Greece is a diverse and beautiful country with thousands of islands and some amazing sights you do not want to miss. Greece costs significantly less than its other European counterparts and is an excellent budget destination in Europe. Spend at least 10 days in Greece to get a feel of everything it has to offer.
When to go – Spring or Summer for the best weather. Fall if you want to avoid the high season.
Where to go – Athens, Santorini, Mikonos, are all top destinations in Greece. Go to Athens if you are on a budget or if you want to see lots of ancient history. There are ferries that run to various islands everyday from Athens as well. Santorini and Mikonos are beautiful volcanic islands with incredible views at every turn.
Getting Around – Public transportation is pretty cheap here so you can easily get by without a rental car.
Cost – Greece is much cheaper than most of Western Europe and your Euros will go much further here!
Things to see and do
Check out the Acropolis – The Acropolis is hard to miss as it towers above the modern day city of Athens. These preserved ruins are well over 1000 years old and gives you a glimpse back into time. In the summer there will be tons of tourists so go early in the morning for the best experience.
Temple of Olympian Zeus – There are many notable ruins near the Acropolis not to be missed, most within walking distance too. The Temple of Olympian Zeus is another incredible sight to see.
Explore the Athens Riviera – Just 20 minutes from the Acropolis you can explore several of the quieter beach towns. Great place to meet locals at cafes dotting the coastline. Make a quick stop at Lake Vouliagmeni – a beautiful spring fed lake with nice views, a cafe, and crystal clear water. Get a free pedicure here as the tiny fish here love to eat the dead skin off your feet!
Take a boat tour or ferry – From Athens there are several companies that can take you on tours of nearby Greek islands. My personal favorite is the sleepy town of Hydra with stunning views and a Mediterranean vibe.
Zakynthos – A stunning island to spend a couple days. This is where you will find the must-see Navagio Beach (pictured above)