Things to do in Greece

Things to do in  Greece

Land of gods and heroes

Greece never fails to enchant, with its miles of azure coast, well-preserved ancient ruins, and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The capital of Athens is an ideal starting point—there, guides on walking, bike, Segway, and bus tours lead travelers through the Parthenon, Acropolis, and other buildings of historical and archeological interest, offering insight into both past and present. Combine your tour with a traditional Greek dinner in a classic Plaka taverna, or take a food and wine tour. From Athens, a short day trip north takes visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi, with its Temple of Apollo and other ruins, once central to the ancient world. Experience the clear-blue Aegean Sea on one of the Greek islands, such as Crete, Hydra, or Rhodes. Skip the hassles of arranging transportation, food, and docking points, and book a boat tour to the romantic island of Santorini, famous for its sunsets, wineries, and black-sand beaches. Mykonos, with its contrasting white beaches and legendary party scene, is another unmissable island; hiking, scuba diving, or cruise tours offer a different perspective on its beauty. The more relaxed Syros, which can be part of an island-hopping adventure, is an authentic paradise, where the Greeks themselves go to enjoy the architecture and local restaurants of Ermoupolis. You can book shorter sailboat tours of the Mediterranean from multiple points, and sunset tours are your best bet for postcard-worthy vistas.

Top 15 attractions in Greece


Dating back to 510 BC, the Acropolis of Athens is an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site that reigns over the capital city of Greece from its hilltop perch. Beat the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket and explore its many ruins, including the Parthenon and Propylaea, and the temples of Athena, Nike, and Erechtheion. Delve deeper into its history on a walking tour or combine it with other Ancient Greek sites such as Epidaurus or the Temple of Poseidon on a sightseeing tour.More

Santorini Volcano

The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More


Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More

Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Odeio Irodou Attikou)

Sitting on the southern slopes of the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus dates back to 161 BC and holds up to 5,000 spectators. Though it fell into ruin over the millennia, the theater was restored in the 1950s and is today a popular open-air venue thanks to its spectacular setting.More

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More


The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of ancient Greece with its grand marble facade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More

Mykonos Town (Chora Mykonos)

From the sea, the sun sparkles off the jumble of whitewashed houses and churches lining a maze of narrow, winding streets in Mykonos Town (Chora Mykonos). This picturesque Cycladic town, perched on a harbor in the middle of a wide bay, serves as the island’s commercial hub—its traditional buildings now occupied by shops, cafés, galleries, and Greek restaurants.More

Red Beach

Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More

White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos)

Looming over the waterfront, Thessaloniki’s 15th-century White Tower (Lefkós Pýrgos) is one of the city’s most famous attractions and the star of sightseeing tours. This imposing tower was originally built by the Ottomans as part of the city’s fortifications and was later used by Turkish invaders for public executions.More

Old Venetian Harbor

Venice ruled Crete for more than 400 years and built Chania’s scenic port during the 14th century. Today, the Old Venetian Harbor is the beating heart of Chania Old Town, with restaurants, bars, and stores nestled beside landmarks from the Venetian Lighthouse to the Firkas Fortress, Grand Arsenal, and Hassan Pasha Mosque.More


Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.More

Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos)

A regular on lists of the world’s best beaches, Myrtos Beach (Paralía Mirtos) is a 0.5-mile (700-meter) expanse of gleaming white sand curving between two high promontories on Cephalonia’s north coast. While the stunning color comes from rounded pebbles and coarse sand, not fine powder, the view from the blue Ionian Sea is spectacular.More


The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have offered a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (including six still functioning today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part man-made marvel, the dramatic locale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More

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When to visit

Greek seas and skies shine bright and blue in June through August, when summer travelers flock to beaches, islands, and ancient sites. For a more zen experience, kinder prices, and easier travel, visit in the shoulder seasons—late spring and early fall. Wildflowers can be magical in April and May, while September offers warm seas and tranquil weather.

Getting around

From lumbering car ferries to sleek, fast hydrofoils and airy sailboat cruises, boats are a magical way to explore Greece’s 227 inhabited islands. On the mainland, there’s a limited but efficient train network, with KTEL buses linking major towns and cities. You’ll want your own wheels to discover villages, countryside, and some ancient sites, however. If hairpin bends, anarchic traffic, and cramped village streets are not your thing, consider hiring a driver or joining a tour.

Traveler tips

For the best views of the Acropolis—and all the way across to the Aegean—head to Mt. Lycabettus, Athens’ highest hill, in time for sunset. If you take a wine tour anywhere in Greece, make it Santorini: The phylloxera louse can’t live in its volcanic soil, and its vines survived an epidemic that wiped out vineyards across Europe. The Gavalas Winery in Megalochori village is a great place to discover the island’s unique varietals.

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People Also Ask

What is Greece famous for?

The ancient cradle of Western civilization, Greece is renowned for its top-notch classical ruins, from Athens’ Parthenon to hillside Delphi. It’s also known for its verdant mountains, medieval monasteries, tiny villages, and lively towns—all giving way to a long coastline and groups of islands with idyllic beaches and azure seas.

What is the number one tourist attraction in Greece?

Greece’s top attraction is Athens, its capital, which had more than 6 million visitors in 2019. The city’s appeal is wide—from ancient relics to buzzing streets and food and nightlife. But travelers come mainly to see its most-visited site, the Acropolis, a rocktop crowned with archaic temples, including the Parthenon.

Is 7 days enough for Greece?

Yes, seven days is enough, but you’ll need to set expectations. Take a week’s tour of mainland highlights such as Athens and Delphi—focusing on one region like the Peloponnese, or island-hopping around Cyclades gems like Santorini and Mykonos. Alternatively, a week on an island, like Crete, offers beauty and culture.

What is the most common thing to do in Greece?

Travelers to mainland Greece usually focus on its classical sites, touring Athens’ antiquities before crisscrossing the interior to visit treasures like Delphi and Olympia. Relaxation-seekers, meanwhile, head for beach hot spots like Halkidiki and the Athens’ Riviera. Visitors to Greece’s islands lap up their sun, sea, scenery, and laid-back lifestyle.

What food is popular in Greece?

Across Greece, most tavernas serve popular classics like feta-topped salads, mezze bowls of hummus and tzatziki, and mains like moussaka, kebabs, and fresh fish. In the Ionian archipelago, Italian-influenced dishes such as pasta are popular, while Middle-Eastern favorites like stuffed grape leaves (dolmades) feature more in the Aegean islands.

Do they speak English in Greece?

Yes, English is generally spoken. In Athens and other cities—and at tourist sites and popular islands like Corfu, Crete, and Rhodes—English is widely spoken by waiters, shopkeepers, and tourism staff. If you’re traveling deeper into rural Greece, it’s wise to know and use everyday Greek words out of courtesy.

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