | Church of Panagia Paraportiani | Delos Ruins

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Best Times to Visit: September | October

4. Crete

Old Venetian port of Chania at dawn in Crete, Greece.

Old Venetian port of Chania at dawn in Crete, Greece.

Crete is a gem of ancient and natural beauty rimmed by more than 621 miles of coastline and mountains that reach over 7,874 feet above sea level. From golden sands and turquoise waters to Venetian harbors and seaside cafes, Crete reveals the marvels of Greece. Remote beaches look across the Libyan Sea, quaint seaside villages fill with the aroma of bountiful cuisine, and the towns scattered across the hills give way to rich historical tapestries revealing Minoan roots. Whispers of powerful myths stretch across the scenery while rural culture remains steadfast with regional dances and time-honored folk traditions.

Highlights:  Palace of Knossos | Rthymno’s Old Quarter | Samaria Gorge | Chania, Agios Nikolaos | Heraklion Archeological Museum

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Days

Best Times to Visit: April | May |September | October

5. Naxos

Temple of Apollo on the island of Naxos, Greece.

Temple of Apollo on the island of Naxos, Greece.

The splendor of ancient Greece rises out of the inky-blue waters of the Aegean Sea on the island of Naxos. Waterfront grandeur, cobbled alleyways climbing up hills, and influences ranging from Classical to Frankish fortify the magnificent diversity of the island. Sandy beaches outside of the main town and rural villages enhance the dreamy ambiance with whitewashed houses and charming plazas. From hiking trails to village marinas, marble quarries to ancient temples, citrus fruits to olives, Naxos emerges from the array of Greek islands as an awe-inspiring destination full of unparalleled wonder.

Highlights: Naxos Town | Temple of Apollo | Panagia Drosiani | Bazeos Tower

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: April | May | September | October

6. Paros

Naoussa village in Paros, Greece.

Naoussa village in Paros, Greece.

Paros has emerged to reveal a stunning history occupied by Cretans and Minoans, Romans, and Byzantines. The hilly and fertile landscape supports rural villages and fades into golden beaches. Its smaller stature hidden in the shadows of more famous islands like Santorini and Mykonos accentuates the illustrious colors of the Aegean Sea, the whitewashed walls of Cycladic architecture, and the elegant facades of preserved Venetian mansions. Paros retains its authenticity with towns scattered from mountains to the seaside and winding cobblestone streets leading to hidden chapels or aromatic cafes.

Highlights: Parikia | Monastery of Panayia Ekatontapiliani | Byzantine Museum | Naoussa | Marpissa | Island of Antiparos

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: April | May | September | October

How many days is enough to see Greece?

Fourteen days is the ideal length of time for a Greece trip. A full two weeks gives you the best chance at dividing your time between the mainland and islands with seven days at sites like Athens and Meteora. The second half of your trip could explore Greece’s famous islands, such as Santorini and Crete. How you divide your time depends on what you wish to experience and discover during your trip. Based on your preferences, goals, and desires, a 14-day Greece trip will let you travel at a comfortable pace while experiencing Greece’s celebrated food, wine, history, and culture in an authentic way.

More Travel Information & Tips

When you explore the top destinations of Greece, including seaside villages and monumental ancient architecture, you will be inspired like travelers have been for centuries. For a complete vision of this magical country and its top things to do, explore the Greece Travel Guide where insightful tips and inspiration will prepare you for your custom trip. To start your planning process connect with Traveler Care at 1-888-265-9707 or submit a Trip Request and get matched to a specialist.

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