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I am sure you hadn't even considered this possibility. If you think Greece is just a summer destination, let me show you another aspect of this beautiful country. Greece has a lot more to propose than a summer cliche and Christmas time is best time to travel Greece and discover that it is also the perfect winter holiday destination.

Surprise your friends and try something new during the spectacular festivals. Actually, Greece has it all and you can organize any type of winter break you wish. If skiing is a must for you, did you know that more than 25 very good ski-resorts are waiting for you? Their assets? There are much cheaper than the overcrowded ski-resorts you will find in France or Italy, all have breathtaking views, some of them to the Aegean sea.

Did you know that there are more than 6000 islands in Greece? Green olive groves, crystal clear water, small villages and bustling cities, Greece is a wonderful mixture of 6000 fabulous islands and historic cities on the mainland, each with its unique personality. Only 227 of them are inhabited, but even that number may seem a lot when you'll find the holiday island.

Today we highlight the authentic island gems in Greece. Therefore, we have chosen destinations that we think you will love - whether you want to hike through the green hills of Alonissos, have the beach to yourself in the morning hours in Karpathos or eating tzatziki and feel the pulse of the city on a lively tavern in the Big City Thessaloniki. In today's guide tells us what makes the island so special.

Hellas is our favorite. Here you will find a sea of ​​islands to choose from. Samos, Crete and Rhodes islands, you should opt for a high standard of your all-inclusive vacation, this is the best of the Mediterranean. Whether you want a beach to yourself in the morning, stroll among the fragrant olive trees and a pink sunsets in the background to the evening tzatziki - Greece will always have an island that suits you.

It is also in the smaller islands as you often find the small, family-run hotels that offer extraordinary charm and warmth.

Places to Visit in Greece

Here are the reasons to go to Greece and best places to visit in Greece.

1. Crete


Crete is the largest Greek island. Full of legend and mythology is the land of the Minotaur, the land of Zeus and its beauty is incomparable. Halfway between Asia, Africa and Europe is the cradle of European civilization. The people of Crete will tell you that it is cold, but you will always find it to be above 15 degrees in winter, it will be quite pleasant.

And there is so much to see on the island that you would never be able to discover in the summer because of the heat and the tourists! You will be in the cradle of Ancient Greece, so you will get sick of seeing museums, temples and ruins, which you can combine with hiking or cycling routes through the beautiful and green hills of the island.

The blue of its waters contrasts with the white of its mountains. The sun is the best of its claims but the possibilities that the island offers the traveler are endless. Do not forget to visit the Balos beach, considered the most beautiful in the country, or the Samariá Gorge, the largest in Europe.

Balos is known for its turquoise water. The grand view from the shoreline is the thing that tourists desire for. The area of Balos tidal pond is between the little Cape Tigani and the Cape Gramvousa. Balos shoreline is a blend of white and blue turquoise water and gleaming white sand.

The shoreline offers pink sand beaches formed because of shells. The magnificence of the shoreline can be enjoyed with kids as the ocean is shallow with warm waters.

It has a length of 16 kilometers and an altitude of 1200 meters and can be visited from mid-April to the end of October, it will delight lovers of nature and hiking. The island is well known to most people, but nevertheless renewed constantly. Even if the food still tastes authentic Greek, due to booming of several new family hotels.

A couple of years back Elafonisi was a hidden spot. At this point the mystery is certainly not a mystery any longer. This spot pulls in huge amounts of travelers consistently. Today, the flawless sandy beach​ is the target for everyone and young adventurers as the place offers an unmatched view of the sunset. Go in the high season and you'll find this once unfilled shoreline, bounded by a sandbar and an natural island, swarming with tourists.

Our Crete tip: Head to the town of Loutro on the south side of the island, with whitewashed houses, blue doors and crystal clear waters. One can also have great luxury accommodation in the small fishing town of Elounda.

2. Heraklion


You can find around 10 archaeological sites in Crete, the most famous being Knossos in Heraklion, the capital. You can visit the Venetian fortress that is preserved in perfect condition and protects the entrance to the port, the medieval Agia Ekaterini Church, which displays a large collection of icons, the archaeological museum in Eleftheria Square.

You can visit the center of the city that houses pottery, miniatures, jewels and frescoes of the Minoan culture, the Historical Museum, to the west of the port, where you can admire the view of Mount Sinai.

