25 Top Things To Do In Greece – Bucket List
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Get ready to soak in the best of Greece. Here are the ultimate bucket list worthy things to do in Greece.
Greece is a dream destination for many of it’s visitors. Packed with incredible landscapes, the country offers adventure spots, unique coastal getaways, architectural explorations, archaeological sites and all sorts of scenic journeys, making it an ideal travel destination for everyone. Time is never enough in Greece and travelers keep coming back for more. Preparing a bucket list of things to do in Greece is a fun and great way to explore the best while ticking off the experiences you are having.
So if you are looking for travel inspiration for your own Greece travel bucket list, read on to learn about the must visit places, activities and things to do in Greece.
The Great Greece Bucket List – 25 Best Things To Do In Greece
1. Visit The Minoan Palace Of Knossos In Crete
The oldest civilization in Europe, the Minoans, started on the island of Crete. The Minoans predate Alexander the Great, Socrates and even the Trojan War. The Minoan civilization flourished from around 3000 BC until its decline around 1550 BC. It is associated with the King Minos of Greece mythology who had a labyrinth with a minotaur. While you can’t visit Minos’s mythical labyrinth, you may be able to visit the ruins of the actual Minoan palace at Knossos, just outside the modern Greek city of Heraklion on the northern shore of the island of Crete.
The palace of Knossos can be viewed on a guided tour. You will learn not only about the Minoan culture but also about pioneer archaeologist Sir Arthur John Evans who performed the first dig at Knossos. Archaeology has grown up a lot since the days of Evans and his “restoration” of different sites may have involved a lot more “interpretation” than later archaeologists would be comfortable with, but we owe a lot to the early work he did.
A visit to Knossos is a fascinating visit to a civilization that started at a time that was older to Socrates than Socrates is to us. It certainly is one of the unmissable things to do in Greece.
Click here to get skip the line tickets for the Knossos Palace and for the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion City.
By Chris Of Amateur Traveler
2. Explore The Acropolis
One of the most fascinating and important historical sights in Europe that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list if making a trip to the continent is definitely the mind blowing UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis. It is located in the capital of Greece, Athens. Located above the city, the Acropolis is an ancient structure that has been well-preserved and it sits on the edge of a rock with the most famous building there being the Parthenon. It dates back to 800 B.C. to 480. B.C and it was the biggest source of education and culture in ancient Greece.
The Acropolis is great to visit in any season but it is even more beautiful to visit in the summers and preferably after 5 PM when the sun is setting and the city is covered in golden hues and there are not too many people there (and the heat has dissipated a bit).
Some important information to know while you are entering the area of the Acropolis is that it’s strictly prohibited to touch or stand on the marble or the stones of the Acropolis. Also, you can’t fly your drone there, so remember to not do that otherwise you will get fined for both actions. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets beforehand or walk up to one of the main entrances and grab them there. The Acropolis is definitely a fantastic place to put on your Greece bucket list!
By Megan and Aram Of Megan Starr
3. Visit The Monasteries In Meteora
A visit to Meteora takes you through unique and otherworldly scenic explorations. Perched atop smooth majestic rock pillars, the hanging monasteries and ancient buildings gives you the feels of serenity. Meteora is the largest Archaeological site in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you wander across the sandstones, dramatic views including extraordinary rock formations, hidden houses, lively villages and fascinating monasteries give you a sight to behold. It’s just like a giant leap back to ancient times. There are many spectacular sunset viewpoints. The charisma of watching the sunset in Meteora is such that words would fall short for it’s appreciation.
Meteora is located near the Kalabaka town (just about 2kms away) in mainland Greece. You can easily reach Meteora from the major cities of Greece such as Athens and Thessaloniki. You can also travel to Kalabaka by train from Athens railway station which may take about 4 hours. We recommend you to stay for atleast 2 days for full explorations of many of the trekking sites, monasteries, sunsets and sunrise viewpoints.
If you are short on time Meteora can also be visited as a day trip. From Athens, you can book this organised rail tour to Meteora. If you are coming from Thessaloniki, you can book this very convenient full day bus trip to Meteora. Meteora is certainly one of the most unmissable things to do in Greece bucket list.
4. Take A Day Trip To The Ancient Corinth
An easy day trip from Athens, Ancient Corinth is located on the isthmus of Corinth and guards the entrance to the Peloponnese. Ancient Corinth was once the largest, wealthiest and most famous of the Greek city states. It was a great trading nation with its own currency. It was also the home of Greek mythological figures such as Sisyphus and Jason and the Golden Fleece. It was the home for a time of the Roman Catholic Apostle, St. Paul, and he wrote letters to the Ancient Corinthians.
