Things to do in Greece
In a nutshell, Greece is sensory overload. Whether you’re rocking out in nightclubs on Mykonos, taking in the lovely spring wildflowers in Crete or diving headfirst into a delicious Greek feast in Athens, you’ll be buzzing in this incredible country.
It seems everywhere you go on the mainland, there’s signs of ancient history, particularly in Athens. The Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus - holy history! But it’s not all ancient ruins and relics, there’s the perfect balance of past and present in Greece. You’ll find an incredible contemporary art and music scene all over the country. It’s a place where you’ll stumble across live music, modern museums and galleries in the most unexpected places. So don’t be afraid to throw caution to the wind and check it all out.
Of course, Greece is also a country where you can make your own fun, particularly on the Greek Islands. The islands in the northeast of the Aegean Sea are spectacular with lush mountain waterfalls, hidden coves and ancient sites. Each and every island also has spectacular beaches, coastlines and countless bars where you’ll have the time of your life. You can even visit the island where ouzo comes from – head to the island of Lesbos for a shot of the good stuff.
No matter where you head in Greece you’re guaranteed good times, but here’s our fave things to do – opa!
Head to Athens’ ancient high city, a flattop hill dotted with a plethora of Classical architecture and swirling with historic legends of the Greek gods. Towering over the city, the Parthenon and its treasures in the New Acropolis Museum are a must-see.
The beating heart of everyday ancient Greece life, the Ancient Agora marketplace was where the local community came to hear philosophers, take care of paperwork, shop, gossip and enjoy the shade and shelter of the impressive colonnades arcades.
Most Greek island holidays take place on the island of Crete and for good reason. Not only is Crete the largest of all the Greek Islands, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
In party terms, Mykonos is to the Greek Islands what Ibiza is to Spain. Much of the island's nightlife is clustered within the Mykonos town, referred to by locals as Chora.
Chances are if you've seen photos of the Greek Islands, you've seen Santorini. As famous for its view as it is for its architecture, the iconic white stone houses perched on cliffs overlooking azure waters are that of Santorini.
If you’re into Greek mythology, you must visit the ancient home of the 12 Olympic gods and goddesses. Mount Olympus is located 80 kilometres away from Greece’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki.
You really can’t come to the land of the Olympics without visiting the remains of this 6th century BC building dedicated to the king of the Olympic gods, Zeus, in the heart of Athens.