Welcome to Time Out
The best of Greece
Whether you’re drawn to the blue sea and beaches of its islands or the ancient history of its ruins, the best things to do in Greece have a lot to give. The birthplace of democracy, philosophy and really, really good souvlaki, Greece hasn’t been without its well-publicised woes recently. When visiting, make sure to be a responsible tourist and support local businesses—look away from that Starbucks in favour of family-run tavernas—and consider making a donation to one of the grassroots organisations supporting refugees or the homeless. Worry not: the country’s troubles haven’t stopped it from giving a warm welcome to the millions of tourists that pass through each year, staying in the country's many hotels and guesthouses. From its 6,000 (count them) islands to the creative renaissance and killer restaurants of capital city Athens, these are the best things to do in Greece right now. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Everybody loves Greece, and it’s not hard to see why. Spread over 6000 islands and with a seemingly endless supply of coastline, ancient sites and lively party towns, it’s a country that caters to all tastes and all budgets. Whether you’re looking to tuck into Cretan dakos and assyrtiko wine in a grandma-run taverna, or explore Athens’s art scene, or just install yourself by an infinity pool overlooking the Adriatic, you’re well covered. Accommodation options range from wallet-friendly, family-run digs to some of the most exclusive (and expensive) hideaways in the world, offering all manner of appealing extras; from yachts and private beaches to billiard rooms and free bikes. Here is our pick of the best..
Built in the crater of a volcano, spectacular Santorini, with its sugar-cube villages tumbling like white lava down the inside of the steep caldera, certainly has the edge when it comes to sheer Instagrammability. However, with an island for every day of the year – and then some – there are plenty more wondrous cliffs and bays guaranteed to get your feed in a frenzy. From Corfu and Crete to Skiathos and Sifnos, each of the best Greek islands has a distinct character and clientele to match, so this is definitely the country in which to fulfil your isle-hopping fantasies. Whether you want to lounge on some of the world’s best beaches, party with celebrity DJs, head off the beaten path, mosey around some world-class museums, or simply sling on a shimmery outfit and follow in the footsteps of the ‘Mamma Mia!’ cast, there really is a hideaway for every taste. Greece may have myriad other brilliant things to do – but what could beat pure, unadulterated beachside bliss? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Greece