Epic 3 Days in Santorini Itinerary, Greece

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CREATE THE BEST SANTORINI ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS

Santorini is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world – this stunning island knows how to impress!

However, planning a perfect 3-day Santorini itinerary can be overwhelming as there is more to do and see than you might initially think. 3 days in Santorini is a good amount of time to experience this exceptionally beautiful island and visit the main sights.

Before (finally) visiting, I was worried I would be disappointed. The pictures from Santorini looked perfect… too perfect. Oia, in particular, seemed unrealistically beautiful. So, to avoid disappointment, I postponed the Santorini trip several times.

However, when I finally visited, I was anything but disappointed. Santorini is like a dream!

SANTORINI TRAVEL TIPS FOR 3 DAYS

As a solo female traveler, I headed to one of the most romantic and popular destinations for love birds… and I loved it!

If you are here to find out how to spend 3 days in Santorini, read on as I will share my tips for your Santorini itinerary: what to do and see plus travel tips.

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HOW TO GET AROUND IN SANTORINI FOR 3 DAYS

Here are my thoughts on the best ways to get around Santorini.

  • If you want absolute independence, you will need to rent a (small) car or ATV (quad bike), both of which are pretty popular among visitors. 
  • I, however, solely used public transportation and was absolutely fine with it. 
  • From Santorini Airport, a bus gets you to the main town/village centers (which, in my case, was in Fira). There is a central stop in each village, which means you might have to walk for a few minutes to your accommodation (for me, this was a 5-minute walk). But personally, I would rather walk than worry about finding a parking space.
  • I used the bus every day. Tickets start from less than 2€ and provide excellent value for money. You buy the ticket once you are on the bus. Cash only.
  • Besides that, I walked a lot. I spent 5 days in/on Santorini and probably walked around 10-20 kilometers (6-12 miles) each day. If you want to explore Santorini on foot, wear comfy shoes because there is a lot of uphill and downhill walking, and there are some cobblestone streets.

3 DAYS IN SANTORINI- WHERE TO STAY

I loved several areas in Santorini.

  • Fira is a good place to stay as it is the busiest village and it is very easy to get around from there.  If you plan to use public transportation, it is the best place to stay as there are many bus connections. You can find budget hotels in Fira. Check out this unique hostel close to the main bus station and the city center. It is not the cheapest hostel but probably the best.
  • Oia is quite remarkable, but accommodations here are pretty expensive. It is on the north of the island – quite far from other villages and attractions. For luxury accommodation, Oia is the perfect place to stay. Charisma Suites seems like the perfect choice for anyone who wants to splurge. Check out prices here.
  • If you are looking for a quiet place, consider staying in Pyrgos. It is a beautiful gem that is getting more popular but is less crowded yet a charming village. Check out this 4* hotel in Pyrgos seems a good place to stay if you look for a decent boutique hotel that is quite unique.

THINGS TO DO – 3-DAY SANTORINI ITINERARY

Of course, it really depends on the time of your arrival and on the village you choose to stay in. I stayed in Fira and had 5 days in Santorini. You can use this Santorini itinerary regardless of where you stay, but you might have to tweak it so that it is perfect for you, too.

DAY 1 OF 3 DAYS IN SANTORINI

For day 1 I suggest the following itinerary. If you stay in Fira, perfect. If you stay in another village (even Oia), I recommend taking a bus early in the morning to Fira.

HIKING FROM FIRA TO OIA

This day is dedicated to the most famous hike on the island – from Fira to Oia. 

The hiking trail from Fira to Oia is under 11 km (6.5 miles) and you will pass several other cute villages before arriving in the most beautiful village of Oia.

These will be the main stops along the way:

FIRA – FIROSTANI – IMMEROVIGLI – SKAROS ROCK – OIA

  • It took me almost a full day as I stopped many times, had lunch along the way, enjoyed the cute villages I came across, and took trillions of pictures.
  • I walked more than 20 km that day because I did a few detours.
  • However, it could be done in 2-3 hours if you wanted. 
  • Along your hike, you might come across people offering donkey rides. Please, do not support this. You directly support animal abuse. 
  • Security: Santorini felt super safe but I had one very unpleasant encounter. On my hike, a guy who offered donkey rides left his work and followed me for some time. He would not leave me alone until I started screaming loudly. If you are a solo female traveler, be aware! It was after passing the villages and before the uphill hike close to Oia.

Fira & Firostefani

Fira will be your starting point today but not a main stop today. It is best to start the hike here – you will get an idea and see some of the main places of Fira already on this day. With 3 days in Santorini, you can spend an afternoon/evening here on day 2 or 3. 

Fira is Santorini´s capital – it is quite big and busy. You have plenty of shops, restaurants and of course, churches. Even if you do not spend much time in Fira, you will get a glimpse of the village before continuing your walk to Firostefani.  

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I did not even really realize I was in another village as Firostefani starts right after Fira. The footpaths between the two towns/villages are paved, and it is an easy walk. While this is also a beautiful place, there is not much to do and see and so I recommend not spending too much time here. Slowly walk towards one of the most beautiful villages on Santorini – Imergovli.

Imergovli

Then there is a small village named Imergovli. It is stunning and one of my favorite places in all of Santorini. Of course, you have another (famous( white church with a blue dome (Anastasia Church). It is probably one of the most picturesque places in all of Santorini because of the flowers. Beautiful places in Santorni in 3 days Arzo Travels

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Many take a detour to Skaros Rock from Imergovli.

  • The walk to the rock should take about 60-90 minutes.
  • Keep in mind that you still have to do some walking, so if you are still super fit and it really is of interest, visit the rock. 
  • I skipped it and rather used this “energy” for strolling Oia

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After leaving all the villages and Skaros Rock, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Someone wrote that it is one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. I’m afraid I have to disagree and thought it was somewhat boring at times (surely an unpopular opinion). However, I loooooved strolling the villages, and I think this hike is a must for anyone who can do it. 

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From Skaros Rock, it is about 8,5 kilometers (5 miles) to the next and last village we will visit on his hike: Oa.

Oia

Oia is absolutely breathtaking! This is especially true if you hike and do not arrive at the bus station, because you will see the prettiest buildings if you hike into Oia, in my opinion.

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  • For the sunset, I, like most other people, headed to Oia Castle.
  • Unfortunately, this is the place where almost everyone is headed to. It gets very crowded and busy. 
  • If you want to have dinner with an ocean view, you should hurry as the restaurants fill up quickly.

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Ammoudi Bay in Oia

Ammoudi Bay is a small port located 200 steps below Oia and popular because of its many seafood restaurants. Though it looks beautiful, I wasn’t the biggest fan.

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  • Please only go down it if you have the energy to go all steps up again.
  • You could use donkeys and horses to get up/down. I watched how the people treated their animals. I cannot say something bad. However, those animals are being tied up, not being able to move in the hot sun unless they carry around (heavy) people.
  • So, if you ride donkeys or horses in Santorini, you support animal abuse!
  • If you are tired and know, cannot walk up and down yourself, skip Ammoudi Bay.

I came to Oia again on another day, just really loved it and wanted to see every single street. It is quite small, so normally a few hours should be fine to see everything.

This is how I define a busy but perfect day in Santorini.

DAY 2 OF 3 DAYS IN SANTORINI

Day 2 is going to be another beautiful day – though not the typical Santorini activity.

PYRGOS

So, this time is for exploring the beautiful yet very underrated village of Pyrgos, which is in the inland of Santorini.

  • Pyrgos is about 5 km from Fira.
  • It can be reached by bus or car (or just by walking).
  • I took the bus and got dropped off at the “main square,“ and from there, I walked around Pyrgos

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  • Tiny, yet gorgeous, it makes for a perfect day trip (okay, half a day is great, too).
  • Explore the few streets and their pretty buildings.
  • If you have to do some souvenir shopping, do it here.
  • There are not many streets, and if you are a “fast walker,“ you will see everything in an hour.
  • However, take your time. Walk every street and take it easy for the day. 

Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo TravelsAlso, enjoy lunch here before spending the afternoon at the beach. Which one? Well, you can choose between several.

PERISSA BEACH

I feel like Santorini isn’t the best place for a beach vacation in Greece. There are definitely better options. But after 1,5 busy days in Santorini, you will be happy to find a somewhere you can relax and maybe even swim in the ocean. Fira to Oia Santorini Arzo Travels

I suggest an afternoon at Perissa Beach.

  • It is one of several black beaches on the island with a laid-back atmosphere.
  • And though there are better beaches in Greece, there are not many black beaches outside of Santorini, so check it out.
  • Whether you rent sunbeds or lay on your own towel, this is the time to rest and swim.
  • Besides the black beach, you’ll also find many restaurants, bars, and little shops lined up, as well as a big church – just next to the beach. 
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Church in Perissa

DAY 3 OF 3 DAYS IN SANTORINI

If you have 3 days in Santorini, I suggest doing a volcano tour.

VOLCANO TOUR

I booked a volcano tour at the last minute and then did not receive my confirmation on time, so I was not picked up (but the company refunded me without problems).

  • However, some very affordable volcano tours include a cruise to the volcanic islands.
  • Depending on the tour, you can also swim in hot springs and see an active volcano.
  • There are many tours offered, so you can see which one is best for you: Check out this Volcano tour in Santorini here.
  • This cruise is more luxurious.

FIRA

For the afternoon, I suggest spending your time in Fira. It is much bigger than Oia and has a town rather than a village feel. Santorini with Arzo Travels

  • It does get busy in the afternoons, so do not expect tranquility, but rather a lively and busy atmosphere. 
  • There are several beautiful churches to see and many shops, cute streets, bars, and restaurants.
  • The prettiest restaurant in Fira is surely Kaliya – though it turned out that the flowers were fake.

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 After all the walking on Santorini, I also went to a fish spa and got a different kind of pedicure.

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  • The sunset here is, if you ask me, as beautiful as in Oia.
  • I got to watch several sunsets from here, and my favorite spot was at Keti Hotel – away from the crowds.
  • Once the sun sets and it gets dark, I suggest enjoying night views close to the cable car station in Fira.

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IS SANTORINI FOR 3 DAYS A GOOD IDEA?

This Santorini itinerary for 3 days will allow you to see some of the best the island has to offer. 

I had an amazing time in/at/on Santorini. I stayed 5 days, and in hindsight, I think 3 days is a good amount of time to spend in Santorini. Many people come and see Santorini in a few hours – you can get an idea of what the island is about. However, to see it without the crowds (and without the stress), you should stay three days in Santorini.

You can see some hidden gems like Pyrgos and also do some tours. Santorini was like a dream come true, and if you do not have the crowds (so avoid the busy summer months), I am sure you will enjoy it, too.

Check out more gorgeous places to visit in Greece.

Stay safe!

Safe Travels, Arzo

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN 5 DAYS IN GREECE ITINERARY

AMAZING 5-DAY GREECE ITINERARY

Are you planning your 5-day Greece itinerary? Then read on as I share my tips on creating an epic itinerary with some fantastic places to visit in 5 days in Greece.

One of the most popular travel destinations in Europe is Greece. And if you have seen pictures (or been there yourself), you will know why. Greece is stunning. I mean, really stunning. It is one of the most picture-perfect countries in Europe – if not in the world. 

And yet Greece has some flaws…There are around 6000 Greek islands! How can you decide which islands to visit with that many options? Mykonos, Ios, Piros, Santorini, Crete…And let’s not forget about the beautiful places on the mainland.

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No, Greece might be exceptionally gorgeous, but it is not easy to navigate the islands and decide which places to visit in 5 days in Greece. I am well aware that any Greece itinerary will be controversial.

There are so many stunning places and activities that you can only see a tiny fraction of it in less than a week. And while I have not seen most islands (and probably never will – I mean there are soooo many islands), I have been to Greece several times and here I share my tips for your first-time itinerary for Greece in 5 days.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR A GREECE ITINERARY FOR 5 DAYS

For this first-time Greece itinerary, Athens and Santorini will be the main places to visit (plus a few days trips from both places). Why did I choose these two destinations for a Greece itinerary? I think it is a perfect combination of a perfect Greek island – Santorini – and a lot of history and culture in Athens.

You will find out how to get around, where to stay, what to do and see, plus more travel tips for your 5-day itinerary.

HOW TO GET TO GREECE FOR YOUR ITINERARY

There are a couple of options to arrive in Greece. In general, ferries and planes are the most popular ways to get around. I am always for ferry rides. 

However, if you are not from Greece, you most likely will fly to Athens International Airport or Santorini International Airport. Both airports are quite well connected to European airports.

If you are in Greece already or in the neighboring countries, you could arrive via bus to Athens, but given Greece’s geography, buses are not the best way to get to Greece.

FROM ATHENS TO SANTORINI OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND

There are two main ways to get to/from Athens to Santorini.

  • By ferry: One popular way is via ferry. There are – usually – several ferries going to/from Athens daily. It takes between 4-8 hours to reach Santorini. 
  • By plane: The fastest way is to book a flight which takes less than one hour, but is also less fun and scenic.

BEST WAY TO GET AROUND GREECE IN 5 DAYS

  • Bring your most comfy shoes and prepare for a lot of walking in Athens and Santorini. Sometimes, walking will not get you everywhere. At least if you only have five days in Greece and want to do more than walking. 
  • You could rent a car and explore Greece. However, I highly suggest not doing that.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Buses in Santorini will bring you to most attractions, and they run pretty frequently. Public transportation limits your flexibility, but it is still the best way to get around. In Santorini, you could rent an ATV for a day or two, but there is no need to rent a car for the duration of your whole trip.
  • In Athens, besides walking, the metro might become your best friend. It is fast and affordable and will be there if you are too tired to walk.

BEST TIME TO VISIT GREECE FOR 5 DAYS

  • Greece is a popular place to visit – and thus, it gets busy. Especially Santorini gets crowded. Actually, that was why I avoided Santorini for the longest time – I was scared of the crowds.
  • Avoid July and August at any cost. If you cannot avoid it, then be prepared for many, many people.
  • If you are flexible, I suggest getting to Greece for 5 days between April and June or September and October. The weather should be pleasantly warm but not hot, and crowds are gone (it still might be busy).
  • Athens is also beautiful in spring – as you can see, there are many good months to visit Athens and Santorini. Just try to avoid July and August.

WHERE TO STAY IN GREECE FOR 5 DAYS

For this 5-day itinerary, you will have to change accommodations once. 

You will find hotel recommendations for Athens and Santorini directly after the travel tips for the places.

MORE TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR GREECE ITINERARY

SANTORINI IN 3 DAYS

Let’s start with how to see some of the best places in Greece in 5 days. 

Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, is the epitome of a perfect Greek island. Its whitewashed houses cling to the cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater) and make it a heaven for photographers. But there is so much more to do and see in Santorini (1 day would not be enough to see the island’s real beauty). 

Here are some places to add to your Greece itinerary and check out my detailed Santorini post for a day-to-day itinerary.

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OIA

Oia is the most famous village in/on Santorini, and most pictures that are floating around the Internet are probably from Oia.

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It is beautiful. It is stunning. It is a must-see place. Gorgeous sunsets and fantastic luxury hotels add to Oia’s beauty – many people just come via ferry for a few hours to see Oia. There are not many attractions in Oia because it is really tiny. However, it is worth more than just an hour or two.