3. Rethimno


The province of Rethymnon, situated between the area of ​​Chania and Heraklion, is bathed, to the north by the Cretan sea and to the south by the Libyan sea. The small town of Rethymno keeps much of its Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman past on the one hand through its small Venetian port and on the other hand visiting the multitude of small Byzantine churches there.

And of course, do not stop tasting the Greek food. For something it is said that Cretan cuisine is the kitchen of the gods. You can taste the virgin olive oil and the Cretan wine of Manoliopulo and Kissamos, in Xamoudochori, Omalos and Sfakia, enjoy the local liquor Tsikoudia, taste the aromatic honey and traditional Xirotigana breads from Sirili or walk through the picturesque chapels and stop to rest in the cool Dere.

4. Chania


Chania occupies the western end of Crete and is the second largest city of Crete. At the western end, next to one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete are the extraordinary ruins of ancient Phalasarna. It is safe behind the strong Hellenistic walls and has a protected harbor that transformed it into one of the largest naval forces and a city of corsairs of Crete.

You can make the excursion to the beginning of the Samaria gorge. You will reach the picturesque village of Omalos and visit the lake Agia, Alikianos and from there you can explore the beginning of the Samaria gorge. Moreover, the charming city of Chania is an idyllic place for a historical sojourn in the old town with kids.

5. Dodecanese


Karpathos or Carpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese. It is located between the island of Crete and Rhodes in the southwestern part of the Aegean Sea. You will find white beaches in uncontaminated landscapes, quiet and silent rocky coves, beaches equipped for lovers of relaxation and comfort dedicated to windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports.

The island that invites you to the Greek everyday life is known for its beautiful beaches and mountain village of Olympos, where time has stood still since the 900s. The island has many small churches perched on cliffs above a glittering sea.

Olympos is one of the most beautiful villages in Greece, a place where folklore and popular traditions manifest themselves in all its authenticity. Walking through the streets of this small town, among women dressed in traditional clothes, is a trip through time, in a past that is still alive and pulsating. Even today in Olympos one speaks a unique language in Greece that derives from the ancient Doric dialect.

From Olympos, taking a paved road that descends towards the northeast coast, you reach Diafani, another town that has been able to preserve folklore and local traditions. From the dock of Pigadia sail several boats take tourists to the beaches of the east coast and the village of Diafani. Another recommended excursion is to the island of Saria, which is a handful of nautical miles from Karpathos.

Pigadia, also called the city of Karpathos, is the capital and the main port of the island. Today it is the most popular tourist center of Karpathos, full of hotels, apartments, taverns and commercial activities. It is worth a visit to the Archaeological Museum. In its three rooms are exhibited from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Nearby is the Eparchiou, a palace built by the Italians during the occupation of the island and used as administrative headquarters. In the Bay of Vrontis, of which Pigadia occupies the extreme south, there are three wide beaches. In the Afoti you can admire the remains of the Basilica of Agia Fotini, built on the remains of a Greek temple.

You may be disappointed by what little remains of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Potideon or Poseidon, but from the hill overlooking the harbor you can admire and take beautiful panoramic pictures of the city. From a distance, Menetes looks like a pretty pastel painting. Its colorful houses, typical of the Dodecanese architecture, cling to the northern slope of Mount Profitis Ilias.

Arcesine (Arkaseia) is a small town on the southwest coast of the island. You can visit the Archaeological Museum with findings found in the area, in particular the remains of the church of Agia Anastasia and the Acropolis of Arkesia, one of the ancient cities of the Tetrapolis of Karpathos.

In the area of ​​Lefkos, another small and picturesque town in the interior, is the Old Cisterns, a system of galleries and rooms used for the collection and conservation of water. Archaeologists are convinced that it is only a small part of the treasures still buried in this region of Karpathos.

Aperi is one of the largest and richest villages of Karpathos. Its position hidden among the hills, at an altitude of 320 m, at the foot of the high mountains, made it choose as the capital of the island in 1700. Mesochori is located on the mountainous slopes of Karpathos, immersed in the cultivated countryside with olive groves, vineyards and fruit trees.

Kastelorizo is the eastern most island of Greece, famous for it’s incredible blue grotto. Karpathos is rugged and wild. Some of these villages like Olymbos still have people wearing traditional clothing.

