Things not to miss

updated 4/27/2021
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#01 Sunset on Santoríni

If there are 1000 things to do before you die, having a sundowner overlooking Santoríni's crater would near the top of the list.

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#02 Shipwreck Bay, Zákynthos

Lie back and enjoy the unforgettable scenery of one of Greece’s poster beaches.

#03 Metéora monasteries

Rising like ecclesiastical eagles’ nests, these monasteries are among the most awe-inspiring religious sites on earth.

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#04 Ýdhra

The bare granite cliffs of Ýdhra (aka Hydra) soon part to reveal the fabulous horseshoe of its harbour, perhaps the most scenic in Greece.

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#05 Wine tasting

There’s much more to Greek wine than dodgy retsina and you should visit at least one vineyard while you’re here. For more information, see Wine.

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#06 Climbing Mount Olympus

A trek to the home of the Greek gods is supremely atmospheric and a worthwhile challenge for hikers.

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#07 The Pelion

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Billed as the Greek Tuscany, this region has it all: lush countryside, excellent beaches, character-packed villages and superb treks.

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#08 Mýkonos Nightlife

Experience the most frenetic nightlife east of Ibiza at the party capital of the Greek summer.

#09 Mystra

A ghost town that provides a time capsule for the modern tourist to step through to the Byzantine age.

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#10 Samariá Gorge, Crete

The 16km descent of this lush and leafy gorge enclosed by towering rock faces is an unforgettable hike.

#11 Mezédhes

For a true taste of Greece, tuck into a mezédhes (meze) platter of starters and dips accompanied by a glass of ouzo.

#12 Lion Gate at Mycenae

The imposing relief of lions guarding the main entrance to the Citadel of Mycenae is, incredibly, thirty-odd centuries old.

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#13 The Acropolis, Athens

This small rock with its spectacular ruins is a cultural icon and a symbol of the birth of Western civilization.

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#14 Kefaloniá

Famous as the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefaloniá remains a firm favourite despite the crowds.

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#15 Delphi

Located in an unbeatable natural setting, this ancient site has retained its inscrutable mystique through the centuries.

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#16 Easter

The biggest festival in Greece, Easter combines devout Orthodox belief with joyful spring celebrations.

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#17 Windsurfing

There are very few places on the islands where you can’t turn a windy day to your advantage, especially off Lefkádha in the Ionians or Náxos, Páros and Ándhros in the Cyclades.

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#18 Rhodes

Once home to the ancient Colossus and the medieval Knights of St John, this is one of the most captivating islands in Greece.

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#19 Pátmos

One of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Pátmos is also home to the haunting Monastery of St John the Divine.

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#20 Skópelos

Mamma Mia! what an island – you can see why Hollywood’s location scouts chose this as the ultimate sun-drenched Greek escape.

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#21 Knossos Palace, Crete

Simply the best restored, vividly coloured and ultimately most exciting of Crete’s Minoan palaces.

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#22 Corfu old town

With its elegant Venetian architecture, fine museums and, uniquely, a cricket pitch, Corfu’s capital is the heart of the Ionians.

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