THINGS TO DO IN OIA 

  • Watch the sunset from one of the numerous fantastic vantage points. There is more than one sunset viewpoint, but be prepared for all the crowds, so secure a good spot early on.
  • Visit Amoudi Bay. No lecture but a friendly but urgent reminder NOT to use the horses/donkeys in Santorini to get around. Yes, walking all the steps to Amoudi Bay is tiring. However, using horses/donkeys who are tied in the heat should never be an option.
  • Marvel at Oia Castle + Byzantine Castle Ruins and enjoy the views from the watchtower of a Renaissance-era castle.
  • Get lost in the streets of Oia. Oia has beautiful little spots and streets that make getting lost so much fun.
  • Visit the Atlantis book shop in Oia – an independent bookshop (so come here especially if you want to buy books) that is probably also one of the most charming ones.
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FIRA

Fira is the busy capital of Santorini with many cafes, restaurants, shops, and churches. The sunset from Fira is underrated, though it is as pretty as the Sunset in Oia. 

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THINGS TO DO IN FIRA

  • Watch the sunsets from one of the many vantage points (I liked them as much as the sunsets from Oia).
  • Hike from Fira to Oia (it is worth it).
  • Explore the side streets and discover the many cute alleys.
  • See all the beautiful churches (you can also go inside and visit them).
  • Make reservations for some of the restaurants with a view in Fira.
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PYRGOS

A beautiful gem in Santorini is the small village of Pyrgos. It is located inland and attracts fewer visitors than the villages along the shores. However, Pyrgos is charming and cute. It might not be the most obvious choice for a 5-day Greek itinerary, but it is worth a trip.

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THINGS TO DO IN PYRGOS

  • Get lost in the narrow streets of Pyrgos (there are not many, but they are beautiful).
  • Go shopping – there are numerous small souvenir shops).
  • Find the cutest little churches in Pyrgos.
  • Enjoy drinks with a view (there are not many restaurants/cafes, but some have beautiful views).
  • Check out my Pyrgos guide for more detailed travel tips.
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BLACK SAND BEACHES

Santorini is worldwide known for its beautiful whitewashed houses – but also its black beaches. You have the option to choose from several black sand beaches – my tip is to pick Perissa, which you can visit on your way to or from Pyrgos.

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VOLCANO TOUR / BOAT TOUR 

In Santorini, you can also book a volcano tour – some very affordable volcano tours include a cruise to the volcanic islands. Depending on the tour, you can also swim in hot springs and see an active volcano. There are many tours offered, so you can see which one is best for you.

I have a detailed Santorini travel guide with more tips for you. Then it is time to leave Santorini and end your 5 days in Greece with a trip to Athens.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SANTORINI

  • Luxury: For luxury accommodation, Oia is the perfect place to stay. Charisma Suites seems like the perfect choice for anyone who wants to splurge. Check out prices here.
  • Mid-rangeCheck out this 4* hotel in Pyrgos.It It seems a good place to stay if you look for a decent boutique hotel that is quite unique.
  • Budget-range: You can find budget hotels in Fira – check out this unique hostel close to the main bus station and the city center. It is not the cheapest hostel but probably the best.

ATHENS IN 2 DAYS

Athens is the capital and biggest city of Greece, and was a powerful civilization and empire in Ancient Greece. Like Rome, the historic sights still dominate the city. Here is where you will find a wonderful mix of history, culture, nature (yes), and vibrant city life.

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THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS

  • The Acropolis is one of the most famous landmarks in Europe and of course a must-see place in 5 days in Greece. While you can see most historical sites in Athens from the street, a ticket for the Acropolis is well worth it. You can also purchase a combined ticket which includes the entrance to all of Athen’s major archaeological sites.
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  • Wander around Plaka, the oldest and most beautiful part of the city – and it’s unsurprisingly the most touristy part of town. It’s between the Acropolis and Syntagma. Come here for photo ops, search out the hidden village of Anafiotika, and stumble across intriguing ruins such as the Tower of the Winds.
  • The streets at Monastiraki Square are filled with bric-a-brac, leather sandal sellers, and local food specialties – a perfect place to do some souvenir shopping. On Sundays, a famous flea market takes over Monastiraki. Vintage records? Fez hats? Antique kitchenware? Musical instruments? It’s all here at Monastiraki Square.
  • North of Monastiraki Square, you will find the vibrant area of Psyri. It has a Bohemian vibe with its mix of cobblestones, wine bars, workshops, and cafes. It’s also home to some of Athens’ best street art – taking a street art walking tour is a great way to engage with a different side of the city.
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  • As with many cities, Athens is best seen from above. For the best views of the Acropolis, head to one of Athens’ many rooftop bars, e.g. from A for Athens Hotel.
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  • Athens can be hectic and stressful, but you can also relax at the beach on Athen’s Riviera, stretching south of the city. Take the tram to one of the city’s expensive beach clubs (Balux Project or Bolivar), which have lockers to stash your stuff while you swim.
  • Check out more Athens travel tips.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ATHENS

  • Luxury Hotel: New Hotel is a luxury hotel close to the Acropolis – it is one of the best-rated hotels in Athens, and staying here undoubtedly has many perks! Check out rates here.
  • Mid-Range Hotel: InnAthens is a very well-rated and centrally located 3-star hotel in Athens. As with central hotels in Athens, they are not cheap, but the reviews speak for themselves. Click here to find out more about the hotel and rates.
  • Budget Hotel/Hostel: If you prefer staying in a hostel, check out City Circus Athens. This is a great place to stay as a solo (female) traveler. Check out rates here.

Check out this more detailed post on things to do in Athens.

FINAL WORDS ON SPENDING 5 DAYS IN GREECE

Greece is so rich in unique and stunning places. This makes it difficult just to name two places to visit for your 5-day Greece itinerary. However, with Athens and Santorini, you will not go wrong. They might not be hidden gems, but there is a reason for the popularity of these places. If you cannot get enough of Greece, check out my post on the most beautiful places in Greece.

PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN SUMMER

Summer packing list for Europe

WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPE SUMMER TRIP

Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE TRAVEL

Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

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Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

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Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Amazing Things to do in Pyrgos – Santorini´s Underrated Gem

Pyrgos in Santorini, things to do and see

WHAT TO DO IN PYRGOS, SANTORINI

We all have stunning pictures of Oia and even Fira in our heads when we think about Santorini. But of course, there is more to Santorini than these two most famous villages. And today, let’s talk about a less famous, yet absolutely cute, place named Pyrgos Kallistisand the best things to do there. 

Pyrgos is the highest village on the island, one of the most beautiful areas in Santorini which makes it even more special. While I would not say it is a hidden gem necessarily, it is quite underrated even though it is an absolutely adorable village to visit and a top place to see in Greece.

Actually, it is so small and tiny that I cannot write much about it. Does it have many attractions? No, it surely does not have many sights. So, writing about the best things to do in Pyrgos and its best attraction is a bit hard because there is not much to write about.
 
In my shortest post ever, I will talk about some quick travel tips for Pyrgos – how to get to Pyrgos, where to stay and eat, what to do and see, and what else to know.
 

TRAVEL TIPS FOR PYRGOS KALLISTIS

Though there is not much text, there are many pictures to support my arguments about why to visit.
Narrow Streets in Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

HOW TO GET TO PYRGOS

The good news is: Whether you get around Santorini by car/taxi/ATV quad or bus – it is easy to get there from Fira, Oia, or other busy places. Unlike places like Fira or Oia, it is not directly located at the beach but rather inland.
 
It is just 8km from Fira and about 19km from Oia.
 
The bus even stops just at the foot of the pretty, pretty town. So, all you have to do is to reserve some time – at least a few hours – to stop by and visit Pyrgos.
 
I took the bus from Fira and spent a few hours in Pyrgos and then headed to Perissa afterward. And it could not have been an easier day trip.
  • The bus ticket is cheap (something like 2€ or so) and you get dropped off directly in Pyrgos (it takes about 20 minutes from Fira).

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN PYRGOS

Though I did not stay overnight, I had lunch and a coffee in Pyrgos, and here are my recommendations. 

For a coffee with a view, head to Penelope’s Ouzeri Pyrgos Santorini.Views in Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

The views were lovely. There is also an outdoor terrace next to Kasteli (fortress) named Franco´s Cafe.