6. Santorini


Also known as Thera, Santorín and Thira, Santorini is the destination of thousands of travelers who seek the spectacular views and the atmosphere of its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Santorini is a name of Italian origin given by the Venetian merchants to Thera, the Greek name of this island steeped in history.

Santorini is one the most beautiful Greek Island in Europe and is a standout amongst the most romantic spots for honeymoon couples. It is known for white washed houses and blue-white domes all over the city. Many of the bollywood songs have been shot here.

Santorini is the two-sided, mysterious bay, island of calm and blue waters and ancient volcano that boils the night of partying, where everything is possible. Travel through the hidden places of a piece of land that has marked the destiny of Europe and the Mediterranean. You can also visit Anafi, Ios, Amorgos, Naxos or Paros and Mycenae or nearby Turkey.

The island was the immersed cone of a volcano of the same type as the Krakatoa and its explosion destroyed the entire center of the island, making its current orography form a kind Half-moon cut over the flooded caldera. The Cretan civilization and the Minoan, in the Greek peninsula, entered a time of decay because of the tsunami. In any case, you will have no problem choosing the best Santorini hotels.

Names such as Perivolos, Red Beach, Pori with its harbor and colorful houses are names that should not be forgotten. The center square of Fira and the beaches of Kamari, Perivolos and Perissa are the liveliest and most fashionable places. Santorini is a spectacular stopover for dozens of holiday tourist cruises and hundreds of sailboats that lie in their small coves.

Ideal anniversary or wedding gift, many couples visit the island after meeting or getting married for honeymoon. The Santorini Wine Route has its white wines and the famous Vinsanto, one of the most traditional wines in the world. Akrotiri is the main one and has been reopened recently, but there are others such as Vlihada, Arhea Thira, Pyrgos, Profitis Elias and Thermi.

Santorini is known for its printed landscape like incredible views which are canvassed in standard Cycladic homes which flicker white under the hot Greek sun and offset brilliantly with the dull blue seas and heavenly places. One of the best places to visit in Santorini is the Firá which is capital city of Santorini. It is outstanding and one of the scenic locations to visit. This place is famous for there unique architecture as the houses here are in pearl white color and cubic in shape which looks different.

Walking around the island enables you to see all the phenomenal sights here. The place is surrounded by a volcanic crater from where you can see without a doubt the most amazing points of view in all of Greece.

Folegandros is called the Santorini without the crowds. It’s an incredible island with it’s own incredible scenery but pretty unknown.

There is no denying that Santorini really is a beautiful island. It is beautiful mainly because it is a volcanic island in the midst of the azure-colored Aegean Sea, covered in magnificent cliffsides lined with whitewashed buildings that almost seem to gleam in the summer sun.

All of the Cycladic Islands are extraordinarily beautiful and Santorini is really no more beautiful than the others. Nonetheless, because Santorini has such an established reputation as a tourist hotspot, it seems to steal most of the attention.

Part of the reason why Santorini is so famous for its beauty is because there are so many beautiful pictures of Santorini all over the internet that have been taken by visitors and by tourist agencies trying to attract visitors. Indeed, it seems like virtually anytime you see stunning pictures of a Greek island in a travel brochure or advertisement, those pictures were taken on Santorini.

The thing is, there is an obvious case of survivor bias here. Quite simply, people are only likely to share the pictures of the island that look beautiful. Tourist agencies aren’t going to publish pictures of the island that don’t look extraordinary and, while ordinary residents and visitors may share pictures of the island that are less visually appealing, those less visually-appealing photos are not going to get nearly as much attention as the more evocative ones.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a dreary day on Santorini; you just don’t see very many pictures of the island when the weather is overcast and grim, because people don’t tend to share those pictures as often and, when they do share those pictures, they don’t tend to get as much attention as the ones of the island on bright, sunny days. This feeds into a popular misconception that it is always sunny on Santorini.

Santorini actually does sometimes get snow in the winter. The glorious photos you see in travel brochures and advertisements, then, are not entirely representative of how the island normally looks.

Meanwhile, while Santorini gets millions tourists from all over the world each year, other Cycladic islands, such as Milos, Serifos, Naxos, and Delos, which are actually equally as beautiful as Santorini, generally attract far less tourism. Indeed, there are about 220 Cycladic Islands, but yet only two of them — Santorini and Mykonos attract the vast majority of the tourists.

