Top 20 places to visit in Greece

1. Athens

The city of Athens is the capital of Greece and is also the largest city in the country. Athens is known as one of the oldest cities in the world and every year millions of people make their way to the city to see the ancient ruins that dominate the skyline. Athens has prospered for more than 3,400 years and is considered to be the birthplace of democracy.

Acropolis of Athens, Greece
Acropolis of Athens, Greece by Christophe Meneboeuf

2. Mykonos

Situated between the islands of Paros, Syros, Naxos and Tinos, you will find the Greek island of Mykonos. The largest town on the island can be found along the western shorelines. Almost 10,000 people call Mykonos and most of them live in Chora. Countless people make their way to the island of Mykonos every single year.

Mykonos town, Greece
Mykonos town, Greece by Bernard Gagnon

3. Hersonissos

The town of Hersonissos can be found in the northern portion of Crete. Situated along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, Hersonissos is a popular resort town that attracts many people to its shores each year. Hersonissos lies on a peninsula and is home to a bustling little harbor that offers visitors some of the finest diving sites in Greece.

Greecem, Crete, Limi Hersonisos, Greece
Greecem, Crete, Limi Hersonisos, Greece by Stegop

4. Rhodes

You can find the island of Rhodes in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is considered to be the largest of the Dodecanese Island and is currently home to more than 100,000 residents. The Colossus of Rhodes which was one of the Seven Wonders has made the city and island of Rhodes famous and has helped to make it a very popular tourist destination.

Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece by Francesco Sgroi

5. Chania

The second largest city in Crete is that of Chania. The city of Chania can be found along the northern coastlines of island and over the years has become a popular tourist destination in Greece. While less than 60,000 people call Chania home, during the tourist season, the city’s population is known to swell.

Chania, Crete, Greece
Chania, Crete, Greece by Marc Ryckaert

6. Naxos

The island of Naxos can be found in the Cyclades group of islands in Greece. The city of Naxos can be found along the western edge of the island. The island is also home to the city of Drymalia. Naxos is a popular destination for tourist and offers some fine diving spots to visitors any time of the year.

City of Naxos, Greece
City of Naxos, Greece by Sergio Alvarez

7. Firá

The city of Firá can be found in the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. The city is home to a number of museums that have attracted countless visitors over the years. Traveling around the city of Firá is done by cable car which just adds to the unique experience of choosing to visit this ancient city by the sea.

Firá, Santorini, Greece
Firá, Santorini, Greece by Tango7174

8. Rethymno

The city of Rethymno is home to a little more than 40,000 residents and has been inhabited since the days of Antiquity. The city was an important enough economic center in the days of Antiquity that it was even allowed to mint its coins which depicted two dolphins locked in a circle; the same image which today stands as the town’s crest.

Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Rethymno, Crete, Greece by Lapplaender

9. Santorini

Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea more than 200 kilometers from mainland Greece, you will find the island of Santorini. The island is the largest in a group which is composed of the remnants of a long since extinct volcano that literally exploded. It is thought that the explosion created a giant tsunami which wiped out the Minoans of Crete 3,600 years ago.

Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia, Santorini, Greece by Jon Rawlinson

10. Thessaloniki

The city of Thessaloniki is known as the second largest city in all of Greece. It is home to almost a third of a million people. The city is also home to one of the busiest and most important port areas in the country. Known for its festivals, countless tourists make their way to Thessaloniki every single year.

Hellenistic Baths, Thessaloniki, Greece
Hellenistic Baths, Thessaloniki, Greece by Marsyas

11. Kamari

In the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea, along the coastlines of the Santorini Island is where you will find the city of Kamari. The city is most known for its ancient Poseidon sanctuary which can be found at the southern portion of the city. The black pebble beaches of Kamari are a popular destination for countless visitors to Greece every year.

Kamari beach, Santorini, Greece
Kamari beach, Santorini, Greece by Jack Newton

12. Oia

The city of Oia can be found in the northwestern portion of Santorini Island. While there are only a little more than 1,200 people who call Oia, thousands of people make their way to the city’s beaches every year. Oia offers some of the more secluded and peaceful beaches on the island.

Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia, Santorini, Greece by Wolfgang Staudt

13. Faliraki

The city of Faliraki is a well known resort town which can be found on Rhodes Island. The city is situated along a natural bay which shares its name. Faliraki features a 5 kilometer long stretch of beach. It is also well known for the naturalist beach which can be found just south of the city. There are many fine parks and entertainment centers in Faliraki.

FALIRAKI photo
Photo by forceberg

Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece by Francesco Ugolini

14. Imerovigli

On the northern shores of Santorini Island you will find the village of Imerovigli. The city has become well known for its sunsets and has often been referred to as being the balcony of the Aegean Sea. There are many old churches and ruins in Imerovigli. The most popular of these is the Skaros Castle which was built back in 1207.

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece by Ion Androutsopoulos

15. Skiathos

In the northwestern part of the Aegean Sea you will find the island of Skiathos. It is the western most island in the archipelago known as the Northern Sporades. There are more than 65 beaches that encircle the island which means that finding a secluded beach to relax on won’t be too difficult.

SKIATHOS photo

Port of Skiathos by maria georgiadou photography

16. Kos

In the Southern Sporades group of islands, you will find the island of Kos. The island is a popular tourist destination in the Aegean Sea. Located only 4 kilometres from the coast of Turkey, Kos was known to have once been part of ancient Caria. People from all over the world make their way to Kos every year.

Ruins of the Ancient Gymnasium, Kos, Greece
Ruins of the Ancient Gymnasium, Kos, Greece by Karelj

17. Agios Nikolaos

The sleepy little fishing village of Agios Nikolaos can be found on the southern Greek mainland situated on the Mani Peninsula. Agios Nikolaos has grown since the 1960s to become a very popular tourist destination hot spot in the country. While there are not ruins in the area, there are three 20 meter high towers in the village.

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece by Marc Ryckaert

18. Naoussa

The village of Naousa can be found in the northeastern most part of Paros Island in the Cyclades. Because of its cliamate and beaches, Naousa has become a popular tourist destination. The most famous beach in Naousa is known around the world as Kolympithres. During the summer months, the weather conditions are nothing less than perfect.

NAOUSSA photo

Naoussa, Greece by and641

19. Ios

The hilly island of Ios can be found in the Aegean Sea and is part of the Cyclades archipelago of islands. There are very few beaches on the island as most of it is surrounded by cliffs. The beaches that can be found are almost always secluded which is why Ios has been the setting of many films.

Ios, Greece
Ios, Greece by Benjamin Vander Steen

20. Laganas

The sleepy little village of Laganas can be found on Zakynthos Island. Located in the Ionian archipelago group of island, Laganas has become a popular eco tourism destination. On the island, you will find the village of Laganas which has many fine beaches. Most of the island however, was established as a sanctuary for the protection of the sea turtles.

Laganas beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Laganas beach, Zakynthos, Greece by Dan Stevens

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