Greece Travel Guide

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.

The legendary Greek jeweler crafts his designs out of his Athenian workshop. On offer at his Rhodes satellite store is a wide range of signature pieces in gold, inspired by both classical and contemporary Greece.

Rhodes's Jewish population, which topped 45,000 before World War II, has all but disappeared. Its legacy lives on in this museum, with photos, exhibitions of Jewish life, an old cemetery, and a prayer room.

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.

The ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri of Thera—Santorini's Pompeii—has the most famous ruins in the Cyclades.

Arguably the prettiest shop in Plaka, the city’s tourist hotbed, this store and gallery forgoes kitschy souvenirs for ceramic plates from the island of Rhodes and intricately carved wooden frames and trays from Epiros.

Perched on the edge of a cliff, this 444 B.C. temple with 15 still-standing Doric columns was dedicated to the god of the sea (a sort of consolation prize for not having the Parthenon named for him).

This is one of Athens’s oldest venues for rembetika, the “Greek blues,” born out of the misery surrounding the population exchange of the 1920s (when hundreds of thousands of Greek Christians were forcibly resettled here from Turkey), the German occupation, the dictatorship, and other da

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.

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.

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

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