7. Thera


Thera is, at the same time, the Greek island that has served the fabulists to imagine myths like that of Atlantis. Names such as White Beach are names that should not be forgotten.

8. Oia


One of the most recommended is the route from Imerovigli to Oia. Go on a small cruise on a schooner by the Caldera leaving Thirasia, Palea Kameni or Nea Kameni, or diving in the sea thanks to the rental of diving equipment. Armeni village has a seabed accessible only with diving goggles and is ideal for snorkeling. Names such as Baxedes are names that should not be forgotten.

9. Nafplion


Nafplion, one of the most beautiful cities of the area of ​​Argolis (in the Eastern Peloponnese) and one of the most romantic cities of all Greece. According to mythology, the city was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus Anymone. The history of the city goes back to the prehistoric era in which soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.

The city declined during Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine era. The Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark on the city and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions over the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings fascinate visitors with their unique architecture and beauty.

In the heart of the city is two Turkish mosques, the first now works as a cinema/theater, while the second was the seat of the first Greek Parliament, the Archaeological Museum with important artifacts from the prehistoric and Mycenaean era. Akronafplia is the historic rock at the foot of the Palamidi hill.

10. Delphi


Arachova, a picturesque cosmopolitan village clung to the mountain. Arachova is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations and popular with Athenians to spend a weekend during the winter months. At any time of the year is the right time for a trip to Arachova. In winter, you can ski in the ski center, while the forest paths, trails and unique natural landscapes make mountain biking and hiking very exciting in all weather conditions.

Very close to Arachova is its prized archaeological site, Delphi, the mythical archaeological site dedicated to Apollo that can be visited from Arachova to Kalambaka. It is about 180 kilometers northwest of Athens and is another of the traveling destinations par excellence of the Hellenic territory. It is a small town on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, and next to the Gulf of Corinth, with a great history behind it.

For many centuries Delphi represented the spiritual and religious center of ancient Greece, which the Greek mythology identified as the center of the world and the the navel of the earth and which was the famous Oracle of Delphi. According to Greek mythology, Zeus released two eagles from the ends of the universe so that, wherever they crossed their flight, they showed the center of the world.

It was during the 8th and 7th centuries BC when its sanctuary began to take shape with the construction of the first temples dedicated to the cult of Apollo and Athena. The tour of the site begins with Kastalia Krini, the source where Pythia, the high priestess, her subordinates and others washed before consulting the oracle.

After admiring the beautiful surroundings, the archaeological museum, the second most visited museum in the country, has a relief that represents the history of the Sanctuary of Delphi and the famous oracle.

There are places like Mount Parnassos, Kalavrita in the Peloponnese mountains, Karpenisi in the Pindus Mountains, Mount Olympos, Mount Pelion. Enjoy about 200 kilometers of slopes for all levels. In my opinion, Mount Parnassos has another great asset. There is located the Parnassos ski resort, the largest in Greece.

Where can you ski in the morning, have lunch along the shore, visit an archaeological site in the afternoon, party in a trendy bar in the evening and sleep in a boutique hotel in a picturesque village all in the same day? The answer is Mount Parnassos.

Its stunning views to the Gulf of Corinth and to the Gulf of Euboea make it one of the most spectacular mountains in Greece and it is very close to Delphi. Mount Parnassos has many attractive points. It is located near Athens (about 2 hour drive) and therefore, easily reachable. It ranks among the highest mountains in Greece with an altitude of 2260 meters.

Its steep narrow cobblestone streets, its grey stone houses with their red tile roof, its dozens of steps leading to spectacular views, but also its trendy bars, its traditional restaurants, and its boutique hotels make it the place to be for an exciting after-ski or even non-ski life!

The Parnassos Ski Center, located on the peaks of Kelaria (1750 m), Fterolakas (1950 m) and Gerondovrachos, operates from December until the beginning of May. It is probably the biggest and best-organized ski-resort in the country with nineteen runs, named after Greek Gods like Hermes or Aphrodite.

With a total of 36km, there are seven ski routes, ten trails and three mini beginner runs, two cafe-chalets and a restaurant, ski and snowboard schools, stores for ski and snowboard equipment rental and a playground for children. Who could ask for more to fully enjoy a ski holiday in the country of Gods!

