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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Just a short walk from the Harbor and Old Town, the Casino Rodos is a hotel, restaurant, and all-night gambling spot, with hundreds of slot machines, dozens of gaming tables, along with seven restaurants and bars (must be age 23 and over).

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

Here the clay soils and mountain breezes, along with water so pure that nobody bothers to buy it bottled, create ideal growing conditions for Xinomavro (zeeno-mav-ro), Greece’s most intriguing red grape.

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.

An entire floor of the eight-story flagship bookstore of the publishing giant Eleftheroudakis is devoted to travel books on Greece; another one is exclusively for crime fiction (in Greek, English, Spanish, and Italian)—just the thing for beach reading.

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.

If touring ancient sites all day drives you to drink, bypass the touts luring you into Plaka’s mediocre restaurants and slip into this narrow, 100-year-old hideaway, allegedly the second oldest bar in Europe.