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I’m gonna keep it super real for a hot minute here. Because there is 100% no doubt about why you’re here right now. Yup, you’re here for a list of the most beautiful places in Greece. 

And, um, hi, who can blame you? I mean, I think we could all use a beyond gorg, hella epic list of the prettiest places in Greece. 

Because I personally think that a trip to Greece is never a bad idea and something that we ALL need in our lives. 

No, seriously though, what’s not to love? The Acropolis? Good. Sandy AF super beautiful beaches? Great. Delicious Greek food served directly to your beachside lounge chair by a cabana boy (or girl)? The best thing EVER in the history of the universe. 

Yes, please excuse me while I impromptu book a flight to Greece and pack my bags right this minute. 

So, if you agree with me even a little bit and find yourself thinking things like, “Mamma mia, here we go again (Get it? Because that movie was filmed in Greece? No? Okay, swiftly moving on)” then this is the post for you!

Because this list of 26 ridiculously gorgeous, fairytale-level awesome places to visit in Greece has been hand-crafted for you by some of my favorite travel bloggers on planet Earth.

A group of travel experts who know their stuff and are sharing some of their favorite, insider tips on how travel to some of Greece’s most secretive destinations like a total pro.

And before you judge me too harshly, yes, some not-so-secret places will also make a super sweet guest appearance on this list too.

I mean, can you really make a list of the most beautiful places in Greece without mentioning Santorini? And the correct answer to that question is of course. a solid “no”. 

But, enough chitty chat. Because you’re a super busy human with about 10,000 different people to low-key stalk on Facebook as you while away the hours pretending to work. Yup, I see you and know the struggle all too well. 

So, let’s get on with it already, throw caution to the wind, and check out this expert’s guide to the prettiest places in Greece right….now!!

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Most Beautiful Places in Greece – The Cyclades

1. Paros

By: Smita of My Faulty Compass

Dining in the evening by the water in Paros, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Paros.

A hidden gem among the Cyclades, Paros is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece. It’s filled with pristine beaches, spectacular natural landscapes, and charming small towns.

Therefore, there is no shortage of amazing things to do on this gorgeous island!

So, enjoy swimming or sunbathing at one of several beautiful beaches – like the expansive Santa Maria beach, the ever-famous Golden Beach, or Kolombithres beach with its unique natural landscape.

And if you can manage to tear yourself away from these stunning beaches, then go for a drive around the island (it’s small enough that you can see it all in one day) or take a short ferry ride to Paros’ twin island, Anti-Paros, and visit some of the amazing beaches there. 

Afterward, explore some of the island’s many villages, which will introduce you to the vast wealth of traditions and cultures that can be found in this exciting place – particularly in the mountain village of Lefkes with its sweeping views and its maze of beautiful white streets to get lost in.

Also worth visiting are the villages of Parikia and Naoussa, where you can stroll through streets lined with flower-laden whitewashed buildings and shop for olive oil and charming souvenirs.

Paros also has the added benefit of being easily accessible via ferry from either Santorini or Athens.

For the best stay, try to book a hotel in the town of Naoussa since you’ll be close to the island’s best beaches, can easily enjoy some of the areas’ most exciting nightlife, and can try some amazing Greek food at either Yemeni Wine Restaurant or Gyros & Souvlaki at Souvlakia Kargas.

Personally though, one of my favorite hotels on the island is Kalypso Villas since it is known for its amazing services and is home to a wealth of properties that overlook the water, 

2. Milos

By: Ucman of Brown Boy Travels

The crystal blue waters off the coast of Milos in Greece.

Milos island (pronounced Meelos) is the most southwestern island of the Cyclades island chain and is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece. 

Additionally, many of the prettiest islands in Greece are actually found right here in the Aegean Sea, with gems like Mykonos and Santorini being some of the country’s most famous travel destinations.

Like its neighbors, Milos is a volcanic island that features a variety of exquisite volcanic caves and crystal blue waters that are just waiting to be explored.

Therefore, even though it’s a small island, there’s still plenty to see and do here. 

Getting to Milos is also extremely easy since there are two direct flights daily from Athens and a multitude of ferry options available to you as well. You can use these tips and tricks for high-speed ferries in Greece to book the best tickets for you. 

https://www.greecelogue.com/tips-tricks-traveling-by-high-speed-ferry-in-greece.html

And If you’re expecting a series of traditional whitewashed homes with old-world-style windmills, then you will not be disappointed.

Because Milos is brimming over with soothing, dark blue doors and whitewashed houses – many of which can found in Chora, the island’s main town.

Some of the island’s finest restaurants are also located here, including the fabulous Avli-Milos with its delicious Saganaki shrimp with feta.

If you can though, venture up to the Venetian Castle and watch the sunset over Chora for an experience to remember. 

There are also a wealth of stunning, unspoiled beaches scattered all across the island, including the party beach of Paleochori and the quiet beaches of Plathiena and Kleftiko – both of which are only reachable by boat.

So, although Milos might not be as famous as its neighbors, it’s still a dream destination for travelers since hotels here are well-appointed and extremely reasonably priced – like the rooms at the well-reviewed, 3-star, Aeolis Hotel (rooms start at just $44 per night). 

3. Santorini

By: Chrisoula of Greece Travel Ideas

Traditional white washed buildings with blue-domed roofs in Santorini.

Santorini is one of the most romantic and beautiful places in Greece. It is also a volcanic island with a beautiful sea-filled crater (caldera) that visitors will love to explore.

