What's Popular In Greece

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Greece is a mountainous peninsula located on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. Influential in ancient times, it's often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. 

Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. Due to the many islands, in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, Greece has the longest coastline in Europe and the fifth longest coastline in the world.

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Best Time to Travel

Best Time to Travel to Greece: Late April to Early November.
Best Time to Visit Greece for Good Weather: May to October has lots of sunny weather. July and August are the hottest months.
Best Time to Visit Greece for Honeymoon: June and September.
Best Time for Saving Money: March, April, May, October, and November have reduced hotel prices.
Beaches in Greece are best for swimming and sunbathing from late May to early October.
Mainland Greece is at its best from June to September.
Greece with Kids: Naxos is the best Greek island for families. The best time for a family vacation to Greece is late May to early October. July and August are great for the beach but not great for sightseeing.
Santorini sightseeing is best from March to June and September to November. Athens sightseeing is best from April to mid-May and October to early November. Mykonos nightlife is best from July to early September. Mykonos beaches are best from June to September.
High season in the Greek Islands runs from late June until early September. August is the busiest (most expensive) month.
Santorini and Crete are the best islands to visit in winter and will have enough hotels and restaurants open to keep visitors happy. Athens is a good year-round destination.

What to Do

Find Your Perfect Beach
With 8,498 miles of coastline, you are never too far away from a pristine beach in Greece. In fact, 380 of Greece’s beaches boast Blue Flag status for their cleanliness. Greeks spend plenty of time at the seaside to escape the summer heat and their social life in the hotter months is closely intertwined with beach activities. Follow the locals to the more popular seafronts or hire a boat to discover your own private bay.

Step Back to the Middle Ages
Enter this rock-island fortress town from its unique single entrance (moni emvasia, according to the Byzantines) and you are suddenly transported five centuries back in time to the clashes between the Byzantine empire and the Franks. This is a cozy town where everything still needs to be brought in through the gate via donkeys, while the narrow alleyways, restored buildings, old ruins, and dramatic views across the bay will ignite your imagination.

Explore the Acropolis
Every city-state in ancient Greece had an acropolis, a fortress high up on a hill to keep hostile visitors at bay. But there is only one Acropolis, built-in 5 B.C. in Athens. It is rightly considered as the jewel of the Athenian civilization, the pinnacle of Classical beauty, and the epitome of human accomplishment in the ancient world. 

Watch the Sunset in Santorini
The towns of Fira and Ia are perched along the top of the island and provide some spectacular and wildly popular sunset-watching opportunities across the bay. With its seriously romantic backdrop, it’s no wonder that Santorini is such a popular wedding destination.

Indulge in Low-Key Elegance
With one of the prettiest towns in Greece, Folegandros is the archetypal Cycladic island. Still largely untouched by tourism, it has however been coined as the “new” Santorini. Now is the perfect time to roam about its slate-paved streets and take in the infinite views beyond the whitewashed cubic houses and blue church domes.

Go Back in Time on Mykonos
Greece's most glamorous island destination is Mykonos. After-dark activities center on Mykonos Town, noted for its chic boutique hotels, classy seafood restaurants, and live music venues. Other attractions include Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and numerous sandy beaches along the island's south coast (served both by bus and taxi-boat from Mykonos Town). The island is particularly popular with international celebrities.


Acropolis of Athens - 5th-century B.C. hilltop temple monument
Parthenon - Iconic 5th BC Athenian temple ruins
Meteora - UNESCO - listed monastery complex
Acropolis Museum - Ancient treasures in contemporary venue
Delos - Ancient Greek ruins & sacred site
Temple of Olympian - Zeus Ruined temple completed under Hadrian
Syntagma Square -Iconic square named after its district
Archaeological site of Mycenae - Classical Greek city & temple ruins
Balos Beach - Bright-blue lagoon with exotic scenery
Elafonisi - Picturesque isle with pink-sand beaches
Ancient Agora of Athens - Iconic Greek ruins with a museum
Spinalonga - Uninhabited islet with a Venetian fort
Erechtheion - Iconic temple of ancient Greece
Heraklion Archaeological Museum - Museum for Cretan prehistory & history
National Archaeological Museum - Ancient Greek art & archaeology museum
Temple of Hephaestus - Ancient, hilltop place of worship
Theatre of Dionysus - Ancient tiered performance arena
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes - Rebuilt 14th-century castle & museum
White Tower of Thessaloniki - City history exhibit in landmark tower
Panathenaic Stadium - The world's only white marble stadium
National Garden - Scenic park with archeological remains


Buses (Ktel)
The KTEL buses are green in color and connect Athens to many towns of the mainland. Itineraries are regular and tickets can be bought just before the trip, as KTEL buses do not have an online booking system. It is the most popular way of transportation in mainland Greece.

The most popular train route in Greece is from Athens to Thessaloniki. The northern and central Greece is also well-served by the rail network. However, trains in Greece are not that popular as suburban KTEL buses, although in most cases the train fare is cheaper than the bus ticket. Trains are not the best transportation way as the infrastructures are old and trains are slow.

Greek ferries
The most popular transportation means to go from Athens to the Greek islands is by ferry. It is the easiest way even if many flights are available to reach the islands. Although Piraeus is the central port of Athens, many ferries also depart from the ports of Rafina and Lavrion. The majority of ferries in Greece are modern and offer a convenient trip. 

Cars and car rental
Cars are the best and most secure way of transportation in Greece when you are in a specific location and want to get around. There are car rental agencies in the most popular places in Greece and the Greek islands. The main road networks in Greece are modern and in a good state, but the regional roads need attention as they are usually narrow and winding.

The most popular way of transport to Greece is, of course, the plane. The International Airport of Athens El. Venizelos serves most flights from abroad and from there tourists go by another plane or ferry to the islands. In tourist season, there are also charter flights from abroad directly to the islands or few airports in the mainland.

Key Points

Greece is a great destination for families all year round. Greece is home to crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches which are safe for children. The wide range of water sports and beach activities will ensure that they never get bored.