Finding the best cities in Greece is akin to looking for the prettiest flower in a field of pretty flowers. Or trying to find the smartest kid at MIT. What I’m trying to say is that you have a lot of options.
Greece has some truly spectacular cities, from the sterling white cities dangling off the cliffs of Santorini. To the flowery-covered ruins of Olympia. You have no shortage of options! And they all offer something vastly different.
I can’t get enough of Greece. And I’m not the only one. So I’ve gathered together some fellow travelers to help me pick out some of the best cities in Greece to visit.
Local Culture in Greece
Greece is full of amazing cities with unique local cultures. Athens is the capital and is well known for its ancient ruins and vibrant nightlife. Thessaloniki is a city in the north of Greece and is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant nightlife.
Corfu is an island city in the Ionian Sea. And is known for its beautiful beaches and traditional Greek cuisine. Chania is a city in Crete and is known for its picturesque harbor and traditional Cretan cuisine. Mykonos is an island city in the Aegean Sea. And is known for its beautiful beaches, nightlife, and traditional Greek culture. No matter which city you choose to visit in Greece, you will find something unique to its local culture.
Kalambaka & Meteroa
Famous for its floating monasteries built on top of rocks by monks between the 3rd–6th centuries. Meteora is one of the most interesting destinations to explore in Greece. Beyond ancient Greek mythology and island living. Meteora offers something different from the rest of Greece.
The city has been capturing the imagination for centuries. From monks looking for a mountaintop sanctuary, to Hollywood features in films like James Bond and Game of Thrones.
On cloudy days, you will even see monasteries sticking out of the clouds. And floating in the air — thus nicknamed “floating monasteries”.
In time, there were about 24 monasteries, each built on its boulders. Today, only 6 remain (2 of which are taken over by nuns). If you are short of time, visit.
- The Monastery of the Holy Trinity: which was the setting for the 1981 James Bond Film “For Your Eyes Only”
- Monastery of the Grand Meteoron: the largest of the remaining monasteries that even has a small museum for tourists
- The Monastery of St Stephan: which was shelled during World War 2 before being restored and is now one of the biggest nunneries in the country.
Pro-tip: If you are visiting, remember to check out the opening hours of the monasteries beforehand as each takes a turn to close once a week.
For those who are in the outdoors, the boulders of Meteora are also famous for rock climbing and hiking. With amazing views from the top. There are guided tours to the tallest rock in Meteora — the Great Saint — where you could overlook the entire town of Kalambaka.
While sunsets on islands like Santorini often hog the spotlight, the sunrise (and sunset) is quite a sight to behold too. It embodies the best quotes about the sunset.
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Looking for an alternative Greek city besides the capital? Then you should consider the Peloponnese city of Nafplio–the first official capital of Greece.
Nafplio is a picture-perfect coastal city that lies around two hours from Athens. And offers travelers the best of both worlds. Plus, it’s a laid-back seaside lifestyle and a rich and interesting history.
Nafplio has long been a significant destination in Greece. Throughout history, the city has had many rulers staking their claim on the land. Many of them improved the port and fortifications to continue their empires.
It was only after the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire that Nafplio officially became the capital of Greece.
There are loads of fascinating sites to explore in and around Nafplio. Sites like Palamidi Castle, the Bourtzi Castle, and the first parliament of Greece (Vouleftikon). The original Syntagma Square, and the Akronafplia hill. Not to mention several interesting museums, monuments, and churches too!
When you want a break from exploring Nafplio’s long and intriguing history. Then check out some beaches (both pebble and sandy). Or some of the nearby sites. Such as Mycenae, the Asklepion, and the ancient site of Epidaurus and Ancient Assini.
Nafplio is beautiful and bustling. It makes for a wonderful weekend getaway from the capital, as well as a great stopping point during a road trip to the Peloponnese.
It can easily be reached by car or bus. Or, if you’re pushed for time, Nafplio can be visited as a day trip from Athens, combining Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio, and the Corinth Canal.
Written by Crysoula from Athens and Beyond
To visit Greece and not spend time in Athens is to not have seen Greece at all.
Walking among the relics of the ancient world, and following in the footsteps of its inhabitants, is exhilarating. Athens offers travelers the opportunity to closely explore historical landmarks. The ones usually only seen in textbooks. It makes it one of the best places to live in Greece.
It’s one thing to learn about the ingenuity and brilliance of the ancient Greeks in school. But another to marvel at these wonders up close (and sometimes touch the remaining bits of history) is humbling.
