70+ Best Beaches on Greek Islands: Stunning Gems of Greece

Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 06:10 pm

The Beaches in Greek islands rated among the top beaches in Europe and the world. You find them everywhere in this beautiful country.

You can find more than 1000 equally beautiful beaches scattered on a total length of almost 16.000km coastline.

So despite its small size Greece has the larger coast of all European countries and the 11th larger in the world.

Almost 500 of the more than a thousand beaches in Greece awarded the International blue flag.

The variety and scenery of Greece’s beaches are unmatched, and therefore is very difficult to choose the best of them. After all the term Best is subjective. So we choose to describe the most famous because we don’t want to be unfair with many equally lovely beaches not mentioned here.

The Diversified Greek scenery and the exotic beaches in Greece

The Greek landscape is constantly changing by the wild fury of nature and the intense geological activity. That’s why the beauty of the beaches is almost unbelievable.

The country has the most diverse European land with magnificent sceneries.

The scene changes considerably from West to East and from North to South, and this is what makes Greece a very diversified country.

At the west of the country, you will find Islands with green mountains and beaches with emerald green calm waters. We are talking about the Ionian Islands and the Ionian coast.

A Spectacular beach in Greece
A Spectacular beach in Greece

The landscape in the Aegean sea is completely different, with deep blue waters surrounding the volcanically formed islands. Here the vegetation is almost absent with bald mountains and volcanic soil-landscapes with almost no trees.

The Greek mainland dominated by high mountains and big valleys, it is a harsh land in general with not much available for agriculture. But some beaches on the mainland are even better than those on the islands and can leave you speechless.

But let’s start to discover details and tips for you about the Best beaches in Greece, or better saying for the most famous of them.

Beaches in the Ionian Islands

Porto Katsiki in Lefkada
Porto Katsiki in Lefkada

The Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece houses some of the most beautiful Greek islands.

Seven large and hundreds of smaller islands form the Ionian islands or Eptanissa cluster, with Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaka, Kefalonia, Zakynthos(Zante), and Kythera to be the larger.

These are the greenest islands of Greece. If you love green emerald and calm waters this is the place for you to visit. Here you can find some of the longest beaches in Greece as Halikounas in Corfu, the very famous and most photographed beach of Navagio in Zante, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

  1. Navagio(Shipwreck) Beach in Zakynthos
  2. Myrtos Beach Kefalonia
  3. Porto Katsiki Lefkada
  4. Gerakas beach Zakynthos
  5. Agios Gordios(Gordis) beach Corfu
  6. Halikounas beach Corfu
  7. Rovinia beach Corfu
  8. Voutoumi beach Antipaxos
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The Aegean Islands beaches

The Aegean Sea lays between Asia Minor and the Greek mainland, with thousands of islands. These islands formed by dense volcanic activity for millions of years.

There are more than 6000 large and small islands for you to choose from, but only 227 of them are inhabited.

The vast majority of the Aegean Islands belong to Greece. The only large islands under Turkish authority are Imbros and Tenedos in the northeastern part of the Aegean sea. Hence Aegean is called the Greek archipelago.

Tip: The Aegean Islands are separated into 7 big island clusters, named Cyclades, Dodecanese, Islands of the Argosaronic gulf, North Sporades, Islands of the North and East Aegean, Euboea, and Crete.

The Cyclades islands and their beautiful beaches

A Scenery from Santorini
A Scenery from Santorini

At the southern Aegean and north of Crete, here we have Andros, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Amorgos, Anafi, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros, and more. In these islands there are some of the most famous beaches worldwide and extremely popular among tourists and Greeks.

Tip: The oldest European civilizations developed in Cyclades and Crete from 3300 to 1100 BCE, ie 5000 years ago!

  1. Super Paradise beach Mykonos
  2. Elia beach Mykonos
  3. Plaka beach Naxos
  4. Agios Prokopios in Naxos
  5. Tsigrado beach in Milos
  6. Mylopotas beach in Ios
  7. Kolymbithres beach in Paros
  8. Red beach Santorini
  9. Mouros beach in Amorgos
  10. Kolona beach in Kythnos
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Beaches in the Dodecanese

Tsambika beach in Rhodes
Tsambika beach in Rhodes

This island cluster has 12 big and hundreds of smaller islets at the east of the Cyclades and very close to the Asia Minor coast. Among them is Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Patmos, Astypalea, Leros, Kasos

  1. Saint Paul’s Bay Rhodes
  2. Tsambika beach Rhodes
  3. Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos
  4. Apella beach Karpathos
  5. Achata beach in Karpathos
  6. Thermes beach in Kos
  7. Kefalos Beach in Kos
  8. Myrties beach in Kalymnos
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Beaches in the Islands of Argosaronic

Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra are some of the islands here, very close to Athens and easy to visit.

