where to go, what to see, what to do
If you point your finger on a map roughly upon 38N24E you’re on the right spot! GREECE
1. Visit The Parthenon
Built during the 5th century BC ontop the Acropolis rock, this monument is a fantastic place to admire and to take panoramic pictures of Athens. Most Greece tour packages include this monument.
2. Eat Souvlaki In Monastiraki
One of the best Greek souvlaki places you can find in the area of Athens is in Monastiraki. Try ‘kalamak’i, slices of meat on a bamboo stick or ‘pitta with gyros’, a pie with slices of meat with sauce, tomato, onions and potatoes. Combine your order with french fries and a Greek salad. The epitome of Greek vacations.
3. Spend A Fortune In Jewels
Visit Lalaounis, Zolotas and some more fine jewelers and spend a real fortune. Ancient Greece combined to Modern perception of beauty will impress you. Look for good deals.
4. Can’t Get Enough Of Jewels?
Visit the Lalaounis Jewels Museum of Athens and admire precious materials and unique collective jewels, most of them copies of ancient exhibits.
5. Visit The mountain Of The 12 Gods
Do you like hiking and are a hiking addict? Mount Olympus is there waiting for you. Just beware of the gods! Organized tours with experienced guides are what you need.
6. Visit Byzantine Monuments
You’re into Byzantine studies or just a hobbyist? UNESCO’s World Monuments List is really rich in Byzantine monuments you should visit. During your Greece vacation Osios Loukas and Thessaloniki’s Byzantine churches are just a few really worth visiting Byzantine examples.
7. Island Hopping
Fun in Mykonos, long walks in Crete, discover Santorini, eat great food in Sifnos, visit the castle of Rhodes and swim in Cephalonia are just some examples of the endless list of Greece vacations.
8. Bird Watching
Visit Greece’s most fabulous and attractive places where you can observe birds. A passionate birder or not, you’ll be amazed by what you’ll add to your log.
9. Go to Syntagma Square
Attend ‘the change of the Guards’, the Greek Presidential Guards, called ‘Evzones’ in Greek, dressed in traditional combat clothes, in front the Greek Parliament. A zero budget idea rich in images.
10. Go On A Cruise
Embark a yacht and just sail away the Greek archipelago with its 3.000 isles and Islands waiting for you.
11. Go Skiing
Visiting Greece in winter? Don’t miss the Kaimak Tsalan resort and Parnassus mountain.
12. Have A Traditional Goat Soup
Enjoy it in Metsovon during the winter time, combined with local really tasty and strong red wine.
13. Swim In Vouliagmeni
The poshest southern suburb of Athens offers you not only the best organized beach of the Athenian Riviera with crystal clear waters but also the chance to swim in the famous for its healing thermal waters lake of Vouliagmeni.
14. Go To The Athens Planetarium
Attend one or more of the many digital projections at one of the best, biggest and newest planetariums of the world. Learn everything about the mysteries of the Universe, galaxies, comets, black matter and holes, solar systems, our planet, dinosaurs and many more. The Athens Planetarium in collaboration with other famous ones, Nasa and Cern, creates material for all the planetariums of Earth!
15. Buy Leather Shoes And Boots
Greek leather shoes are famous for their quality and style and are sold at the best boutiques in the world. Why don’t you buy them in Greece to economize a lot of money?
16. Buy Olive Oil
Known for its amazing vitamins, Greek olive oil is considered to be one of the best oils globally. Beneficiary for the body, really tasty and good for frying, it is the base of the healthy Mediterranean cuisine.
17. Go Canoeing And Kayaking
There are many rivers in Greece where you can practice these sports in a variety of landscapes with organized trips and guides.
18. Buy Olives
You can also use them in salads, as a companion for drinks or even as a snack! Greeks love olives. During your Greece vacation you’ll have the chance to taste this unique product. of this Mediterranean country.
19. Eat Moussaka
This traditional Greek dish made of mince, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and béchamel sauce is a delight you must not miss.
20. Eat Pastitsio
For those who like pasta, mince and béchamel sauce, pastitsio will taste like heavens.
21. Visit Meteora
During your vacation in Greece visit monasteries built on steep hills by monks without streets. Admire old paintings and amazing architecture and feel being between the Earth and the sky.
22. Visit Caves
Due to the excess of limestone, there is a great number of caves you can explore. Stalagmites and stalactites and myths surrounding them will attract your attention. Diros, Alistrati, the Dragon’s, Melissani, Drogarati and the Cave of the Lakes are the ones you should not miss.
23. Buy Greek Wines
A great number of local wines, from the premium brands to the mass production ones in very low prices, can surprise and satisfy even the most demanding wine lover. Retsina, brousko, rombola and so many more.
24. Eat Baklava
This amazing sweet made of filo, sugar, butter and nuts becomes an addiction with its full and extraordinary taste.
25. Visit The Mushroom And Natural History Museum
Once at Meteora, spend some time admiring the exhibits of animals from all the continents of this unique museum and learn everything about the life-cycle of mushrooms.
26. Visit The Museum Of Natural History In Kifissia
Close to Athens, this museum hosts Animals, stones, shells and lots of other exhibits for you. Educational projections will provide you with extra knowledge on biological, geological and lots of other interesting subjects. Goulandris Natural History Museum
27. Visit The Mining Park Of Fokida
Close to Arachova and not too far away from Athens, the Mining Park of Fokida is a great idea for an one day trip. Embark the Vagonetto, the original little train bauxite miners used. Learn how this mineral was mined. Admire the exhibits of the Mining Museum and watch educational projections at the small planetarium.
28. Visit The Zoo At Spata
Close to the airport, this spacious zoo provides hospitality to most of the animals of our planet. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see babies.
29. Visit Loutsa
The wetland of Loutsa where hundreds of wild animals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians live is another great idea for a day trip from the centre of the capital. Visit the ancient temple of Artemis, the museum and swim in the shallow waters at the end of your journey.
30. Visit Krioneri
Greece travel can be surprising as some kilometres far from the city you can go hiking at Krioneri, on the mountain of Parnitha. Panoramic pictures of the whole city can be taken here. Konifers, bushes, flowers, herbs, small rivers and ship will attract your attention while walking towards the wonderful summer palace of the former kings of Greece and the surrounding area.
31. Honeymoon In Greece
Chose one of the many islands to spend your honeymoon in Greece. Santorini is recommended for the romantic sunset. You can also get married in Greece for a memorable wedding or go beyond and find your mate here, being relaxed in a picturesque setting.
32. Check these destinations to find the one for you
Chose one of the many islands to spend your Greece vacation. This Cultural Guide to the Greek Islands is a great way to find your favorite(s) one and choose the best island vacations.
