Most of the European countries today were known for the Renaissance or the Dark ages in History. But one little country in the southeastern peninsula went on to become the hub of Modern civilisation- Greece.
The most sought after holiday destination- Greece is a country that is made out of dreams of every wanderlust at heart. With the right amount of rocky mountains, scenic valleys, the sublime beaches and fascinating islands, Greece is one of the most famous vacation destinations for people all across the globe. If you are looking for some fascinating things to do in Greece, Read on.
The picturesque country of Greece is located in the southernmost tip of the Balkan Peninsula. Most of the country is surrounded by the seas, giving it a rather long coastline. This makes it an ideal vacation spot for beach lovers as the beaches in Greece are known for their crystal clear waters and breathtaking views. Being home to great minds in History and literature such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Also home to the Mount Olympus, the mythological abode of the Greek gods, an interesting mix of the old and the new is what draws people from all over the world.
Due to the vast islands and beaches, Greece is increasingly being touted as one of the most important destinations for Honeymoon with your loved one. There are a lot of interesting things to do on your Honeymoon in Greece. Here is a list of top 25 interesting things to do in Greece.
25 Interesting things to do in Greece
- Water sports at Elia Beach
- Little town of Lindos
- National Archeological Museum, Athens
- Climb mount Olympus
- Delhi Theater
- Try some lip smacking Greek Food
- Monasteries of Meteora
- View from Mellisani Cave
- Walking through Pitaki Street,Athens
- Ghost town of Macedonia
- Beauty of Santorini Island
- Test your hiking skills in Samaria Gorge
- Day at Lake Plastira
- Hephaestus temple
- Corinth Canal
- Mount Athos
- Sun and sand at Balos Beach
- Mesmerising island of Corfu
- Museum of Kalavryta
- Tourlitis lighthouse
- Dikteon Caves
- Experience the Chios Rocket wars
- Shop for classics at Atlantis Books
- Pasha Gardens
- Kalograion Monastery
1) Indulge in the Water Sports at the Elia Beach, Mykonos
The sparkling clear waters of the Elia beach is said to attract water sports enthusiasts from far and wide. One of the longest beaches on the Mykonos island of Greece, the calm waters of the Elia beach make it perfect for a variety of water sports. Right from parasailing, water skiing, wake surfing to flyboarding, the activities are enough to give you an adrenaline rush.
It is also said to be a favourite spot for an ideal honeymoon in Greece
The sandy beaches lined with colourful umbrellas and sun beds are perfect for a day out in the sun with your loved one. There are a lot of water sports operators on the beach that offers boat and yacht rides to the nearby beaches and islands as well. Interestingly, the beach has quite a reputation for being gay-friendly, with a section of it, entirely reserved for the people of the rainbow spectrum.
Things to do – A boat ride to the Tragonisi island, a small island just near the Mykonos is a must visit if natural caves fascinate you.
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2) Spend a day in the cosy little town of the Lindos, Rhodes
Among the many towns of the island of Rhodes, Lindos stands out for its breathtaking, scenic and natural beauty. Situated on the foothills of a hill, the architecture of the place is a perfect amalgamation of the Byzantine, medieval, and Arabic influences. The cosy little town is just a few miles away from the famous archaeological site of the Great Acropolis, perched atop the hill.
You can get a magnificent view of Lindos from the Acropolis. The charm of the town lies in its quaint little homes with whitewashed walls and cobblestoned pathways. The market is filled with colourful goods and items for you to take back home. A lot of handmade pottery and leather items on display will surely delight you. There are a lot of eateries around the market which you can explore to taste the best of greek street food. If you are enjoying your honeymoon in Greece, visiting the town is one of the most important things to do in Greece.
Things to do– The Doric temple of Athena in the Acropolis is a must visit as it was the temple that housed the marble statue of the Greek Goddess Athena.
3) Visit the National archaeological museum, Athens
There was a dire need to preserve the rich culture and history of Greece in around the 19th century, which led to the establishment of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The museum is said to be one of the most important museums of the world as it houses certain ancient and rare artefacts collected from all the ancient sites of Greece. Right from numerous sculptures to prehistoric antiques, you will undoubtedly travel back in time once you step foot in the museum.