  1. Love Bay in Poros
  2. Askeli beach in Poros
  3. Skala beach in Agkistri
  4. Halikiada beach in Agkistri
  5. Marathon beach in Aegina

Beaches in the Islands of North and Eastern Aegean

Stafylos beach in Skopelos
Stafylos beach in Skopelos

Beaches in Sporades Islands

Medium to small size islands close to the coast of Thessaly at the North Aegean, Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros is the most known islands offering beautiful beaches and holiday destinations.

  1. Koukounaries beach in Skiathos
  2. Lalaria beach in Skiathos
  3. Panormos beach in Skopelos
  4. Stafylos beach in Skopelos
  5. Agios Dimitrios beach in Alonissos

East Aegean islands beaches

The most known islands here are Samothrace, Thasos, Lesbos, Limnos, Agios Efstratios, SamosChios, Inouses, Psara, Ikaria.

  1. Lemonakia beach in Samos
  2. Tsamadou Beach in Samos
  3. Livadi beach in Ikaria
  4. Nas beach in Ikaria
  5. Messakti beach in Ikaria
  6. Emporios Mavros Gialos beach in Chios
  7. Golden Beach in Thassos
  8. Alyki Beach in Thassos
  9. Petra beach in Lesvos
  10. Keros beach in Lemnos
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Euboea

The second bigger island of Greece, at the western Aegean and very close to the Greek mainland.

Beaches in Crete

Elafonissi beach in Chania
Elafonissi beach in Chania

Being the largest of the Greek islands, Crete has plenty to offer. Many small islands around and especially some of the best beaches in Greece.

  1. Balos beach Chania
  2. Elafonissi beach in Chania
  3. Falasarna beach Chania
  4. Sougia beach in Chania
  5. Glika Nera beach in Chania
  6. Krios beach in Chania
  7. Marathi beach in Chania
  8. Loutraki beach in Chania
  9. Preveli beach Rethymno
  10. Rodakino beach in Rethymno
  11. Plakias beach in Rethymno
  12. Agios Pavlos beach in Rethymno
  13. Matala beach Heraclion
  14. Agiofaraggo beach in Heraclion
  15. Tymbaki beach in Heraclion
  16. Sissi beach in Lassithi
  17. Agia Fotia beach in Lassithi
  18. Makris Gialos beach in Lassithi
  19. Vai beach in Lassithi
  20. Istro beach in Lassithi
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Beaches on the Greek Mainland

An endless coastline of almost 8.000km belongs to the Greek islands. This means that the Greek mainland offers another 8.000km full of more and equally lovely beaches, in almost every part of the land that touches the sea.

The beaches of mainland Greece have nothing to envy from the beaches of the islands, and there are plenty of them, all around Greece.

West Greece, Epirus, and Sterea Ellada

Starting from the west, across Corfu is the Epirus region, with beaches of great beauty like the famous Syvota that has very beautiful scenery to share, also Parga is a place worth visiting. In Parga, there is a beach in the town and very close is the beach of Valtos.

Further south we are in Sterea Ellada, the central region of Greece. On the west Ionian coast, there are some very interesting holiday resorts with nice beaches. With Nafpaktos, Itea, and Kammena Vourla to be nice places for family holidays.

Beaches in Macedonia

Beaches in Chalkidiki

In the region of Macedonia in Northern Greece you can find the best and more busy beaches in the tourist resort of Chalkidiki at the North Aegean sea.

Chalkidiki is a region south of Thessaloniki and consists of three legs that go deep inside the North Aegean, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. Kassandra is the busier and most tourist development with many exotic beaches and hotels.

Athos, the third and easternmost peninsula, is an autonomous religious republic devoted to only male monks and can be visited only by men after special permission.

The best beaches in North Greece are in the first leg of Chalkidiki, named Kassandra where most of the eastern part is a large beach. The best beaches here are Sani, Armenistis, Kallithea, Hanioti, and Pefkohori.

Nea Potidea canal separates Kassandra from the rest of Chalkidiki, actually making it an island.

Beaches in Pieria

More beautiful beaches in Macedonia you will discover in Pieria, an area opposite Chalikidiki across Thermaikos gulf.

Here the beaches are sandy and long with tourist facilities, the best beaches are The Olympic Beach, Leptokarya, Paralia, and Platamonas.