Along the rim of the crater, you’ll find Fira, the island’s capital, and Oia, a magical town filled with white-washed homes, blue-domed churches, narrow alleyways, and postcard-perfect sunsets that make it one of the most beautiful landscapes in Greece.

If you can, try to make Fira your home base since it’s a vibrant town that is overflowing with fantastic hotels and restaurants – many of which offer patrons stunning views of the caldera,

In particular, Belvedere Suites is one of the best since it is close to some of th island’s most amazing bars and nightclubs. Although, it can get busy throughout the summer months, so be sure to make a reservation. While you’re here, you should also try a selection of delicious local delicacies like fava and fried tomato balls. 

Next, take the island’s famous walking trail (9km) from Fira to Oia and wind your way along the crater rim. After about thirty minutes or so, (from Fira) you’ll hit Imerovigli, which is the highest point of the crater.

In total, the hike should take around two hours and is best done in the late afternoon since Oia is THE place to watch the sunset, But, if you don’t want to walk there, you could always just take a local bus from Fira to Oia instead.

Other fun things to do in Santorini include cruising on a boat around the caldera to the sulfur hot springs, taking a trip to Fira’s harbor via a local cable car (since it sits at the base of  587 steps), or relaxing on one of the island’s unique, black volcanic sand beaches. 

Additionally, you can also try other, slightly more adventurous activities like parasailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and scuba diving, 

Otherwise, use the island’s amazing bus service to visit a variety of different villages, local wineries, and two unique breweries.

4. Antiparos

By: Paulina of Paulina on the Road

The turquoise blue waters and sandy beach of Antiparos in Greece.

Antiparos is one of those tiny Greek islands that is located in the Aegean Sea. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Greece and has a ton of fun things for visitors to do.

In fact, this island is so fantastic that Tom Hanks actually owns a villa here. This way, he can easily spend most of his summers on the island.

And that makes sense since Antiparos is a gorgeous destination filled with white-washed buildings and narrow little lanes that you can stroll through. It also makes a fantastic day trip from Paros since it’s just a seven-minute ferry ride away from the island.

So, start your time off in Antiparos by exploring the Venetian castle that was built here back in 1440.

Next, check out the village of Kambos in the center of the island and explore the amazing Cave of Antiparos while you’re here (it’s about a 10-minute drive from the village).

If you want, you can also relax on one of the island’s many beautiful beaches, including Glifa, Livadia, Agios Georgios, and Psaraliki.

After that, taste some of the island’s best Greek fare in Agios Georgios, where you can sample fresh seafood at Captain Pipinos and admire the gorgeous views all around you. 

Finally, spend a fantastic night in one of the many rooms at Villa Artemis in Antiparos. Or, simply come here as part of a fun day trip after a refreshing stay in one of the luxury villas in Paros 

5. Folegandros

By: Francesca of Little Lost Travel

Whitewashed homes near a cliff in Folegandros, Greece.

The Cyclades are a popular group of Greek islands that include iconic vacation destinations like Santorini and Mykonos.

However, one lesser-known Greek island is Folegandros. Often overlooked, Folegandros is no less beautiful than its famous neighbors with tall, jagged cliffs that rise up out of the pristine, turquoise waters below.

There are also a series of gorgeous beaches that dot the coast and a wealth of picturesque villages that sit nestled along the island’s rolling hills.

Yes, Folegandros may be a bit on the small side.  But, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with an electrifying nightlife scene inside the capital of Chora (pronounced Hora).

Like most towns in the area, Chora has typical, Cycladic style, squat, whitewashed buildings that are hidden away amidst a series of narrow winding streets.

Therefore, be sure to take a stroll through this idyllic town and admire the series of whitewashed homes, with flowers cascading down their dark blue doorways, that can be found here.

In fact, many of the buildings in Chora actually date all the way back to medieval times, with its oldest district, Kastro, containing the remnants of a fortress that was once used to protect islanders from local pirates. 

So, after admiring the beauty of this tiny town, hire a scooter and do a bit of beach hopping. Next, walk up to the Church of Panagia for sunset and enjoy a relaxing drink at Wine Bar Merkouri in the evening.

Finally, indulge in a lazy breakfast (or brunch) at Pounta, where you can sample decadent dishes like the eggs benedict amidst the shade of an onsite garden.

And for a delightful, budget-friendly place to stay, try Camares. Not only is this villa complex within walking distance of the center of Chora. but it also comes fully equipped with a kitchenette and a double bed too.

The patio also offers guests stunning views of the nearby church and is a relaxing place to enjoy dinner and a delicious glass of wine.

6. Kea

By: Tiffany of A Girl and Her Passport

Pastel-hied homes along the coast of Kea, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Kea is a beautiful, Cyclades island that is the closest island in the chain to Athens, making it a popular destination among Athenians who are looking for a quick getaway.

It also makes for a fantastic vacation spot since it’s one of the most beautiful places in Greece that is known for its stunning beaches and amazing views of the island’s many mountainous villages.

Although, because the island doesn’t really get a ton of international tourists, there are a limited number of things to do, like make your way to the village of Ioulida to see the Lion of Kea.

And while many theories exist about where this lion came from, its weathered face tells you that it’s seen many things. It’s also a great spot to enjoy some amazing views of the Aegean Sea.

Afterward, head into Iouilda to visit the Archaeological Museum of Kea. It features a wide array of artifacts that were found during some of the digs done on the island – the most interesting of which are a series of large vases that were carved in the shape of different women.