It is a perfect place for all history buffs who love to ponder over the life and times of our ancestors. The architecture of the museum is based on the Neoclassical style, with extensive gardens in the front, decorated with various sculptures. Visiting the museum should be on top of your list of things to do in Greece
Things to do– The museum also houses a library with a vast collection of rare books on ancient history, art and philosophy.
4) Climb Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain peak in Greece. The fact that it is said to be the mythological abode of the Greek gods makes it the most visited place in Greece. In fact, people from all over the world come to experience the various legends and myths attached to the mountains. The mountain is said to be the throne of God Zeus. Moreover, it is also quite rich in fauna and flora.
The caps are covered with snow and clouds most of the times but that does stop tourists to trek to the top and enjoy the stunning view of the surroundings. The clear and crisp air and the undisturbed nature makes it one of the ideal locations for your honeymoon in Greece.
Things to remember– Enrolling yourself on a trekking tour of the mountains is the best way to discover a few hidden secrets of the mountains. Camping at Litochoro, on the foothills of the mountains, are also one of the amazing things to do in Greece.
5) Get inspired at the Delphi Theatre
Among the most famous architectural ruins of Greece, The Delphi theatre is unarguably one of the most stunning places to visit in Greece. It is situated on the mount Parnassus, neighbouring the Sanctuary of Apollo, another important site according to Greek mythology. The Delphi theatre is an ancient site built around the 4th century B.C. It is said to be a site of great historical importance as it gives us a clear glimpse of the life and times of the ancient Greeks.
The large theatre has a seating capacity for 5000 people at a time. The seats were divided into 35 rows. The structure is completely built with limestone procured from the Mount Parnassus. It was the hub of all cultural and religious events happening in Greece.
Things to do– A particular Theatre society still showcases some ancients plays at the theatre in summers. It is a centre of many poetry readings and musical events even today. Watching a play in the ancient theatre will surely make your honeymoon in Greece quite memorable.
6) Satiate your hunger by trying some greek food
If you are one of those whose sole reason to visit Greece is to enjoy some authentic and lip-smacking greek food, then going on a Greek food tour is one of the most important things to do on your honeymoon in Greece. While on your vacation to the lovely country, you will come across a lot of food tours that will take you on guided tasting tours that will leave your taste buds on a high and your hunger completely satiated.
These small group culinary tours will let you taste the goodies of Greek food, right from spices, sweets, cured meats, cheese to olive oil. You may also get to gorge on the Greek speciality, souvlaki. The tours will take you through some guided tours to the most offbeat and local eateries to get a completely authentic experience.
Things to remember– There are a lot of patrons in Greece that offer you a homemade meal. They are touted to be the best.
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7) Soak in the serene atmosphere at the Monasteries of Meteora
The country to Greece is 80% mountainous and so almost all the important archaeological sites and structures are situated atop hills. The view of the hills rising from the plains is indeed a spectacle to watch. At the plains of Thellasy, there are a bunch of rock formations, which are known to be the home to some ancient Orthodox Greek monasteries.
The Monasteries of Meteora are a natural wonder. Perched on top of steep rocks and surrounded with stunning green foliage, these monasteries are home to the most orthodox monks, who like to live their life in complete isolation. Though not all monasteries are open to visitors, the ones that are, seem to be quite warm and welcoming. The sheer natural marvel of the place should certainly be seen at least once in a lifetime.
Things to remember– Do keep in mind that women and children are not allowed inside some monasteries. It is important to keep a distance from the monks as they do not like being disturbed during their meditation periods.
8) Enjoy stunning views of the Mellisani cave
One of the breathtaking views in Greece is the Mellisani cave, situated in Kefalonia. Though you may have seen many natural caves in your life, nothing will compare to the Mellisani caves in Greece. A lake inside the cave is what makes it ethereal. Furthermore, the lake is surrounded by trees and forests, adding to its beauty. One of the roofs of the cave is caved in just perfect to let sunlight pass.
This makes for a truly picturesque scene when the whole cave and the waters are lit up with different shades of blue and brown. If you are on a Honeymoon in Greece, your travel itinerary should definitely contain a trip to this wondrous cave.
How to reach– You can reach Mellisani cave through local flights easily available from Athens. Alternatively, you can also reach there by road from Myrtos Beach.