Beaches around Kavala

Finally, some more beaches are in the region of Kavala, an industrial town in East Macedonia. Toska beach, Ammolofoi, Batis, Kalamitsa beach, and Nea Iraklitsa are very popular beaches here.

Tip: The area of Chalkidiki was first colonized by people from Evia (Euboea) in the 8th Century BCE and is famous for having been the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle in 384 BC. It was part of the Hellenic Macedonian Empire.

Beaches in Thessaly

Thessaly region is between Sterea and Macedonia. Its coast meets the west Aegean and includes large towns as Volos and Larissa.

The coast is pretty rich in tourist activity and has plenty of sandy beaches, most of them are in the peninsula of Pelion mountain at the East of Pagasitikos gulf.

Pelion is a unique and spectacular tourist destination. Pelion mountain has dense vegetation and dominates the peninsula. You can enjoy some extraordinarily beautiful mountain villages here, like Tsagarada, Portaria, Makrinitsa, Miles, Vizitsa, and Chania, where there is a ski center, one of the favorite destinations for winter sports and vacations in Greece.

On the east coast of Pelion, we have some incredible beaches, with Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero, Mylopotamos, Horefto, Mourtias, and Fakistra to be some of the best.

Beaches in Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is the southernmost region of Greece, its old name was Morea. (Morias in Greek)

It joins the rest of the country through the isthmus of Korinth, but after the opening of the canal, it could be considered an artificial island.

The area is very mountainous but on its diverse coasts, there are beautiful tourist resorts with long beaches.

To be honest, here and especially on the southern coasts perhaps are the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

Elafonisos in Lakonia Greece
Elafonisos in Lakonia Greece

Saying this, immediately brings to mind Elafonissos beach, a small island south of the region of Laconia.

The island connects to the mainland through a sandy beach that creates an amazing landscape. For many, this is one of the most spectacular and beautiful beaches in Greece.

Equally beautiful beaches, however, are everywhere in the Peloponnese. Such as Mavrovouni beach in Gythio, Voidokilia beach in Pylos, the beaches in Methoni and Koroni, and some others in the beautiful small bays of Messinia.

Voidokilia beach in Pylos

This beach in Pylos of Messinia needs a special reference.

Voidokilia is one of the most beautiful beaches worth mentioning, it is almost a perfect cycle shape beach in stunning surroundings.

See at the photo, words can’t describe the scenery the way a photo can do!

Voidokilia beach in Pylos Messinia
Voidokilia beach in Pylos Messinia – Image by Johannes Krasser from Pixabay

About the name? Better you shouldn’t ask, cause Voidokilia means the ‘belly of the ox’, Yes.

Further north and east, in Argolida prefecture, well-known tourist destinations with popular beaches are Tolo, Ermioni, and Porto Heli.

Final words

These are only a glimpse of the best beaches in Greece. We hope that they will be enough for you to choose from. Just keep in mind that there are thousands more, equally nice and worth visiting, but difficult to fit them all on one page.

This land favored by nature with the best weather in Europe and the most islands that a country can have, this is a blessing and a curse.

Greece’s 300 inhabited islands and their beauties have condemned the country to depend to a large extent on tourism. That’s because it is not easy to develop infrastructures in so many islands without tourism.
It’s like telling a man 7.2 feet tall that he can’t play basketball!

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Last updated on October 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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A man with a hat and suitcase bag walking to the beach – Poster vector created by macrovector

Greece is one of the most recognized tourist destinations in Europe. Commonly known for the Olympics and Greek mythology, Greece is a fine cosmopolitan destination comprising several coastal beaches and picturesque islands, namely Corfu.

Neighboured by the Mediterranean Sea, Corfu’s island is the perfect pick for your summer vacation holidays. The primary reason for travel enthusiasts choosing Corfu is because of its accessibility. You can easily reach the destination, may it be by availing a plane or even a ferry, if you are lucky. Apart from the slight stretches of beaches, this place is also very famous for its history and architecture and offers authentic Greek cuisine.

Emotions are bound to get high after checking out all the gorgeous images of Corfu on the internet. But before setting off, you will need to pack your luggage for the vacation. So, here are the five essential items that you cannot miss while going to Corfu.

1. Ideal Luggage Choice

Carry luggage should always be comfortable and versatile. They are supposed to be a tag-along companion and not an unwanted burden. This is even more fitting when you are planning to relax on holiday. Either duffle bags, wheeled bags, and carry-on bags are good to go. Each has its features and benefits.

Duffle bags are mostly light in weight and easy to pack. However, carry-on bags are best suited for those who don’t wish to take many things on vacations.
Bonus tip: Luggage bags with built-in charger ports are beneficial.