To see how well some artifacts have withstood the test of time is truly awe-inspiring. Walking among ancient histories. Hadrian’s Library and the Parthenon are a once in a lifetime opportunity. And one that cannot be re-created anywhere else.
The relics of ancient Greece have mesmerized travelers for centuries. To get to be a part of the collective that has admired them up close is stirring.
Athens has no shortage of hip places to eat and drink. Grab a Mythos beer and share a perfectly curated cheese and charcuterie board at a trendy cafe. Enjoy a romantic and unforgettable supper while looking out at the Parthenon in the evening.
Watch plates fly and break at many eateries that host a live cultural show during lunch or dinner. Up early? Or coming in off the tail end of a wild night out?
Swing by a corner stands and grabs a koulouri (Greek bagel) for breakfast. Stop in at Little Kook where the entire aesthetic of the restaurant–from the menus to the staff outfits. And the decor changes every few months. This changing theme is fun to check out! With so many options for food, consider taking a walking food tour.
Pro Trip tip: Explore Exarcheia–a hub for political and intellectual activists. Admire street art all over the city. Or, if visiting in the summer, take in an outdoor film while a view of the Parthenon looms in the background.
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We love Patras. We visited several times, particularly back in 2006 when it was designated the European Capital of Culture. Since then, the city has flourished, becoming a place to visit rather than just a port town to pass through.
Patras is in the Peloponnese, often considered the capital of Western Greece. It is the country’s third-largest city after Athens and Thessaloniki. And is the gateway port town to the Ionian Islands (like Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Corfu). Patras also has a large student population. Thanks to its popular university, which gives it a youthful, chilled, and Bohemian vibe.
The most famous site in Patras is the Medieval Patras Castle–a mini acropolis-like structure, perched on a hill, overlooking the city. It dates back to the 6th century AD when it was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Today we use it for cultural events and also have a theatre with a capacity of 640.
Patras’ location in West Greece as the gateway to Italy made it an important strategic base for the Romans. They left their mark on the city. Such as the ancient Roman Odeon, built-in 160 AD in Patras Old Town. Which still stands proud today and is still used as a theatre. Other historical gems to look out for include. The Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, the Turkish Baths, and the Apollon Municipal Theatre.
Patras is also famous for its events. Particularly the super colorful Patras Carnival in February (one of the largest Carnival events in Europe!). And the Patras International Festival every October. A music/dance festival that began in 1986.
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Whether you’re looking for sunbathing on yachts, pristine beaches, or gorgeous nightlife. You can’t skip Mykonos, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece.
Not only its beaches and nightclub scene. But this popular Greek island is also popular for many reasons. Such as food, luxury shopping, adorable whitewashed buildings, cultural activities, and romantic holidays. Because of its soothing breeze all the time, Mykonos is also called ‘The Island of the Winds’.
Summer is the peak season in Mykonos when it receives maximum footfall. Most party animals visit Mykonos between May to September. When the weather is charming and the water is warm.
But if you want to avoid the party crowd, visit Mykonos during winter. When the island becomes relaxed with a tranquil atmosphere. Which makes it one of the best places to travel to in December.
The best way to get around Mykonos is to rent a scooter or ATV. You can explore all the beaches on a scooter at your own pace. However, buses and taxis are also available in Mykonos town.
In the middle of the western shore, Mykonos town offers its visitors plenty of things to do. Start your Mykonos sightseeing with the beautiful Windmills.
This is the most iconic landmark of Mykonos, which was built by Venetians in the 16th century. Stroll around the picturesque Matogianni Street. And explore the beautiful souvenir shops, restaurants, boutiques, and jewelry stores.
There are many churches in Mykonos town that draw tourists. Among these, will highly recommend visiting Panagia Paraportiani. Most of these churches were built between the 15th and 17th centuries. You can also go on a day cruise around Delos and Rhenia islands.
Delos is a popular archaeological site in Greece, whereas the Rhenia islands are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Lastly, you shouldn’t miss the nightlife of Mykonos.
After watching a mesmerizing sunset, head to any of the famous beach bars like Buddha bars, Nammos, and Scorpios.
Greece is not a cheap European country and especially when it is Mykonos, you cannot expect cheap accommodation here. I will recommend booking the Galini Hotel. Using one of the best hotel booking sites, just 150 m away from the beach with basic amenities and free WiFi at a reasonable price.