Finally, enjoy a delicious dinner with a view at Vourkarian. It’s a great restaurant that sits right on the bay and offers guests beautiful views of the sunset. Try the beetroot salad and the fava beans since both are classic Greek dishes that are great for sharing.

And when you’re ready to call it a night, head back to one of the exquisite rooms at the Infinity White Complex. It’s a lovely, 3-star hotel that is well-priced, known for its fabulous service, and features spacious, modern rooms everyone will love.

7. Sifnos

By: Derek and Mike of Rove Trotting

A panoramic view of the water surrounding Sifnos, Greece.

One of the most beautiful places in Greece is the enchanting island destination of Sifnos. It can be found in the Cyclades island chain and is a real hidden gem that provides visitors with a serene respite from nearby party islands like Mykonos.

That’s why any island-hopping itinerary should include at least three nights on Sifnos. This way, you’ll have ample time to soak up the island’s beautiful culture. 

It’s also an easy island to get to since Sifnos is well connected to Athens, and various other islands, by several different high-speed ferries.

So, when you arrive by ferry in the port town of Kamares, be sure to admire this village’s charming boutiques, delicious restaurants, fun beach bars, and golden beaches surrounded by rugged hills.

Kamares is also an ideal place to stay since it’s a main urban center that gives you easy access to all of the island’s major attractions, like Vathy Beach – a stunning white sand beach that sits inside a cove and that is lined with charming taverns where you can eat lunch right at the water’s edge.

If you can, book a room at the well-reviewed ALK Hotel for exquisite modern amenities and luxurious accommodations that come at an incredibly reasonable price. 

However, another beautiful city on the island that is known for its vibrant nightlife is Apollonia. It’s an exciting place that has amazing restaurants with rooftop decks – terraces where you can enjoy sweeping views of the island. Also, while you’re here, be sure to stop by Drimoni for some delicious risotto with mastelo.

And if you enjoy the great outdoors, don’t forget to marvel at Sifno’s abundance of beautiful natural landscapes during a trek along the Sifnos Trails. It’s a 100 km network of fantastic hiking trails that snake all the way around the island and bring you to a wealth of incredible scenic overlooks.

8. Ios

By: Claire of Claire Pins Travel

Mylopotas Beach on Ios in Greece.

Ios is a Cycladic island that is located between Santorini and Naxos in the Aegean sea. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, white buildings, and steep hillsides with small domed churches and traditional windmills.

It’s also a popular destination among younger travelers who head to the island, between mid-June and the end of August, to enjoy the lively nightlife scene.

However, no trip to Ios would be complete without a stop at the island’s main beach, Mylopotas. It’s home to a number of different beach clubs where you can go SCUBA diving, kayaking, windsurfing, or rent some jet skis. For a quieter sunbathing experience though, try the ‘blue-flag beach of Manganari instead.

Afterward, visit one of the island’s many historical sites, including the burial site of the poet Homer, the Bronze Age archaeological site at Skarkos, the Byzantine era castle of Paleokastro, and the archaeological museum in Chora.

And since Ios is known for its delicious local honey and cheese, be sure to sample some savory ‘Skotyri’ goat cheese at the family-run Diaseli Traditional Cheesery.

Afterward, budget travelers can spend the night at the Far Out Beach Club Resort with its fantastic hostel and camping-style accommodations.

Otherwise, travelers who prefer a bit more luxury can try the Levantes Ios Boutique Hotel, where some rooms feature their very own private pools.

And if you’re looking for a fun twist on traditional Greek cuisine, try the feta chili dip or pear and cheese pasta at Katogi Restaurant.

Finally, end your night at the Pathos Lounge, which is known for its sushi, its chic cocktail bar, and a spacious swimming pool that offers guests beautiful sunset views across the ocean.

9. Mykonos

An aerial view of Mykonos, Greece.

Desperately seeking one of the most beautiful places in Greece? If so then say hello to your new best friend, Mykonos.

Although, chances are high that you’ve probably already heard of this beyond magical island in the Cyclades since it’s basically the unofficial party capital of Greece.

Therefore, don’t expect a quiet little island getaway when you visit since many of the area’s best beaches, like Paradise and Super Paradise, are brimming over with busy bars that pump out loud club music at all hours of the day.

However, for some other, slightly more serene beaches, try Órnos and Psaroú (ideal for families). Platis Yalós, and Ayia Ánna, Houlákia, Kápari, Agrári, and Ayios Stéfanos (they’re all quieter beaches on the northern part of the island).

And in the main town of Chora? Well, there are a ton of beyond massive dance clubs where you can party the night away as you listen to world-famous DJs spin those sick, sick beats. 

That being said though, Mykonos is way more than just one giant boozy party. Because like most of the islands in this region, it’s brimming over with picturesque, white-washed buildings that are enhanced by colorful doors and beautiful bougainvillea trees with purple flowers – homes that are hidden away along a labyrinth of narrow marble walkways (FYI, Matoyánni Street in particuliar is a local shopping hot spot). 

But when you’re not too busy admiring the insane beauty all around you, visit iconic Chora attractions like the church of Panayia Paraportiani, the Townhall, the castle at the very top of the harbor, the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums, and the row of 16th-century windmills that sit perched atop a small hill above Mykonos town. 