Today the ancient Corinth archaeological zone is only 3 miles from the modern city of Corinth and can be explored without a guide because of the information posts throughout the excavated city. The most impressive monument still standing is the Doric Temple of Apollo. It was constructed in the 4th Century BCE. But it is only one of the monuments amongst the streets, agora, stoa, and residential villas that you can explore in the archaeological zone.
There is a museum in the center of the archaeological zone that contains the objects excavated at Corinth as well as 4 murals taken from wealthy Roman Villas that were constructed at Corinth during the Roman era. Entrance to the archaeological zone includes entrance to the museum and is €8 for adults and €6 concession.
If you are looking for an easy half day tour of the Ancient Corinth, you can book a guided tour with a local expert.
By Monique Of Trip Anthropologist
5. Hike The Mount Olympus
Olympus, the famous mountain of Gods is an easy path until the mountain hut where starts the ascent towards the three highest peaks: Mytikas (2918m), Skala ans Skolio (2863m and 2911m). The view of these rocks remind to the scenery at the Moon. Olympus National Park itself is an UNESCO protected site declared as National Park from 1938. The only way to bring equipment to the mountain hut is by donkey, the fact that vibrates the idea of Gods. It takes 4 hours walking from the starting point at Prioni to the mountain hut. The path mostly takes you through the forest which goes only one way, straight up. The closest town to Prioni is Litochoro which is 18 km and only 5 km from the sea.
Fabulous seaside and sunset views can be found at the mountain hut. Mountain hut covers also the restaurant, showers and blankets. There are not any wedges to assure the heavy climb to the peaks so the rope with the people in line was the highest assurance. Olympus also hosts its traditional marathon every July from 2004. At the beginning of the trail there’s also a lovely waterfall and water source.
By Gabi Of Under Flower Sky
6. Escape To The Navagio Beach In Zakynthos
Navagio or Shipwreck beach must be one of the best beaches in Zakynthos and certainly the most photographed, so it’s one to put on your Greek bucket list if you are visiting this popular Ionian island. The shipwreck half buried in the sand that makes for such a striking photo, went aground there in the 1970s, supposedly while smuggling cigarettes from the mainland. The beach is only accessible by boat and there are numerous boat trips from St Nicholas Port, Makris Gialos and Zante town that will take you there.
It’s best to choose a day that’s calm and not too windy as the waters on the western side of the island can be choppy. There are no facilities at all on the beach but the waters are crystal clear for swimming and you can also visit some of the nearby sea caves during your boat trip. To get the most iconic shots of Shipwreck beach, drive up to the viewpoint on the cliff top where there is a small parking area.
The adventurous can also walk further along the cliff to a second unofficial viewpoint, although be sure to stay away from the cliff edge as there is no barrier here. A boat trip to Navagio and the views from above will definitely give you some great stories and photos to take home.
The Navagatio Shipwreck beach can be explored both as a full day tour or a beautiful sunset tour from the seaports in Zakynthos.
By Heather Cowper Of Heather On Her Travels
7. Explore The Island Of Delos
If you’re island-hopping during your travels through Greece, spend an afternoon on the island of Delos. Easily accessible from Mykonos or Naxos, the island is said to be where the ancient Greek gods Apollo and Artemis were born. First settled around 5000 years ago, Delos has been a religious centre for Apollo, a commercial port and a political hub. With its long and storied history, wandering through the sprawling ruins of the ancient city is an unforgettable experience.
Located in the Cyclades island, Delos is a short boat ride from Mykonos and usually you’ll have a few hours to explore the island. Although the ancient city has been excavated since the 1800s, it is a huge archaeological site and work is ongoing.
Walk down the ancient roads and catch glimpses of beautiful mosaics in crumbling houses. Climb up to the top of the hill in the centre and see the ruins strewn out beneath you, the deep, blue Aegean Sea in the background. And stroll along the old boulevard lined with the remnants of lion statues. Then all too soon, it will be time to leave, with so much of the ancient city left unexplored.
Click here to book a well organised yacht trip to Delos island. This yachting cruise trip is inclusive of activities such as snorkeling (equipment will be provided), swimming, beach time, guided tour of archaeological site of Delos, refreshments, lunch and hotel transfers.