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Perched at the top of Paros island, you will find the beautiful old town of Lefkes. This was the first capital of Paros. You can feel the history as you walk through the city. But today, it’s a popular place to visit on the island. Not only because it’s so darn cute, but also because it’s a calm and peaceful place to stroll around on a nice day.
The narrow streets are lined with old whitewashed houses. Often decorated naturally with colorful bougainvillea. Sitting atop the mountains of Paros. Here you can get a beautiful view of the whole island, and the sea, and on a clear day, you can even see Naxos.
There are also quite a few churches and museums to visit in Lefkes. If you love shopping, you’ll find a ton of cute little boutiques and restaurants all around. Our only recommendation is to ditch the GPS and just stroll around, getting lost in the beauty of this old town.
The best time to visit Lefkes is early in the morning, or toward the evening. It gets pretty hot up there! The best way to get to the old capital is to take the bus. From the bus stop in Naoussa, it’s a short 30-minute ride, and the view is spectacular all around!
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Greece is famous all over the world for the ancient ruins that dot Athens. And the picturesque Greek Islands. Yet there are many lesser-known villages and cities in Greece which are worth exploring too. One of them is Volos, an incredibly diverse city, situated just 330km north of the Greek capital.
Volos is a vibrant university city that’s ideal to visit any time of year. One of the best things to do in the city of Volos is to take a stroll along the nostalgic waterfront. The waterfront’s lined with cafes and restaurants, most of which breathe an air of times past. However, the true gem of the promenade is the impressive building of the University of Thessaly. Which was originally built as a warehouse for the Papastratos Tobacco Company.
Another place not to miss in Volos is Palia, which is probably the oldest neighborhood in the city. Palia is an area of old-fashioned charm that comes to life in the evening. When locals and visitors alike flock to its quaint cafes and traditional tsipouradika. This brings us to the next amazing thing you can’t miss in Volos.
Tsipouradiko originally meant the place that only served tsipouro. The local alcoholic drink, alongside tiny meze dishes. This type of restaurant was born in Volos back in 1922. Nowadays, dining at a tsipouradiko is a unique experience in its own right. The only thing you order and pay for at a tsipouradiko is your drink of choice and all the food that comes along is in the house.
Last but not least, Volos is an excellent base from which to explore the stunning Pelion region. The latter is the ideal year-round destination. As it’s renowned for both its spectacular beaches and its gorgeous mountain villages.
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One of the least-known but unbeatable beautiful Greek cities is Kastoria. Located northwest of the mainland and close to the Albanian and North Macedonian borders, the city is built inside a lake! Oh yes, Kastoria is not an island, but it’s surrounded by water all around-almost! There is a strip of land connecting the city with the mainland.
This unique geographical location is the first that visitors will notice and get impressed about! However, there is much more to see and do in this laid-back place. Like, take a stroll around the quaint old neighborhoods. And observe the Byzantine chapels and the traditional mansions. As well as, hike the local paths, and visit the replica of a lake settlement from the Neolithic era. As well as, enjoy the lake and nature surrounding it and so on…
The local climate is characterized by cold winters (there is even a skiing center a few kilometers outside the city!) and mild (by Greek standards!) summers so Kastoria is a great alternative for those who love Greece in the summer but they can’t bear the not-so-uncommon 40C heat!
It is vital that, when you plan your itinerary for things to do in Kastoria, you need to consider the weather and the season. For example, the lake can be completely frozen in the wintertime but you may swim in it in the summer!
Kastoria is enjoyable all year round, but it’s better to consider your preferences. I have been here more than once, so I believe every season has its charm!
Kastoria is worth visiting. It’s a Greek city that lies mostly off-the-beaten path. And a place to visit if you want to experience the real mainland Greek lifestyle away from the tourist crowds.
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Lindos is about an hour’s drive from the city of Rhodes. White-painted houses and narrow, winding lanes. That ultimately leads toward the Lindian Acropolis characterize it. The hilltop fortress is an archaeological site. Whose star attraction are the remains of the Doric-style Temple of Lindian Athena. Of course, Athena is a goddess who long ago attracted pilgrims from across the region.
For a time, Lindos was an independent city-state and celebrated as the home of Cleobulus, one of the great sages of Ancient Greece. His statue stands close to Lindos’s principal bus stop.
These days, holidaymakers from across Europe and beyond head to Lindos for sunshine, relaxation, and a dose of history. On the eastern shore of the island of Rhodes, Lindos has the remnants of an ancient theatre hewn at the foot of the Acropolis. This was long a stronghold of the Knights of St John and later the Ottomans. The fortress provides outstanding views over bays on either side of Lindos. Including St Paul’s Bay, whose tiny chapel makes a popular wedding venue.
