With ancient ruins, white sandy beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Greece is a tourist hotspot for history buffs, vacationers and foodies alike. The mainland cities of Athens and Delphi are well-known for their ancient temples and other landmarks, while the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes are frequented by honeymooners, partiers, and even celebrities. With a country so diverse, it’s hard to know where to start - and you’ll likely never want to leave.
- Reflect on Greece’s vast history as you wander around the ruins of the Acropolis of Athens.
- Find peace and harmony at the mountain-top monasteries of Metéora.
- Swim in the turquoise waters of the Blue Caves in Zakynthos.
- Discover the ruins of Rhodes, including the Colossus and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights.
- Dig your toes into the volcanic red sand at Santorini’s Red Beach.
- Set sail in the Mediterranean Sea and go island hopping.
- July and August are very hot months in Greece, so be sure to bring sunscreen, light clothing, and plenty of water. Avoid these months if you can’t stand the heat, or if you dislike crowds and high prices.
- Greeks are extremely friendly and can be very open and affectionate. Public displays of affection (PDAs) are common and try not to be offended if a local asks you personal questions.
- Get ready to eat like a god or goddess. Greece is known for its cuisine, mostly made up of grilled meat and veggies. Cheese is also a huge part of Greek culture. Don’t miss souvlaki, gyro and saganaki.
- Don’t worry if you get caught up in exploring, as restaurants are generally open late. In fact, restaurants may be empty if you arrive before 9 pm as dinner time for the locals can be as late as 10 pm.
- Punctuality is not necessarily a value in Greece. Service can be slow and transportation delayed - so sit back, relax and embrace the Greek way of life.
Greece has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Greece before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Greece, do check out our Greece Travel Guide for more information.