In the words of Henry Miller, ‘It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.’
Greece is the ultimate holiday destination for millions of people around the world and it is fairly easy to understand why; the mild, warm climate, the magical endless beaches, and the recognized Greek hospitality have all come together to make the country hard to resist. Despite being a fairly small country, however, Greece has a vast variety of different destinations visitors can go to and choosing one can be a daunting task. To get you out of trouble, here we present to you the best places to visit in Greece for 2021!
The Acropolis Hill - credits: lefpap/Depositphotos.com
Despite being the capital of Greece, Athens often gets overlooked by visitors who are desperate to experience the carefree vibe of the Greek islands. However, Athens is worth at least a couple of days out of your itinerary as its impressive archaeological monuments, cultural diversity, urban aesthetic, and the wide variety of offerings in things to do, see and experience make it a must-visit stop to your holiday. Choose a central spot to stay in Athens and explore the city on foot, even indulging in an Athens walking tour. Combining Greek mythology and history with modern architecture and life, Athens deserves a spot at the top of your bucket list!
Don’t miss: The emblematic Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, the luscious National Gardens, the view from Mount Lycabettus, the scenic neighborhood of Plaka, the vibrant Monastiraki Square, and drinks at the alternative neighborhood of Psirri.
The city of Heraklion - credits: kavalenkau/Shutterstock.com
The biggest and most famous Greek island is the ideal destination for people that want to experience the island life without leaving behind the comfort of a big city. Crete’s breathtaking beaches, such as Balos and Falasarna, its remarkable archeological monuments, such as the famous Knossos Palace, the magical views the Cretan landscape provides, and the mouthwatering Cretan cuisine -which you can easily explore through a Cretan food tour- leaves no visitor unmoved. What’s more, the sheer size of the island makes it a pretty diverse place, where you can find what you’re looking for whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with your family. From trendy bars, wild parties and busy beaches ideal for watersports to romantic spots and quiet taverns, when you’re in Crete you know you’re going to have a good time!
Don’t miss: the imposing Knossos Palace, the sunset at the Old Venetian Harbor of Chania, the secrets of Chania Old Town, the alluring city of Heraklion, a dive in Elafonissi Beach, a hike across the Samaria Gorge, and the fascinating island of Spinaloga.
Ammoudi Beach - credits: woolcock/Shutterstock.com
You saw that coming, didn’t you? That’s because no one can resist the charm of Santorini, not even the locals! Looking like has come straight out of a fairytale, Santorini with the trademark whitewashed houses with contrasting blue doors and windows is one of the most popular Greek tourist attractions, consistently gaining popularity during recent years. The awe-inspiring landscape the famous volcano offers and the delectable Santorinian wines are only some of the things you’ll enjoy once you decide to visit it. Additionally, the beaches of Santorini and specifically their coast has a unique texture and color due to the volcanic ash that you should experience at least once in your lifetime; as if you needed any more reasons to visit Santorini!
Don’t miss: a wine-tasting tour across Santorini’s wineries, the cobbled alleys of Fira, the staggering view from Santorini’s Caldera, a visit to Lignos Folklore Museum, a sailing experience at Santorini, the unique beach of Perissa, and the ruins of Ancient Thera.
Panoramic view of Corfu - credits: Elina-Litovkina/Shutterstock.com
Unlike Santorini, Corfu is not the obvious choice, but it is still a beautiful Greek island, rich in culture and things to do and see, that is worth your while. One of the most lusciously vegetated Greek islands, its green mountains come in contrast with its white sandy beaches and deep blue waters, creating a striking landscape of unmatched comeliness that will capture the heart of visitors. Its lively picturesque streets, dominated by the Venetian architecture and aesthetic that is prominent all across the island are perfect for afternoon walks, relaxed drinks, and souvenir shopping, while its calm beaches make Corfu an ideal family-friendly destination the whole family will love.
Don’t miss: the impressive Gorge at Agni Bay, the sensational Cape Drastis, the famous Vlacherna Monastery, the vibrant nightlife of Sidari, the scenic streets of Corfu’s Old Town, the historic Achilleion Palace, and the beautiful Paleokastritsa.
Meteora - credits: Violin/Depositphotos.com
Leaving the Greek islands behind, we move on to one of the most impressive regions of Greece, where nature took the lead and transformed it into a national treasure. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora is the definition of ‘eye candy’ in a very intimidating way. Justifying its name which can be literally translated to ‘suspended in the air’, the wild beauty of the intense rock formations Meteora is known for hosts monasteries -most of which have been built back in the early 14th century, at an altitude of more than 1,200 feet, overlooking the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki. Perfect for lovers of nature and isolations, Meteora, the place between heaven and earth, is more than just the perfect background to your holiday photos; it is a spiritual place that will calm you down and make you see life through a different lens. Do you need any more reasons as to why Meteora should be on your bucket list? How about the Meteora sunset tour? Yeap, I knew that would do the trick!
Don’t miss: the well-known monasteries of Meteora, including Holy Trinity, Great Meteoron Monastery, Varlaam, Agios Stefanos, Roussanou, and Megalo Meteoro, a hike up Kalambaka, a visit to Kastraki village, and the impressive Theopetra Prehistoric Cave.
The city of Nafplion - credits: Olga Kot Photo/Shutterstock.com
A personal favorite and arguably one of the most romantic cities of Greece, Nafplion, the very first capital of the modern Greek state, is the ideal getaway, as its close proximity to Athens -located only a couple of hours away from the Greek capital- make it perfect for a day-trip from Athens. The different cultures that have occupied the city through the years are apparent in its architecture, lifestyle, and cuisine, with the Ottomans, Byzantines, and Venetians leaving their mark all across the picturesque city. With an excellent beach nearby but also a wide variety of things to do in the city, Nafplio is a Greek destination that can be cherished both during winter and summer!
Don’t miss: climbing up the 900 steps of the Palamidi Fortress, a visit to the castle of Bourtzi, a Nafplion walking tour around the picturesque city center, tasting local dishes at the traditional taverns or by joining a Nafplion cooking class.
Now that you know of the best places to visit in Greece for 2021, it’s time to bite the bullet and book your next holiday in the destination of your dreams. Whichever the expectations are, Greece will not only meet but surpass them. Pinky promise.