Here some other ski resorts are Tymfristos in the Karpenissi area, Helmos in the town of Kalavryta, Mainalos in Vytina, Peloponnese, Vasilitsa in Grevena and Kaimaktsalan in Edessa. Lovers of great landscapes and natural corners will be able to enjoy a place of interest for tourists like Cave Spileo Limnon, and a landscape environment like Lake Tsivlou.

Naupactus or Naupactus as the English say, or Nafpaktia as the Greeks say is a locality in Greece that lies on the periphery of Aetolia-Acarnania. The strategic location of Naupacto at the entrance to the Gulf of Corinth, formerly known as the Gulf of Lepanto, has given the town a special historical significance and made it for a long time an important shipyard that served generations and generations of Greeks, as well as like all the foreign dominators he has had in his history.

Already in the myths of Heracles it is mentioned that this demigod built in Naupacto a fleet to undertake the invasion of the Peloponnese. Later, for example, during the Peloponnesian War it was a very disputed port between Athenians and Spartans and the scene of the Battle of Naupact.

11. Agios Nikolaos


A quiet city in the center of Greece, hidden deep in the Gulf of Corinth, on the coast of Krisaikos Bay, Galaxidi is protected from the wind by the reassuring presence of the mountains that surround it. A short distance from Athens, Galaxidi lends itself to a short, pleasant and quiet holiday, as well as excursions in the surrounding area.

Start with a walk through the first port, the Agora, up the lanes of the traditional city. In the sacred temple of Agios Nikolaos, admire the two bell towers, the imposing dome and the masterpiece of an emblematic wooden frame, while in the temple of Agia Paraskevi.

12. Ionian Islands


Another incredible island with incredible landscapes and coastlines. It’s also famous for it’s sea cave melisani. Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands and the second largest in the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea off Albania. It is the second largest island of the Ionian group after Kefalonia. If you travel to Corfu in winter, it is best to bring a coat or thick jacket, a raincoat or umbrella, lip protection and shoes with non-slip soles.

The Greeks know her as Kerkyra and her name is related to the Greek legend that when the god Poseidon fell in love with Korkyra. He abducted her and took her to the island, baptizing her with her name. The island is mountainous and in the northern center rises Mount Pantocrator, the highest mountain in Corfu.

The island is rich in history as it participated in conflicts between Athens and Sparta and was under the control of Venetians, Ottomans, French and English. It was the latter who left Corfu its architectural heritage which can be seen in its monuments and buildings. The island was the target of battles and conquests which led to the construction of the fortresses that surround Corfu, making it the only fortified city in Greece.

Kythira is one of the most isolated islands in Greece where the tourism industry is still in development; what makes it an ideal destination if you are looking for peace and tranquility. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea, Cythera is characterized by an idyllic landscape of wild nature and natural waterfalls.

A morning dip in the cold, clear waters of the Fonissas waterfall in Milopotamos will leave you feeling as good as new and will fill you with energy to explore. If cold water is not your thing, on the other side of the island you can find dreamy beaches to relax and relieve stress. The most famous are Lagkadia (awarded the blue flag for its waters), Kalami and Palaiopi.

A summer in Greece is not complete without tasting the local cuisine. You can visit some of the many taverns on the island or buy fresh fish from local fishermen and cook it at home. Do not forget to try the Fatourada, a cinnamon liqueur typical of the island.

Before leaving, make sure you have tried the ladopaksimadia, a kind of toast, and to buy seeds of siempreviva, a yellow flower that only grows on the island and stays fresh for a long time after cutting it. First of all tzatziki is the Greek variation of a dish found all over the Ottoman Empire, Iran, the Caucasus and Northern India.

The Greek dip, like its Balkan, Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi brethren is yogurt, garlic and cucumber based. The Levantine variety called tarator is made from tahini, walnuts, garlic and vinegar. Greek style tzatziki is a dip made from strained yogurt, shredded and strained cucumber, garlic crushed in salt, olive oil, lemon juice and dill. It is typically served as a side dish or meze to accompany alcoholic drinks.

13. Corfu


Corfu is characterized by its exuberant vegetation and beautiful beaches bathed by the Ionian Sea giving it the nickname of Emerald Island. Corfu was the first island to open its doors to tourism offering important sites such as the Basilica of Paleopolis, one of the most important Byzantine monuments, as well as the church of Agios Spyridonas which is one of the best known on the island.

