10 Must-Visit Destinations in Greece as Picked by Lonely Planet


Discover the allure of Greece's diverse and captivating destinations. From the ancient wonders of Athens to the romantic charm of Santorini and from the vibrant nightlife of Mykonos to the tranquil shores of Kythnos and Serifos, Greece offers a wealth of experiences for every traveller. Immerse yourself in history, indulge in delicious cuisine, bask in the beauty of sun-drenched beaches, and embark on thrilling adventures amidst breathtaking landscapes. Whether you seek culture, relaxation, or outdoor pursuits, Greece has something to captivate your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Here is the top 10 list by Lonely Planet.

  1. Athens - Rich in ancient sites, Athens offers a vibrant cityscape with historical landmarks like the Acropolis and fascinating museums. Explore the lively neighbourhoods, such as Plaka and Monastiraki, and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife.
  2. Thessaloniki - A paradise for food lovers, Thessaloniki blends a mix of culinary influences. Indulge in bougatsa pastries and fresh seafood, and explore the vibrant markets and traditional mezedopolia restaurants.
  3. Santorini - Known for its romantic atmosphere, Santorini boasts picturesque whitewashed buildings perched on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Enjoy stunning sunsets, visit the village of Oia, and explore the ancient settlement of Akrotiri.
  4. Mykonos - This renowned island offers a legendary nightlife scene, attracting partygoers worldwide. Enjoy the energetic bars of Little Venice, relax on beautiful beaches, and experience the pulsating atmosphere of iconic clubs like Cavo Paradiso.
  5. Kythnos and Serifos - For a tranquil escape, consider the serene West Cyclades islands of Kythnos and Serifos. Enjoy peaceful sandy beaches, waterfront tavernas, and the charming atmosphere of these laid-back destinations.
  6. Milos - Boasting a diverse coastline, Milos captivates visitors with its numerous beaches and sea caves. Explore the lunar-like landscape of Sarakiniko, relax on pristine shores, and discover the neighbouring island of Kimolos.
  7. Corfu - A sailing paradise, Corfu offers turquoise waters, verdant hillsides, and a captivating capital. Take sailing courses, join flotillas, and visit stunning locations like Kalami Bay and Paleokastritsa.
  8. Rhodes - Perfect for families, Rhodes features a UNESCO-listed medieval old town with fortified walls and Ottoman architecture. Explore historical sites like the Palace of the Grand Master and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Street of the Knights.
  9. Crete - Greece's largest island, Crete, is a cultural haven with Minoan palaces, Venetian harbours, and Byzantine fortresses. Visit archaeological sites, stroll through charming towns like Chania and Rethymno, and explore fascinating museums.
  10. Epiros - Nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers will be captivated by Epiros' stunning landscapes. Hike to Mount Tymfi's Dragon Lake, go whitewater rafting in the Voidomatis or Arachthos rivers, and explore the dramatic Vikos Gorge.

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