33. Go camping
You ‘re on low budget? No problem. Your Greece vacation options are numerous. There are many camping both in the Islands and the mainland for you discover.
34. Island Hopping
Catch the ferry to the next island. Greek Island Hopping is one of the best ways to see as many of the gorgeous Greek Islands.
35. Visit Delos Island
You’re in Mykonos? Don’t lose the opportunity to visit Apollo’s sacred Island of Delos. Take a one day cruise and send your self back in time.
Immerse yourself to the Medieval fortress and just stand in front the walls staring at the sea. Breath the fresh air and admire the view
Climb all the way up to the Stadium. The view along the path is magnificent.
38. Temple of Hephaestus
Take as many pictures as you can from the Temple. Although not famous as the Acropolis, it was built pretty much during the same period
A great place for hiking, visiting the place all around and then end up in a great Greek tavern serving local specialties
40. Temple of Poseidon
A mystical place in Attica where the Greek capital, Athens, is located. Walk around the ruins and wait for the sunset. It’s unforgettable.
41. Philippi in Kavala
Explore the archaeological site of Philippi built during the 4th century BC by King Philip II. Admire the walls, the acropolis and the theatre as well as the palestra and the agora built by the Romans and the Byzantine churches.
42. Portara in Naxos
Shoot pictures within the arch as the sun gets lower and lower. Meditate in Apollo’s Temple and enjoy the archaeological museum with prehistoric artifacts.
43. Paleo Pili
Climb all the way up to this magnificent medieval fortress with remains of the Bronze Age Settlement on its walls and take panoramic pictures not only of the island of Kos where it is built but also of the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos.
44. Ancient Olympia
Run at the same stadium where ancient athlets did and the Olympic Games were born and held.
On top of the hill shoot a panoramic picture with your camera or even bettter your mind. Search for Agamemnon’s Palace and tomb and get the chance to see the gigantic walls.
46. Temple of Apollo Epikourios
Study the unusual features of this very well preserved Temple of Apollo, the god of healing and the sun built in Bassae, on the Arcadian mountains, in the 5th century BC.
Schedule to visit this cylindrical structure constructed by tetrarch Galerius in 306 AD in Thessaloniki intended to be his mausoleum. Nowadays it serves as Saint George’s orthodox church.
Once in Rhodes, organize an excursion to the acropolis of Lindos. Walk in the small streets and take pictures not only of the ancient ruins but also of the picturesque local houses
49. Belle Hellene Mycenae
Have lunch in a historical hotel where Schlimann and so many famous personalities logged. Check their logging book. You will be stunned!
50. Atreus Treasury
Plan a visit to Mycenae to admire Agamemnon’s Tomb, the most impressive and largest of the well preserved tholos tombs built in 1250 BC
51. Archaeological site of Corinth
Acquire extra archaeological knowledge by visiting the ruins of Corinth, only 100 kilometers from Athens. Appreciate the beautiful acropolis of the Acrocorinth.
52. Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
Select the island of Amorgos as your next destination to visit this white masterpiece build in a rock by Alexios Comnenus I in 1017 AC.
53. Athens Metro Antiquities
Strolling around Athens? Check the metro stations. Antiquities everywhere, waiting to be seen.
54. Navagio beach, Zante
Share your pictures online of the famous shipwreck of the Ionian island of Zante, after enjoying the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.
55. Tourlitis Lighthouse Andros
Write a fantasy novel being stimulated by this lighthouse which could be the perfect wizard’s tower, off the coast of the port of the Aegean island of Andros, first built in 1897.
56. Antikythera mechanism
Solve the mystery of this ancient device that is kept at the Archaeological Museum of Athens and help the scientists find all its uses.
57. Cape Matapan Caves, Laconia entrance to Hades
Learn everything about the ancient after death trip of the soul being on a guided tour inside these mystic caves in South-East Peloponnese.
58. Vatheia houses, Laconia
Experience the unique beauty of the almost abandoned city with the tower houses that look like spikes on an iguana’s back
Learn everything about the Greek Revolution in its birthplace, the city of Ares, the ancient god of war.
60. Necromanteion of Ephyra
Listen to the only known oracle of the dead, devoted to Hades and Persephone, where the door to Hades was supposed to be, in Epirus, by using you imagination.
61. Mount Athos
Take the special permit you need to enter the Orthodox sacred mountain. Let your spiritual journey begin.
62. Pythagoras cave, Samos
Do maths or geometry mean anything to you? Then Samos, Pythagoras island, is the place you have to see.
63. Akrotiri town, Santorini
Close your eyes inside the archaeological site, just for a moment and imagine how everybody left the place, just before the huge vulcanic explosion.
64. Phaistos Disc
Try to decode the writing on this disc found on the island of Crete and reveal the secrets of the long lost civilization.
65. Cycladic Art Museum, Goulandris
Test your knowledge on the Cycladic art and appreciated the unique ancient artifacts coming from islands of the Aegean Sea.
66. Gennadius Library, Athens
Expand your knowledge on the Greek tradition and culture by reading some of the 120,000 books, rare bindings, archives and manuscripts of this library that was built by Joannes Gennadius in 1926.
67. Lion of Kea
Observe the smiley stone statue of the mythical lion that almost destroyed the island of Kea, close to Athens, made in 600 BC.
68. ” Lakki Cinema
Question the beauty of this pale rounded building, a fine example of the architecture inspired by Mussolini’s vision for a fascist Mediterranean utopia on the island of Leros.
69. Frangokastello Castle
Drive 13 km from Sfakia, in Crete, to see this Venetian castle and the settlement and if you are lucky enough, the legendary ghosts of Drosoulites.
70. Bourtzi, Nauplion
Complet your visit in Nauplion, the first capital of Greece after the Revolution, by visiting this fortress on a tiny island that has also served as a prison.
71. Chrisopigi Monastery, Sifnos
Verify the miracles that take place every year during the pilgrimages at this monastery with the exquisit architecture, built in 1650 AD, dedicated to Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the island of Sifnos
72. Kaisariani Monastery, Athens
Once in Athens, a visit to this monastery built on mount Hymettus on an ancient site dedicated to goddess Aphrodite is recommended. Appreciate the frescoes, the bath house built in the 11th century AD and the refectory.
73. Sulphur Mine in Paliorema
Evaluate the disused mine of Victor Melas, Theioryheia, on Milos island that was mining Sulphur from 1890 to1978 and then swim while looking at the yellowish pebbles colored by Sulphur.
74. Thision open air cinema
Escape completely by watching a movie in this legendary cinema next to the Acropolis and get the chance to admire this illuminated Unesco protected monument in all its glory during the brake.
75. Nisiros Volcano
Experience the magic of being close to an active volcano, part or the Volcanic Arch of the Aegean Sea, on the small island of Nisiros, near Rhodes.
