My top 10 of Greece

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Greece is a country of unique beauty and has something special to offer to every visitor, regardless of age or taste. Having traveled throughout Greece, I have selected 10 special destinations, every one of which is a complete experience for all the senses.

1. Firiplaka and Ahivadolimni, the most perfect sandy beaches on Milos island. Each is a paradise for an ideal swim.

2. Tsagkarada, Pilion for a perfect relaxing weekend in the winter. Closeness to nature, good food and walks on the nearby beaches. The perfect match for total relaxation.

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3. Trikala city for the locals’ hospitality and friendliness. Feels like home!

4. Thessaloniki. Because of everything. The laid-back people, the “enjoy life” atmosphere, the delicious food, the seaside, the proximity to people and locations.

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5. Milopotas beach at Ios Island. Αt the edge, there is a small taverna where you can eat fresh fish and homemade dishes and be treated as if you are member of their family. Add the view of the sea and it makes one want to stay forever.

6. Plaka at Milos island. For the best sunset in the world!

7. Corfu for Easter holidays. Worth going every time for their traditions, a unique combination of various costumes and different cultures mixed together in one big festival.

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8. Vytina and Dimitsana villages in Arcadia: another perfect winter escape. An ideal place to get connected with nature, clear your head, go hiking and have long walks in and out the villages. I wish I could escape there more often.

9. Loutro village in Sfakia, Crete: an almost “secret” village, which you can only reach by foot or by a small boat. The ideal place to feel isolated and excluded.

10. The temple of Aphaia on Aigina islaInd. Anything concerning ancient Greek mythology still leaves me
breathless, but this temple is even more special. Because of its location, up on the hill; because of the route you take to reach the temple but most of all, because of its unique view. When the sky is clear, you can see from that spot, all the way across to Poseidon’s temple in Sounio and the Parthenon in Athens. They say that these 3 temples form a triangle, named the holy triangle of ancient times. Mystical and pure ancient beauty!

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Kostantinos Zikos
President of GNTO

34 comments

  1. My top10 in Greece:
    Messinia (Foinikounta, Stoupa)
    Amorgos (Ag. Pavlos)
    Kimolos (Prassa)
    Corfu (Mpenitses)
    Mykonos (Ano Mera)
    Patras (Castle)
    Lefkada (Meganisi)
    Karpenisi (Mikro Horio)
    Syros (Ermoupoli)
    Elafonisos (Simos)

  2. @annastudios

    Thank you very much for your comment! Though it is extremely difficult for someone to create a Top 10 of Greece as it has so many beauriful places, you’ve included a lot of our favorites. If you want to write a few words about every place of this top 10, you can create a blog post for us via Become a Guest Blogger tab or send an email to info@visitgreece.gr

    • top 10
      sithonia chalkidiki
      psathoura sporades
      symi dvdekanissa
      mastighoghoria hios
      moudros kefallonia
      kardamyli messhnia
      kallarites epeiros
      agioi saranta pilio
      amorgos cyclades
      delos

      • @ EFI BOURIKA

        Έφη σε ευχαριστούμε για το σχόλιό σου! Μας ταξίδεψες με το top 10 σου. Είναι τόσα πολλά τα αγαπημένα μας μέρη στην Ελλάδα που νομίζω ότι ακόμα και ένα Top 100 δεν θα ήταν αρκετό!!!

    • @Mark

      Mark thank you for commenting on this post! Crete and Santorini are extraordinary places. You ‘re always welcome to visit Greece, explore more amazing destinations and share your experiences here!

  3. as a visitor from Florida,USA ,I was thoroughly amazed by the city and sites of Meteora and the incredible Monastaries!!! Unforgettable!!!

    • @Douglas Bessete

      Douglas thank you very much for your comment! It’s true that Meteora is a unique place, one of a king in the whole world! May we suggest you this summer to visit the amazing medieval tower towns of Greece? http://goo.gl/qZyR8

  4. I can see that you have not visited Evia Island. You would have included one of the many beaches or one of the many trekking paths, or the local always fresh food, or the weather, or…..

    • @Marina

      As Greece has so many beautiful places it is very hard to include all of them in a top ten. We do agree with you that Evia is a great destination with so much to see and do, so what you can do is to write your top 5 or 10 and share it with us via the ‘Become a Guest Blogger’ tab. It will definitely give insight to those that wish to travel there

  5. The little port of Kardamyli in the Mani gets my vote for number 1
    Hidden Greece as it used to be, but at the same time chic. in one cafe you can listen to cool chill out music and the next just the click of backgammon and the knock of Komboloi

    • @Dave

      Thank you very much for your comment. You’re describing a very beautiful scene. Indeed Kardamyli is a fantastic place, where tradition and modern lifestyle are perfectly combined. Feel free to share with us your experiences and thoughts about Greece anytime!