For lunch, I went to a restaurant near the bus station – at Pyrgos Square – which also offers vegan dishes. Unfortunately, I did not write down the name of the place but there are only a few restaurants to choose from.

WHERE TO STAY IN PYRGOS

I did not stay overnight but while I was roaming Pyrgos, I spotted this very cute place that offers accommodation. This would probably be my first choice. With the permission of the owner, who just walked by, I took a couple of pictures.Hotel in Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

She, apparently, did not know that I was a blogger, but she smiled and said “feel free to post in on social media”. While I have not shared it on Instagram, I share it here as a tip on where to stay in Pyrgos.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN PYRGOS

And here are a few pictures to show you what I am talking about. So, from Pyrgos Square, head toward the fortress “Kasteli” (there is a sign and it is easy to find).

ROAM THE STREETS OF PYRGOS

Make sure to check out “all” streets. There are not many streets, but you might easily miss a few cute spots if you do not check out each street. Take your time!Colorful Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

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GO SHOPPING

I have stopped buying unnecessary items years ago. If you have to (or want to) buy souvenirs, I suggest buying them here rather than in the main villages, to support smaller businesses that do not see that many tourists.Shopping in Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

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Castle of Pyrgos/Kasteli of Pyrgos

To get the best panoramic views, get to the castle of Pyrgos. Pyrgos is the highest village of Santorini – and the castle is on the highest point of Pyrgos – so, it is about the views!

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This castle and the walls are probably was built around 1580. It is well-preserved and you can stroll its alleyways without any entrance fee.

VISIT CHURCHES

No matter how small a village is, in Greece, you will always find a couple of churches. And this is also true for Pyrgos. And admittedly, the churches here are really unique. Look at this tiny church in this picture (Saint Dimitrios).White buildings Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

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Close to its entrance of the Kasteli lies the church of Agia Theodosia. And there are two churches inside the castle; the church of Koimisis of Theotokou (one of the oldest churches on the island) and the church of Eisodion of Theotokou (built at the highest point of the castle).

Visit the church itself but also make sure to walk around it for great views.

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Best things to do in Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

ENJOY A DRINK WITH A VIEW

As mentioned previously, the drinks can come with a view. So, make sure to not only come here for a quick sightseeing tour but also plan in some time to take breaks and just soak in the views.View with a drink Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece with Arzo Travels

As you can see, there is not that much to do in Pyrgos – however, it is a beautiful village that should be on your Santorini itinerary. So, whenever you plan a Greece trip – make sure to visit Pyrgos as well.

Check out my Greece itinerary.

Is Pyrgos Worth Going?

By now you probably have realized how much I enjoyed Pyrgos.

So, when you ask me if Pyrgos is worth it, my answer is straight: yes! Yes, visiting Pyrgos is worth it! 

Pyrgos is beautiful! Pyrgos is cute! Pyrgos is authentic! Pyrgos is less busy and crowded than Oia or Fira! Pyrgos is easily accessible – even with public transportation. 

Pyrgos is worth it!

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ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER IN EUROPE

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. It does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France, or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain, you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries, you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. You will find out what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, what to pack if you visit “cold” countries like Switzerland, Estonia, or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk about the weather in Europe in winter. Your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warmly in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to a much warmer climate in many countries. I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts of Europe. But it can be.

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What to Bring to Europe in Winter – General Items

So, the first part of the post is a general packing list. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with you? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder: since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not to use a passport holder, but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough), you might want to have one.
  • I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag for a day at the hotel pool or some shopping. Plastic bags – fortunately – do cost money in many parts of Europe…and plastic sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favor. And it looks much better than carrying your shopping in a plastic or paper bag.

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter, our skin is also subject to stress. You will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries, which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk are all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it, but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space, take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling, and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is, without a doubt, one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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Clothes to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel. As I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In the worst-case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will result if you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. Also, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your Europe winter packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

WInter Sport Clothes to Pack

One of the best top reasons to visit e.g. Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit seals effectively and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing you want is to be soaked on your first day or get a migraine from snow blindness. 
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the sun’s glare on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter, and you can enjoy a fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Ultimate List With the Best Places to Visit in Greece

What to do in Greece Santorini island, Greece. Beautiful landscape with sea view

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN GREECE

Grab your seats and prepare yourself for some eye candy! This post is probably one of the most beautiful posts ever – talking about the very photogenic islands/towns/ and cities in Greece is equal to pure beauty! Find out about the best places to visit in Greece, where to go, and what to see and visit!

Find my detailed packing list for your Europe trip here.

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Santorini

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Santorini island at sunset, viewpoint from Oia village, Santorini, Greece. Most beautiful place in Greece
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Santorini is the most popular Greek island and a must for any Greece itinerary. You can’t help but fall in love with the island with gorgeous cliff-side villas overlooking the caldera and stunning sunsets. 

The whole island stops for the sunset, so make sure you find a good spot and get there early to get a view as the sun drops over the horizon. While the small alleys along the cliffs can be busy, take a catamaran cruise out on the water for a closer look at the volcanic hot springs.

While the walk to the Red Beach can be dangerous, seeing the beach in person, with red cliffs and dark sand, is gorgeous. Make some time to do the walk from Fira to Oia. While the walk is tough but beautiful, it can take between 3-4 hours. If you can afford it, book your stay in a villa along the caldera for a seriously amazing view. The extra money spent on a private plunge pool villa was absolutely worth it when you see the view.

But also make sure to visit lesser-known places in Santorini – like the cute village of Pyrgos.

Check out Rates for Accommodation in Santorini

Mykonos

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The pictures do not do this Greek Isle justice! Mykonos is the perfect place to take in classic Greek “Cycladic” architecture. White cubic buildings with flat roofs and colorful doors, windows, and balconies are all around you, and Mykonos is one of the best places to visit in Greece. No doubt about that.

To avoid the crowds, visit during the off-season (e.g., October). If you want to experience the beach party atmosphere go by mid-September.

There are several things you must do while in Mykonos. First of all, eat! Be sure to dine at one of the many outdoor cafes located in “Little Venice.” Take in the beautiful waterfront views, including cruise ships and yachts.

While in Little Venice, stroll through the cobblestone streets and go shopping. You will find unique treasures by local artisans. Mykonos is known for their numerous windmills located around the island – climb hilltop to see them up close.

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Sifnos

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Holidays to Greece can take many different forms – partying, sailing, sunning, but there is only one island where everyone goes specifically to eat: Sifnos, in the Cyclades.

The father of Greek cooking, Nikos Tselementes, was born here, and every Greek has a copy of his book Odigos Mageirikis somewhere in the house.

There really is not that much written about this tiny island, which is exactly why it is attractive. The restaurants are good, just with varying degrees of goodness. Every Sifnos chef has a reputation to uphold, so it’s tough to get a bad meal anywhere.

Make sure to try all the island specialties: mizithra, mastelo, revithada, revithokeftedes, and manoura!

Check out Rates for Accommodation in Sifnos

Meteora

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Roussanou Monastery Meteora in Greece. Pic @Wandering Whatless
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Middle of the sky” is the literal translation to the word Meteora which is pretty much exactly what it feels like when you visit. Located in central Greece, Meteora is an area containing six monasteries, each perched at the top of a giant monolithic pillar rising above the small town of Kalambaka.

Dating back to the 14th-16th century, the act of building these holy buildings on the top of 1200-foot-tall rocks would have been no small feat for the monks residing in nearby caves at that time.

There is a lovely (albeit challenging) hike that begins at the base of the mountains in a residential neighborhood of Kalambaka and zigzags steeply up to the top where you’ll get your first of many amazing views – this one of the Holy Trinity Monastery.

Follow the road as it winds along the mountain top and offers spectacular views of the valley below. If you’d rather tour the monasteries by car, they are all easily accessible from the road.