2. Clothing and Makeup

You must have clothes for every occasion while traveling. There might be times when you are lost in the beauty of Corfu Town during sightseeing or just lazing around the beach and the setting sun. Your luggage must have the following items.

  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Hat
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm

Bonus tip: Don’t pack anything that could return unused from the trip. Pack smart.

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Business and family vacation travel luggage with handbag – Poster vector created by macrovector

3. Medics And Toiletries

It is very wise to carry medicines while traveling on the road. You might be a minimalist, but your luggage must feature emergency support to remain healthy in unfamiliar conditions.

Some medication can cure plenty of travel health scares. But, one must know how to consume them. Apart from the prescribed medications, you must carry things like hand sanitizers and Braun Series 9 as well.
For toiletries, you must pack the following:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
Top view bath products arrangement
Top view bath products arrangement – Poster vector created by macrovector

4. Travel Docs

A well planned holiday is a risk-free holiday. This planning mainly contains packing all the necessary things for the vacation. When you plan to visit some foreign country for holidaying, you must carry your identification with you. Similarly, your travel documents must be at your immediate disposal as well. It is best to take a pouch or a money belt to keep your IDs, passport, bank cards, and boarding passes.

Bonus tip: Always keep a few photocopies of all your documents. It will be better if you make a file for them. Additionally, create a digital soft copy of those documents to save them in your cloud. Furthermore, carry a dozen of your passport-size photographs when you are traveling.

5. Electronic Gadgets

In the millennial age, it is prevalent for travelers to carry electronic gadgets along with them. It is perfectly all right to share your travel stories with your friends while you are on your trip. And to meet this desire, you must pack the following items in your luggage.

  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • Chargers
  • Camera
  • Headphones

Bonus tip: If you consume a lot of digital content while traveling or carry electronic devices, you will need to recharge them all the time. Instead of packing a bunch of wired chargers, get one portable Wi-Fi router power bank. This gadget will allow you to enjoy your Netflix sessions without worrying about the battery status.

Gadgets amidst school supplies
Gadgets amidst school supplies – Poster vector created by macrovector

6. Outside Shout

While traveling promises a lot of fun and joy, it brings anxiety and stress as well. Packing is one of the worst traveling aspects. The above-discussed items are a total thumbs up if you want to have a comfortable vacation. However, here a few miscellaneous items that can add value to your plans.

  • Power Strip
  • Dry Towel
  • Packable Backpack
  • Plastic Bags
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Universal Plug Adapter
  • A plastic bag could come in very handy during a crisis.

Final Thoughts

Travelling exposes you to a new culture, boundaries, and people. It will help you shatter the monotony in your life and contribute to improving health, especially your mental health, by pushing you to go out of your comfort zone.

Traveling is much easier than you think. A trip to Corfu could help you to disconnect from your daily life. So, pack your bags, including all the essentials mentioned above, and you are all set. But, make sure you are careful while carrying all the essentials with you.

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Last updated on May 3rd, 2021 at 09:03 am

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Traveling with my dog – Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Your pets are members of your family. Maybe you take them everywhere with you no matter what, or you might be having trouble finding a kennel or someone to take care of them while you’re out of town this year. Whatever situation applies to you, if you’re traveling with pets this holiday, here are seven things you should pack.

Grooming Supplies

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Grouming – Image by ariesa66 from Pixabay

Whether your furry family members are big shedders or not, packing their grooming tools can make traveling with pets much more enjoyable this holiday season. Bringing along a brush is a great idea, especially if grooming is something your pet enjoys. Grooming your pet while you travel can help them learn that car rides aren’t something to fear. Packing your pet’s grooming supplies ensures you will be able to keep their coat healthy and clean while you travel too.

Food and Treats

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A dog with a bone – Image by Stefan Glazer from Pixabay

Traveling can be stressful for your pet. It’s an abrupt change to your pet’s routine, and many animals hate riding in the car. Flying is even less enjoyable for them. Keeping as many things constant as possible can help your pet cope with traveling, and that includes their food. Packing enough of the food they are used to eating to last the entire trip can help them feel at ease and decrease the likelihood that they will stop eating and make themselves sick. As with grooming, packing a few of their favorite treats won’t hurt either. It may even help you build positive associations with travel for them.

Seat Cover

On the topic of grooming and fur, pets tend to shed when they’re stressed. It’s probably not pleasant for them, but it’s even worse for you when you arrive at your destination and discover your back seat coated thoroughly in dog fur. To save yourself the trouble and expense of vacuuming your car, consider purchasing a seat cover. Look for one that’s machine washable and waterproof. The seat cover can protect your vehicle from both fur and any accidents that might happen.

