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Iconic things to do in Greece that let you step back in time

Discover the best spots in Greece that showcase the country’s incredibly rich history, tastes and sights.

Greece is a paradise for many travellers. It’s packed with historic sites, tantalises the tastebuds with its delicious Mediterranean flavours and has stunning scenery both on land and sea.

Take in Greece from the beaches of Zakynthos, the wineries on Santorini or the Acropolis in Athens. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For more, read on as we indulge in the best things to do in Greece.

Top things to do in Greece

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Visit the famous Acropolis

The Acropolis is the star attraction in Athens, sitting on a mountain top overlooking the city.

The ancient ruins showcase the complex architecture for the time it was built in the mid 5th century making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most famous of all the buildings is the Parthenon.


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Island hop

Second only to the Acropolis, island hopping cannot be missed while in Greece.

The island of Santorini delivers world-famous views in the blue and white village of Oia, and has tourists flocking to its coast hours before the sun hits the horizon to capture that picture-perfect moment.

Mykonos is also popular and known for its windmills and parties on Paradise Beach.

Greece has 227 inhabited islands for you to choose from, however it has a vast ferry network to get you between them all.


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Dive into the waters at divine beaches

A trip to Greece is not complete without seeing some of its beaches, which is a cinch to do if you’re already island hopping.

Home to idyllic white, red and black beaches, Greece is a one-of-a-kind destination. Navagio in Zakynthos is the most photographed beach in Greece because of the shipwrecks washed ashore (pictured).

The Red Beach can be found on Santorini, while Perivolos is the longest black sand beach on the island.


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Step into the unique world of Meteora

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Meteora. It’s a place where monks lived in monasteries built in the 15th centurt atop monolithic pillars that were almost inaccessible in those times.

Today, you can hike or drive up the mountainous region, passing the series of monasteries along the way, many of which you can visit and explore.

Our tip? See it during sunset for an absolutely stunning view.


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Sip fine wines at local vineyards

Greece is a great place to take a break, and one way to relax is with a good tipple.

Being home to some of the most regarded vineyards in the world, wine tasting is an experience that should be savoured.

Sip on fine wines paired with bread and olives as you take a day to tour local wineries. The views from the wineries in Santorini are hard to beat.


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Wander the cobblestone streets in Rhodes Town

This UNESCO World Heritage listed town is on the popular island of Rhodes.

The city is enclosed by towers and gates that were built in the 14th century and the town is lined with cobblestone roads that you are free to walk through without cars.

The town is filled with many shops, bars, restaurants and cafes and is ideal for romantic strolls or historical walks.


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Explore the ruins of Delphi

Delphi is located on the mainland and is an easy day trip from Athens.

Comprised of ancient ruins built on Mount Parnassus, many came to this sacred site on pilgrimages to worship Apollo and ask for advice from the Oracle.


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Hike through Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge is on the largest island in Greece, Crete.

It is the biggest gorge in all of Europe and is a spectacular day activity for nature lovers.

The hike takes you through the White Mountains and can take 5-7 hours to complete.


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Indulge in Mediterranean food

Greece has many famous dishes which have made it around the world, but some may still remain to be discovered by you.

Try eating locally on a food tour which allows you to explore the tastes of sweet treats and savoury dishes that haven’t become widely popular yet!

Tours are available across the country in Athens, Thessaloniki, Nafplio and more.


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