All monasteries have varying opening hours and require a small entrance fee but are certainly worth a tour. Sunset from the rock outcroppings along the road offers some of the most amazing views in all of Greece.

Spetses

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Spetses is your traditional Greek island without the crowds. You can reach it only by boat (about 3 hours from Athens), and when you anchor at the tiny port of Dapia, you’ll see whitewashed houses, local cafes and shops, and narrow alleyways that are just calling out to be explored.

Whilst you could easily while away the hours going from cafe to cafe, sampling frappes and watching the water taxis come and go, one of the best activities on the island is to hire a quad bike to get around. You can hire quad bikes from several different places near the port – just make sure they give you a helmet!

To the west of Spetses is Bekiri Cave which is well worth stopping at. It’s a short walk down and over some rocks from the road before you see the opening of the cave. You can swim in or climb in following the narrow path and then swim out into the sea. Just watch out for the rocks as, depending on the tide, they can be dangerous.

After a swim and exploring the caves, head north to Vrelos Beach and take in the sunset. The beach is small but has a beach bar with surprisingly good cocktails and loungers. It’s such a good spot to while away a few hours.

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Ios

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Ios – another great island of Greece. Pic @Follow the View

Ios is a true paradise for those seeking both fun and relaxation. This so-called “party island” has amazing nightlife and many secluded beaches to hide from the crowd.

Mylopotas Beach is a favorite pick for all party animals, with great beach clubs located nearby. Here you will also find Far Out Beach Club. It’s a really crazy place, and if you are into partying all day & night, you can even stay in the resort nearby.

Beaches located on the eastern side of Ios are much calmer, quiet, and perfect for kids. A perfect place to relax and unwind in total tranquility…

If you are looking for typical Cycladic white&blue houses, but you have enough crowds in Mykonos or Santorini, you’ve come to the right place. Chora is the main, extremely picturesque town in Ios with a maze of narrow streets. At sunset, go up the hill in Chora to admire a splendid view of the Aegean Sea soaking up in the sun.

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Paros

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Make sure your ferry stops in Paros for a few days before you head onto Santorini. It’s about three hours from the famous island but offers a much more laid-back atmosphere and an authentic Greek way of life.

The ferry port is perfect for a bit of shopping and some nightlife after the sun goes down at the Bebop rooftop bar. Close by for sunbathing during the day is Krios Beach – In sunny October, I was the only soul on the sand.

The best way to experience Paros is to rent a house in one of the little villages, like Lefkes. It’s 15 minutes from the beaches but in a beautiful white-washed town with delicious restaurants and bakeries.

When it’s time for dinner, though, head a few minutes uphill to Taverna Flora to catch the sunset, have a glass of wine, and conquer the biggest Greek salad you’ve ever seen.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the old lighthouse next to Kolympithres beach, near the town of Naousa. It is a 30-minute walk, and the location rewards you with unrivaled views of the Aegean sea. To get there, you head from Lefkes to Naousa, drive past the town, past Kolympithres, until the end of the road.

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Naxos

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Naxos is the biggest island of the Cyclades complex in Greece and one of the best places for your Greece vacation.

Conveniently located 5 hours away by ferry from Athens and with an international airport it has become a popular holiday destination. Nevertheless, it has maintained its authenticity and quality. You can visit many places in Naxos so renting a car is totally recommended although there is a bus covering the most popular destinations.

There are plenty of things to do in Chora, the capital of the island.

You can visit Portara (great door) very close to the port, which is actually a huge marble gate that was part of a temple dedicated to Apollo 2.500 years ago. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. You can also lose yourself in the winding alleys of Chora with the cute restaurants and shops until you reach the Castle.

Naxos also has many picturesque mountainous villages that have maintained its traditional architecture.

Some worth visiting are Halki and Koronos. Naxos is also famous for its sandy long beaches like  Agios Georgios in Chora, Agios Prokopios, and Agia Anna. There is also a wealth of sports activities on the island, many hiking paths, windsurfing, kite surfing, and boat excursions to nearby islands.

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Peloponnese

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Peloponnese, the peninsular region in southern Greece, is home to a gorgeous coastline with pristine beaches, pretty medieval towns, and interesting archaeological sites.

Peloponnese is a large region with a lot to offer. You can plan a tour exploring the best of Peloponnese – the Corinth region, Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus, which is also a popular day trip from Athens. Your first stop on the tour would be the man-made wonder Corinth Canal, the 6.4 km canal which separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnese region.

Corinth region is also home to ancient Corinth, which is an ancient archeological site that was a major commercial center during ancient times. You can find some of the interesting archaeological findings in the museum located on the same site.

While Mycenae also has an archaeological site, Nafplio is more of a charming coastal city with neoclassical traditional buildings. The most important site in Epidavros is the Epidavros theater, one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in Greece and is still used for musical concerts and plays.

There are many places to visit in Peloponnese, which is apt for a history buff of which ancient Olympia, Mystras, the medieval village of Kastro, and ancient Nemea are few to name.

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Milos

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Milos may not be one of the most popular Greek islands, but with over 70+ beaches to choose from, you will have plenty to be amazed by, and it is one of the amazing hidden gems in Greece. If you’re looking for some secluded beaches, crystal blue/green waters, picturesque blue, and white towns, all without the mass crowds, Milos is the perfect Greek island.

Sarakiniko is the most unusual beach on Milos, with a lunar-like landscape formed by volcanic rock formations. The bright white rock contrasting with the rich blue sea is quite something to see.

On the south of the island, don’t miss Firiplaka Beach, the prettiest beach on the island, in my opinion. The backdrop of the clear turquoise waters framed by the massive plunging red rock cliffs is stunning. Sip on a cocktail at the little beach bar and enjoy mother nature at its finest.

While on Milos, make sure to stop by one of the many traditional fishing villages, colorfully painted with a boat garage on the bottom. The fishing villages are something unique to the island you won’t see on many other Greek islands. Make sure not to miss Mandrakia and Klima.

A visit to the abandoned sulfur mines is also great for photography lovers, as it is located right on the water. It’s a bit hard to get to with the rough roads, but the journey out there makes up half the fun.

Lesbos /Lesvos

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Lesvos is a great place to explore on a road trip around the island and stay overnight in a couple of different places.

In the North definitely, don’t miss the picture-perfect town of Molyvos with its steep cobbled stoned streets and great ocean views.

In the South, you will find Plomari, the birthplace of the famous Greek drink Ouzo. In this lovely little fishing village are two Ouzo museums, many idyllic bays, and some completely deserted beaches.

Also, don’t miss the Petrified Forest with fossils dating back millions of years ago. This is also one of the reasons the complete Lesbos Island is a UNESCO heritage site. Last but not least, spend a couple of nights in the capital of Lesbos, Mytilini.

Visit the history museum and hike up to the castle on top of the hill. Mingle at night with locals in the artsy district around the port and find hip cafes and bars to go out in this university town. Hotel Pyrgos has an amazing rooftop looking over the city of Mytilini.

Last but not least, spend a couple of nights in the capital of Lesbos, Mytilini. Visit the history museum and hike up to the castle on top of the hill.

Mingle at night with locals in the artsy district around the port and find hip cafes and bars to go out in this university town. Hotel Pyrgos has an amazing rooftop looking over the city of Mytilini.

Athens

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Athen can leave its visitors in awe by its beauty and overjoyed by its food and smells. Walk through Anafiotika and other parts of the old town while marveling at the architecture, friendliness of the people, and city views.

Wander to Exarchia, a neighborhood known for its street art, urban resistance, and cool and quirky cafes and businesses.

The neighborhood makes you feel like you were was on another planet.  The city of Athens is like an onion; every neighborhood and block is a layer, and once you peel it back, you are exposed to a new side of the capital, and it fuels your curiosity about the complexity of the place.

Though the beaches of Greece are utterly magnificent.  But, as a city person, you will feel that the rest of Greece has some big shoes to fill.

Find out more about the best activities in Athens.