By Roxanne Of Faraway Worlds
8. Visit The Temple of Posiedon At Cape Sounion
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is located an hour and a half outside of Athens and is a must see when visiting the capital of Greece. The easiest way to get to the Temple is by car, or with an organized tour group, but it is also accessible by bus. The drive itself is incredibly beautiful and scenic as it winds along the coastline with incredible views of the ocean.
The ancient temple was built back in 440 BC on top of a hill of almost 200 feet, overlooking the ocean beyond. It was a very fitting location for a temple dedicated to the god of the sea and storms. The temple still has 16 of it’s original 38 columns standing, and is a complete picture of what a Dorci temple ought to look like.
Very little about the Temple of Poseidon has changed over the years and it is an iconic landmark that must be seen on any trip to Greece.
Tip: Sunsets at the Temple of Poseidon are awe-inspiring and stunning, and the Temple remains open to visitors in the summer months to watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea.
By Jamie Of Travel Addict
9. Take A Self Guided Walking Tour Of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, is loaded with history and culture and is a welcome contrast to Athens. It’s a great base for exploring the northern part of the country, and there is lots to do in the city itself. One of the best ways to spend a day in Thessaloniki is by taking a self-guided walking tour. Start on the waterfront, where you can trace the sparkling bay all the way to the White Tower, Thessaloniki’s most prominent landmark. Greek and Roman ruins are scattered throughout the inner-city, including the Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda, a spectacular round brick building that was used as a mosque.
Thessaloniki is a foodie’s paradise, so as you wander around the three old markets, you’ll find no shortage of things to stop and nibble on. Bougatsa, a sweet flaky pastry dish, is a Thessaloniki specialty and a must-try. The Modiano Market is particularly atmospheric – you can easily spend an hour or more exploring the aisles.
Finish your day by wandering up the steep streets for sunset from the Old City Walls. There are numerous vantage points to watch the sun go down over the water – on a clear day, you can see all the way out to Mount Olympus.
By Emily Of Wander-Lush
10. Relax At The Athenian Riviera
The famous alluring Athenian Riviera is the coastal area of the Greek Capital City, located in the Southern Suburbs of Athens. Starting from the port city of Piraeus, expanding to Cape Sounio- noted for its Temple of Poseidon and bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Saronic Gulf, the Athenian Riviera is a must-go destination during your visit in Athens.
The Athenian Riviera is home to the most beautiful, famous, and luxurious beaches in the region of Attica, 12 of them being awarded with a Blue Flag. Blessed with sandy coasts and warm waters the beaches of the coastal area are a very popular attraction for locals and tourists during the hot months, both the cosmopolitan beach bars or the deserted ones. The area has seen an urban economic development in the past few decades in the form of stores, theaters, cultural centers, acclaimed restaurants of various cuisines, bars, nightclubs and 5* resorts, like the recently inaugurated Four Seasons Astir Palace resort, located in the pine-clad peninsula of Vouliagmeni.
The Athenian Riviera serves all tastes, for those seeking the ultimate relaxation holidays to those seeking a party agitated one.
By Elena Of The Athenian Riviera
11. Go Island Hopping
One of the best things to do in Greece is to go island hopping. Greece is a beautiful country with many things to see, but often you only go to one part of the country and miss out on many other places. Alternatively, you can choose to spend less time in each place and cover many islands in a shorter period of time. That way you see much more!
There are many beautiful islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Milos. Each one is unique and has something different to offer. All of these islands are connected by ferries. These run very frequently and they are not very expensive. Moreover, you can visit many islands with the Interrail Greek Islands Pass. Also, the journey between different islands takes only a few hours or less! What’s great is that you can also combine island hopping with visiting the capital, Athens. For example, you can start your island hopping experience by first spending one day in Athens. From there you can take a ferry to the islands.
By Dymphe Of Dymabroad
12. Take A Day Trip To Nafplio
Athens wasn’t always the capital of Greece. It became the capital in 1834, four years after the country’s independence had been recognized. At that time, the capital of Greece was Nafplio, chosen because of its impressive fortifications. While the history of the town is not known to many foreign tourists, Nafplio has a lot to offer.
On your day trip to Nafplio from Athens, you can visit the impressive Palamidi fortress from where you have stunning views of the town and the Peloponnese region. To reach the fortress you can either climb hundreds of stairs or take a car. A popular site for Greek tourists is the prison cell Greek general Theodoros Kolokotronis was imprisoned in for treason in 1834-1835.