Pet Carrier

Finally, bringing Best Dog Carriers for Travel can make life much less complicated. Some dogs are comforted by having their crate to sleep in, which can lessen travel-induced stress. Pet carriers also keep your pet contained, making it easier for you to focus on driving. No one wants to be going down a motorway while attempting to get their cat out from under their feet. You also don’t want to have to worry about your pet making a break for it the moment you open the car door. A pet carrier can make traveling safer for you and your pet.

Bathroom Products

Unlike humans, our pets can’t look up where the next gas station or rest stop is when they have to pee. Dogs are stuck relying on us to notice when they have to go or using a pee pad, which isn’t necessarily something you want to have in your car for several hours. Remember to pack pet waste pick-up bags or enough pee pads for dogs to change them out regularly.

Traveling with cats is even more challenging. Most cats will attempt to escape if you let them out of the car to use the bathroom. If you’re traveling with a cat this holiday season, consider investing in a travel litter box. Ideally, the travel box will be covered to prevent litter from getting everywhere. A covered box also gives your cat some privacy. In case you feel that cats don’t like covered litter boxes, a study from researchers at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine shows that they don’t have a preference one way or another.

Water Bowl

Hydration is essential for your pet’s health, especially when they’re stressed. Your pet needs continual access to fresh, clean water. Providing enough water while traveling with a pet can be difficult. Luckily, water bowls meant for traveling exist. Some are collapsable for easy storage, and many have clips or non-slip bottoms, so there’s less risk of them spilling during a car ride. Make sure to change the water regularly, and keep both food and water as far away from bathroom areas as possible.

Identification and Papers

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It’s best to have your pet’s identification tag on their collar and maybe even a microchip, but it’s doubly important when you’re traveling. Your pet might also need a passport. Depending on where you’re traveling, it may be wise to pack papers proving your pet is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Do your research before you leave. Vaccinations keep your pet healthy and help protect other animals they might come in contact with.

With the right supplies, traveling with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful. The products listed above can help you and your pet have a safe, happy, and smooth trip this holiday season.

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Last updated on April 29th, 2021 at 06:09 pm

Are you gearing up to visit Greece for your vacation?

Would you like to know more details about the best places to visit in Greece?

You have landed right.

Peek into the five best places to hit on your trip to Greece for better planning and tourism.

The beauty of Greece

A prominent place for its surplus beauty is none other than Greece. This land has sunny beaches, whitewashed villages, a welcoming atmosphere, prehistoric ruins, and flavorsome cuisines.

All these aspects make Greece the number one travel destination in Europe. The chief reason for abundant tourism to plunge into Greece is its serene beauty.

Tourists enjoy the picturesque beauty of the land with countless landscapes.

Being the foundation of western civilization and the beginning of democracy, Greece is jam-packed with overwhelming history and beauty. Greece is one of the top tourist destinations to visit in your lifetime.

5 Best places to visit in Greece

  • 1) Santorini

    Santorini, a prominent and must-visit place in Greece, is also well-known as the diamond of Aegean.

    The flattering colorful houses, whitewashed buildings, spiral pathways, the azure sky, stretches of water, and towering sapphire domes grab thousands of visitors’ attention.

    This marvelously fascinating place is the most charming one in the Greek islands. Enjoy the charm of scenic villages, dip yourself in turquoise waters, and dine in the best restaurants.

    Ones in quest of stimulating adventures should get a rooftop tent fixed on their vehicles, accompany themselves with friends, and visit places like Fira hiking trail, Pressia beach with its rocky sand, Santorini volcano, Skaros rock view, and ruins of prehistoric Thera.

    A Church in Santorini
    A Church in Santorini – Image by Russell_Yan from Pixabay
  • 2) Athens

    Athens is a significant place that speaks its history.

    This place is known for the origin of democracy and endorsed as the originator for Western civilization.

    The present Athens is known for its flawless streets, up-to-date subways, outstanding freeways, well-manicured parks, and finally, ultra-warm people.

    Greek culture surfeits in Athens, witnessing impeccable sites like the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Never forget to drench in the beauty of the Plaka district of Athens.

    Teenagers craving adventure and travel a few miles away should start with their backpacks

    Some best places are The splendid Mount Lycabettus, Ancient Agora hills, and the astounding flowers at National gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus colossal ruins, the primeval Greek temple of Erechtheum, the National Archaeological Museum, and more.

    Elevate your camping and adventure experiences by planning appropriately.

    Temple of Goddess Athina Nike - Acropolis Athens
    Temple of Goddess Athina Nike – Image by Nick115 from Pixabay

    This is not Parthenon, but the temple of Goddess Athina Nike, on the right and out of the gate of Acropolis, the Propylaea.