If you have time, you could also explore the ancient settlement of Áno Merá (home to the 16th-century church of Panayia Tourliani),  take a quick boat ride to Delos to see the archeological wonders there, or stop by Fteli in the north (It’s an ancient Neolithic settlement with tombs that date back to the 14th and 13th centuries BC).

However, all that beyond awesome sightseeing is definitely gonna leave you feeling more than a little hungry. So, be sure to sample some pepper flavored kopanistí (a soft cheese spread that is a local delicacy),  loúzes (fillets of cooked pork) and amigdalotá (small cakes made with ground almond, rosewater and caster sugar) at amazing local restaurants like Maizevelo and To maereio.

Finally, end your night with a delightful stay at the ever-posh, Flaskos Suites. It’s located along the outskirts of Chora and features a luxurious outdoor pool that guests are welcome to use.

Rooms here are also reasonably priced (think less than $100 per night), feature exquisite ocean views, and include a delicious breakfast that is only outshone by the exceptionally friendly staff. 

Most Beautiful Places in Greece – Other Greek Islands

10. Symi

By: Cathy of Mummy Travels

The pastel-hued homes along the coast of Symi in Greece.

When you picture some of the most beautiful Greek islands, images of traditional blue and white-domed buildings usually come to mind first.

However, the pastel-hued homes that rise up from the port at Symi are a world away from the Greece of your dreams. 

Influenced by the island’s Venetian heritage, Symi is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

It’s filled with a stunning array of buildings that feature a kaleidoscope of colors like primrose yellow and deep cornflower blue – all of which is perfectly complemented by the island’s crystal clear turquoise waters below.

So, if you’re looking for a relaxed trip where you can admire the stunning scenery and wander between lovely beaches and quaint tavernas,  then consider a trip to Symi. It’s just a short ferry ride away from Rhodes and Kos and is an ideal place to go Greek Island hopping.

Now, apart from the vibrant Panormitis Monastery, all of the major sites here are pretty low-key,

Therefore, spend your time wandering through shady cobblestone streets, riding past the island’s many inlets aboard a local water taxi, strolling along the picturesque waterfront, and learning all about the area’s rich history in sponge diving – with sponges galore spilling out of any local boutique you see.

Accommodations here are also just as colorful as the rest of the island. with Iapetos Village being made up of self-contained maisonettes with self-catering facilities. Stylish double rooms are also available for guests to enjoy, as is an on-site pool (a rarity on the island), a bar, and a dining area with al fresco breakfast.

You’ll also love the fact that every beach here seems to have a taverna selling a wonderful assortment of fresh fish and seafood, including the tiny Symi shrimp that the island is known for.

In particular, Paradise Nos Beach Bar is a perfect place to dine since it is within walking distance of the harbor and sits right on the waterfront.

11. Kastellorizo

By: Charlotte of Bursting My Bubbles

Some of the colorful homes that line the shores of Kastellorizo, Greece.

Kastellorizo is one of the few remaining hidden gems in Greece that isn’t totally overrun by tourists –  probably because it’s a tiny island with no airport.

Therefore, the best way to access this thin slice of heaven is to fly into Rhodes or Turkey and then catch a ferry from there.

In fact, Kastellorizo is one of the most beautiful places in Greece that is so close to Turkey that locals will happily point out the headlights from Turkish cars on the mainland in the evening

Now, when you first arrive in the harbor, you’ll immediately be overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the port as you get your luggage and try to find your bearings.

Quickly thereafter, you’ll be hit by the intense beauty of the picturesque village that sits along the island’s main street.

Everywhere you turn, you’ll see jovial locals sitting in front of cafes and playing cards (or chess), sipping on coffee, or having a quiet smoke. The incredible smell of fresh seafood will also fill the air as you can hear the ocean quietly lapping up against the shore. 

Head to the far side of the harbor and you’ll discover the Poseidon Hotel, the ultimate place to stay if you want an authentic local experience.

Set ever so slightly away from the center of town, you’ll marvel at gorgeous views of the island and can enjoy exceptional service from friendly staff members too!

Afterward, grab a bite to eat at Meltemi. Sure, it may not be the most stylish restaurant on the island. But, they do serve an incredible array of oh-my-good level awesome, home-cooked food that is not to be missed – including their moussaka and calamari. 

You’ll also love that this one of the most beautiful places in Greece with a more slow-paced way of life – affording you the opportunity to relax, savor incredible food, scuba dive, snorkel, and maybe even see some sea turtles!

12. Corfu

By: Daria of The Discovery Nut

An aerial view of Corfu.

Located in the Ionian Sea near the coast of Albania, Corfu is a rugged island that is covered by vast tracks of mountains and forests.

However, no trip to the island would be complete without a visit to the UNESCO-listed Old Town Corfu – a place that will remind you more of Malta and Italy than it will of the traditional white-washed villages of Santorini and Mykonos.

That’s because Corfu was traditionally part of the Byzantine, Venetian, and British empires – a dynamic history that is reflected in the island’s unique style of architecture and cuisine.

So, after exploring the enchanting old town and hitting up some of the beaches in the southern part of the island, head north where you can find gorgeous bays and emerald coves that are surrounded by lush green hills.

If you have time, be sure to stop by Porto Timoni – a beautiful double-sided beach near Afionas village – and Paleokastritsa – a small village where you can rent a boat and visit some of the best beaches in Corfu. 

Finally, end your day in Sidari since it is a partying hotspot that is home to some of the best clubs on the island. 

Now, because Corfu is a relatively large island, there are a couple of different places where you can stay, depending on your own personal interests.