76. Anavatos, Chios
Target this Byzantine tower-village as your next destination built on a large granite rock at the end of a cliff, famous for the Independence wars in 1821.
77. Ladadika, Thessaloniki
Be entertained at this rather recently modified area in the co-capital of Greece where bars, cafes and night clubs accommodate the elite of the city every day.
78. Astypalea castle
Get motivated by the beauty of this castle built in 1204 on a hill of the island of Astypalea by the Venetian John Querini, made by black stones, contrasting the white washed houses.
79. Chania, Venetian lighthouse
Judge the extraordinary architecture of this lighthouse, originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century. The jewel of this Cretan city took its final minaret form during the Egyptian period between 1831 and 1841.
80. Kastro of Skiathos
Built on the North of Skiathos to protect the inhabitants of its capital from the pirates that were harassing the island in the 14th century, this castle – city can only be reached by boat. Achieve to climb on the steep path of 1800 meters to take panoramic pictures of the churches and the region .
81. Heptapyrgion Castle, Thessaloniki
Manage to visit this castle built in the 14th century by the Byzantines as the base of their army. Nowadays it is called the acropolis of Thessaloniki.
82. Hosios Loukas Monastery
Discover the frescoes and mosaics of this monastery, built between the 10th and the 11th century AD, protected by Unesco, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture and art that is still functioning today.
83. Great Meteoron Monastery, Kalambaka
Be determined to go all the way up the monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ, the oldest and largest of all the monasteries of Meteora. Founded in the middle of the 14th century, it serves as the main museum for visitors.
84. Ekatontapiliani Cathedral, Parikia, Paros
Outline the uniqueness of the Byzantine church complex built in 326 AD by the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, Saint Helen, consisting of a main chapel, two more chapels and a baptistery.
85. Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon
Examine its church built in the 16th century, influenced by the Renaissance. Situated on a fertile plateau, the monastery is well fortified and played a significant role during the Cretan Revolt of 1866 against the Ottomans.
86. Varlaam Monastery, Kalambaka
Focus on the wall-painting attributed to Frago Catelano of this monastery, founded by Hossios Varlaam in the 14th century. This second biggest monastery’s of Meteora old refectory has been turned into a museum where Renaissance icons and holy vestments of priests are kept.
87. Agia Sophia, Thessaloniki
Study this imposing church, protected by Unesco, having a history of more than 1,600 years. Converted into a mosque during the Ottoman invasion, it is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful wall paintings and elaborate mosaics.
88. Palamidi Castle, Nauplion
Arrange a visit to this huge stone-made castle, built by the Venetians in 1714 and try to climb the 999 steps that will also lead you to a panoramic view of the Argolic Gulf.
89. Monolithos castle, Rhodes
Compare this castle in the municipality of Attavyros, built on top of a 100m tall rock in 1870 by the Knights of Saint John with the rest of the castles of the island. There is a working chapel of Saint Pantaleon inside it.
90. Nafpakos venetian castle
Publicize the pictures you’ll take of the imposing castle of Nafpaktos where the famous sea-battle took place.
91. Angelokastro, Corfu
Encourage your friends to come with you to the former capital of Corfu, from 1387 to the end of the 16th century that was surrounded by this ‘Castle of the Angel’, built on top of the highest peak of the island .It also served as a shelter for the local peasant population and never fell despite frequent sieges.
92. Methoni castle
Experiment by living for some days in Methoni, in one of the tower-houses overlooking the sea, surrounded by this Venetian very well preserved castle. Live your own myth in a fairy tail city of the past.
93. Palace of the grand master of the knigts of Rhodes
Accomplish your mission in Greece by visiting this breathtaking Venetian Palace that remained intact after all those years. Find the secrets of all its rooms and let your imagination free.
94. “Castello del Molo, Heraklion Crete
Support the performances that take place during the summer in this Venetian castle, Koules, situated at the entrance of the old harbor. This huge 2 floored building that was initially made to house captains and as a warehouse for food and ammunition, became a prison during the Ottoman occupation.
95. The virgin of Panteli castle, Leros
Detect Byzantine fortifications of the 10th or the 11th century AD while being in this Venetian castle built by the Knights of Saint John in 1204, dedicated to Virgin Mary.
96. Castle of Kavala
Decide to spend one day in the castle of this North-East Greek city that was reconstructed by the Ottomans in 1425. Try to find the defensive wall built in the 5th century BC and the Byzantine wall built between 1307 and 1308 to protect Kavala from the Catalans.
97. Niokastro, Pylos castle
Explore Niokastro or New Navarino was built by the Ottomans in 1573 to guard the passage of the natural port of Pylos. This well-preserved castle has two entrances and six towers.
98. Koroni castle
Show interest in the Frankish – Venetian castle of the 13th century in southwest Peloponnese overlooking the gulf of Messinia, built on the ancient acropolis of Aisini and on the 6th or 7th century Byzantine fortress.
99. Platamonas castle
Master you knowledge about castles! Not far away from Larissa in central Greece on a hill very close to the National Street, this magnificent Venetian castle attracts the interest of everyone overlooking Platamonas river, the fertile valley and the deep blue of the sea.
100. Molivos Castle
Once on the famous island of Lesvos, derive a lot of useful pieces of information on Byzantine architecture from this castle, built to protect the locals against the Ottoman and Frankish invasions with reddish brown trachyte, having three gates.
101. New fortress, Corfu
Climb up the hill of Saint Mark to admire this Venetian castle that has got British buildings inside it. Nowadays it houses art exhibits, collections and social events.
102. Walk around Plaka
If you are in Athens, you should not omit to walk around the old area of Plaka just next to the Acropolis to admire the picturesque houses. Beautiful shops with extraordinary souvenirs, clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry are there for your shopping therapy.
103. Hermes by Praxiteles, Olympia
Get dazzled by the extrem beauty of the statue of Hermes, made by the famous ancient sculptor, Praxiteles, in the museum of Olympia.
104. Chora Amorgos
Explore the medieval mountain capital of this Aegean island 400 meters from the surface of the sea, surrounded by windmills and light a candle in the old church of Kera Leouse (Lady of Mercy.)
105. Anafiotika, Athens
Do not leave Athens without passing by this old village situated on the hill underneath the Acropolis. Have an idea on how the capital of Greece was a couple of centuries ago and take rare pictures of the small houses and the tiny streets and panoramic ones of all the city.
106. Nafpaktos old port
Spend 10-15 minutes to walk around this Venetian port where time seems to have stopped. Have your camera ready to capture the beauty of the statue of ‘Cervantes’ and the monuments commemorating the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
107. Mount Lycabettus
Use the rack railway to visit the second famous hill of the Greek capital with the church of Saint George and to enjoy your coffee at the cafÃƒÂ© overlooking the whole city.