If you’re in Nafplio in the summer make sure to also visit Bourtzi fortress, located on a small islet that you can reach with a small boat. As Nafplio is only about two hours by car from Athens you can visit the town on a day trip. If you want to spend a few more days in the town you should use that time to also visit some of the nearby archaeological sites, such as Epidaurus or Mycenae.
Click here to book a full day trip to Nafplio from Athens.
By Nina Of Lemons And Luggage
13. Spend The Weekend In Agistri
Agistri is an off-the-beaten-track Greek Island, a tiny hidden gem near Athens. Hop on the fast ferry at Piraeus Port and within an hour you have arrived at this picture-perfect island. Agistri may be small, but it’s the perfect island for a (romantic) getaway. The best time to visit is April-June and September-October. There are (usually) no crowds during these months and temperatures are comfortable but not too hot.
Agistri has many beautiful beaches, such as Dragonera Beach on the west coast and Skliri beach on the east coast. The main villages are Skala and Megalochori, both are lovely and easily explored on foot. There are some souvenir shops, nice restaurants and bars and accommodation options for any budget. Skala Hotel is a great option, it has a large pool and spacious rooms.
Things to do on Agistri include scuba diving and snorkeling, sailing, hiking and simply enjoying island life on a sun lounger with a cocktail or a beer.
By Lotte Of Beste voor Kids
14. Explore Santorini On A Moped
Santorini is a Greek Island and one of the most stunning places you will ever visit. It is most well known for its gorgeous whitewashed houses clinging to cliffs above the Mediterranean sea. However, it is equally enticing for its different colored beaches, made up of black, red and white lava pebbles – on different sides of the island.
One of the best things that you can do is to sling your beach bag over your shoulder, rent a moped for the day and explore the island. Moped rentals are readily available all over the island. Feel free to negotiate the price if you are up to it! There are three places that you should visit with your moped. Each one offers something a little different. However, take your time and make sure that you stop at some of the incredible scenic overlooks and small towns along the way. In addition, you will stumble upon little coves and hidden beaches if you take the time to park on the side of the road and explore.
First, is the Akrotiri Lighthouse, where you can see the full coastline of Santorini. Second, is Red Sand Beach, also known as Paralia Kokkini. As you will see, this is named after the giant red cliff surrounding it. Lastly, is Perissa, the 2nd largest coastal resort town in Santorini. Here, you can find plenty of stunning black sand beaches and fantastic seafood restaurants. Some of the restaurants offer sun loungers for free if you eat there so it’s worthwhile trying to figure that out before you settle for the afternoon.
By Nicole Of Go Far Grow Close
15. Go Back In Time In Akrotiri
If you’re looking for a place for your Greece bucket list, don’t miss the Archaeological site at Akrotiri, an ancient part of Santorini! While Santorini may be best known for its luxury pool villas, Oia sunsets, and caldera views, there is actually a ton of history on the island of Santorini itself. The island of Santorini was once home to one of the largest and most advanced Ancient Greek settlements, which was located at what is now called Akrotiri, at the southern edge of the island of Santorini. However, the Minoan eruption around 1600 BCE completely destroyed this ancient civilization; however, it preserved the remains in a fashion similar to Pompeii.
Akrotiri is still being excavated to this day, but you can walk around a large part of the excavation and see the incredible sights, such as the pottery, wall paintings, and even signs of indoor plumbing! There are information placards around the ruins, but I recommend going with a guided tour to make the most of your visit to Akrotiri!
By Allison Of Sophia Adventures
16. See The Wonderful Mykonos Windmills
It is impossible not to dream of these snow white windmills sitting on a rocky hill when you think of Mykonos. The windmills are not only iconic in Mykonos, but it also represents Greece. These trademark windmills can be easily spotted from any part of Mykonos and from the port. History of the windmills date back to 16th-century when it was constructed by the Venetians to grind wheat and other grains, which were the main source of income for the people living in Mykonos and the gusty wind of Mykonos was perfect to operate the windmills.
Today, there are a total of 16 windmills in Mykonos, and 5 of which are located in the neighbourhood of Chora, only few metres away from the Little Venice. None of these windmills are operational today, but they are truly the emblem of rich past that Mykonos holds in its sleeve.
The pure white windmills and thatched roof are irresistibly photogenic and definitely one to be added to the bucket list if you visit Greece!!
By Anuradha Of Country Hopping Couple
17. Soak In The Beauty Of The Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Elafonisi Beach in Crete has consistently been voted one of the best beaches in the world! Therefore, it’s definitely a destination worth adding to any Greece bucket list. Located about an hour and a half away from Chania (one of the largest cities on the island) the beach is unfortunately quite hard to reach. Most routes require visitors to travel along narrow and winding mountain roads. However, this does mean the scenery along the way is breath-taking, and the remoteness has enabled Elafonisi to remain relatively undiscovered.