9) Take a walk through Pittaki street, Athens
A small street in the centre of the city of Athens that served as a place for the residents to throw garbage was delightfully upturned by a group of people who wanted to give make a change. A non-profit organisation Ïmagine the City” has successfully given a stunning makeover to the street by adding in light fixtures, chandeliers, fringed lampshades and all kinds of stuff discarded around the city.
The walls were painted in lovely pastels, adding some cosy furniture that replicates a cosy home. In no time, the dark alleyway soon turned into a hub of cultural events with activities. A walk through the street will make you realise that a slight change in perspective can make the world a better place to live.
How to reach- The street is located in the centre of the city of Athens, easily accessible by road.
10) Explore the ghost town of Macedonia
If you are the one that likes to experience a country in your own pace and visit some off beaten tracks, then exploring the ghost town of Macedonia is just right for you. Greece is dotted with a lot of abandoned places, but the ghost town of Gavros piques the curiosity of the historians. Being centrally located with good climate and foliage, people wonder why the town was actually abandoned by the locals, centuries ago.
Nevertheless, you will come across some good backgrounds for your pictures in this deserted little town. The place will also give you an idea about the architectural styles of the ancient Greeks. This is one of the important places to visit o Greece if you do not mind a bit of eerie silence in the air and the fear of the unknown.
How to reach– You can easily drive up to the place as it is well connected by road, between the Kastoria and the Prespa lake.
11) Marvel the beauty of the Santorini Island
There may be quite a few islands in the world which are as beautiful as the Santorini islands in Greece. Located in the Aegean sea, the Santorini islands are indeed a perfect place to visit during your honeymoon in Greece. It is one of the few islands with an active volcano but also some of the most spectacular beaches and other natural marvels. Santorini also is a delight to the foodies for the amazing range of fresh seafood served in restaurants across the island.
The Greeks here are known to pair the best of wines along with their food, so you can be sure to get a total foodgasm with every meal. There are a lot of small villages and beaches to visit in the island. You can also just take a stroll on the cobblestone paths, eat at the local eateries and watch the beautiful sunsets in one of its beaches. After all, these are the very things that make for an ultimate vacation.
How to reach– The island of Santorini is very well connected with a lot of ferry rides to and from the islands to other Greek island. You can also find a lot of chartered flights to the island as well.
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12) Test your hiking skills in the Samaria Gorge
Samaria gorge is said to be one of the largest natural canyons of Europe. Located on the island of Crete, the natural beauty of the gorge is definitely incomparable to anything that you may have seen before. The gorge is the part of the only national park of Samaria. The trail length of 18 kilometres along with the stunning beauty of the gorge is what attracts hikers from all over the world. Starting at a dizzying height of 1250 metres from the midst of snow clad mountains, the trek takes you through some of the most picturesque sceneries.
You may spot quite many advisory boards on the way down the trail which will tell you about the rare species of plants and flowers found there. Also, the hike passes through some ruins of old villages and churches. A small but quaint cafe at the end of the trail will serve you some root beer or soft serve, giving your hike a perfect ending. If you are an adventure enthusiast, a trek through the Samaria Gorge is one of the most important things to do in Greece.
Things to remember– The trek can be incredibly long so make sure you pursue it in the pink of your health.
13) Spend a day amidst greenery at Lake Plastira
If you haven’t already had enough of the gorgeous water bodies of Greece, then Lake Plastira should be your next destination while on your honeymoon in Greece. The lake is located almost 325 km from the city of Athens. It is one of the very many lakes, that is surrounded by lush greenery all around it.
Though this lake is human-made as part of an irrigation project in the 1960s, the place is definitely high on natural beauty. The lake is home to some quite welcoming resorts with unmatched hospitality. You can indulge in various activities such as fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking in the nearby forests or even mountain biking. Small eateries nearby will let you devour on fresh trout caught in the lake. If you like some fresh unpolluted air and enjoy being in the lap of nature, a day at the Lake will definitely recharge your batteries.
How to reach– You can take a stunning road trip to the lake as it is well connected by major highways. You need to spend a day in the resorts nearby the lake to experience to the calm and serene atmosphere.