108. Pyrgi, Chios
Plan a trip to the painted village, 25 kilometers from the capital of this Aegean island. Admire the decoration of the houses consisting of black and white motives in different shapes.
109. Nauplion Promenade
Walk along the narrow cobbled streets of the first capital of modern Greece. Look for the old churches and the place where the first Prime Minister of the country was assassinated.
110. Epidaurus theatre, Argolis
Buy tickets for an ancient tragedy for the ancient Epidaurus theatre with the superb acoustics, 100 kilometers far from the capital and feel the magic of this place.
111. Souda bay war cemetery
Look for this unique cemetery if you are in Crete, near Chania, honoring the soldiers of the Commonwealth who died on this island during World War I and II.
112. Starvos Niachos Foundation Cultural Centre
A walk around this huge cultural centre with the imposing architecture, located on the Delta of P. Faliron, very close to the city is a must. You can ice skate or sail for free, admire the botanical gardens, visit exhibitions, read rare books, attend seminars or even watch an opera or a classical ballet performance.
113. Arta’s Bridge
Book an excursion to Epirus. Take a picture of this legendary bridge on the river and listen carefully to its story. According to the myth, the foreman had to sacrifice his wife so that the bridge could be built after a lot of years of unfortunate attempts.
114. Rio Antirio Bridge
Observe the new suspension bridge that was built with German plans, near Patras that joins Peloponnese with Central Greece and makes the journey a lot faster.
115. Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
If you love football, you must watch a game at the stadium of the famous team of Olympiakos, the thrill of Piraeus.
116. German War Cemetery, Maleme, Crete
Meditate in this war cemetery near the village of Maleme where all these young German soldiers who tried to capture the airport base of the allies are buried.
117. Panathenaic Stadium
Feel the magnitude of the first Olympic Games held in Athens in 1886, sat on one of the marble seats of this stadium
118. White Tower, Thessaloniki
Organize a tour of the co-capital and take a selfie in front of this tower made of stone, the landmark of the city.
119. Bridge of Chalkis
Decide to spend a day in the capital of the island of Evia. Film its famous Evripus bridge when it opens for a ship to pass through.
120. British cemetery
Wonder why so many souls have to die during wars while visiting the British cemetery in Kalamaki, near Athens, where only names of the Commonwealth soldiers are carved on the stone markers.
121. Trikala Fort
Roam around this 6th century AD fort that Justine I built on the ancient acropolis of Trikke. Take a picture of the clock on the 17th century tower built by the Turks that is the symbol of the city.
122. Drapano Bridge Argostolion
Sing along with the native Cephallonians, accompanied by their guitars a ‘cantada’ on the old bridge of Drapano, under the moonlight, on a warm summer night.
123. Venetian castel Kythira
Observe the Ionian, the Aegean and the Cretan Sea from the top of this castle called the ‘Fortezza’, built in the 13th century by the Venetians.
124. Fonias Gorge, Samothrace”
Enter this beautiful gorge, 700 metres above the level of the sea, on this North Aegean island,located at Klidi. Be amazed by the cascades and walk all the way to the sea, near Fonias tower.
125. Cofru Donkey Rescue
Help old, abused or injured donkeys survive and live in decency by donating some money to the organization based in Paleokastritsa on this Ionian island.
126. Arcturos Brown bear sanctuary
Persuade all your friends to protect the Greek bears that are close to extinction after visiting this sanctuary close to Kastoria in Macedonia
127. Kerkini lake
Look for water buffalos, pink flamingos and beavers around this artificial lake close to Serres in Northern Greece, while going on a boat trip and learn how and why this lake was created by attending a short seminar in the village nearby.
128. Kourtaliotiko gorge, Plakias
Pay a visit to the southern coast of Crete to walk along the gorge where Kourtaliotiko river is situated, also known as Asomatos gorge and finish your journey near the town of Plakias.
129. National Marine Park of Alonissos
Get amazed by the largest marine park in Europe established in 1992 on this Aegean island, mainly for the protection of the monk seal but also for the rare fauna and flora of the region.
130. Sea Turtle Rescue centre, Glyfada
Help the injured sea turtles at this sanctuary in Glyfada, 9 kilometres from Athens and learn why these ancient creatures are menaced by our civilization.
131. Biotopoi nature park, Rethymnon
Have the chance to see 220 species of plants and 50 species of animals in this Cretan park. Local trees, flowers, aromatic and therapeutic herbs, vegetables, decorative wild flowers, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and birds, as well as, tropical animals, iguanas, snakes and tortoises live peacefully here.
132. Old Venetian harbour, Chania
Arrive when the sun sets at the Venetian harbour, the pride of this Cretan city, forget all your problems and pretend that you are living in another era.
133. Old Port of Naoussa
‘Enjoy a quiet escape at this charming, old, picturesque and imposing port of the Aegean island of Paros and then try one of the many traditional restaurants.
134. Flisvos Marina
Walk along the new marina of Flisvos ,in Paleo Faliron, only 8 kilometres far from the centre of Athens. Admire the luxurious yachts, look at the fish, have an ice-cream at a cafÃƒÂ© and visit the recently-restored Neraida ship- museum for free.”
135. Edessa waterfalls
Opt for a trip to Northern Greece, to see these playful waterfalls. Take pictures of them in the night when they are illuminated with different colours. Do not forget to visit the Museum of Water and learn a lot about what was happening in this city before its modernization.
136. Neda waterfalls, Kyparissia
Experience the hidden paradise in Southern Peloponnese. Waterfalls in the middle of a local ‘Amazon forest’ enchanting even the most demanding tourist.
137. Papingo Rock pools, Papingo
Swim in the exquisite natural ponds of Papingo in Central Greece, surrounded by small waterfalls and bizarre rock formations and then visit the two picturesque and enchanting villages of the area.
138. Polymnio waterfalls, Messenia region
Uncover one of the best kept secrets of Greece. Trek through the woods in this region of Peloponnese, dive off the cliffs into the natural pools and swim without being disturbed in this divine place.
139. Potami waterfalls, Kalovassi, Samos
Relax in this oasis on the Aegean island. Listen to the water falling while the birds are singing, close your eyes and try to find peace.
140. Vikos gorge, Epirus
Read the Guiness Book Of Records and find that the deepest canyon of the world in proportion to its width is Vikos in Northern Greece, in the mountain range of Pindos, with a length of 20 kilometres, a depth ranging from 450 to 1,600 meters and a width ranging from a few to 400 meters.
141. Smaria Gorge, Sfakia Crete
Follow the example of millions of tourists who have managed to walk along this famous gorge in Northern Crete. Be sure that you are fit and well equipped as the journey is long. When back home, brag about your achievement.
