Greece is such a fabulous destination with so many bucket-list places to see and things to experience, that it may take several trips to get the real flavor of this idyllic vacation destination. That being said, here are a few of the places that, while not really being off the beaten path, are often missed by those who go on their first, second, or even third visit. Making time for these special spots is well worth it and will have you returning with a better than average experience of this historic country.
A vibrant playground of Greek tradition
On the magical island ofMykonos, it’s always party time! Follow winding stone paths through whitewashed houses, relax on beautiful beaches, then get ready for Greece’s most raved-about nightlife. When the sun sets, the streets of Mykonos light up.
The foodie’s fantasyland
To Greeks, Crete is known as the Megalonissi, or “Great Island.” Locals *also *know Crete as the hot spot for delicious food and scrumptious cheeses that extend far-beyond feta. This all-encompassing island boasts soaring snow-capped mountains, miles of pink sand beaches, olive groves, vineyards, and a wealth of ancient architecture. Whatever your fix may be, Crete is always the answer.
Nothing like a Santorini sunset.
Frolic through the quaint, colorful shops that line the winding stone paths of this oh so romantic island. Gaze out at the bright blue Aegean Sea, then sip on a glass of local wine and watch a world-famous sunset. Many people claimSantorini is the “most Greek” island; now it’s your turn to discover why.
Magnificent views and mythological ties
Feel your eyes widen as you stare at the contrast between Naxos’ turquoise waters and stark whitewashed houses. Not only is Naxos the largest of the Cycladic Islands, it’s also the hometown of the king of the Gods himself – Zeus! Explore ancient ruins in the morning, then unwind by the sparkling seaside in the afternoon.
Spend 8 nights in the cradle of Western civilization – Greece! Explore the capital of Athens before setting sale to Mykonos and Santorini.