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Hydra

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The quaint island of Hydra is renowned for its unique architectural charm, dynamic lifestyle, historical importance, and its no cars policy. Just a short two-hour ferry ride from Greece’s capital — Athens, Hydra is a great destination to visit at all times of the year.

Since the 1960s, the island became Hollywood’s favorite hotspot, where refined vacationers fled in search of warm sunny weather, laid-back Greek hospitality, and vibrant nightlife. After the filming of the Boy on a Dolphin movie starring the glamorous Sophia Loren in 1956 — Greece became a popular tourist destination.

Hydra is a romantic island, one of those places where you retreat to escape the typical holiday resorts.

Explore the island’s numerous museums, some of which are housed in traditional mansions that once belonged to the shipowners. Go on a guided horse trekking tour and explore Hydra’s breathtaking scenery, monasteries, and beaches.

Those who wish to discover beyond Hydra’s harbor should take the route from Hydra town to Kamini, which passes through a picturesque traditional fishing village with mesmerizing Aegean Sea views.

Hydra is a magical island where you will make friends not only with the locals but with the numerous cats that practically rule the island.

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Antiparos

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Paros, a rather less known gem of the Cycladic islands, is becoming more popular, especially among water sports lovers. Its geographic situation and exposure to the wind made it a coveted destination for young and active travelers.

Antiparos, only 1.9 km from Paros, is famous for its pristine beaches and its relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. It can be reached from Paros by ferry or by a 10 min jet-ski ride. The main settlement is Pounda, and it has the characteristic Cycladic architecture with white houses framed by bright flowers and cobbled streets.

Like its “parent island,” Paros is famous for kite- and windsurfing, but on less crowded beaches. Antiparos’ main attraction is, without any doubt, The Cave, a stalactite grotto in the island’s center. Several dates and names are painted on its walls, which go back hundreds of years.

You shouldn’t miss The Castle, the ruin of a Venetian castle dating from 1440.

My favorite thing to do in Antiparos was though exploring the many hidden beaches and coves – there seems to be a mere infinite number of them.

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Astypalea

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Astypalea is a beautiful butterfly-shaped island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. It is a bit off the beaten path, but it can be easily reached by ferry or plane.

It is for visitors who are looking for an authentic Greek experience. The island is less touristy than most Greek islands. Therefore, the locals are friendly, the food is freshly sourced, and the beaches are pristine.

Astypalea has some incredible restaurants, where often local music is played. Hotels and restaurants are reasonably priced as the island has not been invaded by tourists like many other Greek Islands. The typical white-blue Greek architecture can be observed everywhere.

Best activities: Hopping on a boat and sailing around the island, hiking the nearby mountains and discovering the unique vegetation of the island, spending the evening in a local restaurant with the Greeks, drinking Ouzo, and singing to live music.

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Eastern Crete

Crete is quite a big island. We have two parts on Crete – divided by northern Crete and Southern Crete. Let´s start with Eastern Crete.

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Crete is the largest island in Greece and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean. On our recent trip to Crete, we stayed in Hersonissos, a coastal town near Heraklion. Crete is surprisingly beautiful with is charming Venetian town like Agios Nikolaus.

Heraklion is the capital of Crete. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit in the city. The Venetian fortress is worth a visit, and you can learn the colorful history of the Venetian and Ottoman occupation on the island. The palace of Knossos is one of the historical treasures in Crete.  It was built during the Minoan era and has significant historical value for the Cretans.

If you are up for an adventure, not far from Heraklion is the Psychro cave, the birthplace of Zeus located at the Lasithi plateau. It is definitely a great day adventure hiking and enjoying the landscape. Just be careful on your descent into the cave.

The Psychro cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. You can drive up to the mountains and onto the plateau. Alternatively, you can join group tours from Heraklion.

Western Crete

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If you only have a few days in Crete and don’t know where to go, my opinion is to spend all your time in Chania. You’ll most likely need a rental car to get around, but they are extremely affordable in Greece!

This is where you can check out Balos Beach. Which has some of the prettiest water I have ever seen! It’s located right past Kissamos and is located at the end of a never-ending dirt road followed by a long walk down to the beach. Its seclusion makes it not completely packed with tourism even in high season.

My other favorite beach in this area is Stefano Beach which is located down a long, zig-zagged, straight downward scary road. However, once you arrive at the small parking lot, you’ll find the terrifying car ride was well worth the view. Once you’re at the car park, you still have a steep, 15-minute hike down to the beach.

Make sure to bring some snacks as there is not much around this area, and you will not want to make that drive all again just for some food.

My last favorite beach is Elefnisi, which is the pink beach of Crete. Yes, the sand is all shade of light pink, and it twinkles so brightly in the sunlight.  The pink sand is actually caused by the coral being broken down into tiny fragments.

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Rhodos

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The island of Rhodes is called the island of the sun, and that is to be taken literally.

It has over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. According to Greek mythology, it was because Zeus, the king of the ancient Greek gods, had redistributed the earth among the gods and had forgotten the god of the sun, Helius, but remained modest and contented himself with an island, which he later named after his wife, Rhode.

The Greek archipelago of Dodecanese consists of 160 islands. The Dodecanese means 12 islands and stands for the 12 inhabited islands, which have risen to 19, with Rhodes as the main island. When traveling to the island of the sun and spending your holidays there, you will never get away from it.

However, Rhodes has much more to offer than just a beach holiday (which is great as well). Get a rental car and experience the island yourself.

Be sure to visit the Grand Master’s Palace, the city walls of Rhodes Town, Rodini Park, and Knights Street. Also, you should not miss the “white” village Lindos, the beautiful Tsambika Beach, the Kallithea Spa and, of course, the famous Anthony Quinn Bay.

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Lindos

Recommended by Arzo from Arzo TravelsHeavy rain – that is how my time in Lindos started. While we jumped out of the bus to start our guided tour, we headed all to a little shop to buy umbrellas first. The minute we got them and started our Lindos walking tour, the weather cleared up, and Lindos presented itself in its best dress.

Our guide had mentioned more than 20 times that Lindos was picturesque – and indeed it was.

This small town on Rhodes is known for its clifftop acropolis and great views over the sea. Lindos used to be a major naval power in ancient times – now, it is a very popular tourist spot, and there are many reasons why.

The Acropolis, which dates back to 280 BC, is definitely a must-see place in Lindos, but so are the little shops you will pass along your way to the Acropolis. The view from the top is just amazing!

Lindos makes a great day trip if you stay on Rhodes island – though it may seem unbelievable, one day might be enough to discover the most important places of Lindos.

And if you are finished with the sightseeing of all the beautiful, ancient sights, and you‘d like to chill, you can just do so at the beach. Lindos, a place that combines history and beaches – what else can you ask for?

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Syros

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Syros is poised to become the next “it” travel destination in Greece. Gorgeous beaches that are not yet crowded with tourists, amazing food, lots to see and do — all of this at some of the best prices in the entire country.

As it is not yet as popular as other islands, the locals are still genuinely excited to receive tourists. They are happy to show you their shops and welcome you into their restaurants.

Syros was originally a medieval settlement, making for an island with an interesting and somewhat complicated history. Make sure to ask locals about why there are so many cats on the island! Colorful blossoms hang over the narrow alleyways and whitewashed houses. Looking up, you’ll see churches with bright domes atop the hills surrounding the city.

Ermoupolis, the main town, has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the local government. This means the design integrity will be preserved.

Make sure to visit the Apollo Theater near the town center, as it’s a scaled-down version of La Scala.

But, most everyone wants to visit the beaches when vacationing on the Greek Islands. Syros has several beaches. To find the best and least visited beaches, take a boat and head north of Kini beach. These are even more gorgeous than the impressive main beaches.

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Zakynthos

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Zakynthos or Zante is a well-known Greek island situated in the Ionian Sea.

Modern Zakynthos has gained tremendous popularity for its landmark, the Shipwreck Beach, also known as the Navagio Beach. The island is a nature lovers’ paradise as it is dotted with numerous white beaches, surrounded by turquoise waters and remarkable caves such as the famous Keri Caves and the Blue Caves.