Long ago, the sea captains who settled in Lindos had sizable stone houses built. Still known as captain’s houses, some properties are today used as characterful holiday homes, restaurants, or bars.
As an antidote to the stress of modern online life, few things beat going offline in Lindo’s sampling of regional delicacies. And strolling in the rugged hinterland. It’s a beautiful region for relaxation.
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Ioannina is not a very well-known city to outsiders, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best cities in Greece. And the great thing about the city is that there are lots of interesting things to see in Ioannina itself. But the city is also a great base if you want to explore the beautiful Ioannina region.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect to foreign visitors will be Ioannina’s Islamic history . Which is better preserved than in other parts of Greece. The city is home to two former mosques that can be visited as museums today. But even the entire Old Town of Ioannina has kept its Ottoman character. And finally, there’s the Ottoman clock tower in the center of Ioannina.
The city also has a beautiful natural attraction that sets it apart from other Greek cities. Lake Pamvotida is a large lake that creates the perfect atmosphere for lovely walks with a gorgeous view. And in the lake, there’s a tiny islet that you can visit which is home to the Museum of Ali Paşa.
Here, you can find out a bit more about the former ruler and his assassination by the Ottoman government.
If you still have more time in Ioannina, explore the rest of the region. From the ancient oracle of Dodoni to the dreamy villages of the Zagori region and the fascinating Vikos Gorge. There are a ton of options for day trips from Ioannina, especially if you’re into hiking.
Myrina is an off-the-beaten-path city in Greece, but it’s one of my favorites. It is the capital and major port of Lemnos Island in the Aegean Sea.
You can reach Lemnos by ferry from either Athens or Kavala on the mainland, but also a few other islands. Another option is to fly in from Athens or Thessaloniki.
Anyway, let’s get back to Myrina. The city benefits from a great natural setting. They spread it across two bays, and a high rock divides them. On the rock, a medieval fort watches over Myrina and the harbor.
The harbor side is called Tourkikos Gialos because, during the Ottoman Empire, the Turks inhabited it. Besides the harbor, the small fishing port is on the same side, as well as a lot of fish restaurants and typical Greek taverns.
The larger bay on the other side of the rock is called Romeikos Gialos, or the Roman Bay. The promenade on the seashore is full of restaurants and bars with magnificent sea views.
You will find sandy beaches on both sides of Myrina, and the taverns aren’t missing in these areas either.
Before dinner, take a walk on the picturesque shopping street that starts at the port.
Being a little further away from Greece’s most touristic islands allowed Myrina, Lemnos to keep all the authentic charm of a Greek island.
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Lefkada city, the capital of the island with the same name, is the biggest city in Lefkada, but also a modern resort. A mobile bridge connects with the mainland of the city. So once you arrive on the island, this is the first place you will see. Narrow streets, colorful flowers and old churches are the elements that will charm you when you walk around here.
Even though most of the buildings are not ancient, they were erected on the medieval plan of the city. When the island was under Venetian domination. It is practically a labyrinth! The houses have anti-earthquake elements. Light materials and wood structures because this is a seismic area.
Besides the marina, other places to see in Lefkada town are the main square and the shopping street. Here you will find traditional and international restaurants, local boutiques, and souvenir shops. Within walking distance, you can also admire the lagoon, host to flamingos during winter months.
The closest beach to Lefkada town is Agios Ioannis, known for its old windmills. And perfect for those who like water sports like kiting. It is a windy beach with blue-turquoise waters, the blue shades that made Lefkada famous. Whether you stay here or anywhere else on the island, a visit to Lefkada town is a must.
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Parikia, the capital and the central Port of Paros Island. And is one of the best cities in Greece to visit for a brief vacation. The historic town, Parikia, is known as the third-largest island, which belongs to a group of Cyclades.
The combination of modern and traditional architecture. Alongside splendid seasides, trendy bars/clubs, and enchanting rural villages, is all that makes the town look so beautiful. So, almost all ages of people come here to spend their holidays and make it a memorable one.
There are plentiful things to do and discover in Paros. It includes touring the Parikia and Panagia Ektontapiliani church, which holds tiny shops. An open cinema, and a historical Byzantine church with 100 doors.
You can have majestic views of several glittering shores in Paros. Such as Golden Beach, Kolimbithres Beach, Glyfada Beach, and so on. Most of the beaches offer various watersports, like surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, etc.