142. Gorge of the Dead, Kato Zakros
Catch your breath above this gorge towering over to a height of 350 meters that starts at the village of Zakros in East Crete and ends up next to the Minoan Palace at Kato Zakros. It took this name because of the Minoan cave burials found in it.
143. Kotsifou canyon, Rethymnon
Drive between these narrow and steep cliffs of southern Crete. This gorge is noted for the high number of Cretan endemic plant species that grow there. Capture their unique beauty with your camera and locate the lake the villages of this area get their water from.
144. ” Topolia Gorge, Chania
Dare hiking down this gorge, located in the area of Kissamos. You will start your journey from the village of Topolia and after 1,500 meters you will end up at a verdant valley, next to Koutsomatados village. It is fairly easy!
145. Philopappos Hill, Athens
Verify that there is a small forest in the heart of the capital of Greece with pine trees, on the Philopappos hill. Ask the locals to tell you stories about it and take a lot of panoramic pictures of the whole city.
146. Cretaquarioum Gournes
Insist on visiting the Cretaquarium or Thalassocosmos near the city of Gournes in Crete. Operated by the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research and focusing on the marine fauna of the Mediterranean, it hosts over 250 species in more than 60 tanks.
147. Cofu aquarium
Film local and exotic fish life and caress some of the friendly reptiles of this aquarium of the Ionian island in Paleokastritsa. A fantastic experience of a life time for only 6 euros.
148. ” Naxos cedar forest
Admire the new forest of cedar trees on this Aegean island, 17,5 kilometres from the capital. The white sand of Alyko beach, the numerous dunes and the endless blue of the water, just in front of the forest, will remain carved in your memory for ever.
149. Gorge of Mili
Discover the abandoned villages of Ano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Mili and the 30 half fallen watermills while walking through the ever green gorge stretching along the river bed and appreciate the extraordinary flora and fauna.
150. Botanical park and gardens of Crete
Smell the endemic and imported flowers planted in the 20 hectares of this park. Fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants, Cretan fauna, wild birds, butterflies and farm animals along with a lake are here for you.
151. National garden of Athens
Praise Queen Amelia for having the bright idea of creating this magnificent garden next to the palace. A real oasis in the Greek capital full of very tall old trees from all over the world, flowers of different colours and green grass. Peacocks, ducks, hens, rabbits, kri-kri goats and parrots flying over your head will surprise you with no entrance fee.
152. Botanical Garden Diomedes, Chaidari, Athens
Check the opening hours of this garden, under the auspices of the University of Athens, located in the ever green forest of Chaidari, not far away from the centre of the city with the tall pine trees. Study the numerous local and foreign medicinal, aromatic and decorative plants it hosts and visit the Daphni monastery situated nearby.
153. ” Pozar thermal springs
Relax and get healed in these thermal springs in the city of Aridea, close to Edessa, in Northern Greece, surrounded by tourists from all over the world. A magical place surrounded by tall old trees with a river where you can also bathe in its hot waters.
154. Aedipsos Thermal springs
Book a room in a luxurious spa hotel in Aedipsos, in the Northern part of the island of Evia. Let the healing waters take all your problems away and go back home rejuvenated and without any pain with the help of nature and science.
155. Embros therme, Kos
Get rid of your muscular pains by swimming in the Embros therme on the island of Kos, the same thermal springs Hippocrates, the great doctor and the father of modern medicine, was recommending to his patients.
156. Vikos National Park
Feel free in this national park on Pindos mountain range in Northern Greece, watered by Vikos river. Drink from its water that is bottled and is among the best mineral ones in the world. If you are lucky, you may see bears, foxes, wolves, deer,birds of pray and other wild animals, as well as local reptiles and insects.
157. “Harriet’s Hydra horses
Look for a true action adventure by riding on one of Harriet’s trekking horses. Originally British, Harriet has been living on this posh island that is so close to Athens since she was 10 and can arrange for you whatever itinerary you wish riding on her well behaved horses, combining fun, exercise and tour guiding.
158. “Santo Horse Riding
Try this riding club in Akrotiri, on the famous island of Santorini, near the archaeological site and the Red beach, founded by two brothers with love and respect to the horses. Have the opportunity of having lessons on how to ride a horse and then to see unique landscapes that can only be reached by horse, thanks to the provided organized tours.
159. “Santorini Volcano
Step on the active volcano of the small island of Kameni, close to the cosmopolitan island, by using a little boat. Climb all the way up to the top and see Santorini from a different angle. Observe the different colours of the stones ranging from pitch black to vivid yellow and the smoke that is coming from the centre of the Earth. Then swim in the hot spots in the sea.
160. Enjoy the Attica Zoological Park
A great idea for entertaining children and for all those who love animals is this zoo, at Spata, very close to the Athens Airport. Mammals, reptiles, insects, fish and birds from all over the planet are there for you in an area surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
161. Amazing Athens City Scenic Bike Tour
Combine site seeing with an expert guide of the Greek capital with exercise. Wear proper shoes and clothes and ride on a bike avoiding traffic jams.
162. Try the Athens Coastal Bike Tour
Are you passionate with cycling? Then join this tour to cycle through unique paths joining the southern suburbs of the Athenian Riviera. Sandy beaches, pine and eucalyptus trees, beautiful flowers, bushes and magnificent houses will attract your attention.
163. Romantic Athens By Night Tour
Live the magic of the night while going on this city tour. Have the chance to see the ancient ruins illuminated in all their glory. Get dazzled by the different lights of the shops of the streets and focus on what makes you feel relaxed.
164. Vote for a Jeep safari in Crete
Hire a 4X4 Jeep to be able to go to the most remote parts of the biggest island of Crete. Cross forests, admire lakes, rivers and gorges and swim where no one else has ever swam before.
165. Hike on Menalon Trail Dimitsana
The 75 kilometres of this trail are divided into 8 parts and give the hiker the opportunity to walk in one of the most beautiful Greek landscapes on the mountains of Arcadia in Peloponnese.
166. Elitistic Wine Adventure in Santorini
Taste Santorini’s extraordinary wines on a wine tour of this cosmopolitan island. Appreciate the unique tastes and colors due to the vulcanic soil.
167. Skiing on Helmos
Not too far away from the capital, this mountain is a good idea for those who love skiing and are based in Southern Greece. A visit to Kalavrita, followed by a good meal in a local tavern is a must.
168. Amazing Mt Pelion
Ideal for weekends or longer vacations with lots of greenery and picturesque villages, this mountain near the port of Volos has something for every traveller. Ride on the small steam train passing by the villages where the ancient centauruses were living, being half men – half horses.