The best natural experiences are accessible by boat, so make sure to rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding beaches and coves, including the Marathonisi Sea Turtle Island, where the endangered Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs. If you are lucky, it is an amazing natural phenomenon to witness firsthand.

For the best views of the island, head over to Bohali, perched on a hill overlooking the harbor. During the Venetian ruling, Bohali used to be an aristocratic neighborhood and has maintained its unique character until this day. The best time to visit would be around sunset, where you can witness the magic when the sun gradually disappears below the horizon.

The natural beauty of Zakynthos is guaranteed to amaze you as some of its scenes seem to be taken from somewhere else, out of this world.

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Olympia

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Katakolo or Katakolon is a very popular port in Greece if you’re on a cruise. However, if history excites you, you need to head to Olympia, located about 20 miles away.

Once a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, 500 years in the making, the site now is full of ruins. The games were established in 776 BC and were held at this very site for centuries till a powerful earthquake destroyed it, only to be unearthed eons later in the 1700s.

The archaeological site contains temples dedicated to various Greek gods and heroes. The one dedicated to Hera and the amphitheater is quite picturesque, helping one visualize how it may have looked before being demolished. The highlight, however, is the stadium, the original track where you can still take a sprint!

Ensure you allocate sufficient time to visit the Archeological museum containing some great exhibits and the Museum of Olympic Games.

You could definitely explore the site by yourself as there are signs placed everywhere, which help you understand its history.

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THOUGHT ON BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN GREECE

I am sure I did not promise too much when I talked about the amazing and most beautiful places in Greece – this country is so full of stunning islands/beaches/towns that you could spend forever in Greece without getting bored.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Athens as a Solo Traveler

Athens, solo trip to Athens, Greece. What to do and see by yourself

SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL IN ATHENS – WHAT TO DO + TIPS

Athens, the capital of Greece, is of the most established centers of tourism in Europe thanks to its classical legacy, but many visitors pass through on their way to the islands.

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By skipping town so quickly, you miss out on the best of the city, truly one of Europe’s underrated gems at the moment.

The central area is small and walkable, with plenty to discover beyond the archaeological sites.  It’s a sociable city with a strong cafe and taverna culture, and the ongoing financial crisis has left its mark in the form of a resilient and exciting creative energy.

It’s a sociable city with a strong cafe and taverna culture, and the ongoing financial crisis has left its mark in the form of a resilient and exciting creative energy.

Greeks are known for their warmth and hospitality; it’s an easy place to make new friends. And it’s currently great value compared to other European capitals.

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Important Travel Tips for Athens

Here is the most important travel tip for your solo trip to Athens. But of course, they are valid for couples, friends, and families traveling to Athens together, too.

Athens as a Solo Female Traveler

Athens is a city that really rewards a little time and exploration. All in all, it’s a perfect choice for the solo traveler, but of course, all these activities are also recommendations for all other travelers to Athens.

Where to Stay in Athens as a Solo Traveler

If you can afford to stay in the center, then do.

Central hotels and apartments come at a slight premium – especially if there’s an Acropolis view attached – but it’s worth it to be within walking distance of the sights.

If you decide to look further afield for value, pick an area close to a metro station.

First-time visitors should avoid staying in the Omonia area, which has a bit of a seedy reputation.

Many areas of Athens look a bit run down, but generally, it’s a very safe city. Just keep a close eye on your bags on the metro and around Monastiraki Square, which is notorious for pickpockets.

  • Luxury Hotel: New Hotel is a luxury hotel close to the Acropolis – it is one of the best-rated hotels in Athens and staying here surely has many perks! Check out rates here.
  • Mid-Range Hotel: InnAthens is a very well-rated and centrally located 3star hotel in Athens. As with central hotels in Athens, they are not cheap, but the reviews speak for themselves. Click here to find out more about the hotel and rates.
  • Budget Hotel/Hostel: If you prefer staying in a hostel, check out City Circus Athens. This is a great place to stay as a solo (female) traveler. Check out rates here.

How to Get Around Athens

  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The metro is cheap, clean, efficient, and easy to navigate. At weekends it runs until 2 am. The main metro stations in the center are Syntagma, Monastiraki, Acropolis, and Thissio – it’s about 15 minutes walk between each.
  • SIGHTSEEING BUSES: If you enjoy sightseeing bus tours that allow you to hop off and hop on, you should get your hop-on and hop-off ticket in Athens.

TOP ACTIVITIES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS IN ATHENS

Let´s get started with the best things to do in Athens (by yourself).

City Tour

Before you get to Athens, make sure to check out the fantastic a guided tour to get to know Athens from a local´s point of view. Check out different tours for a city tour of Athens.

You will see many places in Athens, but no one can explain a city and its secret as well as a local.

Admire the Acropolis

One of the most famous historical landmarks in Europe, the Acropolis will undoubtedly be top of your to-do list.

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The entrance to the archaeological site is 20€. Go early (before 10 am if possible) to miss the worst of the heat and crowds, and take water. The excellent Acropolis Museum requires a separate €5 ticket but is well worth it, and has a fabulous restaurant.

You can also purchase a combined ticket which includes entrance to all of Athen’s major archaeological sites, but I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re a serious history fan. Most sites can be admired from the streets.

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Get Lost in Plaka

One of the great joys of a trip to Athens is wandering around Plaka, the oldest and most classically good-looking part of the city.

With its neoclassical houses, elegant balconies, and well-tended foliage, it’s unsurprisingly the most touristy part of town, but there are plenty of charming backstreets to explore.

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Plaka is situated between the Acropolis and Syntagma, the main commercial district where you’ll find banks, pharmacies, and high street stores.

Come here for photo ops, search out the hidden village of Anafiotika, and stumble across intriguing ruins such as the Tower of the Winds.

Souvenir Shopping

Monastiraki Square in Athens is knick-knack heaven, so make time to pick some unique souvenirs and write your postcards.

The streets are dotted with bric-a-brac, leather sandal sellers, and local food specialties amongst the typical tourist tat.

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The goodies stretch all the way into the Psirri district, where you’ll find the Central Food Market, which is a great area to shop for picnic snacks to fuel your walks (although those of a delicate disposition be warned that the large indoors section houses the meat and fish).

On Sundays, a famous flea market takes over Monastiraki. Vintage records? Fez hats? Antique kitchenware? Musical instruments? It’s all here.

Coffee with a View

Arguably Athens is best seen from above, and the best views of the Acropolis are from another hill or one of Athens’ many rooftop bars.

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One of the easiest to find is the A for Athens hotel. You can see the sign from Monastiraki Square, and the entrance is via one of the side streets.

Lunch to Go

The center of town is predictably filled with mediocre restaurants aimed at the passing tourist trade.

Skip the overpriced salads and keep on walking to Aiolou Street. This shady pedestrian street is home to a few of Athens’ most hipster joints and has some great cheap spots for lunch.

Join the locals in line for the city’s best falafel at Falafellas, Lebanese street food at Pera, and honey-drenched Greek doughnuts at Lukumades.

Explore Psirri

Don’t miss the vibrant, arty area of Psirri on the north side of Monastiraki Square.

Athens Psirri - Top things to do in Athens for solo female travelers

It has a Bohemian vibe with its mix of cobblestones, wine bars, workshops, and cafes. It’s also home to some of Athens’ best street art – taking a street art walking tour is a great way to engage with a different side of the city.

Eating out in Athens

Greek taverna meals are designed to be shared, making it difficult to find an economical meal if you’re eating solo unless you really enjoy Greek salads and huge mountains of tzatziki.

For a break from taverna food, Avocado is a popular vegetarian restaurant just off Syntagma Square. Wine bars are also a good bet for solo dining, they tend to serve bistro-style portions, and you’re less likely to be asked by a curious waiter why you’re alone.

