Greece has a wonderful weather and thousands of amazing beaches. These, together with the famous Greek hospitality, make the whole country a favorite destination for travellers from all over the world.
Let’s see the top five particular destinations in Greece people usually choose for their vacations.
Athens is the capital of Greece with a population of around 3.7 million. Its recorded history covers more than 3400 years and it was the cradle of western civilization. If you are into Greek ancient history, you will find a lot of spectacular remains and museums. Some of the best sightseeing points are the Acropolis, Parthenon and the temple of Olympian Zeus.
Some of the museums you can visit are the National Archaeological Museum, the New Acropolis Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the Benaki Museum.
The most scenic neighborhood of Athens is Plaka with a neoclassical architecture, a lot of traditional taverns and street performances.
Nearby beaches are Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Glyfada, Alimos, Voula and Palaio Faliro. Athens has a busy nightlife and many good restaurants.
This Cycladic island, located in the center of Aegean Sea, is a favorite destination for clubbers. The mythical parties that are hosted every night during the summer are well- known to the world. Two other things that made Mykonos famous are the beautiful sandy beaches and the extreme luxury in accommodation and entertainment.
Many local and international celebrities choose this island to spend their summer vacations. Celebrities usually pick a Mykonos Villa for their accommodation and Psarou or Paraga beaches for their sunbathing. Gorgeous Mykonos villas offer the ultimate luxury experience and can be found at the best locations of the island.
Mykonos beaches have a lot of gourmet restaurants such as Ling Ling, Nammos, Kiku and Nobu. Don’t forget to visit the Windmills, Little Venice, Delos islet and Paraportiani Church.
Santorini is another island in Cyclades complex that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The main town, Thera, is built on the top and the slopes of a giant rocky formation, overlooking Kaldera and the volcano of Nea Kameni island. The volcano is active and its last activity was in 1950.
Oia is another, smaller town which is said to have the most colorful sunset. Both Thera and Oia have a lot of restaurants, clubs, bars and cafes and the nightlife on the island is vivid but not as crazy as in Mykonos.
Santorini has some very nice beaches, covered either by sand or by red, black or white pebbles. The island also attracts many international VIPs and jet setters.
Vigorous landscapes, lacy, sandy beaches, mild climate, picturesque coastal and mountainous villages, remarkable archaeological sites and important historical monuments as well as a good tourist infrastructure attract a large number of Greek and foreign visitors to Messinia
Destinations in Greece
The biggest city in Messinia is Kalamata, known for the many excellent quality agricultural products, especially olive oil. Kalamata has an international airport and good road connection with the most beaches of the region.
One of the best seaside villages to visit is Pylos at western Messinia. It is an idyllic, quiet village, built amphitheatrical around the natural port of Navarino. What visitors mostly enjoy are the good seafood, the easy going way of living and the majestic mixture of greenery and beaches.
Crete is the biggest Greek island at the southern end of Greece. It has 4 big cities: Chania, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Rethymno.
To be able to see most of Crete’s beauties you will need to rent a car. For a cosmopolitan accommodation choose Chania, which is the most busy city of the island with a lot of sandy beaches nearby and a vivid nightlife. If you prefer something quieter and more traditional, choose Agios Nikolaos. The area with the biggest number of luxury hotels is Elounda which is a meeting point for international celebrities, like Leonardo Dicaprio and Lady Gaga.
Crete is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Among them you will find Elafonisi, famous for its very shallow waters and its pink sand, Matala, which still is a gathering place for hippies who sometimes stay in the numerous caves around the beach and Vai, a nudist beach with palm trees.