Spianada is a French-style square cataloged as one of the largest in Greece where you can see Liston, a building built during the French occupation which houses the best known restaurants in Greece and cafes. In this square you can also visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, known as Palaia Anaktora, dating from the time of the British occupation.

Corfu has narrow streets, squares, shopping streets, Venetian fortresses and museums such as the Archaeological Museum and the Asian Art Museum, among others. For these historical attractions, Corfu was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The cuisine of Corfu is very famous for the numerous and tasty dishes it offers, excellent combination of Greek cuisine and Venetian cuisine. Sample of it are Strapatsada scrambled with tomato, butter and a little brandy. It is served hot. Sofrito is a venetian dish of beef with a sauce of garlic, salt, pepper, white wine and vinegar.

Pastitsada is the most famous dish on the island. It comes from the Venetian Spezzatino. Kumquat is the fruit of a Japanese tree similar to lemon and is very popular in Corfu.

Only 218 km from Athens you can find an exotic paradise known almost exclusively by locals. Lichadonisia is located next to Evia, the second largest Greek island, only three and a half hours drive from Athens. Lichadonisia is composed of a group of uninhabited islands of volcanic origin, making it an even more exotic and exclusive destination.

To get there you must take a boat in the port of Kammena Vourla, which will take you to the beaches full of sun beds and umbrellas. Some call them the Maldives, Seychelles, Bahamas of Greece for its transparent colors and, although it is not so easy to arrive, the effort is worth it. On the way see seals and if the time allows dolphins. After spending the day on the beach, return to Kamena Vourla.

14. Meteora


The monasteries in Meteora with its colossal rocks and monasteries seem to be suspended in the air over the Meteora valley, in the region of Thessaly. Meteora is a set of sandstone boulders formed under the sea 30 million years ago. These fascinating sculptures formed throughout history were discovered when the sea level dropped. The nearest towns where you can stay are Kastraki and Kalabaka.

And then, I could not miss Game of Thrones. Once again, after Northern Ireland and Girona, we saw a location of the famous series. Meteora appears in the landscape that Tyrion Lannister sees from his cell in the prison in the Eagles Nest, in the first season. Actually, it is a digital reproduction of Meteora's landscape, since they were not allowed to record there.

Declared a world heritage site, Meteora is the biggest rock formation. The exceptional site pulls in travelers like a magnet. With more than 2 million guests a year, Meteora remains one of the most visited places in Greece. The clifftop old monasteries are the most eye-catching thing of fascination in this spot.

Crafted by the best craftsmen in the history the Orthodox cloisters of Meteora are intended to blow your mind. Visit to Greece is not complete without seeing Meteora.

15. Thessaloniki


Greece's second largest city was named one of the world's top ten party cities according to Lonely Planet. The city is a cool mixture of bazaars, upscale shopping, the historic White Tower and hip restaurants. By car you can reach the beaches with the label "Blue Flag".

Uranópolis is the nearest city and port to the monasteries of the monastic republic of Mount Athos. The easiest way to get to the Sacred Mountain is to travel to Thessaloniki. At first glance Uranópolis looks like a typical Greek Mediterranean spa with traditional taverns, sandy beaches and many water sports.

In the Dionysiou monastery, on the west coast, the few visitors arrive with little luggage and spend the night in a small room, equipped with the most elementary. From Uranópolis there are several ferries and boats to Dafni, which is the port of the Sacred Mountain. In high season (Easter and summer) it is advisable to book in advance and marvel at the many monasteries before spending some time exploring Chalkidiki.

Edessa is located about 100 km from Thessaloniki, in the Pella prefecture of Macedonia, north of Greece. Maybe you have not heard much about the Greek waterfalls but they exist. One knows more about the Greek islands or the Greek ruins but there are also waterfalls if you know where to look. Among the most impressive are the Edessa Waterfalls. Actually more than a single waterfall is a series of waterfalls, it seems seven.

The fall is 70 meters in total so they are undoubtedly the main attraction in Edessa, beyond the ancient ruins that are located nearby. It is the waters of the Edessaios River that run through here even in the hot Greek summers. There are trails and ladders that allow you to cross the different highs. There are observation platforms and unless there is a lot of flow or it has rained all the trails and bridges are open.

In the lower part are the so-called Twin Falls, in the upper part there is a green garden with mini waterfalls everywhere and paths surrounded by flowers, and you also have the main fall, Karanos.

