Greece

Greece Travel Guide

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.

Athens’s second most famous rock, this limestone cliff is 908 feet above sea level; imagine the view.

Those seeking a more sedate alternative to Rhodes's rowdy late-night party scene will find live music at Paffuto, plus an extensive list of Greek and European wines, including a weekly house vintage.

The road from central Athens to the sea is lined with open-air clubs that rage all night long to the strains of Euro pop. This glitzy option, where most of the action takes place around a pool above the beach, looks like the backyard of a drug kingpin’s Miami mansion.

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.

This David Rockwell and Colin Cowie-designed hotspot is one of the most glamorous on the island.

In a spectacular location overlooking Paradise Beach, Dionysus devotees romp around a pool.

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.

A who's-who of 20th-century Greek painters—from Fassianos and Maleas to Theophilos and Moraliss—reside in the small, well-preserved brick building.

Not all of the art in Athens is ancient; this stunningly renovated Neoclassical mansion holds the world’s third largest collection of graphic M. C. Escher prints and a permanent exhibit of the work of Op Art pioneer Victor Vasarely.

Funky Oia is hardly Santorini's center of nightlife, but Hasapiko is an exception. It specializes in strong cocktails, and all "nationalities, sexualities and mentalities" are welcome.