Greece Travel Guide
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.
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.
The historic Street of the Knights once linked Rhodes Town's waterside port to the Acropolis high above. Many consider this ancient cobblestoned artery one of Europe's best-preserved medieval walkways.
Perhaps the second most important venue for diligent tourists (after the Acropolis), the recently renovated mammoth museum has the amazing Greek collection you’d expect, from Neolithic clay figurines to the treasures unearthed at Mycenae to the crowd-pleasing prehistoric antelope fresco from Sant
The sophisticated spot with views over the caldera is the perfect counterpart to Fira's more raucous late-night lounges. Opera drifts across from the sound system, leaving patrons free to sip champagne cocktails and admire the view in a serene setting.
The nouveaux riches of Athens love anything foreign—cars, TV shows, even coffee (some of Kolonaki’s snootier cafés refuse to serve café frappés, opting for the chic Italian import, cappuccino freddo).
Don’t miss a stroll on secluded Diakofti Beach—then try the fried zucchini balls at the shorefront food stand.
Just opposite the old Grand Master's Palace in Rhodes Town is an antiques store that is considered to be the island's top destination for ancient furniture, carpets, and decorative pieces. Its mosaic floors and airy gardens are works of art.
One of the great pleasures of the Athenian summer is enjoying a movie (and a souvlaki and a beer) alfresco at one of the open-air cinemas. The swankest is the Aegli, in the leafy Zappeio Gardens near Syntagma Square, which often plays Hollywood blockbusters with Greek subtitles.
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.
You can’t come to Athens and not visit the sacred rock. The world’s most famous acropolis (which means “edge of the city”) stands 230 feet high, with a 484,000-square-foot flat plateau; atop it is the Parthenon, designed by Pericles in the fifth century B.C.
One of the most recent naturopathic products to sweep the globe is mastiha, or mastic; the chewy resin, which comes from trees grown and harvested only on the Greek island of Chio, reportedly has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
With all that volcanic rock, not much grows on Santorini—except for grapes. Locally produced dry white and dessert wines are renowned throughout the country.