When it comes to European holiday destinations that have it all, the Greek Islands have got to be at the top of the list. With their beautiful warm summer climate, wealth of cultural and historical sites, amazing beaches, legendary nightlife and crazily delicious food the Greek Islands are packed to the rafters with fun activities. Here are just five of the best adventures you can have…
Sunbathing on Falasarna
Stretching along the western coast of Crete in the region of Chania lies Falasarna, voted time and time again as one of the best beach spots in the whole of Greece. The sand is fine, soft and a beautiful pinky-cream colour and the beach west-facing, making it perfect for watching sunset over the sparkling turquoise waters. Falasarna is also a historical spot and home to the remains of an ancient Hellenistic harbour.
Watching the sun set over the blue domes of Oia
Oia is a small town on the island of Santorini (see my top 10 places to visit in Europe), famous around the world for its jumbled whitewashed buildings and the electric blue domes of its village churches. It also happens to be one of the best spots for amazing sunsets in the region. Situated over the edge of a volcanic caldera, Oia has some stunning, ocean views. Come sundown, you’ll want to get yourself somewhere high up, looking out to sea and sipping a cold glass of ouzo.
Touring the historical ruins on Rhodes
Historically famous for its Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, today Rhodes remains a key historical site and is home to its own World Heritage Site, the Medieval Old Town in Rhodes Town. There’s a huge amount for history buffs to do on this island, including wandering through the cobbled streets and narrow alleys of the high-walled Old Town, climbing up to the hilltop Acropolis in the ancient village of Lindos, and touring the stone ruins at the ancient city of Kamiros.
Cruising past Mount Athos
Mount Athos is an utterly unique Greek landmark. Situated on the Halkidiki peninsula, the mountain is home to a sprawling monastic republic, walled off and only accessible by boat and foot with a specific visitor permit. Unfortunately, tradition dictates that no women are allowed, which means the best way to see this extraordinary setting is to take a cruise past on one of the daily sightseeing boat trips.
Partying all night in Laganas
Over the past couple of decades, this small fishing village on the southeast coast of Zante has slowly evolved into one of Greece’s top party resorts. Laganas boasts a mile-lone strip featuring numerous bars and clubs that frequently play host to famous international DJs. Laganas is also home to some beautiful beaches, which are perfect for lazing on after a late night at one of the clubs.
When it comes to Greece holidays, it can be tempting to book yourself two weeks in one resort, but you can really make the best of your stay and experience the variety of this beautiful country by doing some island-hopping.
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