So, in the south, Kavos is a popular choice if you want to relax and go swimming, while the area near Old Town Corfu is perfect if you want to explore the central part of the Island.

Additionally, the Northwest side of the island is great if you want to go hiking, take a boat ride, or relax in a more rural part of the island. 

13. Lemnos 

By: Anda of Travel for a While

The Myrina waterfront Lemnos, Greece.

Without a doubt, one of the prettiest places in Greece is Myrina on Lemnos island. It’s a small town, with two shorelines that are guarded by a stunning Byzantine castle that looks out at the town from above!

By the sea, a plethora of vivacious taverns and gorgeous beaches will remind you that this is Greece. Continue into the center of Myrina, Lemnos and you’ll find a pedestrian shopping street filled with small piazzas and a few cute little cafes. 

But all this is just a small part of what Lemnos island has to offer visitors. Because while you’re here, you can visit ancient ruins in Ifestia, drive along the magical coast. check out the amazing temple of Kavirio, and explore unusual churches like the unroofed Panagia Kakaviotissa,

Just be on the lookout for enormous sand dunes, unusual rock formations, and traditional windmills as you make your way across the island.

And just when you think Lemnos can’t get any better, it does since this island is known for producing some of the best wine in Greece.

So, if you want to spend the night, make a reservation at the amazing Archontiko Hotel, which is centrally located in Myrina,

Otherwise, enjoy a more unusual stay at the Limnos Windmills, a group of fully-restored, traditional windmills that have been converted into one-bedroom homes for guests to the island.

Now, as for food, there are a ton of great places to eat right on the sea. However, I’d recommend going to Ouzeri To 11 family restaurant. It’s tucked away on a small side street and serves up a delicious selection of fresh seafood and authentic Greek cuisine.  

14. Rhodes 

By: Lare of The Best Travel Gifts

The amazing beaches on Rhodes island in Greece.

Greece is filled with stunning locations and beautiful islands that whisk you back to the time of the roman empire. And one classic example of such an idyllic island is Rhodes

It’s easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece and the number one thing to do there is visit Rhodes Town – a historic, gorgeous, fortified town, with cute shops and cobblestone streets asfar as the eye can see.

In fact, the medieval city of Rhodes is so historic that it was first added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 and has long since been considered one of the best-preserved, fully inhabited medieval towns in Europe.

Rhodes town is also an ideal place to find amazing accommodations on the island. So, for a fantastic mid-range option, try the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel in the center of town. It’s well-located and gives you easy access to Rhodes’s vibrant nightlife scene, which is found on Orfanidou street where many of the best bars and clubs are found.

However, when looking for a delicious place to eat, it would be wise to stay away from this iconic party street since many restaurants here are overly touristy and serve mediocre food at high prices.

Instead, score some authentic Greek food at Tamam in the old town. Or, head to Stagna Kozas in Stegna for some traditional kolokythokeftedes, a sort of zucchini ball.

Besides Rhodes town, some other awesome places to visit on the island include Monthe Smith, Monolithos Castle, Lindos, the ancient city of Kameiros, and the wealth of beautiful beaches that can found all across the island!

15. Chania, Crete

By: Anjali of Cheerful Trails

Vibrant, Venetian-style buildings along the harbor in Chania, Crete.

One of the most stunning towns in Crete, and easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece, is Chania. It was once the capital of Crete and is known for its quaint, medieval center, which features the stunning, Old Venetian Harbor.

So, take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone alleyways of the old town and admire the exquisite, wonderfully vibrant Venetian architecture that surrounds you.

Be sure to stop by some of the amazing restaurants, boutiques, and stores in the area before tasting some of the finest Cretan cuisines on the island at Tamam Restaurant.

While you’re here, sample the Hünkar Beğendi, a delicious beef stew that is cooked in Cretan Kotsifali wine and tomato sauce, and that is served with an aubergine puree on top.

Afterward, see Channia’s picturesque Venetian lighthouse from harbor square before heading to the waterfront to take in some beautiful sunset views.

Believe it or not, this lighthouse was actually first built in the 14th-century and is now one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. 

Now, for even more panoramic views, walk up to the historic church of Profitis Ilias or hike along the perimeter of the Samaria Gorge – a scenic ravine in the White Mountains of the Samaria National Park that is home to 450 different species of plants and animals.

Finally, unwind for the evening in one of the fantastic rooms at the Splanzia Boutique Hotel. It’s a beautiful, modern hotel with spacious rooms that sit nside an authentic, Venetian-style building in the city’s Old Town.

 

Most Beautiful Places in Greece – The Mainland

16. Arachova

By: Alexa of 52 Perfect Days

red-tile roof homes sit along the hillsides of Arachova, Greece.

On the northern shore of the Gulf of Corinth and at the foot of Mount Parnassus, lies the rural and quaint village of Arachova, Greece – a perfect home base for those who want to visit Delphi or ski Mount Parnassus in the winter.

Because Arachova sits at an elevation of 2,700 feet, start your day off with a climb up the iconic clock tower for amazing views of the terraced hillsides with their red-tile roofed homes.

Another fun thing to do in Arachova is to head to the National Forest of Parnassus and hunt for mushrooms. There are over 280 different kinds of mushrooms here and you can legally pick up to two pounds per person.

And if you love food, then Arachova is the perfect town for you since Artisanal cheese makers handcraft mild Formaella cheese here.

