Are you looking for inspiration for travelling in Greece? Or already on location, and interested to see what's worth visiting? Check out this list of the best places to visit and things to do in Greece, straight from our guide book The Rough Guide to Greece.
If there are 1000 things to do before you die, having a sundowner overlooking the crater of Santorini would near the top of the list. Most places facing the crater are great, but Ouia at the western tip is especially popular. While you are on the island, check out the best beaches on Santorini, and great alternative things to do on this sometimes crowded island.
Lie back and enjoy the unforgettable scenery of one of Greece’s poster beaches on Zakynthos.
Rising like ecclesiastical eagles’ nests, the monasteries at Meteora are among the most awe-inspiring religious sites on earth. The six Orthodox monasteries of this UNESCO world heritage site in central Greece are built on natural rock pillars. Make sure to take a full day to explore different viewpoints as well as the interior.
The bare granite cliffs of Ýdhra (aka Hydra) soon part to reveal the fabulous horseshoe of its harbour, perhaps the most scenic in Greece.
There’s much more to Greek wine than dodgy retsina and you should visit at least one vineyard while you’re here. And since wine is best enjoyed with good food as company, check out the best greek food you need to try.
A trek to Mount Olympus, the home of the Greek gods is supremely atmospheric and a worthwhile challenge for hikers.
Billed as the Greek Tuscany, the Pelion region in the greek mainland has it all: lush countryside, excellent beaches, character-packed villages and superb treks.
Experience the most frenetic nightlife east of Ibiza at Mykonos, the party capital of the Greek summer.
A ghost town in the Sparta region of the Peloponnes peninsula that provides a time capsule for the modern tourist to step through to the Byzantine age.
For a true taste of greek food, tuck into a mezédhes (meze) platter of starters and dips accompanied by a glass of ouzo.
The imposing relief of lions guarding the main entrance to the Citadel of Mycenae is, incredibly, thirty-odd centuries old.
Located in an unbeatable natural setting, the ancient site of Delphi has retained its inscrutable mystique through the centuries.
If you visit in spring, ensure to time your visit on the Easter weekend. The biggest festival in Greece, Easter combines devout Orthodox belief with joyful spring celebrations.
Once home to the ancient Colossus and the medieval Knights of St John, Rhodes is one of the most captivating islands in Greece.
One of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Patmos is also home to the haunting Monastery of St John the Divine.
Mamma Mia! what an island – you can see why Hollywood’s location scouts chose the island Skopelos as the ultimate sun-drenched Greek escape.
Even with a bit of controversy, Knossos Palace remains simply the best restored, vividly coloured and ultimately most exciting of Crete’s Minoan palaces.
With its elegant Venetian architecture, fine museums and, uniquely, a cricket pitch, Corfu’s capital is the heart of the Ionian islands.
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