When you think of Greece, you generally think of the idyllic Greek Islands, crystal clear waters, beaches, white domed cycladic homes, cheap eats and beautiful pastel coloured sunsets.
But don’t be fooled, as Greece is for everyone, from the history buffs, the culture fiends,the foodies and the sun seekers, to the night-life lovers and die-hard fashionistas.
This is what 72 hours in Greece should look like. Ultimate summer holiday much?
1. GET CULTURED IN ATHENS
First things first, Athens. If you’re into history, Athens is a must-do. Get amongst all the action by doing a locally guided walking tour, where you’ll get to learn more about the fascinating ancient history of this incredible city. The Plaka district is the oldest section of Athens and a short walk from the famous Acropolis and Parthenon. Once you get to the top, soak in the crisp summer air over Athens as you take in the city from all angles.
2. EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Taste the local mediterranean flavours in Greece, where the wine is cheaper and the meals are richer in flavour. Wine n’ dine at a taverna, or hit up a rooftop bar. The Greek cuisine involves plenty of freshly cooked seafood, meats, gyros, bread, moussaka and salad, so you can munch to your hearts content feeling (relatively) guilt free.
3. EXPLORE THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI
No trip to Greece would be complete if you didn’t explore the Greek Islands, especially when you want to escape from the heat of the city in Athens. If you’re strapped for time, why not feed your wanderlust and visit the infamous Santorini – an island that will make your jaw hit the floor with its overwhelming natural beauty and rugged landscapes. Visit the town of Fira, go shopping for souvenirs, head to a winery and finish the day by watching the sunset in Oia (pronounced ‘i a’).
The volcanic landscape, white washed buildings and breathtaking scenery set against the deep blue Aegean sea is enough to have you packing your bags and jumping on the first Greece bound flight.
4. JUMP ON A BOAT RIDE
Want to see active volcanic islands and the full landscape of Santorini? Be sure to jump on a greek islands boat cruise which will take you to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini. There you’ll cruise past lava formations and get up close and personal with the active crater. This is a perfect swim stop for you to soak up the atmosphere of the islands.
5. FINISH THE DAY WITH A SPECTACULAR SUNSET
Wherever you are in Greece, whether it’s Santorini, Mykonos, or Ios, the sunset is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Santorini, however gives you the ultimate ‘pinch me, i’m dreaming’ moment. The best place to witness a magical sunset is in the village of Oia. Grab yourself a glass of wine and watch the sun go down with your mates.