Otherwise, try out fishing, go trekking or hiking. And visit the elegant shops plus boutiques, stroll around the charming little streets, and explore the vivid nightlife.
It’s an ideal place for delicious desserts, coffee, and drinks. You can enjoy savory meals or seafood. Like octopus, and grilled chicken at restaurants. Such as Caramella Naxos, Cuore Rosso, Tavernas, etc. Plus, don’t miss out on tasting the Pumpkin pie or Gauna (a roasted mackerel) as well.
Paros likewise offers many choices for hotels based on all categories of budget. Some of the best hotels in Paros include Kastro Traditional House, Kastro Cozy Guesthouse, Argonauta Hotel, etc.
Yet, it’s most pleasant to stay over the Traditional stone house with a terrace, in Parikia old town. Which is proximately 50 meters away from the sea-beaches.
Thus, for an entirely exotic travel experience, the best time to visit Paros is during the summer, especially from May-September.
Written by Paulina on the Road
Rethymno is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. It is the third-largest city in Crete between the capital, Heraklion and Chania. Rethymno showcases Greek history through its cobbled streets and the medieval old town.
Beautiful beaches, cultural hotspots, elegant cafes, Venetian and Turkish-influenced architectures. But also buzzing centers, narrow streets, and delicious Greek cuisine provide a distinct escape to the city’s visitors.
There is something for everyone in the city.
The gorgeous Venetian harbor is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Rethymno. We line the waterfront side of the harbor up with restaurants that offer amazing views of the town. And the mountains. The other side of the harbor has a small Egyptian lighthouse. Which makes the entire waterfront area more scenic.
The Raimondi is a Venetian. A designed stone fountain that has water passing through three lion heads. A popular landmark in Rethymno. The Fortezza fort, which dates back to the 16th century, overlooks the city from a small hill in Paleokastro. The fort is a wonderful attraction and a must-visit to Rethymno.
Do not miss out on the famous blue steps. Which is one of the most beautiful picture spots of Rethymno, next to Vassilis restaurant on Chimaras.
Going on a hike on the trails of the Mili gorge is one of the best things to do in Rethymno. You take through stunningly rich flora. The interesting walkways include tunnels, a riverbed with a waterfall, and some amazing rock formations.
Rethymno offers epic adventures, historical explorations, and great eateries. And one of the finest beaches in Greece. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Greece.
Written by Anjali Wadhwa by Cheerful Trails
The Greek village of Olympia was the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in 776 BCE. It subsequently held the ancient games every four years until 393 CE. During that time, Greece comprised small rival city-states. A three-month Pan-Hellenic truce brought together 40,000 spectators from around the region.
The modern Olympics today are not just a sporting event. But also create an opportunity to come together in peace.
The archaeological site of ancient Olympia is home to temples and the ancient Olympic Stadium. One of the most important temples is the Temple of Hera; Hera, according to Greek mythology, was Zeus’s wife. This is where the Olympic torch is first lit before each Olympics.
They then paraded the flame around the world. Before culminating in the cauldron’s lighting at each Olympics’ opening ceremony. Another significant site is the Temple of Apollo (pictured), one of Zeus’ sons.
When visiting, make time for the impressive Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Among the highlights is Hermes of Praxiteles. One of the finest marble statues dating to the 4th century BCE.
Another noteworthy statue is the Nike of Paionios, dating to 425 BCE. Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.
Many visitors arrive at the nearby port of Katakolon on cruise ships. If you only have a short time, a guided tour is helpful as information at the archeological site is sparse. You can also download self-guided tours online.
You can also reach Olympia by train from Katakalon or Pyrgos. If you visit Olympia by car or public transportation, there are several good hotel options nearby.
Alternatively, you can stay in Katakolon, which has a long stretch of beaches, or in nearby Pyrgos. If you travel to Olympia from Athens on public transport, take a bus to Pyrgos and then a short train ride to Olympia.
Olympia was home to the Olympian Zeus statue. Which was one of the ancient wonders of the world. This has been one of the most popular destinations in Greece for hundreds of years.
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Greece’s second-largest city doesn’t attract many tourists. As most foreign visitors head straight for the beautiful beaches of the islands. And at first glance, Thessaloniki doesn’t look that attractive. A massive fire destroyed it in 1917, so we mostly made downtown up of 20th-century apartment buildings. But for history lovers, it’s a must-visit. Standing out among all the anonymous rows of apartment blocks are two impressive relics of the past.