Lemnos is famous for having the only small desert in Greece, and for it’s archaeological sites and history dated all the way to 13.000 years ago. Also Lemnos has it’s own weird natural formations. Thassos is a very green and lush island in the northern parts of Greece. It’s mostly known to Greeks who vacation there. It’s also known for it’s incredible white marbles that where used in Ancient period for sculptures and architecture till this day and thus there are like almost any place in Greece also historical sites like the Agora.

16. Naxos


Tired of Crete and Rhodes? Naxos is one of the two largest Cycladic islands with a beautiful interior for people to explore. Naxos is the largest of all the Cycladic Islands. It is located closer to the southeastern end of the Cyclades group. It’s famous for it’s potatoes and one of it’s symbols are the Portara (temple) in front of Naxos Town. Naxos has a hilly nature and is the largest and greenest island in the Cyclades archipelago. The many sand flats that have plenty of room for all makes the island a paradise for swimmers for the family.

No matter how long your stay in Naxos lasts, you'll want to stay forever. On the greenest island of the Cyclades you can get the perfect balance between an adventure and relaxation holiday. The capital of the island is a small coastal town with a vibrant atmosphere and interesting places to visit, including archaeological sites.

Naxos is known in Greece for its cheeses, potatoes (yes, they are incredible) and the Kitron, a local lemon liqueur perfect to finish a good banquet. This island is bigger than many of the others and is lucky to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is best to rent a car and travel the coast looking for the most beautiful and hidden golden sand beaches of Greece.

Naxos is also a perfect place for lovers of water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing or even for a horse ride. But, if you are one of those who want to enjoy the sea from the depths, then book a diving expedition and watch the planes killed during the Second World War and that were left there submerged.

Serifos, is located a bit further north than Milos. Serifos is where many Athenians choose to go on vacation. Now let’s talk about Delos, which is located northwest of Naxos, right next to Mykonos. Delos has tons and tons of ancient ruins. Indeed, the archaeological excavations that have been conducted on Delos are among the most extensive in all of Greece. If you like ancient history, Delos may be the right island for you to visit.

17. Ithaca


Visit the island to which Ulysses tried to return for almost 20 years. When you see the emerald color of the water and beaches so beautiful that they seem to lie, you will understand why Homer decided to turn Ithaca into a mythical and symbolic place. Its charming capital, Vathí, is full of small shops and restaurants of excellent quality.

If you prefer something more modern, visit the beach of Schinos. Here is the famous Villa Schinos, which has hosted celebrities such as Madonna, The Beach Boys and the cast of Mamma Mia. Ithaca is a paradise for diving lovers. If you are lucky you may find the Mediterranean monk seals resting on the rocks.

18. Samos


Ikaria is an island that fascinates both foreigners and the Greeks themselves. Perhaps it is due to the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who refuse to incorporate the word stress into their vocabulary, or the fact that life here is based on enjoying the small details. Some even say that by following this lifestyle you can find the true meaning to it.

It is not surprising that Ikaria is one of the five blue zones of the world; the places where people live longer. A third of the island's inhabitants will be over 90 years, which is about 10 years older than the rest of the Western world. In addition to fewer physical and mental illnesses and remain physically active up to 90 years of age.

Whatever the reason, Ikaria represents a unique adventure that will surely change your outlook on life. The whole island is a succession of impressive landscapes, but here are the beaches that surpass reality. The best beaches to visit are Seychelles, Nas and Agios Georgios.

On the north coast of the island you can find white sand beaches and perfect waves for surfing. The most famous beach in this area is Mesakti, near the village of Evdilos. There are many accommodation options to choose from in the two largest towns on the island; Agios Kirykos (the capital) and Evdilos.

19. Paros


Everything you could want; whitewashed house, blue roof, crystal clear sea, cordial local people, the tavernas on the waterfront, feta cheese and of course fresh fish. Rent a scooter and explore the island. Perhaps a visit to the Butterfly Valley, where it is teeming with wildlife, red butterflies?

Samothrace is an island that will awaken your most intense feelings and that you must accept if you want to discover it in conditions. If you're looking for an environment and parties on the beach, then change your destination. Samothrace is a place for trekkers, explorers and those wanting to get away from the typical Aegean islands.