14) Pay your respects to the Hephaestus temple
Greece is the land of the Greek gods, with a number of temples dedicated to them in every corner. One such temple located on the hills of Kolonos Agoraios is the Hephaestus temple. The beautiful columns of the temple give us a perfect example of the Dorian style of architecture. The sculpture inside the temple contain intricate carvings and are made with Parian marble. The wooden ceiling and the terracotta tiles give the temple a charm of its own.
It was dedicated to God Hephaestus, the god of fire And Goddess Athena, the goddess of pottery and craft. This is a place to visit for all history buffs who find historic ruins oh-so-charming. The temple is one of a kind, built entirely out of marble. The place was home of some orthodox Greeks until the 7th century. It is one of the most well-preserved structures of ancient Greece.
15) Cruise through the Corinth canal
The Corinth canal is a narrow canal that separates the mainland of Greece from the Peloponnese. Though the canal is very narrow to be of any economic importance to the country, it certainly attracts tourists that like to marvel at the engineering of human-made structures. The canal is cut through rocks and spans for over 6 kilometres. There are a lot of companies that offer a cruise through the canal.
A bridge on the canal that connects the mainland is also quite famous for Bungee Jumping. So if you are up for some adventure while on your honeymoon in Greece, a cruise through the Corinth canal is a must.
16) Soak in some religious vibes at Mount Athos
Mount Athos, located near Thessalonica in Greece, is considered one of the most important religious sites of Greece as it was home to the hermit monks of the 9th century. This monastery was the most important one of the Byzantine empire. The mountain is situated on the Chalkidiki peninsula, that also houses over 20 monasteries. Monks of different nationals occupy all of the monasteries.
There is a Russian monastery along with one each of Bulgarian, Serbian, Georgian and the rest of them are greek. A lot of these monasteries possess rare frescos, holy relics and mosaics of ancient times, which hold great value and importance today. The libraries in these monasteries are home to some rare historical texts and manuscripts which are heirlooms and passed on from generations.
Quick tip– If you are fascinated by the beauty and the exclusivity of this place, you need to know that there are only a limited number of people allowed to visit in a day. You need a special permit from the authorities and also the respective monasteries, at least 15 days in advance. Women, on the other hand, are strictly not allowed to enter.
17) Enjoy the sun and the sand at the Balos beach
For most of us, a perfect holiday is incomplete without spending a lazy day under an umbrella on a beach. With the sand under our toes and the endless marine waters ahead, visiting a beach is a sure shot way to get close to heaven, whilst being on Earth. If you are a holidaying in Greece, then you must visit the Balos beach in Crete. The sheer scenic beauty of the crystal waters and the soft pink sand is enough you relax your nerves.
Being a bit isolated from the rest of the country, the beach is intact with natural beauty and stunning rock formations that give a rugged feeling to the place. You will also find some pools of seawater that are trapped in the rocks and sand. These mini-pools are perfect for you to take a quick dip or just lay inside lazily.
How to reach– The Balos beach is mostly accessible by water through a boat from Kissamos.
18) Walk through the mesmerising island of Corfu
One of the many stunning islands of Greece, the island of Corfu is gifted with some stunning views of the juniper forests, mountains the valleys. The best way to experience the island is by being a part of walking trails in Corfu, which will take you through some magnificent sights. The Corfu trail hikes are quite famous among adventure enthusiasts.
The trail offers some stunning views of the amazing olive groves, forests covered with deciduous trees and calm lakes situated across the island. Moreover, the trail also takes you through the certain monasteries hidden in forests, a salt quarry and manor houses for your stay throughout the hike. If you have an adventurous streak in you and like to explore nature at your pace, the Corfu trail is one of the most amazing things to do in Greece.
Quick tip– The months of May to October are your best bet to visit the hike. the place may not be crowded and you can get hotels and accommodations on relaxed prices as well.
19) Feel the pain of the Holocaust victims at the Museum of the Kalavryta
Probably of its kind in the world, The Museum of the Kalavryta is dedicated to the Holocaust survivors in Greece during the Nazi invasion.
It was founded in 11993, almost 50 years after the incident, to shed light on the effects of destruction of humanity during the Holocaust. The museum houses some personal belongings of the people who were executed. There are also a lot of paintings depicting the atrocities of the Nazi army on the people. All these are collected from personal collections and historical archives. Museum is housed in a primary school building in Kalavryta. The museum is aimed to promote world peace and co-operation among people of different communities.