  • 3) Chania town

    Being the center of attraction in the Old Venetian Harbour, Chania’s town is notorious for its peculiar architecture.

    With the cobbled, narrow streets and welcoming natives, Chania town is one of the exceptional places to visit in Greece.

    Tourists enjoy their visit to the lighthouse as it portrays the panoramic view of the city.

    There are few places tourists must never miss in Chania town.

    The destinations are the Old Venetian Harbour view, Chania Archaeological Museum artifacts, the splendid manicure Botanical Park, the ancient Aptera showing Greek architecture, The Agil Apostoli beach with gold sand, the Iguana beach, the Venetian fortress, and the secretive Topolia Gorge.

    Family and youngsters can start their adventure by penning down all places to visit.

    Port of Chania Crete
    Port of Chania Crete – Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay
  • 4) Corfu

    Positioned on the northwest coast of the country, Corfu is the preeminent island and a rich cultural heritage to visit.

    Families, friends, and teenagers can all admire the scenic beauty of rugged mountains and sandy beaches. Tourists visit the ancient monastery and relax by sunbathing on the beaches.

    There are a few places which you must visit while touring this place.

    Some of them are the Gorge at Agni bay, the northerly point that witnesses the dramatic Cape Drastis, The old fort at Corfu, and Vlacherna Monastery. Youngsters should certainly not miss the joy and fun at Sidari.

    Perama beach in Corfu
    Perama beach in Corfu – Image by arshopenby from Pixabay
  • 5) Meteora

    The beauties of Meteora are the monasteries over massive rock cliffs that look suspended in the air.

    The monasteries sit at an altitude of 1200 feet over the villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka. The surprising news is that the monasteries at Meteora are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites.

    There are plenty of beautiful spots at Meteora to enjoy. Some of them are the Great Meteoro Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, Roussanou Monastery, the Varlaam monastery, and Megalo Meteoro Monastery.

    The adventure starts by backpacking with a tent for Meteora rock climbing at Kastraki, Kalamba village, the Theopetra prehistoric cave, and Meteora thrones.

The traditional dishes

Apart from the scenic beauty and adventure, delightful food is another crucial aspect of Greece.

You must try all the traditional food of Greece during your visit. Some of them are Greek salad, Tzatziki, Fasolada, Moussaka, Greek Yogurt, Souvlaki gyros, Portokalopita, and plenty more.

Greece beaches

The best feature of Greece is the beaches. Set your mood and relax at the beaches as you travel. Few beaches to stop at are

  • The Balos Lagoon and Elafonisi beach in Crete
  • The shipwreck beach in Zakynthos
  • The Myrtos bay in the island of Kefalonia
  • The channel of love in Corfu
  • The Simos beach and Voidokilia at Peloponnese
  • The Lalaria beach at the Sporades
  • The St. Paul bay at Rhodes and the Sarakiniko beach the Cyclades

Greece is a place of wonders and folklore. The implausible country offers a perfect blend of culture, people, and history.

Apart from the locations given above, there are splendid places like Zakynthos, Nafplio, Delphi, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Skyros, Mycenae, and more.

Pack your bags and get going for thrilling adventures at seashores, hiking, etc.

The Bottom line:

The exotic and beautiful place lures in plenty of tourists every year, making Greece the top destination.

Greece is a place for adventure, relaxation, enjoyment, and refreshment. Plan your trip, and enjoy the marvelous beauty of Greece.

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Corfu is a wonder of an island. If you’ve never explored it, it’s high time you did. Its golden beaches along with its salty seas make Corfu one of the most explored islands in Greece.

Once you travel here, chances are you won’t want to return home anymore. That’s definitely a feeling many travelers experience.

Corfu’s History in Brief

Corfu history - Espianada in old gravure
Corfu history – Espianada in old gravure

Corfu has a reach history of gun battles and battleships. The old fortress that was once under Venetian power and pirate attacks entices you with its monuments and artifacts. One of the places that are most explored by tourists is the Old Fortress, which dates earlier than ever.

The first inhabitants of the island date back to the Homeric era, the Phaeacians to be the first known residents, At 750 BCE Greek settlers from Evoea came to the island.
Once they settled here, they created more colonies, one of them was Epidamnus, today’s Dyrahium on the south coast of today’s Albania.

However, Romans were quick to invade and take over the territory. Corfu was a part of the Eastern Roman Empire, Next came the Venetians, the French, the English. Finally, Corfu unified with Greece in 1863.