169. Hike all the Skaros Rock, Imerovigli
It is worth hiking all the way up to Skaros, the old capital of Santorini, to see the remains of the old Venetian Castle that was never conquered but was destroyed by an earthquake in the 19th century. Your journey will start from Imerovigli. Enjoy the deep blue of the sea once you reach the top.
170. Volunteer in Gerakas Bay, Zante
Help the biologists protect the careta-careta sea turtle in this magnificent-probably the best of this Ionian island- sandy beach where these animals are nesting.
171. Posh Skiing on Mt. Parnassus
If you are in Athens in the winter, you love skiing and following fashion, this mountain, not too far away from the capital, is a must for skiers who want to see and to be seen. An overnight or just a stroll in the streets of the nearby city, Arachova, will be the cherry on the cake.
172. Explore Mt. Taygetos
Go hiking or trekking following one of the many paths of this mountain in Peloponnese, passing by beautiful gorges, forests and villages and solve the mystery that is surrounding it about being a pyramid and not a real mountain.
173. Swim at Elafonissos beach
After a five hours drive from Athens, you will reach this island in Peloponnese, in the Laconian Gulf, with the turqoise waters, calling you to swim without spending any more time.
174. Unusual Kleftiko beach, Milos
A gorgeous beach with impressive rock formations, only reached by sea by excursion boats, with natural caves and admiring geological phenomena, is waiting for you on this Aegean island.
175. Amazing Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
Long horizontal volcanic rocks bent by the sea, erroded by time and salt water, having huge hollows over them with no signs of vegetation, forming a lunar landscape surrounded by vivid turquoise waters is what this beach is famoud of.
176. Attractive Porto Timoni Beach Afionas
Northwest of the island of Corfu there is Porto Timoni, a double beach near Afionas village, where a harbour with a fortress was built in the ancient years. It can only be reached by two narrow paths, starting by the nearby villages, covered by large stones.
177. Extraordinary Manganari beach, Ios
23 kilometres south of Chora, this sandy beach with crystal clear waters is located, remote and peaceful, offering calm swimming and snorkelling. This is where the movie ‘Le Grand Bleu’ was filmed, due to the quality of the water and the gorgeous scenery.
178. Spectacular Balos lagoon, Kissamos
Close to the small scenic town of Kissanos of Chania county, in Crete, this lagoon forms a breathtaking landscape. Warm aquamarine sea, soft pale sand and a ruined Venetian castle on the small island of Gramvousa, capture the eyes of the visitors.
179. Learn the secrets of The Cave Of The Dragon, Kastoria
Discovered by chance by a bunch of local teenage boys, last century, it was named ‘the cave of the Dragon’ as mothers of the area were telling their children not to visit it because a dragon was guarding it. Marvellous stalagmites and stalactites are decorating this cave that has rather recently opened for the public.
180. Magnificent Sfentoni Cave, Zoniana
Located in central Crete, near Zoniana, in Rethymnon county, this cave surprises the tourists with its stalagmites and stalactites. It is considered to be one of the five best preserved caves in Greece and the best one in Crete.
181. Visit Voulismeni Lake, Agios Nikolaos
Located in the area of Agios Nikolaos, the popular beach resort of Crete, this lake is an important tourist attraction which often becomes the location of various celebrations, festivals and sporting events. Several souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes are close to the lake.
182. The superb Diros Caves
Hold your breath while exploring these caves in South-Eastern Peloponnese, on a tiny boat that passes through different underground caves and tunnels with stalagmites and stalactites of unique beauty and various colors and shapes. An itinery to remember, embroidered by ancient myths!
183. Unbelievable Melissani Cave, Sami, Cephallonia
This marvel of nature, 6 kilometres from the picturesque port of Sami on the Ionian island of Cephallonia, is the most interesting site seeing of the whole island. An undergound lake up to some years ago that lost a part of its roof due to a strong earthquake will host you for an unforgettable journey by boat where the decor seems to come from the past and the waters are dark and frozen.
184. Hospitable Voidomatis river, Zagorohoria
Is rafting your favorite sport? Then Voidomatis river is what you are looking. Its sorces are just beneath the village of Vikos, the famous mineral water was named after. During your journey, you will come across old stone bridges and amazing forests.
185. Breathtaking Acheron Springs, Glyki
The ‘diamonds’ of Epirus, the Northwest part of Greece are undoubtedly the Acheron Springs where people that had just died where entering through special gates, guarded by the wild dog, Cerberus,into Ades-the other world.
186. Artificial Lake Doxa, Feneos
Located close to ancient Feneos, 900 metres from the surface of the sea, with its blue -green waters, on the mountains near Corinth, surrounded by spruce trees, it is also called ‘the Corinthean Switzerland’ due to the resemblance of the landscape.
187. Mystical Acheron River, Parga
Parga is the end of the itinery of the river that was connected with the after life according to the Greek Mythology. This picturesque city in Epirus is visited by many tourists every year because of its nice beaches.
188. Feel free by the Prespes Lakes, Florina
Be bold to travel all the way up to the Greek borders to see these wonderful lakes. Protected by UNESCO, they host a big number of birds, animals and fish that are endangered and are surrounded by grass, tall trees and unique wild flowers.
189. Artificial Lake Plastira, Krioneri
Located 22 kilometres far from Krioneri village, in the county of Karditsa, it has become famous for its cycling races. Apart from cycling you can enjoy conoeing and cayaking, archery and hiking on the Belocomity forest special trails or go to the nearby skiing resort of Agrafa.
190. Bird watch at Kastoria Lake,
Flamingos, ducks, swans, pelikans and lots of other birds will keep company to you here. Do not forget to visit the sunk neolithic settlement during your trip.
191. Charming Amoudi Bay, Oia
Descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia, in Santorini, to find the port of Amoudi, surrounded by striking red cliffs. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the fish taverns.
192. Spectacular Corinth Canal
This man-made passage, 6.4 km in length and only 21.4 m wide connecting the gulf of Corinth with the Saronic one, cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. It was completed in 1893 but nowadays is of minor economic importance, mainly serving a touristic attraction.
193. Uncommonly beautiful Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina
Ioannina’s lake, Pamvotis, the largest lake of Epirus, is located 483 metres above the sea level in Ioannina. Its surface is 23 square km, its depth is 13 metres and its perimetre is 33 km.
194. Dominant National Library of Athens
Built by the Danish architect Theo Hansen and funded by the Vallianos family in the mid-19th century, this neoclassical building’s simple beauty of Doric character is enhanced by Renaissance-style marble staircases.
195. Delicious Greek Cooking Lessons
Have you recently tasted moussaka, pastitsio, stuffed tomatoes, aubergines slippers or baklava and you fell in love with them? Do you want to be able to continue eating them back home? Why not attending cooking lessons especially given for tourists?
