Greece

Travel Guide
Greece
Visit the building blocks of Western civilization, swim and sunbathe on beautiful Mediterranean islands and enjoy the lively nightlife scene.

As the birthplace of democracy, Greece has a fascinating history and a colorful and distinct culture. Its famous cuisine, idyllic islands and pristine beaches make it a popular vacation destination. Learn about the country’s rich past through ancient city ruins and old temples dotted along the gorgeous coast.

Get a sense of what it means to be Greek with a trip to Athens, the capital. Among the historic highlights is the cliff-top Acropolis complex that dates back to 500 B.C. View the crumbling Parthenon temple, with imposing marble columns and pediment. Visit the bars in the city center and sample the local cuisine, featuring pita bread and seasoned skewered meats.

Explore the rich tapestry of Ancient Greece with visits to other sites in far-flung parts of the country. One popular attraction is the Delphi ruins near Mount Parnassus. Head inland for the wonderful Meteora monasteries that were constructed atop jagged rock formations for spiritual elevation. Ascend the sets of outdoor steps to reach the viewing platforms for panoramic vistas.

Enjoy a change of scenery with several days on the spectacular beaches of Greece’s Mediterranean Coast. Take boats to some of the islands to relax on pristine stretches of white sand alongside cultural attractions. The countless beaches and resorts of Mykonos make it among the most popular islands for vacationers.

The seaside village of Fira on Santorini island is particularly scenic, with its cliff of houses typified by whitewashed façades surrounding a blue-domed church. Gaze down upon the sea-filled caldera of the island’s active volcano and bask in its thermal waters.

Find this historic country on the northern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the southeastern part of Europe. It is just southeast of Italy and shares borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries. Fly to the Athens International Airport and take domestic flights to other cities or ride boats to the islands.

Greece is Europe’s cultural and historic cornerstone, with culinary delights, awe-inspiring ruins and idyllic island beaches.

Popular cities in Greece

Athens
Athens
Known for Museums, Historical and Cafes
Athens is a city steeped in history, yet it's also a vibrant modern capital with world-class facilities and a seductively laid-back vibe.

Reasons to visit

  • Acropolis
  • Syntagma Square
  • Port of Piraeus
Pefkos Beach showing a sandy beach
Rhodes
Known for Beach view, Historical and Family-friendly
The ruins of ancient civilizations stand at every turn in the namesake city on the spectacular Greek island of Rhodes, where the modern and the historic blend seamlessly together.

Reasons to visit

  • Tsambika Beach
  • Lindos Beach
  • Pefkos Beach
Paleokastritsa Beach showing general coastal views
Corfu
Known for Beach view, Sea and Islands
Visit the Greek island of Corfu, with miles of picturesque coastline and countryside, pretty villages, traditional taverns and Byzantine architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Corfu
  • Achilleion
  • Arillas Beach
Mykonos
Mykonos
Known for Beach view, Islands and Poolside bars
For warm days on beautiful Aegean beaches and lively nights in bars and clubs, this island in the Cyclades is the perfect spot.

Reasons to visit

  • Mykonos New Port
  • Paradise Beach
  • Windmills of Mykonos
Fira featuring general coastal views and a coastal town
Santorini
Known for Islands, Sunsets and Sea
Check out the sights in Santorini, which is 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the northwest of Santorini Island. Coming from Santorini National Airport in Santorini Island, Santorini lies 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the southwest.

Reasons to visit

  • Athinios Port
  • Oia Castle
  • Ancient Thira
Thessaloniki featuring a city and general coastal views
Thessaloniki
Known for Sea, Historical and Cafes
On the shores of the Thermaikos Gulf, the second-largest city in Greece offers historic buildings, traditional cuisine, beach resorts and nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Aristotelous Square
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Tsimiski Street

Popular places to visit

Greece