Unification with Greece

The island of Corfu got back its freedom in the year 1863 when England renounced the island’s occupation. Finally, Corfu became part of Greece.

From an economic and political perspective, Corfu started developing quite quickly after the second half of the 20th century, when it became a very popular holiday destination in Greece.

Then, the second world war came.

During the second WW, Corfu became occupied first by Italians and later by the Germans, only to be released at the end of the war, after the defeat of the Axis forces.

Because of its warm climate, beautiful infrastructure, and amazing nature, Corfu attracted many tourists after the end of the war.

Again, after getting back its freedom, it re-gained its power through tourism.

Now that you got a bit of Corfu’s history, let’s see why the island is worth seeing today.

Secrets and Hidden Depths of Corfu

Corfu’s Tasteful Cuisine

Sofrito
Sofrito

Greece has long been known for its tasty foods and fresh ingredients.

Corfu’s extensive cuisine includes Greek foods but adds authentic flavors to it. Some of the most *and best* of Corfu’s options include the sofrito, the Bourdeto, and of course, the olives. Sofrito is just cooked veil with parsley, garlic, and wine, while Bourdeto is a stew made out of fish and red pepper. Both of these options are a must-try.

The olives are also a must-taste in Corfu. They come from old-grown trees, some of them as old as 100 years old. The best-tasting olive oil comes from the Dafnis family, who’s grown it for decades. The secret is pairing the olives with a tasty salad and Feta cheese and drizzling a little bit of Himalayan salt on top of it. Best combination ever! Light, smooth, tasty, fresh.

If you need something more consistent, you can always try Corfu’s kumquat. This fruit originally flourished in China and has been introduced to the Greek culture in the 19th century by the Middle Eastern inhabitants. Pairing this fruit with an alcoholic drink such as Prosecco will make up the perfect aperitif.

The best island escape tours

If you’re planning to stay longer in Corfu, this is your chance to explore more of its surroundings. Some of the most popular destinations in Corfu include the Vatos village, the beaches of Ermones or Corfu Town, or Old Perithia. Another cool site to visit is Paleokastritsa Beach, the island’s sacred and spiritual hub.

If you prefer a cool hike or bike around the island, check out trips to Kavos or the Arkoudilas Beach, the Halikounas’ dunes, or Alonaki Bay. Kanouli Beach is another popular destination for those passionate about nature. You could also check out the Corfu Trail, for a longer hike. It’ll take you about 10 days to get from one side to the other. Along the way, you’ll be able to explore many tiny villages, olive groves, and nature trails.

Secret (and famous) Attractions to Explore in Corfu

There are some top must-sees here, of course, as in any other region in the world. You must not miss them! They’re really exquisite and amazingly well crafted. You won’t regret visiting and discovering these sites.

The small isolated beaches south of Paleokastritsa

Rovinia beach
Rovinia beach

The wider Paleokastritsa is an area of exceptional natural beauty. In this area there are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, most of them are isolated due to the high cliffs that cut the coast of the mainland.

Liapades, Povinia, Limni, Iliodoros, Paradise, Stelari, Chomi, Giali, to name a few.

They are mixed with sand and pebbles, Remote and beautiful paradises that can be visited by small boats from Paleokastritsa.
If you are in Corfu you must grab the opportunity to visit them.

Old fortress and the Old British hospital in Corfu Town

Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress
Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress

The fortress with the long history and the abandoned British hospital surrounded by a great deal of mystery and horror rumors

The Achilleion Palace in Gastouri village

Benitses - Achilleion from Agioi Deka
Benitses – Achilleion from Agioi Deka

The Palace was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria who became known as the sad queen Sissy.
It is a must place to visit and it sits at the edge of the village Gastouri, 6 miles from Corfu town.

Myrtiotissa Nudist Beach in Western Corfu

A small, remote sandy beach on the west coast of Corfu, since the decade of the 60s it became the only beach in the island of Corfu where nudism was officially tolerated.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, reached by a steep path or by the sea, a rather small sandy beach difficult to spot from the sea, separated from Glyfada beach by a thin but high rock.

Liston in Corfu Town

At the north left of Esplanade square is the popular pedestrian area of The Liston with its French architectural buildings (modeled on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris).

Built in 1807 by the French, to house the French army.

They have arched ground-floor galleries which the locals call “Volta”

The name was given by the word “list” which arrives from the Greek word “lista” that was used for the list of the Nobles (Libro d `Oro) as in the old days only the nobility were able to walk in this part in the city.

Today, the arcades of Liston are the busiest part of Corfu, full of cafes, restaurants, and craft shops in general, so, it is not something that you must try to find rather than a sight that you won’t definitely miss.