196. Famous Herod Atticus Odeon
Attend an ancient theatrical play, a dance performance or a music festival in the summer at this Roman open-air theatre below the Acropolis, donated to the city of Athens by Herod Atticus in memory to his late wife, Regilla and restored in the 1950s.
197. Relaxing Massage
Do you want to be pampered in Greece? Then you deserve at least a couple of massage sessions to relax your muscles and take your stress away. Prices start from only 10 Euros and you can also look for healing, orthopedic, aromatic, asian or anticellulite massage given by very well trained professionals.
198. Traditional Hammam, Athens
This Turkish tradition can still be found in the center of the city for deep relaxation of the soul and cleansing of the body. Very good for the blocked pores of the skin and also for those who suffer from asthma.
199. Play in Sherlockedhomes Escape rooms, Athens
Follow the last trend and solve the mysteries in the brand new Escape rooms of the capital of Greece. Forget all your problems and play like a child to regain your calm and peace of mind.
200. Try an Athens Limo drive
You have been working hard and now you deserve something posh to make you feel special. What is better than a Limo drive around the city while holding a glass of sparkling champaign and eating exquisit caviar?
201. Rare wine tasting
Did you know that there are lots of Greek wine producers that only sell to selected clients abroad their precious wines as they are produced in very small quantities? Now this is the time for you to taste such varieties and buy the ones you appreciated the most, to accompany you and to remind you of your vacations.
202. Buy the ‘One day Cruise’ to Hydra, Poros and Aegina
A bright way to visit 3 islands close to Athens in only one day is this mini cruise sailing at around 8 o’ clock every morning from the marina of P. Faliro. It costs a lot less than buying single tickets, and a buffet meal and entertainment on board are included in the price. If you want, you can buy a hotel room on the island of Poros for one night and take the same boat back the next day.
203. Romantic Santorini night dinner cruise
Are you on your honeymoon or do you want to propose to your beloved one the best way you can? We suggest this cruise around the island and the volcano to connect the magic of the landscape with the magic of your love.
204. Surprising all day yacht sailing cruise to Aegina
Only 17 nautical miles from Piraeus, this island is better approached by yacht if you want to visit all its famous beaches like Agia Marina, Loutra Souvalas, Vayia, Marathonas and Aeginitissa. Combine entertainment with the ruins of the Temple of Aphaia that along with the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion and the Parthenon form an equilateral triangle.
205. The New Acropolis Museum
Get dazzled by one of the world’s most modern museums, inaugurated in 2009 that houses artifacts found on the ‘sacred rock’. Built directly over an archaeological site and supported by tall pillars, it enables visitors to see ruins through the translucent floors.
206. Silversmithing Museum, Ioannina
This one of a kind museum explains in details how silver cups and jewelry were manifactured in Ioannina, the last big city close to the borders with Albania, that was thiving due to this industry during the years of the Ottoman occupation.
207. Athens National Museum, a Must
Don’t miss this archaeological museum that houses the most important artefacts from the Neolithic Era until the late Roman period. Statues from the Antikythera wreck, Agamemnon’s mask, the wall paintings of Thera, the Artemision Bronze, Nestor’s Cup and the Marathon Boy are just some of the treasures exhibited here.
208. The exciting Museum Of The Royal Tombs of Aigai, Vergina
Probably one of the most impressive museums on Earth, this museum was built exactly where the Royal tombs of Macaedonia were found. A low dome from outside with greenery on top and a couple of steps to enter this marvel where Philip II, Alexander the Great’s father was burried, close to the city of Verria!
209. The significant Heraclion Archaeological Museum
Based on the capital of the island of Crete, this museum houses artefacts and different ruins from the whole island and in particular from the palaces of Knossos and Phaestos that amaze every visitor.
210. Delphi Archaeological museum
Delphi’s treasues, statues, vases, coins, weapons and different gifts to the Oracle and the gods are housed in this very interesting museum at the belly button of the Earth, as the ancient Greeks used to call this sacret place.
211. Observe Bouboulina’s Museum, Spetses
Spend some time in Laskarina Bouboulina’s house to learn more about the great heroine of the war of Independence, her life, her role in the struggle for liberation, her sacrifices and her tragic death. See her personal items, old books, portaits, maps, replicas of ships, embroidery and a superb Florentine ceiling.
212. Chios and the unique Mastic Museum, Prygi
A museum where you can learn everything about the collection and the production of mastic is waiting for you at Prygi, on the Aegean island of Chios, home island of most of the Greek ship owners. Mastic trees are here for you to be admired and filmed.
213. Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki
Housing exhibits from the Neolithic Era from all places of Northern Greece, it is a museum everyone passing by the co-capital should visit to have a general view of the ancient Greek history.
214. Glorified Battleship Averof, Paleo Faliro
Initially serving the US fleet, this ship faught against the Germans during the World Wars. Because of its age, it is now used only for naval meetings, as it still is in a perfect condition. It is open for the public as a naval museum during specific hours of each day. Rumors say it was the ship where the Philadelphia experiment was conducted!
215. The interesting Numismatic Museum, Athens
Founded in 1834, this is one of the oldest public collections in the world, containing over than 500,000 coins and medals, dating from the 14th century BC until today. The building of this Museum served as the residence of Heinrich Schliemann, the renowned excavator of the ruins of Troy.
216. The imposing War Museum, Athens
This big museum in the centre of the city houses weapons from the neolithic age until today not only from Greece but also from all over the world. Dicomissioned airplanes are decorating its yard. Maps, old books, manuscripts, paintings and ammuniton of all sorts are on display.
217. Boldly hike Olympus up to Mytikas 2918m
A bright idea for those who are strong hikers is to reach this top with the help of a local guide. The holly mountain of the ancient Greeks is wellcoming the ones who want to find Zeus’s palace and to uncover the myths of the area.
218. Sailing by catamaran-the ultimate fun
Escape completely by ”flying over the sea. Feel the Gs, feel young and alive under the blue sky and the warm Greek sun sailing from one island to the other with friends or family.
219. The unbelievable Crete Golf Club, Hersonissos
Is golf your favourite sport? Are you spending your vacations on the island of Crete? Then do not miss practicing your beloved sport at the Crete Golf Club in Hersonissos to have the time of your life.
220. Trendy Walking Tour Of Athens
Burn a lot of calories while being on the guided walking tour of the Greek capital. In this way you will be able to see everything, take numerous pictures, smell local flowers and trees and taste local products.
221. Do surf in Paros!
Is surfing your passion? Why not surfing on the waters of this Cycladic island where surfers from all over the world meet every year? Combine exercise with the beauty and the peace of this pictoresque island to have the best vacations ever!