    • @Antonis
      As Greece has so many beauties it is very hard to draw up a top ten list. We do agree with you that Lesvos is a great destination! So, why don’t you write down your own top 5 or 10 and share it with us via the ‘Become a Guest Blogger’ tab? It will definitely give insight to those wishing to travel there!

  6. We’ve just booked flights to spend a few days in Athens and a week in Crete – where should we visit in such a short time?

  7. Was in Athens at the start of thye month. Enjoyed my stay and loved all the sights like the parthanon and the statium was everything i expected and more.The weather was freezing but hey im from Scotland so i was used 2 it. Such a beautiful country and i will be going back some time

  8. I’ve spent so much time in Greece, living and visiting. Of course I love Athens and all the amazing archaeological sites there as well as the old places around Plaka. But for the islands, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Ithaka, Naxos (especially Aghis Anna – great camping at Maragas); I used to live part time in a tiny shepherd’s village 5 k. up the mountain from Karyston, Evvia, so of course that is my garden of Eden, many parts of the Peloponnese and my newest ‘favorite’ place, the Mani. I love it all!

  9. I’ll be visiting Greece in July 2012. I plan to stick to the mainland (Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Volos). Do you think I need to book accommodation in advance anywhere other than Athens? I’m worried that strikes could cause me to alter plans and I’ll loose out on a reservation or two.
    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    • @Chris Cook
      Thank you for your question! You should know that you can visit Delphi on a daytrip from Athens. Meteora is easy to access with public transport from many different towns (Volos, Trikala, Karditsa, Kalambaka).So, you are right that Athens you need to book in advance. Don’t forget while being in Volos to visit the nearby mythical mountain Pelio with its marvellous beaches! Keep in mind that bus transport (look it up as “KTEL” on the internet) is private, meaning that there is no need to worry for strikes. Enjoy your stay in Greece and feel free to ask or state anything on our blog! You can also check for further information at: http://goo.gl/1s9wb, http://goo.gl/m2XGx, http://goo.gl/RRzNh

  10. planning to visit in july for 6-7 days, would like to visit Athens, Olympia, Meteora, ?Delphi area, any suggestions how to arrange transportations for a family of 5 and number of days assingned to each area. Is it possible to also visit Delos?
    thanks

    • @Girish
      Thank you for your question! You can visit Delphi and Olympia on a daytrip from Athens either through renting a car or using public transport (look it up as “KTEL” on the internet). Meteora is easy to access with public transport from many different towns in Thessaly (Volos, Trikala, Karditsa, Kalambaka) but not directly from Athens. As the trip from Athens lasts about 4-5 hours you may need to stay overnight. You also need at least two days to visit Delos because there is no direct connection between Pireaus and Delos. You need to reach Mykonos, Tinos or Naxos first. Check out the ferries schedules at http://www.openseas.gr. You can also check for further information on the destinations at: http://goo.gl/1s9wb, http://goo.gl/m2XGx, http://goo.gl/RRzNh, http://goo.gl/q8qyT. Enjoy your stay in Greece and feel free to ask or state anything on our blog!

  11. 10 greek islands difficult to choose only top 10 islands all greek islands are special and beautiful! Santorini is a paradise, Itaka, Mykonos,Kefalonia, Lipsi, Amorgos.. and many others!!I love Greece for his history, culture, people, places, food, wonderful sea summer holiday places!! LOVE IT!! <3. Wanda.

    • @Wanda
      Thank you for your comments Wanda! You are right, Greece is an amazing destination with endless choices! Don’t hesitate sharing your Greek experiences with us through our blog! We really hope to welcome you in Greece soon!

  12. I”ve been in Greece on past october, and i like very well the landscapes, I’ve seen Mykonos and Corfù…with the Msc Cruise Tour…. nice cities, i think this land could be more valorized….it’s really cool and suggestive.

  13. Can you advise of some hidden gems to see in Crete, not the usual touristic ones???
    Is Karpathos worth a visit ??
    Can you advise of a good reliable website to book ferries from Crete to Karpathos, as we could not find anything…..there are not daily ferries????

    • @Nelly
      Thank you for your questions. Well, Crete is a wonderful place with thousands of things to see and enjoy, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover! You certainly need to visit the “touristic” places of Crete, like Knossos, Phaistos, the big cities (Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania) and the most popular beaches (like Balos, Elafonissos etc). After seeing those things you can start exploring yourself: little villages on the mountain, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges. How about hiking the Samaria Gorge? Or participating in a course of cooking lessons (check out the blog post “made in Crete”). You can also check out at http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/crete for more information about sightseeing, beaches, activities, culinary tradition etc.
      Karpathos is a wonderful island indeed, it is certainly worth visiting. You will be charmed by its unique character and its picturesque mountainous villages. As I can see, there is a ferry connection between Karpathos and Siteia in Crete. For more information you can check at http://www.goferry.gr. Enjoy your stay in Crete and Karpathos and if you need more information we will be glad to help you!

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