Greece

Things to do in Greece

There are so many things to do in Greece for culture seekers and history buffs. From the Turks to the Venetians, a number of people and cultures have left their mark on Greece and many historic relics are still present today. Even in the most obscure towns and villages you are likely to happen upon a shrine to Apollo, a crumbling temple or imposing ancient monastery. The Delphi Theater, the Metéora monasteries and the Acropolis are just some must-see heritage sites.

Wondering what to in Greece on an active holiday? From skiing to hiking to golfing there is something to suit every outdoorsman. For hikers there are so many incredible trails to choose, from the Vikos Gorge to Pelion to Hydra, the landscape of Greece is so beautiful and diverse.

For party-seekers, the islands offer a hedonistic list of things to do in Greece. Whether lounging on the beach in Crete or Naxos or dancing until the sun comes up in Ios and Mykonos, the Greek islands are a young person's paradise.

Between wine tasting, exploring and soaking in the summer sun you will never be left wondering what to do in Greece.

Jeweler and winemaker Kostas Antoniou's work puts a modern twist on classical Minoan pieces. His shop also stocks vino and offers tastings—but drinking and shopping could be dangerous: Antoniou's gold necklaces don't come cheap.

Athens is full of jewelry stores whose creations range from whimsical to wow. Lalaounis is one of the most serious (you get buzzed in at the door) and famous.

Rhodes' answer to the Body Shop stocks locally produced, all-natural cosmetics, plus olive oils, spices, liqueurs, and Greek sweets, such as moist sesame halva and sinfully rich baklava.

The shores south of Athens are known as the Athenian Riviera, with beaches spanning roughly 25 miles. One of the nicest of these belongs to the Astir Palace resort, on its private peninsula south of Athens.

If you forgot to pack suntan lotion or your favorite perfume shattered in your carry-on, you'll have no problem finding replacements at the Santorini outpost of the beloved Greek one-stop beauty megastore chain.

If seeing them in the hands of every old man sitting in the kafenion (coffee shop) has made you want your very own worry beads to click rhythmically against each other as you sip your coffee (or you’ve realized they’re the perfect gift for the man who has everything), find your kombo

The Cooperative of Rhodes, located right outside Rhodes Town, is a nearly 80-year-old winegrowers' cooperative that uses grapes harvested by island farmers to produce several highly regarded vintages, including Retsina, Muscat, and rosé.

Natural hot springs continually fill this saltwater/mineral-water lake from below, keeping the brilliantly blue waters at a temperature of around 75 degrees year-round. A hydrotherapy center ($12 entry fee) offers treatments, and underground caves attract the occasional diver.

Don’t miss a stroll on secluded Diakofti Beach—then try the fried zucchini balls at the shorefront food stand.

Rebuilt in the 1940's on the site of a seventh-century Byzantine acropolis, the 14th-century castle is perched on the highest point within the medieval city. Nearly two and a half millennia of Mediterranean history are on display within the heavily fortified walls.

Seeing an ancient Greek tragedy—or Swan Lake, The Magic Flute, or anything, really—performed at the A.D. 160 Herodeon (Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater), with the Acropolis looming behind, may be the highlight of your visit to Athens.

Head to Alexandra for large hunks of gold, including plates and trays. You'll also find silver and platinum earrings, necklaces, and rings, both from Greece and from the rest of Europe.

Rows of beach chairs and umbrellas line this hip, family-friendly, shallow-water beach east of Vouliagmeni. It’s privately owned, which means it has an entry fee ($8) but is also pristine and has a multitude of facilities, such as a beach bar, showers, waterslides, and water sports.