The first is the “White Tower”, a fortified tower built in the 16th century. Similar in shape, but hundreds of years older, is the Rotunda. The Roman pagan emperor (and Christian persecutor) Galerius is his mausoleum built in the early 4th century. A few years after his death, Constantine himself converted to a church. Later, the Byzantines added mosaics to the interior, which still survive. Much later, it became an Ottoman mosque, and the minaret still stands.
Finally, there are Jewish tombstones, with Hebrew inscriptions on the grounds as well. These are a testament to the Jewish community that flourished in Thessaloniki until World War II. When almost all its members were deported to Auschwitz and killed.
Overall, Thessaloniki is a real kaleidoscope of historic periods and cultures! Thanks to the Ottoman influence, the local cuisine is known for using spices more liberally than in other parts of Greece. You’ll enjoy the many taverns and restaurants here. And, as the home of two of the country’s largest universities, the vibrant city of Thessaloniki also has a vibrant nightlife.
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A small coastal town in Crete, Agios Nikolaos is a hidden gem in Greece that many visitors do not know about (yet). Filled with stunning turquoise water. And beautiful soft-sand beaches, and many open-air eateries sporting gorgeous views.
Agios Nikolaos offers the quintessential Greece vacation experience. The town boasts a laid-back atmosphere. And visitors can easily explore the beautiful streets on foot.
The most famous landmark in Agios Nikolaos is Lake Voulismeni, or just “The Lake” because of its popularity. Originally a freshwater lake, a channel was dug in 1870 to connect it to the sea. Here you will find some of the most lively scenes in Agios Nikolaos, as seafood restaurants and boutique cafes fill the area.
Across from the restaurants is a rocky cliff. Visit the cliff at night and you won’t be disappointed with the view, as reflections from the lake create a mesmerizing image. It is not uncommon to see ducks on the walkway, so just be careful where you are stepping.
Beach-lovers will surely grow fond of Agios Nikolaos, as the area is filled with some of the best beaches in Crete. Within walking distance from the lake is Kitroplateia Beach, one of the most popular beaches amongst the locals.
Here you will find a stunning backdrop of the Cretan mountains. That gives you the perfect view, letting you indulge in refreshing Mediterranean Waters. When you get peckish, many cafes. And restaurants line up behind the beach, so visitors can easily go for a second round on the beach!
Lastly, Agios Nikolaos is a great place to base yourself in. Many of the best places to visit in Crete, such as Spinalonga and Gournia, are excellent day trips from Agios Nikolaos.
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Old Town Rhodes
The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the oldest medieval cities in Europe. A visit to Rhodes Old Town is one of the best things to do on Rhodes, the fourth largest of the Greek Islands. Stepping inside the walls of the old town, onto the cobbled streets, surrounded by rustic buildings, is like stepping back in time.
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem built the ancient city walls in the 13 and 14th centuries. And remains intact to this day. One of the popular things to do in the old town is to walk the perimeter of the town walls. Which offers magnificent views of the town and the surrounding sea.
Another popular visitor attraction is the Palace of the Grand Masters, which is at the end of the Street of the Knights. The palace allows visitors to view 24 of the 158 rooms of this vast building. And contains exquisite marble, sculptures, and Oriental furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries.
There is an abundance of fantastic seafood restaurants dotted along the maze of cobbled streets in Rhodes Old Town. The restaurants serve up fresh fish which is caught daily from the port. Rhodes Old Town is historically significant and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.
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One of the best cities in Greece is the hilltop town of Apollonia on the island of Sifnos. This teardrop-shaped gem of an island in the western Cyclades islands is popular among Greek travelers, especially those from Athens.
In Sifnos, you’ll find a volcanic island fringed with golden beaches. And dotted with small villages and towns. The capital of Sifnos is Apollonia, the perfect place from which to explore the ruins, beaches, and sites of Sifnos.
From Apollonia, you can visit some of the island’s best beaches, like Vathy Beach or the authentic fishing village of Faros. Which weirdly reminds me of some of the best beaches in Rhode Island. Along the way, stop in the medieval town of Kastro, which is about 3.5 km from Apollonia. The hike is mild, but the views are spectacular along the way.
Apollonia has the quintessential elements of a Greek island town. There are whitewashed buildings with blue window trim. And shutters, stone streets, and sweeping views of the sea. In Apollonia, you’ll find just enough nightlife to keep you entertained. Without drawing the constant crowds of Greece’s party islands. The tavernas, rooftop bars, and late-night restaurants are all you need for a fun night out in Apollonia.