Additionally, there are many more reasons to visit the isolated beach. For one, endangered loggerhead sea turtles call the lagoon home. What’s more, soft pink sand, and some of the clearest water in Europe easily fool you into believing you’ve escaped to a tropical paradise. If this isn’t enough, Elafonisi is actually an island, connected to Crete via a sandbar at low tide, which makes for some fun exploring!
However, as it’s notability increases, Elafonisi Beach has become quite busy during the summer. So, if possible, avoid visiting during the peak holiday season. Further, the best times to visit are in the morning or late evening as this will allow you to avoid any coach tours.
Elafonisi Beach can be visited as a day trip from Chania, Rethymno or Herlaklion by bus.
By Rachel Silverwood Of Earth’s Magical Places
18. Chill At The Sarakiniko Beach, Milos Island
Sarakiniko Beach, located on Milos island, is one of the most unique, jaw dropping beaches in Greece. Milos is a volcanic island and nowhere else on this island is it more apparent than at Sarakiniko Beach. With its jagged white cliffs resembling a moonscape and its turquoise, calm waters, Sarakiniko Beach offers the opportunity to swim against a picturesque backdrop that can’t be found anywhere else.
For adventure seekers, the cliffs of Sarakiniko Beach allows swimmers to jump into the deep sea and explore the drastic coastline where the cliffs meet the sea. For sunbathers and casual swimmers, the beach’s inlets provide refuge from the vast sea to a more relaxed setting.
There’s no airport on Milos island so the only way to get there is by ferry. Milos is accessible from many destinations in Greece such as Athens, Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini. The ferry terminal in Milos is located in the village of Adamantas, a 45-minute walk from Sarakiniko Beach. If walking is inconvenient or not possible, there are vehicle rental agencies and a public bus available.
There are no restaurants nor shops at Sarakiniko Beach so before leaving Adamantas, consider a stop in the local market or café to purchase water, drinks and snacks.
By Selam Of SWTliving
19. Explore The Charming Chania
Located in the northwestern part of Crete, the city of Chania is a must-have destination on any Greece bucket list. It’s a lively yet laid back city that preserves its traditional atmosphere and historical landmarks, so it’s incredibly easy to fall in love with it.
Some of the best things to do in Chania are strolling through the charming old town, walking along the Venetian Harbour, visiting the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and exploring the Municipal Market of Chania, but there are plenty more beautiful corners waiting to be discovered. Chania is also a fantastic place to feast on fresh seafood and Cretan food, and one should not miss restaurants and taverns like To Mikio Taverna and Portes Restaurant.
Going outside of the city itself, the entire region of Chania is a true gem. Most people focus on the pink-sand Elafonissi Beach and the Balos Lagoon, but it is also home to traditional Cretan villages, the famous Samaria Gorge, countless monasteries and fortresses, and much more.
By Or Of My Path In The World
20. Visit Corfu
Corfu is a magnificent holiday destination. This huge Greek island, located on the Ionian sea is a perfect spot to relax and spend some time connecting with nature. Swimming in its pristine waters, hiking its green paths, and soaking in the unique views are some of the great things to do in Corfu. But there is more to it…
Corfu’s Old Town with a clear Italian influence, can be the perfect place to spend an afternoon taking pictures, admiring the wonderful fortresses facing the sea, or shopping some unique local souvenirs, including Greek extra virgin olive oil, koum quat liquor (a local specialty), or mouthwatering Corfiot biscuits.
Among the many activities offered in Corfu, a one-day cruise to the nearby Paxos Island is certainly a favorite. The trip includes an-hour long stop near the coast of Antipaxos, an almost unknown little isle off the coast of Corfu that’s nothing less than a slice of paradise! Here, it’s possible to jump off the boat to swim in the incredibly turquoise waters, where dozens of boats seem to be floating over the sea.
After that, the trip goes on to reach the small town of Gaios, on Paxos, where it’s possible to enjoy an all-Greek lunch and swim some more until it’s time to make it back to port of Corfu.
By Gabi Ancarola Of The Tiny Book
21. Explore The Island of Paros
The beautiful Cycladic island of Paros lies just a short ferry ride from Piraeus port (Athens). Paros is well known for its sandy golden beaches, crystal clear waters, natural landscapes and pretty villages. Paros has two main towns, Parikia and Naoussa, where there are traditional tavernas, upmarket restaurants, bars and good nightlife. If you seek tranquillity, the traditional villages of Lefkes and Marpissa are perfect.
