#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.

Things not to miss: Santorini with sunset over Church in Fira town, Greece.© Samot/Shutterstock 

#02 Shipwreck Bay, Zákynthos

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

#02 Shipwreck Bay, Zákynthos

#03 Metéora monasteries

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

Things not to miss: Meteora Monasteries, Greece.© Mikadun/Shutterstock

#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.

Things not to miss: Hydra Island, Greece.© Anastasios71/Shutterstock 

#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.

Things not to miss: wine, Santorini, Greece.© Santorines/Shutterstock

#06 Climbing Mount Olympus

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

Things not to miss: Mount Olympus, Greece.© Lev Paraskevopoulos/Shutterstock 

#07 The Pelion

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

Things not to miss: Volos city and sea gulf, view from Makrinitsa, Pelion mount, Greece.© Nataliya Nazarova/Shutterstock 

#08 Mýkonos Nightlife

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

#08 Mýkonos Nightlife

#09 Mystra

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

Things not to miss: Saint Dimitrios Orthodox Metropolis at Mystras, Greece.© Borisb17/Shutterstock 

#10 Samariá Gorge, Crete

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

#10 Samariá Gorge, Crete

#11 Mezédhes

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

#11 Mezédhes

#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.

Things not to miss: Lion Gate at Mycenae, Greece.© Kardmar/Shutterstock 

#13 The Acropolis, Athens

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

Things not to miss: Parthenon, Acropolis, Greece.© kostasgr/Shutterstock 

#14 Kefaloniá

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

Things not to miss: Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece.© Adisa/Shutterstock

#15 Delphi

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

Things not to miss: Ruins Athina Pronaia temple in Ancient Delphi, Greece.© elgreko/Shutterstock 

#16 Easter

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

Things not to miss: Traditional easter rocketwar in Vrondados Chios, Greece.© chiosphotographer/Shutterstock

#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.

Windsurfing on the sea coast. Tropical beach with turquoise water and big waves. Crete island, Greece.© Olga Gavrilova/Shutterstock

#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.

Things not to miss: Lindou Bay from Lindos Rhodes island, Greece.© leoks/Shutterstock 

#19 Pátmos

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

Things not to miss: Monastery of st.John in Patmos island, Greece.© leoks/Shutterstock 

 

#20 Skópelos

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

Things not to miss: Skopelos island, Greece.© Jana Vodickova/Shutterstock 

#21 Knossos Palace, Crete

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

Things not to miss: Procession Fresco at Knossos Palace in Crete, Greece.© Luis Santos/Shutterstock 

#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.

 

Things not to miss: old town of Kerkira, Corfu, Greece.© Heracles Kritikos/Shutterstock 

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