The museum triggers a sense of emotion in people who visit it. Right from feeling outraged for the Nazi army to being sorry for the affected, this museum is surely worth a visit during your vacation in Greece.
- Timings– 9 Am to 4 PM
- Entry fee– 9 euros
20) Make your fantasies come true at the Tourlitis Lighthouse
We have all been quite fascinated by fairy tales mentioning isolated towers amidst the waters. If it has been your dream to visit such a place on earth, you must visit the Tourlitis Lighthouse. Located in the town of Andros, the lighthouse served a very important purpose of providing a guiding light to the ships at anchored on the rocky outcrops of the Andros bay. It was constructed in 1887.
The lighthouse stands majestic on a rock, in the sea towering over 7 metres. The lighthouse is coveted in Greek history for another important reason. Being the first and the only automated lighthouse of its times, it did not need constant supervision. The stunning view of a lighthouse located in the sea is surely a treat to watch.
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21) Experience a chill running down your spine in the Dikteon caves
The marvel of nature is something that us humans can never get enough of. While Greece is full of places with mythological and historical significance, the natural caves of Dikteon have another story to tell.
The Dikteon caves are natural wonders situated in the Lassithi plateau in Crete. These caves were held as sacred by the cult of Zeus, for being the birthplace of Zeus. These caves were also said to be the hiding place for Zeus from his father, who was rather notorious for eating his own children. However, the caves were discovered in the 19th century in an expedition and now are open to the public.
The inside of the cave is quite cooler even in the summers. Also, with no place for sunlight to penetrate, it is lit with an eerie green light which adds to the whole ambience. The place was known to be haunted and sacred for centuries. Visiting the eerie Dikteon caves is one of the most important things to do in Greece.
22) Experience the Chios rocket wars
If the best of your childhood memories had anything to do with firecrackers and launching rockets up in the sky, then you are surely going to reminiscence your childhood here. On the Greek island of Chios every year, two rival parishes located on the opposite sides of a hill, aim thousands of bottle rockets at each other.
This event is indeed a part of the Easter tradition. Though no one knew when and why this tradition started, the members of the parishes make sure not to miss the event every year. In the past though, the war was fought with real cannons, which was confiscated later on.
The annual event is definitely not liked by the locals who do not like flying rockets injuring them; this event attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world.
23) Shop for classics at the Atlantis books
Apart from visiting the historical places, and monuments, shopping should also be your agenda while on a vacation. If you are a bookworm the search of some classics to add to your bookshelf, then this book place is a must visit for you.Located in the cosy Nomikos street in Oia, this store has some of the greatest books of authors such as Leo Tolstoy and Samuel Beckett, translated in English.
The book store is housed in a beautiful white washed villa. The store was started in 2004 by a group of students. It quickly caught the fancy of people for its fantastic collection of books, right from new releases to old classics as well. The walls of the book store are colourfully painted with quotes from famous personalities. Moreover, the patio of the bookstore offers a stunning view of the sea, something that surely must be visited on your vacation in Greece.
24) Stroll across the Pasha gardens
The vast greenery and forests are a huge part of the Greek landscape and architecture. However, you will rarely come across structured gardens, like the Pasha gardens in Thessaloniki. The old town was once home to the Ottoman empire, and the bits and pieces of their architecture can still be seen strewn around the town. Pasha gardens is an extensive green space with remnants of ancient structures here and there.
The park has a lot of hidden symbols on its walls and structures, something that is yet to be deciphered by the historians. Nevertheless, it is a place to include in your travel itinerary to Greece if you like to visit place which is not often visited by many.
The garden has some foundations and seating areas where you can enjoy a picnic and get to view the city.
25) Discover the science of weaving silk at the Kalograion Monastery
If you haven’t been able to visit the Monasteries of Meteora due to restrictions on female visitors, then this Female-only monastery is your saviour. Located in Kalamata, The Kalograion Monastery is the only female monastery in Greece. The nuns here cultivate silk and weave them into some of the most exquisite scarves in the world.
There is a room in the monastery which houses ancient relics, sacred vessels and clergy robes. This is indeed the birthplace of the famous kalamata silk scarves that have won worldwide recognition.
Quick tip– It is important to remember to dress modestly as a form to paying respect to the sacred place.