The gorgeous town is ideal for wandering around and getting lost in the winding streets. You’ll find boutiques, dessert shops, and even street performers along your stroll.
For some of the best baklava in Greece, stop into Gerontopoulos Sweet Shop and be prepared for a treat! You should have no problem walking off your desert and since they build the town on a hill, you’ll get plenty of exercise navigating Apollonia.
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Chania is a charming coastal city in the northwestern part of the Greek island – Crete. The town is the second largest on the island after Heraklion. The city is famous for its picturesque historic Venetian harbor dating back to the 14th century.
Today, the harbor is home to a range of excellent seafood restaurants overlooking the sea. There is also a 16th-century lighthouse and the Nautical Museum to be explored for those looking to learn more about Chania’s heritage. And if you’re keen on learning even more history, head to the Archaeological Museum of Chania. Which is housed by the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis.
Don’t forget to explore the colorful narrow alleys of Chania. All packed with interesting souvenir shops, little cafes, and traditional tavernas.
Chania is also a great base for exploring the local area. The most beautiful beaches near Chania . Include Balos Beach, on a small peninsula. Characterized by striking contrasts of rusty, volcanic rock and turquoise water. If you’re looking for a crowd-free beach, head to Seitan Limania situated just 22 km from Chania city center. It’s a little hard to find, but once you are there, the natural beauty of the beach will sweep away you.
Written by Robe Trotting
One city in Greece that gets overlooked too often is Heraklion. Most tourists come here just to see the Palace of Knossos and then they leave, but the city itself is very interesting (and delicious). There is certainly enough to do here to spend at least two days in the city, if not more.
The most famous things to do in Heraklion include visiting the Koules Fortress and the Venetian Harbor. And seeing the Morosini Lion Fountain in the center of town and visiting the Agios Minas Cathedral. However, you can get off the beaten path in Heraklion and see the grave of Nikos Kazantzakis. Who wrote Zorba the Greek and is a giant of modern Greek Literature. You should also go on a self-walking tour of Lakkos, the historic red-light district of the city.
You can spend a full day shopping in the city. Especially if you’re looking for olive oil and other Cretan souvenirs. If you want to dig further into Crete history and culture, spend an afternoon at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
From Heraklion, you can take easy day trips to Rethymnon, Chania, and, yes, you can take a tour of the Palace of Knossos, the city’s most famous site.
Written by Stephanie from Sofia Adventures
Zante Town, at the base of the hill of Bochali. Sits on the east side of the Ionian island of Zakynthos is the capital and commercial center of the region.
A city with a long and tragic history, it has been rebuilt out of its ashes. Throughout time, an earthquake and wildfires has destroyed it. A ruined castle overlooking the city bears witness to its turbulent past and continued robustness. Top sights include the Venetian Castel, Solomos Square, and the Port of Zakynthos.
Don’t miss the Byzantine Museum, with its arcade of arches, and the 16th-century Agios Markos Church. With a belfry remodeled on that of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The interesting Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos tombs are also worth a visit.
Adventurous travelers will enjoy exploring the coastal areas. Swimming in the cool waters, or partaking in the many activities on the offer of the year. The best way to see the town is via the tourist train. Which provides a relaxed and enjoyable ride with daily guides that start from Solomos Square.
Known for its interesting past, pretty beaches, and beautiful landscapes. Zante offers an exemplary island vacation and is well worth taking the time to get to.
Written by Rai from a Rai of Light
Nafplion, Greece, is one of the best cities in Greece to visit. On the Argolic Gulf in the eastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. Nafplion is a charming city with a mix of modern and traditional architecture. And a picturesque harbor, and a rich cultural history. Visitors to the city can explore its many ancient monuments. Including the Venetian castle of Palamidi, the ancient theater of Epidaurus, and the fortress of Acronafplia. Nafplion is also home to a variety of vibrant cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Giving visitors plenty of options for dining and entertainment. The city is a great destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway. Or a romantic trip, as there are plenty of activities to explore and plenty of beautiful scenery to take in.
Rhodes Town is one of the best cities in Greece. It is on the island of Rhodes, which is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. We know this city for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife. The Old Town of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And is filled with medieval streets, ancient buildings, and stunning monuments.