222. Marvellous diving in Greece
Discover remains of ancient ruins, ship wrecks, abandoned cities and villages covered by water while diving in Greece. Look for mediterranean fish, octapus, kalamari, star fish, urchins, sea shells and sponges.
223. Rent a bike- a wonderful idea
Are you in Greece willing to see as many sites as possible and at the same time to lose some weight? Renting a bike is the right solution for you. Wear your helmet and be very careful when crossing streets or cycling among cars.
224. Wonderful Drogarati Cave
If you are in Cephallonia, do not miss this cave, 6 kilometres from the port of Sami, close to Melissani cave. Ancient stalagmites and stalactites are wellcoming you to this underground paradise where the temperature is always a lot lower than the one of the surface combined with a lot of humidity.
225. Surpising Benaki Museum, Athens
This museum was donated to the Greek State in memory of Emmanuel Benakis, the Greek businessman born in Egypt who served as mayor of Athens. It displays collections covering all phases of Greek culture and is divided between the neoclassical building on Vassilissis Sophias Avenue and the ultramodern wing on Pireos Street which also houses an art restoration and conservation workshop, cultural events and temporary exhibitions.
226. Famous Red Beach, Santorini
Spend some time on this rather small beach, invaded by tons of tourists every summer, because of the reddish color of its sand due to the volcanic erruption of the past.
227. Capture Santorini’s sunset
Fall in love while gazing at this fascinating sunset, one of the best in the world. Let Eros, the flying god of love, mate you with your other half that could be there by chance.
228. Visit Skopelos and rehearse Mamma Mia
Is Mamma Mia one of your favourite movies? Then go to the Aegean island of Skopelos and ask the natives where the shootings took place. Pretend to be one of the casting actors and live your myth…
229. Party in Mykons
A party animal or not you deserve to have the ultimate fun in Mykonos, the island that never sleeps. Alone or with friends, you can go dancing from 3 in the evening till the morning among local and international celebrities.
230. Drink in Little Venice, Mykonos
They call it Little Venice and they are right! A whole neighbourhood practically built on the sea! Choose one of the numerous cafes, bars or restaurants and have a drink gazing at the endless blue.
231. Elegant Sissi’s Palace, Achilleon Corfu
Once in Corfu, do not miss to visit the palace of Sissy, the beautiful Austrian Princess with the wonderful long hair, Frank’s wife. This palace was her sancturary, the place where she could find peace.
232. The mystic Monastery of the Apocalypse, Patmos
While visiting the small island of Patmos, go all the way up the hill to meditate at the monastery where Apostole John wrote his Apocalypse, one of the most obscure religious books.
233. Taste mezedes everywhere
Bits of meat, saussage or fish combined with feta cheese, cucumber, tomatoes and olives are called ‘mezedes’ and accompany a glass of retsina, ouzo, raki or beer when you go to drink something at a Greek tavern of cafe.
234. Celebrate the Greek Easter
Plan your vacations around the Greek Easter to celebrate it with the natives. Eat roasted lamb, Greek salad and ‘tsoureki’ ( a type of sweet bread) and shake red died boiled eggs, wishing ‘Christos Anesti'(Jesus has resurrected).
235. Take part in the ‘Pirovassia’ in Northern Greece, St Helene Constantine
Be brave and walk on the burning charcoil following the mystical local tradition that has roots since the ancient years or simply watch the natives doing it.
236. Attend a Panigiri
According to the Greek tradition, the day before the name day of the patron saint of each church, there is a ‘panigiri’ to honor him or her. People gather at the church, light big canddles and lots of merchands put their merchandise on stalls around the block of the church, selling clothes, shoes, food, toys, cosmetics, food and tools.
237. Learn some Greek
Try to understand what the Greeks say and repeat the words and the phrases you want to learn, immitating the local pronunciation. There are plenty of books you can buy to learn the language and its grammar so that next time you come here you master the language.
238. Dance syrtaki
Did you like the way Zorbas was dancing his famous ‘syrtaki’? Do not hesitate to try this beautiful dance even if you ‘have two left feet’. It is easy and nobody will judge you. You are here to have fun.
239. Try Ouzo, raki or tsipouro
If you love drinking alcoholic beverages, you must try these 3 reknown Greek products. They are tasty and very strong so drink in moderation.
240. Party in Athens
Athens, as most of the big cities in Greece, offers a great variety of entertainment covering all tastes. You can dance in big clubs listening to brand new american songs, in retro clubs or you can go to the ‘Bouzoukia’ where they play traditional Greek live music.
241. Go to a bakery and taste some greek bread
There are plenty of bakeries in Greece selling different types of bread, cookies, greek sweets and traditional pies, in very low prices that are really delicious.
242. Have a ‘tyropita’
During staying in Greece, be sure that you eat at least one cheese pie, the number one pie in the country, made of filo and feta cheese and rather low in calories.
243. Watch a theatrical performance in Epidaurus
Not too far away from Athens, the ancient open-air theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics, mainly hosts ancient tragedies and comedies in the summer, under the starry sky,as well as, concerts and ballet performances. Combine the performance with good food at the local tavern and swimming in the crystal clear waters.
244. Museum Of The History of Greek costume
Inaugurated by the former minister of culture in 1988, this cultural gem houses costumes, jewellery and porcelain dolls with costumes and is situated at 7, Demokritou street, in Athens.
245. Watch the chaning of the guards in front of the Parliament
Stand next to the Evzones guards wearing the traditional costumes who seem frozen in time, in defence to the fallen.
246. Visit the modern Agora, Athens’ central market and stroll around
Walk around the centre of the city and especially along Ermou street or Kolonaki to buy trendy clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry.
247. Have a ‘bougatsa’ (Greek sweat pie stuffed with cream and cinammon) in Psiri square
Traditionally from Thessaloniki, the bougatsa is a pie that satisfies the taste and combines proteins with cereals and sweet. Enjoy it sat at a cafe on the picturesque Psiri square.
248. Bargain at the Flea market of Monastiraki
Look for ‘treasues’ like antiques at this flea market. Buy old records, books and pieces of furniture close to the mosque and the catholic chapel or find cheap brand new clothes.
249. Stroll along Piraeus Long Walls
Once the major military harbour of the Ancient Greek Republic, Piraeus, was very well fortified due to the long walls that were surrounding it. Start from Piraiki, pass by Mikrolimano, Passalimani and Kastella and take pictures of these famous walls.
250. Imposing columns of the Temple of Zeus, Athens
Take pictures in front of the remains of this temple, North-east of the Acrpolis, built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, marking the entrance to the eastern section of the city.
251. National observatory of Athens
On the top of a hill in the North-Eastern suburbs of Athens, the observatory is waiting for you every evening to observe the sky covering this big city and to solve the mysteries of the Universe.
Greece vacation to be continued soon with more “where” and “what”…