There are also a variety of different Greek candy shops and chocolate stores where you can sample confectionery delights like chocolate-covered pistachios, walnuts, and almonds.

However, no trip to Arachova would be complete without enjoying a meal at Taverna Kaplanis, a farm-to-table restaurant that serves some of the best Greek spinach pie, grilled Formaella cheese, and lamb chops in town.

The owner also happens to be a fabulous wine producer who raises his very own goats and sheep just for the restaurant. 

And if you’re looking for a fantastic place to stay, then book a room at the Skamnos Boutique Hotel. It’s tucked away among the many forests at the base of Mount Parnassus and features lovely rooms with stunning views, as well as an indoor pool with a fireplace.

17. Delphi

By Tegan of Why Not Walk

Ancient ruins at Delphi, one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Thought to at the center of the world in Ancient Greece, Delphi currently makes a serene and beautiful day trip (or overnight stay) from Athens.

Located on Mount Parnassus, Delphi is an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers visitors amazing views and a breathtaking assortment of ruins to explore – making it one of the most beautiful places in Greece for history lovers.

So, start your visit with a stroll up the Sacred Way, a somewhat steep, uphill climb that terminates at the Temple of Apollo – a structure that is easily one of the most important historic sites in all of Greece since it was here that the Pythia (priestess) would speak the words of the Oracle, known colloquially as the Oracle of Delphi.

Though it may seem silly by modern-day standards, be sure to ask her a “yes” or “no” question and see if she answers!

Afterward, check out the many ruins that dot the area before exploring a large theater, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a fantastic on-site archaeological museum.

If you have time, take a scenic stroll through the quaint and modern town of Delphi – a perfect winter destination since you can spend the day skiing at Mount Parnassus.

Finally, end your day with a relaxing stay in the nearby town of Arachova, a tiny, old-fashioned village with vintage hotels, taverns, and a cute little main square.

One fantastic place to stay is the Boutique Hotel Skamnos – a perfect place to relax and sample some traditional Greek fare at one of the area’s many local restaurants.  

18. Parga 

By: Elena of Travel Greece Travel Europe

The vibrant homes along the coast in Parga, Greece.

Situated in the northwestern portion of the Greek mainland, on Epirus, is Parga. It’s a beautiful little town that is surrounded by the cold and turquoise blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

It’s also a famous resort town that is known for its exquisite natural landscapes since it is surrounded by a wealth of lush greenery that includes pine, fruit trees, and olive trees.

Also, in stark contrast to the other villages in the region, Parga actually reminds you of a Venetian town with its wealth of colorful homes that are built into the slopes of the surrounding mountains – with the former Venetian Castle (and its breathtaking views) sitting on the outskirts of town.

Additionally, Parga has this dreamy, almost island-like feel to it since the sandy beaches in and around the town are beyond amazing and filled with cute little bays and coves that you can explore.

While you’re here, also be sure to enjoy the delectable food and vibrant atmosphere of the town’s many beachfront tavernas.

In particular, Tzima and Taverna Arkoudas are two must-visit seafood restaurants that offer guests impeccable food and sweeping panoramas of the Ionian Sea.

Because there really is no better way to end your day than with a refreshing cocktail, or a glass of local wine, at a cozy bar hidden away in the town’s many narrow alleys.

And if you’re looking for a perfect stay in a well-priced, stylish hotel in the center of town, then check out Villa Rossa Hotel near Kryoneri Beach.

Otherwise, you could always book a luxurious stay in one of the deluxe suites at Irida Boutique Hotel or Racconto Boutique Design Hotel.

19. Nafplion

By: Alice of Adventures of Alice

The Bay Fortress in Nafpilon, Greece.

Nafplion is one of my absolute favorite travel destinations and is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Because this harborfront city is literally a prime example of a picture-perfect Greek town, complete with winding cobblestone streets, quaint family-owned restaurants, picturesque storefronts, and private, secluded bays.

It’s also conveniently located in the Peloponnese, near the northern end of the Argolic Gulf. As a result, it’s just a short, two-hour drive from the capital, making it an ideal day trip from Athens.

In fact, this charming little coastal town was actually the first capital of the modern State of Greece and is now often referred to as one of the most romantic places in the country.

And that makes sense since Nafpilon is filled with Instagram-worthy streets and sunny squares that have helped establish it as a premier destination for couple’s getaways.

So, If you decide to drive here for yourself,  park at the harbor and then walk across the street to some of the town’s top attractions.

These include a Bourtzi Fortress, which you can access via a boat from the port, or the stunning Akronafplia Fortress, which is perched high atop the mountains and offers stunning views of the bay below.

There’s even an archaeological museum in town if you’re interested in learning more about the unique history of this fascinating place.

There are also some truly delicious restaurants and traditional tavernas here, like Wild Duck with its delicious rib eye, that serve menus full of traditional Greek delicacies and fresh, local seafood.

So yes, this quaint town really does have everything you could ever want from a Greek getaway, including stunning beauty, gorgeous beaches, and delicious food.

Just be sure to make the most of your visit and spend the night inside one of the luxurious rooms at the well-reviewed, 3.5 star, Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel.  Rooms here start at just $60 per night and include all the modern amenities you need for an exceptionally comfortable stay. 

20. Vikos Aoos National Park

By: John of CarpeDiemEire 

Homes sitting at the foot of the vibrant green hills in Vikos Aoos National Park.

The mountainous northern region of Greece is often neglected by tourists. And undeservedly so since this is one of the most beautiful places in Greece and one of the best national parks in Europe.