The island has 120 kilometres of beautiful coastline so there are beaches to suit everyone. Santa Maria, Golden Beach Paros, Punta, and Kolymbithres are popular beaches, but there are several gorgeous secluded bays too.
If you love water sports, you will love Paros! The Meltemi wind that blows onshore makes the island perfect for windsurfing and kite surfing. The island’s harbour has boats regularly leaving for Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos too, so island hopping has never been easier!
By Chrysoula Of Travel Passionate
22. Enjoy The Elysium Hotel Sunset Happy Hour and Drag Show in Mykonos
One of the most entertaining shows in the Greek islands is the sunset cabaret at the Elysium Hotel. It’s a must-do event in gay Mykonos that starts about an hour before sunset around the pool deck. There you’ll find drink specials, a lively mixed crowd, laid back vibes, and sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. As your night begins with the setting sun, the cast of the cabaret begins to circulate on the deck. The dancers and drag queen host eventually take the stage and begin their numbers of dancing, lip-syncing, comedy, and live singing.
The best part of the show is the engaging performers who encourage crowd participation. They’ll have you singing along, chiming in during fun audience games, and maybe even taking the stage yourself.
If you’re visiting with a group, you should reserve a table, especially in August. The entire show is around two hours long with a 30-minute intermission. It wraps up around 10:00 pm just in time for the Mykonos Town nightlife to begin. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community or not, head to Sunset Cabaret for the island’s most entertaining happy hour.
By Derek and Mike Of Robe Trotting
23. Ancient Olympia
History buffs won’t want to miss visiting Ancient Olympia, the sanctuary site where the original Olympic Games were held in honour of Zeus. At the archaeological site visitors can roam around the extensive ruins and see areas that were used during the athletic event. There are remains of a gymnasium, wrestling school, and stadium with a sprint track. There are also several ruined temples dedicated to the gods Zeus and Hera. The Temple of Hera is a must-see because it’s where the Olympic torch is lit for the contemporary games.
More historic treasures from the sanctuary are on display in the archaeological museum on site. A highlight is the central hall where decorative sculptures from the pediments of the Temple of Zeus are on display. Other famous works of art exhibited in the museum include the sculpture of Nike of Paionios and a statue of Hermes made by Praxiteles.
By Rhonda Krause Of Travel Yes Please
24. Get Mesmerized By Lake Plastira
For breathtaking scenery and an abundance of outdoor activities, a visit to Lake Plastira in the Karditsa region of Greece is a must for any Europe bucket list. Although the lake itself is artificial, the area is an enchanting natural wonder. Framed by mountain peaks and adorned with trickling streams, Lake Plastira is a picture-postcard destination. Also known as ‘Little Switzerland’, it is truly stunning at all times of year.
Natural beauty aside, Lake Plastira is an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Off the lake, you can go walking, cycling, rambling, mountain biking, and horse riding. All perfect for exploring the surrounding trails and fjords.
On the water, go canoeing, hydro biking, rafting, diving, and swimming. Or to take in the beautiful vistas from above, try paragliding and hang gliding. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the magic of nature and fuel your inner adrenaline junkie.
By Jessie Moore Of Pocket Wanderings
25. Wander Around Spinalonga, Crete
Spinalonga, an island off the coast at Elounda in eastern Crete has such an atmospheric feel to it. It’s one of the top places to visit in Crete thanks to its history and also that a best selling book by Victoria Hislop was set here. You can take a small boat from Ayios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka in the summer months, or hire a fishing boat to take you over in the winter. The island is perhaps best known for being the site of Greece’s former leper colony. Those suffering from leprosy were shipped to the island to isolate away from the general population right up until the 1950s.
Today you can wander around the island, spotting former homes, little shops the islanders set up and even the crumbling, dilapidated and now abandoned hospital. This is an eery island, uninhabited today, but still beautiful and the symbol of a time now thankfully passed. It takes about an hour to stroll around the edge and there’s a small shop and cafe for refreshments. Some of the best resorts in Crete for families are around Elounda so it’s a great place to base yourself for trips over to this enigmatic little rocky island.
By Nichola Of Family Hotel Expert
There you have it, the very best things to do in Greece! We hope you’ve enjoyed this Greece bucket list and come up with some travel inspiration for your trip! If you think we have missed something, let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.
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