We also know the city for its incredibly fresh seafood, excellent shopping, and lively bars and restaurants. There are many attractions to explore in Rhodes Town. Including the Acropolis of Lindos, the Palace of the Grand Master, and the Street of the Knights. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of beaches, including Faliraki, Afandou, and Lindos. There is something for everyone in Rhodes Town, making it one of the best cities in Greece.
Corfu Town is one of the best cities in Greece. On the northwest coast of the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, the city offers stunning beaches, lush greenery, and historic sites. Corfu Town is one of the oldest cities in Greece. And is the cultural, economic, and administrative center of the island. It is home to a wide variety of attractions, from the Old Town and its 18th-century buildings. To Venetian-style architecture and stunning beaches.
The city also boasts an excellent selection of restaurants and nightlife. And offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and sightseeing. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture, Corfu Town is a must-visit destination for any traveler.
The stunning city of Litochoro in Central Greece is a great place to explore the majestic Mount Olympus. With its breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and stunning blue seas. Litochoro is the perfect base for anyone looking to climb the highest mountain in Greece. The city is full of historical landmarks, religious sites. And cultural activities to enjoy. From the ancient Temple of Zeus to the breathtaking views from the peak of Olympus. Litochoro has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a unique and exciting experience in central Greece, then Litochoro is the perfect destination to explore.
Skála is a beautiful city on the Dodecanese island. It is a popular destination for tourists and is known for its scenic views and stunning beaches. Skála is also home to a variety of historical sites. Including the ancient city of Kamiros and the nearby castle of Saint John. Visitors to Skála can enjoy a variety of activities, from lounging on the beach to exploring the historical sites. The city also offers a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as a bustling nightlife. Skála is one of the best cities in Greece to explore and experience a unique culture.
Delphi and mount Parnassus
Delphi and Mount Parnassus are two of the best cities in Greece. Delphi is at the base of Mount Parnassus and is home to the ancient Oracle of Delphi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its archaeological site and museum. The majestic ruins of the temple of Apollo, the treasury of the Athenians, and the stadium can be found here. Mount Parnassus is in the heart of Greece and is known for its dramatic landscape and beautiful views. The mountain is home to the famous Delphi Oracle and is believed to be the home of the Muses in Greek mythology. It is also a popular hiking destination, with many trails and paths that wind up the mountain. And offer stunning views of the Greek countryside.
Best cities in Greece Santorini
Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. And is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. It has an energetic vibe and is known for its white-housed neighborhoods, volcanic landscape, and wine. On the volcanic island of Santorini in the southern Aegean Sea. The city is renowned for its stunning white-washed houses. And breathtaking views of the caldera, and stunning sunsets. The city is also home to several archaeological sites. And is a brilliant spot for exploring ancient Greek history. They fill the city with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
As well as several beaches for swimming and sunbathing. There are also plenty of water sports activities. Such as sailing, diving, and snorkeling, to take part in. Santorini is one of the best cities in Greece. And is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. There are a couple of cities in Greece Santorini that you must visit when checking out the island.
Oia is one of the best cities in Greece Santorini for sunsets. And is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. The Cyclades Islands, offer stunning views of blue-domed churches. And the white-washed buildings, and the vast Mediterranean Sea. We also know the city for its charming cobblestone streets, making it an ideal destination for a romantic getaway. Whether you’re looking for the perfect beach vacation. Or a romantic honeymoon, or a historical exploration. Oia Santorini has something for everyone. From its breathtaking views to its unique culture, it’s no wonder why Oia Santorini is one of the best cities in Greece.
Fira Santorini is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. It is on the island of Santorini and is the capital of the Cyclades archipelago. This charming city is home to stunning white-washed buildings, terraced vineyards. And stunning views of the sparkling Aegean Sea.
Known for its picturesque blue-domed churches, cobblestone streets, and quaint cafes. Fira Santorini is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. The city is also home to a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs. As well as a wide range of cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and live performances from local musicians. For those looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, Fira Santorini is the perfect destination.
Greece is an amazing country filled with rich history and beautiful landscapes, and its cities are no exception. From the multicultural city of Athens, filled with neoclassical buildings. To the modern city of Thessaloniki with its large student population. There are many cities in Greece that have something special to offer.
Whether it’s the breathtaking architecture. or the delicious cuisine, the vibrant nightlife, or the breathtaking views. There’s something for everyone in each of the cities of Greece. From the historical ruins of Athens to the modern art galleries of Thessaloniki. These cities offer something for everyone who visits. No matter what your interests are, there are plenty of cities in Greece that will make your trip an unforgettable experience.
Which of the best cities in Greece are you going to visit first?