One of the hallmarks of Samothrace are the natural pools that form waterfalls between the rocks. These small lakes are pools of crystal clear water. If you dare to swim in these cold and refreshing waters, then visit the most famous: Gria Vathra and Fonia. Of course, we also have recommendations for beaches for those that are more salt water: Paxia Ammos, Kipos and Valtos.

Chora is a traditional village that rises on Mount Fengari at 300 meters altitude. Take a walk through its picturesque paths to travel back in time or have a coffee in the main square with extraordinary views of the Aegean Sea. Sanctuary of the great Gods is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Greece.

The ruins were excavated in 1863 by the French and it was here that one of the most famous pieces of the Louvre was found, the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

20. Zakynthos


The southernmost of the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, with golden beaches and azure waters. The island is perhaps best known for Navagio Beach, but there is much more to explore - snorkel at Keri Caves, watching for sea turtles at Laganas or look in the small shops in the town of Zakynthos.

21. Skopelos


If you have seen Mamma Mia movies, you remember perhaps that Donna take her daughter Sophie to the church of Agios Ioannis. The island has great beaches, green olive groves, and over 360 churches - one for each day of the year. Charming cobblestone streets, flower-decked houses and few tourists characterizes this lush island, which gives you a little bit of it untouched Greece. The island's National Park is ideal for hiking.

Greece is often associated with the colors white and blue. Especially in the island nation Cyclades (like Santorini, Paros and Mykonos) the white villages can be seen, with blue ceilings, doors and window sills. The reason is that in ancient Greece it was believed that the color blue acted as a shield against evil spirits.

22. Lesbos


Lesvos is known for it’s medieval villages, town and for a big place of birding. Here you can see hundreds of types of birds including flamingo’s.

23. Milos


Milos is famed for being a geological island and it’s incredible natural formations that would make you think you’re on the moon. It’s quite popular among Italians, but otherwise it’s not that mainstream known.

23. Sifnos


Great island and great to do hiking through it’s fields.

23. Amorgos


Amorgos is gorgeous and tranquil and is famed for it’s monastery. It’s also like any Greek island unique and has breathtaking landscapes.

23. Athens


Before Rome became the center of the ancient world, no city was more important than Athens. Monuments from the glory days of the Greek capital remain, most notably 2500 year old landmarks of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. One of the world’s oldest cities understandably has some stunning museums too. But be aware that the recent Greek recession has hit the area hard, so Athens isn’t quite the glittering tourist haunt that it once was.

Go to Athens if you enjoy ancient history, you like a museum, you’re not put off by unclean streets. Athens is the capital city of Greece. It is largest city of Greece and is named after Athena (its patron goddess). Monastiraki, literally, small monastery is an outdoor neighborhood and market in Athens, and one of the main commercial districts of the city.

The city is still dominated with 5th century BC landmarks including acropolis, a hill top topped with ancient buildings like Parthenon temple. If you go up to the Acropolis or another place that overlooks Athens, you'll understand the true scale of the city. Houses go as far as your eyes can see in every direction.

The area owes its name to the Monastiraki square, which in turn bears the name of the Byzantine church of Pantanassa, which is located inside the square. The main roads in this area are Pandrossou and Adrianou. The area is home to the flea market; there are clothes shops, souvenir shops and specialty shops, and it is an important tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for business.

In the square there is also the Tzistarakis mosque. Monastiraki metro station, located in the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.

Euboea is Greece’s second largest island and is 170+km long and quite unknown internationally. But it’s filled with lush nature, incredible beaches and many gems around. Certainly a great place. In the town of Chalkis in capital city of the island of Euboea, there is a narrow strait between the island and the mainland, known as the strait of Euripos.

A strong tidal current forms along the strait, whose direction and strength is dependent on the position of the moon. The mobile bridge can only then be opened to let ships pass by, when the waters calm during the change of direction. The phenomenon is due to the difference in level between the North Aegean Sea and the South Aegean Sea, caused by the movement of the Moon.

At New Moon and at Full Moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, the movement of the waters through Evripos’ Strait is regular with change of direction about every 6 hours.

Mikrolimano or Fanari or Akti Koumoundourou or Tourkolimano is amazing for fish or meat just next to the sea. The area has so many names and every each one refers to different eras. The prices are let’s say normal, not very expensive neither cheap and you can enjoy quality food and local recipes in a graphical place.
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