Greece is home to thousands of islands with Crete being the largest and home to some of the finest beaches. The Balos Lagoon on the west side of the island is beautiful with long white sandy beaches and warm shallow waters. The Ionian islands are home to vast arcing white sands that rise up to green topped limestone cliffs. Myrtos beach on Kefalonia island is one of the best with the beaches on Corfu offering up a choice of vast sandy beaches, idyllic coves and quiet stretches of sand perfect for sunbathing.
There are a number of great sites for watersports throughout Greece. The island of Kos in particular is host to some great beaches and warm clear waters that are perfect for an array of different sports. Wind surfing, jet skiing and diving are all possible here. The island of Rhodes is also a popular choice for those seeking some high octane adventures. Hire a speed boar and power through the waters or try out some kite surfing for a truly exhilarating experience.
The southern coast of Crete is much rockier than that of the north and so makes for fantastic snorkeling spots. The relaxing beach of Sougia is a nice option, the beach itself is wide and long, meaning that even in busier periods it doesn’t feel crowded. Plakias is also ideal, snuggled in a quiet bay that started life as a fishing settlement it offers shallow waters and nice scenery.
Greek cuisine is famous around the world, healthy and nutritious it is a a great example of a mediterranean diet. Meze is very popular, with a spread of small dishes usually served at the beginning of a meal with dips such as tzatziki served alongside. Eating out on your holiday in Greece is a pleasure, with various traditional restaurants and more modern fares offering a mix of mediterranean and international cuisines. Vitro is a nice traditional restaurant that can be found near the Acropolis, worth a visit for a romantic night of live music and a good mix of traditional Greek cuisine served alongside modern variants.
Entertainment in greece is a nice mix of the traditional and the modern, with bars offering traditional Greek ‘folk’ music and live music that spans through traditional styles to modern rock, blues and jazz. An interesting venue that sees live music and outdoor cinema during the summer months is the outdoor Lycabettus theatre in Athens, atop the Lycabettus hill it is a truly unique experience especially when watching a movie under the clear star filled skies.
Greece’s bar and cafe culture is as vibrant as the rest of Europe’s with many restaurants, cafes, bars and traditional Greek tavernas offering on street seating amidst the scenic charm of the old towns and city streets. Head to the quieter areas to experience a true Greek bar experience and mingle with the locals to get to grips with Greek traditions. In the village of Tsagarada on the road to the Mylopotamos beach you’ll find the wonderful Deipnosofistis restaurant and bar. It serves a modern mix of mediterranean cuisines using home grown ingredients.
Greeks traditional cuisine is not too dissimilar from that of Turkey, Italy and the Balkans. Ingredients like feta cheese, olives, breads, herbs and wine are widespread as are courgette and yoghurt. A classic greek salad would generally consist of feta, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion olives, garlic and olive oil. Meze is one of the most common exports of greek cuisine and is popular throughout Greece and is generally served as an appetiser consisting of several small dishes served along with dips and breads. Filo pastry is also commonly used to wrap a variety of ingredients. Spanakotyopita is one such dish where spinach and cheese is wrapped in pastry and then served with cubed feta.
Greece is famous for its beautiful architecture and its rich history and mythology. Excellent examples of this can be seen in the Pantheon on the Acropolis in Athens and the Temple of Zeus in Cyrene. Athens in general is wonderful for any history lover but beware, you could spend weeks exploring it all. It’s possible almost everywhere either on the islands or the mainland, to join guided tours which take you through a historical journey of some of the most important historical sites.
Greece’s culture has been deeply effected by its location on the crossing point of east and west - steeped in history and mythology, this has helped to shape contemporary Greek culture into what it is today. It has come under various ruling from the Macedonians, Romans and Byzantine empires which has had a diversifying effect on everything from architecture through to traditional food and music. There are several wonderful museums to explore during your trip to Greece including the national archaeological museum of Athens and The Acropolis museum.
Greece has some great water parks that are fun for all ages! Rhodes is home to Europe’s biggest water park - aptly named The Water Park, Creative naming aside, this park is gigantic and has a mix of thrill rides, multi rides, rides just for kids and lazy pools and rivers for those just wanting a lounge. It can be found in the resort of Faliraki and has loads of on site restaurants and bars - a great day trip option. Other popular choices includ Acquaplus water park in Crete, Zakynthos’s Water Village and Copa Copana Park in Athens.
Greece has some of the most varied landscapes of all of Europe - from the stretches of pristine white sand beaches and the vast mountains and hillsides through to the beautiful green stretches of countryside popular on the Ionian islands. A wonderful mix of man made and natural is the archipelago of Santorini with its mazes of white housing and with blue highlighted roofs and doors. As 80% of Greece consists of mountains it’s pretty hard to ignore them, but the highest of the lot - Mount Olympus is a must see.
Greece boasts amongst its many attractions a vivid and varied nightlife with beach clubs and all night discos. The island of Mykonos is well known for its clubs and bars and has quickly become one of the major party destinations in Greece. Amongst the clubs is Space Dance in the town of Chora, famous for its uninhibited all night parties and for its sheer size. Paradise beach is home to Cavo Paradiso, a hill top club which has gained the reputation as one of the hottest party destinations of the world.
Athens is home to some great late night hot spots, with jazz bars and cocktail bars taking centre stage. Elsewhere there are flourishing live music venues playing a mix of rock, traditional music and blues and on the islands there are plentiful beach side bars and resorts offering cocktails and great chilled atmospheres. Head to the city for a late lunch and follow it with a shot or two of Ouzo.
Santorini is amongst the best holiday destinations in Greece, well known for its volcano and picturesque architecture as well as the beach which was formed from volcanic rocks. Corfu is a beautiful Ionian island with strong Venetian influences to its architecture, a beautiful island to spend your entire holiday on. Crete is amongst the best known of the Greek islands and is a wonderful place to spend days or weeks exploring. For those wanting to experience the best of Greek nightlife, then Mykonos with its endless parties is the perfect destination. Platis Gialos is one of the best resorts on the island with numerous hotels to choose from.
Though there are some great clubbing spots in Greece; Crete, Zante, Athens and Kos, Mykonos remains one of the best spots with clubbers from around the globe traveling here just to get a taste of the nightlife. The clubs on offer are abundant with most staying open all night and into the next day. Beach parties transform into foam parties and some of the biggest clubs invite DJ’s from around the world to keep the party going ‘till morning. Try out Cavo Paradiso for something different or head to the Paradise beach bar, or super Paradise for a typical beach affair.