It’s also an area where you’ll find some of the country’s best scenery hidden away inside a number of different national parks – the most awe-inspiring of which is Vikos Aoos National Park.

At its heart, you’ll find the Vikos Aoos Gorge, a stunning natural land formation that holds the Guinness World Record for the deepest gorge in the world, relative to its width.

It plunges nearly 1600 meters into the Earth at its deepest points and can be hiked along the perimeter if you have the stamina for it.

Otherwise, you can just appreciate the gorge’s stunning natural beauty from one of the park’s many scenic viewpoints, like the one at the Convent of Agia Paraskevi.

Afterward, explore a series of unique stone villages and bridges that can be found throughout this UNESCO Geopark, before admiring an abundance of wildlife that call this place home – including brown bears, wolves, wild boar, lynx, golden eagles, and vultures.

That being said, Vikos Aoos National Park can be difficult to reach if you don’t have a car.

Therefore, if you plan to visit, be sure to rent one and make the city of Ioannina your home base since it sits at the foot of the park and is filled with many amazing accommodations, like Saz City Life Hotel

It’s also a vibrant place with a great cafe scene that is nestled along the shores of a local lake.

And for the ultimate culinary experience. head to the small village of Monodrendri. It sits near the gorge and is where you’ll find Kikitsa’s Pie, a restaurant that serves some of the best roast pork and chicken in the area.

21. Thessaloniki

By: Emily of Wander-Lush

The sun setting over the harbor in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Thessaloniki is smaller than Athens and has a very different history and character to it. This charming metropolis is also Greece’s second-largest city and sits in the northern part of the country.

Additionally, the central part of the city features a wide pedestrian walkway that stretches out to the waterfront, a maze of fragrant food markets, and a beautiful mix of buildings with unique architectural styles.

In particular, the Old Town area is exceptionally beautiful with a stunning mixture of ancient ruins and modern, pastel-colored apartment blocks. Remnants from old Ottoman bathhouses, Roman arches, and churches can also be found around every corner.

Also, because it’s compact and extremely walkable, you can easily spend a day in Thessaloniki and see all the city’s major highlights.

If you want, you can even join a walking tour to help orient yourself to the city and learn more about Thessaloniki’s rich history, like its time spent as the largest Jewish city in the world.

You’ll also love that Thessaloniki is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece for sunset views. Therefore, be sure to visit the top of the Acropolis Wall and watch the sun sink beneath the horizon. On a clear evening, you’ll look out at the sparkling Thermaic Gulf and see Mount Olympus towering on the horizon.

And if you’re looking to spend the night in Thessaloniki, then the 4-star, Modernist Hotel is an ideal choice. It’s well-located near the Modiano Market and offers chic, streamlined suites for an extremely reasonable price.

Now, when it comes to food and drink, you’ve got plenty of choices in Thessaloniki since it’s known for being the unofficial culinary capital of Greece. And one must-try dish is bougatsa, a flaky, custard-filled pastry that you can order at Bougatsa Bantis – a no-frills bakery that serves up warm bougatsa with a side of strong espresso for breakfast.

22. Cape Sounion

By: Tiffany of Mommy and Me Travels 

The Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion.

Cape Sounion, sometimes referred to as Sounio, sits along the Aegean Sea on the Attica Peninsula and is about 70km south of Athens.

It’s also home to the famed, Temple of Poseidon and offers visitors some of the most breathtaking sea views in Greece.

So, if you enjoy sweeping ocean panoramas and love learning about history, then a visit to the Temple of Poseidon is a must.

Because the cost of entry is only a few euros and affords you the opportunity to go on a short hike up to the temple – a structure that is dedicated to the God of the sea and from which you can see all the way out to the Island of Aegina, home to the Temple of Aphaia, on a clear day. 

Once there, you can easily spend a half-day exploring the temple and the surrounding grounds. And when you get hungry, stop for lunch at the cafe located just down the hill from the temple. The gyro plate is huge, delicious, and can easily can be shared between two people.

Now, after spending the morning at the temple, you can walk down the hill, or take a local bus, to the beach. Here you will find calm, clear blue waters where you can splash around on a hot summer day.

And if you’re looking for fantastic accommodations in Sounion, then check out the Legrena Beach Villas. This complex features amazing, three-level villas with stunning views of the sea and the surrounding gardens.

The villas here also come fully equipped with kitchens, spacious bedrooms, play areas, and multiple bathrooms – everything you need for a relaxing stay in Sounion, one of the most beautiful places in Greece for fantastic views of the Aegean Sea.

23. Monemvasia Castle

By: Maria and Katerina of It’s All Trip To Me

View of the sea from Monemvasia Castle in Greece.

Few places in Greece are as untouched by the relentless passing of time as Monemvasia Castle – a medieval, fortified town that is a fine example of ancient defensive architecture.

So, take a stroll through one of the most beautiful places in Greece, admire the quaint alleys all around you, and go on an incredible journey back through time.

Because with its breathtakingly beautiful architecture, fairytale-like cobblestone streets, and expansive views of the Aegean Sea, Monemvasia Castle in the Peloponnese is easily one of the prettiest places in Greece.

Plus, motorized vehicles are not even allowed inside the walls of the enchanting castle town, a fact that only adds to the area’s otherworldly charm.

Therefore, take some time to walk around this picturesque castle and marvel at the huge waves as they crash up onto the rocks that sit just outside these castle walls. You’ll also love that you can actually spend a night in a castle that has been continually inhabited throughout its extensive history. 

