The Top Destinations in Greece

By Briana Seftel

The cradle of Western civilization awaits! From turquoise waters of the most famous islands in the world to centuries old ruins, these top destinations in Greece will surely awe and inspire.

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Steeped in over 2,500 years of history, Athens certainly can claim its place as one of the best places to travel in Greece. Ancient Greek ruins mixed with modern innovative buildings makes this city one of incredible contrasts, while the sunny Mediterranean weather and mouthwatering cuisine make it a true paradise.

No Athens vacation would be complete without visiting the iconic Acropolis and the charming Plaka district. You'll also want to check out the Temple of Poseidon, marvel at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theatre, and indulge in local eats at the Varvakios Agora Market.

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The cosmopolitan island of Mykonos truly has it all: whitewashed cubic houses, windmills, sandy beaches, shops, galleries and incredible nightlife, all of which combine to make it one of the best vacation spots in Greece.

Chora is the main village on Mykonos and the center of activity where you can visit iconic places like Panagia Paraportiani and admire the picturesque sunset in Little Venice. Be sure to also visit the Mykonos Windmills (Kato Myli), relax by the idyllic blue waters of Kalafatis Beach, and experience the island’s age-old wine traditions at a local winery.

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Known as Greece's most romantic island, Santorini has one jaw dropping vista after another, from the picture-perfect village of Oia to breathtaking sunsets. As part of the Cyclades, Santorini sits between Athens and Crete in the shape of a crescent and is another of the best places to vacation in Greece.

Discover unique volcanic black sands and azure waters on Perissa Beach, wander around winding alleys in the charming village of Pyrgos, and marvel at other-worldly sunset views in Oia.

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Crete is Greece's largest island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Almost a separate country in its own right, Crete stuns with its rugged beauty and exciting culture.

Enjoy some of the best things to do in Crete like visiting the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, exploring Hania Old Town, and marveling at the Palace of Malia. Be sure to also relax on the pink sand shores of Elafonissi beach, tour the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and indulge in Crete's famous Mediterranean cuisine.

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Renowned for its crystalline beaches, charming villages, and rich history, this Cycladic gem beckons travelers seeking an authentic Greek experience. From the vibrant streets of Parikia to the enchanting shores of Naoussa, Paros weaves a tapestry of beauty, culture, and warmth, making it one of the best Greece vacation spots.

Parikia is the capital of Paros and definitely a must-visit, home to the famous Panagia Ekatontapiliani and the Archaeological Museum of Paros. On the northern part of the island you'll find Naoussa Old Port, a quaint fishing village filled with authentic restaurants, beautiful views of the Aegean Sea, and a vibrant nightlife.

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Located in the South Aegean, Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and is one of the top places to visit in Greece. Offering a mix of striking mountains, gorgeous beaches, and green valleys, it’s a nature-lover’s paradise.

Discover Chora, or Naxos City, the island’s capital and most popular place to stay with its hilltop Kastro (castle) and authentic Greek vibe. Hike up Mount Zas for stunning views of the city, lounge on a number of white sandy beaches, wander around scenic Apiranthos, known as the “Plenty of Flowers Village”.

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One of the most essential archaeological sites in Greece, Olympia hosted the very first Olympic Games way back in the 8th century B.C. Visitors can explore its vast ruins that include a stadium, athletic training zones, and temples devoted to Zeus and Hera.

You can also immerse yourself in history at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, visit the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games, and indulge at the nearby Olympiagi winery.

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Kalambaka is an ancient Greek town located at the foothills of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural geological phenomenon of massive rock formations that's home to six monasteries. Standing between earth and sky atop monolithic rocks, the six monasteries date from the 14th to the 16th century and contain priceless historical and religious treasures, from painted wonders to sacred sculptures.

Along with this historical landmark, travelers also enjoy rafting on the scenic Aspropotamos River, visiting local wineries, and booking a truffle hunting tour!

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On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, ancient Greeks considered Delphi the center of the world! According to mythology, Zeus sent two eagles out from the ends of the universe where they met in Delphi. Set within a spectacular landscape, Delphi was, for many centuries, the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world.

Be sure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of Delphi, paired with a visit to the Archaeological Museum located below, then marvel at other historical landmarks like the Oracle or Apollo and the Temple of Pronoia Athena. For the adventurers, hike to the Corycian Cave found amongst a beautiful forest, once a place for worshipping the goat-like god Pan and the Nymphs with him.

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Known as "the island of the roses," Rhodes is the largest and most popular island of Dodecanese. It combines a rich historical past, marvelous beaches, and a variety of cultural offerings. Rhodes' Old Town is among the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, surrounded by fortified walls and home to the Street of the Knights.

Rhodes also has some of the best beaches in Greece, from the stunning St Paul’s Bay to the pebbled Kallithea Beach. You can explore the beautiful Valley of the Butterflies, learn about the area's wine-making traditions, and visit the Acropolis of Rhodes.

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