Best Places to Visit in Greece


Greece is renowned for its endless coastlines, 6,000 islands and islets, out of which 160 are known to be inhabited. This iconic country is world-famous as the magnificent land of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. The spectacular beaches and archaeological sites are a feast for the eyes. Greece has plenty to explore from its rich cultural heritage, glorious history, and colourful festivals. Do you know that Greece's official name is actually Hellenic Republic? Greek people refer to their country as Hellas or Hellada.

1. Santorini

Located in the Aegean Sea, the Santorini archipelago is a sought-after destination for weddings and honeymoons. Legend has it that Santorini emerged out of the sea miraculously and got its half-moon shape in 1,650 BC when a severe volcanic eruption happened. Half of Santorini caldera is submerged, making it the only sunken caldera in the world. The main charm of Santorini is its iconic architecture of villages built right on the edge of the caldera. The most famous villages to visit in Santorini are Oia, Fira, Akrotiri and Megalochori. The stunning beauty of Santorini inspires many artists, writers and filmmakers for a good reason. This breathtaking volcanic island has been featured in hundreds of creative works. It is also said that you can enjoy the most romantic sunset in Santorini.

2. Corfu

Corfu is an island located off the northwestern coast of the country. Visit picturesque towns and villages such as Perithia and Corfu Old Town for your OOTDs. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often deemed an open-air museum and each sight is a journey through time. Corfu is largely influenced by the different cultures, including the Venetians, English, French and Russians, who flourished and left their mark on the island. Along with its rich cultural heritage, the island also boasts rugged mountains and some of the best beaches in Greece. One of the most popular beaches you can’t miss is the Canal d’amour, also known as the Channel of Love. The name comes from the tradition that all couples who swim there remain in love forever and you also have a high chance of meeting your soulmate there if you haven’t already.

3. Crete

Crete is a magical island, rich in myth and history. A must-visit place is Knossos, a largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, known as Europe’s oldest city. The Palace of Knossos is undoubtedly the key highlight of a trip to Knossos. You should absolutely discover the splendour of Knossos Palace where the greatest civilisation of Minoan Crete ruled almost 4,000 years ago and where Theseus killed the legendary Minotaur in King Minos’ labyrinth. To avoid the crowd, it’s best to visit the palace early in the morning. Ancient civilisation's alluring and aesthetic structures will be captivating for all the history buffs.

4. Zakynthos

If you are looking for some great nightlife, Zakynthos is the place for you. Well-known for some of the Greek’s best nightlife, Zakynthos is one of the most stunning spots in the entire Mediterranean. On the idyllic island, you can expect turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and huge chalk-white cliffs. A must-visit spot in Zakynthos is the Shipwreck Cove in Navagio Beach — also known as a Shipwreck Beach — one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Fans of Korean dramas would recognise it in the popular ‘Descendants of the Sun’ drama shots! The K-drama received immense popularity and took over Asia by storm in 2016.

5. Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It is said that the city took its name after Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and daughter of Zeus. Known as the birthplace of democracy and accredited as the founder of Western civilisation, this ancient city stretches across the different eras. With a history of over 3,000 years, Athens is the best town for sightseeing. Athens is overflowing with Greek culture and spectacular sites like Parthenon and Acropolis. There is really no place quite like Athens to dive into ancient Greece. Aside from impressive monuments, Athens offers appetising and mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.

6. Olympia

Olympia, a small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is considered one of the most important places to trace the roots of Western society due to its religious, political and sports tradition. The place is most well known as the birthplace of the most famous and important event in the world. The Olympic Games took place here every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD. The tradition continues today, nearly 3,000 years later. In the past, Olympia wasn’t just used for the Olympic Games every four years; it was also a place where remarkable works of art and culture were created and shared to worship the Greek god Zeus. Located in the hallowed Valley of Gods, it is still possible to see the ancient stadium and training grounds of the former Olympians.

7. Mykonos

Mykonos is a Greek island, part of a group on the Aegean Sea known as the Cyclades, in southeastern Europe. Whether you prefer quiet relaxing time by yourself or partying by the beach, Mykonos has something to offer you. From luxurious hotels, award-winning restaurants, cosmopolitan vibes, designer boutiques, and elegant bars to a vibrant nightlife, Mykonos is one of Greece's top destinations. You’ll see traditional local architecture, made up of small whitewashed buildings. The island is a trendy beach paradise with beautiful, crystal-clear turquoise waters and beautiful traditional windmills. Its stunning sunset and postcard-worthy views will create lasting memories for travellers.