However, if you don’t want to spend the night in the castle itself, then you can always book a room at Byzantino Boutique Hotel. It’s definitely one of the best places to stay in town since it features a selection of traditional rooms that include access to a superb breakfast buffet. A meal that is prepared using nothing but the freshest of local ingredients.

And if you want to dine outside the hotel, then sample some of the best Greek cuisine in the area at Matoula. It’s a traditional restaurant that’s been around since 1950 and that specializes in making tsaiti or saiti, a delicious local pie that is filled with fresh cheese and herbs. Just don’t forget to wash this delicious dish down with a glass of PDO Monemvasia – Malvasia sweet wine.

24. Athens

By: Dayna of Happily Ever Travels

An aerial view of Athens, Greece.

Athens, Greece is a very polarizing city for most visitors. Some will say they want to leave as soon as possible while others will tell you they absolutely adored the city and can’t wait to go back and plan another 2 day Athens itinerary.

However, if you’re looking for a city that is brimming over with incredibly historic monuments, has a lively cultural scene, and is a world-renowned foodie hotspot with crazy-low prices, then you have to visit Athens!

Not only is it home to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but it’s the birthplace of the iconic gyro, a grilled lamb, pita bread sandwich that is filled with tzatziki sauce, vegetables, and french fries.

So, stop by Prodorpion to try this traditional Greek meal – a dish that will cost you only a few dollars. And if you really want to impress the locals there, try using Duolingo to learn how to order your food in Greek!

But, to fully appreciate the true beauty of Athens, stay in an affordable Airbnb with incredible views of the Acropolis for just $30-$50 per night. You’ll be in the heart of Athens and can look out at the Acropolis all lit up in the evening.

Also, take some time to wander through the ancient streets of Athens. This way you can feel the vibrant spirit of the city and admire the white and beige buildings that line the streets,

Because the charm of Athens, and one of the most beautiful places in Greece, isn’t just in its architecture but in the vast and ancient history that the city has come to represent. 

25. Methoni Castle

By: Anuradha of Country Hopping Couple

A girl sitting near the strange of Methoni Castle in Greece.

Methoni Castle is a postcard-perfect medieval fortification that is located in the port town of Methoni in southwestern Greece. It’s also about 177 miles away from Athens and takes about four hours to drive here from the capital.

Believe it or not, the history of the Methoni Castle dates all the way back to the 13th century when the structure was first built by the Venetians – people who quickly transformed it into of the largest castles in the Mediterranean at that time.

If you look closely, you can still see the Venetian emblem of the Lion of St Mark on the imposing castle gate after you walk across one of the castle’s most prominent features, the fourteen arched stone bridge that connects the building to the shore.

Another highlight of any visit to Methoni Castle is the Bourtzi, an octagonal-shaped fortress that sits on the water and that is connected to the main complex by a stone causeway! You can find the Bourtzi on the southern edge of the castle, where it held the last survivors of a Turkish assault on the complex in 1500 

Next, head into the town of Methoni and check out some of the amazing architecture here. Alternatively, you could always go for a swim at one of the beautiful local beaches or enjoy a scenic boat ride to the nearby island of Sapientza.

Regardless of what you do though, Methoni Castle is easily one of the most beautiful places in Greece. It’s also an enduring symbol of a bygone era with its classic, Venetian-style architecture. 

26. Meteora

By: Kami of My Wanderlust

The rolling hills of Meteora with monasteries perched high atop these mountains.

Without a doubt, the monasteries of Meteora are easily one of the major highlights of any trip to Greece. That’s because this idyllic destination is quietly tucked away in the northern part of the country and is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

So much so that Meteora actually attracts thousands of tourists annually – visitors who are dying to see these exquisite buildings for themselves. And that makes sense since the name of the complex literally means “suspended in the air” and perfectly describes the awe-inspiring beauty of this magical place.

Because most of the monasteries here, the oldest of which dates back to the 14th century, are built high atop narrow pillars of rock that can be difficult to reach.  A fact that makes this destination all the more appealing since it’s quiet and secluded.

Now historically, Meteora was home to twenty-four different monasteries. Today though, only six remain – many of which welcome visitors who want to step inside to explore their vast interiors.

All in all, it’s an utterly surreal, wonderfully magical experience where you can take in the rocky natural landscape and admire the breathtaking views all around you.

So, if you want to visit for yourself, just take a train from Athens to the nearby town of Kalambaka. Once here, you can spend the night in the picturesque village of Kastraki since it’s extremely close to the monasteries (You can walk since the monasteries are just a few kilometers away).

There are also several traditional taverns that you can eat in before spending the night in the well-reviewed, centrally located, 3-star, Doupiani House Hotel.

Not only are the rooms here well priced, but they feature an array of modern amenities that are perfectly complemented by the stellar views. 

Map of the Most Beautiful Places in Greece

 

Well my Greece-loving friends, that just about concludes this hella epic guide to 26 of the most beautiful places in Greece!

Because with a little help from my fave blogging guys and gals, I’ve created this massive list of the prettiest places in Greece. A guide that you should 100% use to plan the very Greek vacay of your dreams. 

But, before you go, tell me! Did your fave place in Greece make the list? If not then let me know in the comments below so that I can swiftly correct this most egregious error. 

And if you found this post even a little bit helpful, then be sure to pin this now so that you can read it again later!

 

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