Going out in Athens

Athens eats and socializes late in the evening – expect to eat at 10 pm, meet at a bar at midnight, and don’t even think about hitting a club before 2 am.

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Solo travelers should talk their way up to the rooftop bar at Athenstyle Hotel for cheap beers and incredible views of the Acropolis lit up at night.

Allow Yourself Some Beach Time in Athens

Athens can be hectic and stressful, especially in the summer’s crushing heat, but visitors often forget that it has a beach.

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Beach close to Athens-Astir Beach in south Athens @shutterstock

 

If you haven’t been to Athen´s Riviera stretching south of the city, then you’ve only seen half of Athens. Take the tram to one of the city’s swanky beach clubs (I recommend the Balux Project or Bolivar), which have lockers to stash your stuff while you swim.

Athens is a wonderful city to visit – and should be on your Greece itinerary.

Safe travels and a great time in Athens!

Author Bio:

Steph Edwards spends all day dreaming about island-hopping in the Mediterranean and writing about it on her blog, The Mediterranean Traveller. She visited Athens at the start of a round-the-world trip and was still there 9 months later!

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

World’s Best Beaches – Bucket List

20 of the Best Beaches Around the World

BEACH BUCKET LIST

We live in a beautiful world – if you still doubt it, I am sure these pictures will prove how gorgeous our planet is.

20 amazing beaches around the world - from Europe, to the USA, Australia, Africa, South America, Maldives and more.

 

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There are times I think I have done quite a bit of traveling and cannot believe how many great places I have seen already. Then I do some research, get inspired by social media channels like Instagram or Pinterest or blogs and realize: I may have seen a bit of the world, but there are tooooons of great places that I have not been to. My hunger for visiting new places and traveling to already known places seems to be endless.

Though I am a city girl, my heart melts just by looking at pictures of gorgeous beaches online and in magazines. Seeing all the “Top 50 Beaches in the World” or similar lists, I have started thinking about my own list “Top 20 Beaches I Would Like to Visit”.

It would have been easier to list 1,000 beaches I would love to visit but for now, I am happy to list only 20 beaches around the world that are very, very high on my bucket list. Though I always enjoy checking posts about the “20 Best Beaches/Cities in the World,” I know it is difficult to name them if we have not seen them all.

However, this did not stop me from making my own list with beaches I am crazy to visit soon.

Talking About Beaches: How to Pack for Your Next Summer Holidays

I am sure if you are a beach person, you’ll enjoy the pictures as much as I do. I have not put the beaches in any particular order, I was picky enough choosing only 20 beaches/islands. There is only one exception: the last beach on this list is actually the one I think might be the most stunning beach of all. Enjoy:

Here we are, 20 best beaches for your (and my) bucket list.

Balos Beach in Greece

Balos Beach in Greece has made it on my list of a dream beach! Why? I love the unique and unusual shape of the island and the water just looks amazing.

Balos Beach in Greece @shutterstock

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Maldives

I could not decide on one particular beach and thus name Maldives as a whole. I guess no “Best Beaches Around the World” list would be complete without naming Maldives, but looking at the pictures, it does not come as a surprise.

 Beautiful beach with wodden jetty and single small tree in Maldives
Beautiful beach in Maldives @shutterstock

 

Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

Okay, I admit that I have not seen many pictures of Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands and had not known much about it. But after having seen this picture I did some research and do not understand why the population of the Coo Island is dropping – after all, they can call this gorgeous place home.

Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands @shutterstock

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Perhentian Islands in Malaysia

I visited Malaysia once and went to Langkawi (read about this stunning island here) – though I do not regret having gone to Langkawi, I would love to visit the Perhentian Islands anytime (preferably soon).

Beautiful beach at Perhentian islands, Malaysia
Beautiful beach at Perhentian Island, Malaysia @shutterstock

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Well, it does not come as a surprise that I had to add at least one Thai island/beach on the list. I was not sure which beach should make it on my top 20 bucket list, and eventually decided for Phang Nga Bay.

Beautiful beach on a Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand
Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand @shutterstock

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Camps Bay Beach in South Africa

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach in South Africa is actually the only beach in this list I have already visited. I was there a few years ago in October and it was pretty cold so we enjoyed some walking on the beach, but could not go in or even relax at the beach, so I put Camps Bay Beach in summer on my bucket list.

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa
Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa @shutterstock

Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Is this beach real? The Seychelles probably have the best beaches in the world, and whenever I spot a beautiful beach picture with giant rocks I immediately think of Seychelles. Praslin Island is on the top of my bucket list. If you want to find out more about the Seychelles, including the bad and good, read the Pros and Cons of Visiting Seychelles.

Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles.
Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles. @shutterstock

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Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I have never made it to Mexico, and if I do, I would not know which place to visit first. Maybe the Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres would be one of my first stops.

tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico @shutterstock

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Siesta Beach in Miami, USA

I have seen some pretty gorgeous beaches on the west coast of the USA, but the beaches of Florida, and in particular the Siesta Beach in Miami, are on my list for the future. Find out more about Sarasota in Florida.

Siesta Beach in Miami
Siesta Beach in Miami @shutterstock

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands

I know very little about the Turks and Caicos islands, but it seems the beaches are stunning – like the Grace Bay Beach.

Grace Bay
Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands @shutterstock

Amanohashidate in Japan

I am very surprised myself to put a Japanese beach on my list (no offense, Japan) but this beach in Kyoto looks pretty amazing.

Amanohashidate, Japan
Amanohashidate, Japan @shutterstock

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Sancho Beach in Brazil

One of Brazil’s beaches has made in in the top 20 – Sancho Beach (also known as Baio do Sancho) looks like a beach I could fall for.

Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil
Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil @shutterstock

Hawaii in the USA

The beaches of Hawaii normally fill several spots in each “Top X Beaches Around the World” – I decided on this one: the Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge.

Find out more about places to visit in Hawaii. For more Hawaii travel tips check out the 10-day Hawaii itinerary. SO, whether you visit Hawaii in winter or summer, it is always worth to spend time at the beaches.

View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, aerial shot from a helicopter, Kauai, Hawaii.
View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, Kauai, Hawaii. @shutterstock

 

El Nido in the Phillippines

My Instagram feed is flooded with pictures of Philippine beaches – I still cannot get enough. El Nido has made it in my top 20, find an El Nido guide here.

El Nido
El Nido in the Phillipinnes @shutterstock

Eagle Beach in Aruba

Another island in the Caribbean/ South America with stunning beaches and crystal clear water – this beach can be found in Aruba and is called Eagle Beach.

Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba
Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba @shutterstock

 Bora Bora

Heaven is a place on earth – if you are on Bora Bora with its top notch beaches for the pretty and rich (and me, one day).

Bora Bora also makes a great honeymoon destination.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora @shutterstock

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Lately, I have only heard about tax evaders in connection with the Virgin Islands, though that mainly refers to the British Virgin Islands. But look at this picture! The Virgin Islands are so much more than just a paradise for those who refuse to pay taxes (at least I can say that for the Trunk Bay – part of the US Virgin Islands).

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI
Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI @shutterstock

Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda

This Atlantis island has been voted to one of the best beaches in the word: Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda @shutterstock

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

This gem lies in-between Australia and South America, and also made it on my list. Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is just too pretty not to be listed.

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia
Tikehau Island, French Polynesia @shutterstock

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia

I am wondering if it would hurt to fall from 1-2 meters and land on the sand of Whitehaven Beach. Or if it would feel like falling on cotton? The sand seems to be the finest sand I have ever seen, and I can hardly imagine this is real. But most of all, I can bite myself in the ass for not having visited Whitehaven Beach when I was in Queensland a few years ago (the Gold Coast in Queensland also has amazing beaches, but this seems like a beach from another planet).

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island,Queensland,Australia
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia @shutterstock

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What do you think? Have you ever visited one of the beaches? Which one is your favorite? Which beaches are on your bucket list?

Safe Travels, Arzo

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