Mon Repos Estate Palace in Corfu Town

Mon Repos Palace is a neoclassical building at the east of Paleopolis, Inside the Corfu ancient city.

Built at 1830 by the British Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam at the beginning of the peninsula of Kanoni next to the ruins of Paleopolis

The diamond beaches of Erimitis area

Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu
Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu

Erimitis on the Northeastern tip of Corfu, very close to Albanian shores.

It stretches from Agios Stefanos in the East up to Kassiopi borders on the North Coast.

An unspoiled paradise, full of small cute coves-beaches separated by small promontories that give beautiful scenery to the landscape, most of them accessible by the sea.

Some cute tiny beaches here are Avlaki, Vouvalomantria beach, Vrachli beach, Tzoufakia, the Arias beach, Akoli, Vromolimni, Kaminakia beach, Korfovounia, Aspalathras, and Xylokeratia beach.

Beaches with pebble and very little sand, the waters are extremely clear and clean.

The medieval abandoned and reborn village of Perithea

Perithea is an abandoned medieval village located below the majestic peak of Pantokrator. On a plateau in the mountain at an altitude of 400 meters.

Are you curious to see how a dead village can be reborn?

Sure you are.

Then you must visit Perithea

The abandoned school of Perithea
The abandoned school of Perithea

To see the old abandoned stone house alive again and restored to their previous glory.

But if you are a culinary freak, you have one more reason to come here.

The ground floor of several houses is transformed into restaurants offering local specialties and they are full of people especially at the weekends.

The Traditional village of Nymfes, named after the mythical Nymphs

This village of Northwest Corfu is ancient, untouched by time and tourism, and took its name from the mythical Nymphs.

Do you like the opportunity to see the life, and customs of the real non-touristry Corfu?

Sure you want.

Waterfalls in Nymfes
Waterfalls in Nymfes

Then this is the village to visit, to see the traditional old customs and learn the fairytales that are connected with the landscape.

In the majestic waterfalls the secret story of the area still alive, here the mythological Nymphes were living, so the village took their name, Nymfes is the place of the mermaids or Nymphes.

For a more personalized experience, you could also try a private tour with a guided option. You’ll get to explore more of Corfu’s detailed history and culture. You could also get an olive oil-tasting tour for a more authentic experience. Shore excursions are also available, but make sure you read the reviews before picking one.

Conclusion

Visit Corfu for its amazing experiences, cool trips, outstanding cuisine, and having the best time of your life! Don’t forget to pack sunglasses, towels, and bathing suits. Bonne voyage!

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Last updated on October 17th, 2021 at 10:42 pm

Known for fresh crisp greens, strong natural cheese, and lamb dishes cooked to perfection, Greece has a wonderfully colorful palette that is steeped in history.

 

Greek Lamb with Potatoes and Olives

Lamb with potatoes
Lamb with potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 800g medium-size potatoes, skin on, thinly sliced
  • 4 lamb steaks
  • 4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 aubergine, thinly sliced
  • 85g pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tsp oregano, for seasoning

Method:
Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Thinly slice the potatoes, tomatoes, and aubergines and place them in layers in a baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano and olives, and feta throughout, and drizzle with oil and seasoning as each layer is added.
Bake the layered mixture for 50 mins or until tender.
Rub the steaks with a little more oil and bake for 15-20 mins until cooked. Allow to cool and scattering with more oregano and serve.

Tapenade Skordalia

Skordalia
Skordalia

A smooth and delicious Greek mash that is the perfect side to any dish.

Ingredients:

  • 800g potatoes, cut into evenly-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp of black or green olive tapenade

Method:
Salt a large pan of water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until soft.
Crush the garlic cloves and use the back of a spoon or pestle and mortar to form a paste.
Drain the potatoes and let them sit for 2-3 mins to dry. Add the garlic paste, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and tapenade and mash until smooth.

Gigantes Plaki

Gigantes Plaki
Gigantes Plaki

Healthy and satisfying, this dish can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 400g dried butter beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 800g ripe tomatoes, skins removed and chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Pinch ground cinnamon, to taste

Method:
Soak the butterbeans in water overnight. Drain and place in a pan with water. Boil and bring to a simmer for 50 minutes until tender.
Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and Sautee the onion and garlic for 10 mins. Add the tomato puree and the remaining ingredients and cook for a further 2-3 min.
Add the beans and pour them into a baking tray and cook for 1 hr uncovered. Scatter the parsley over the top to serve.

Greek Roast Lamb

Roast Lamb
Roast Lamb

A perfect recipe for those refreshing Spring nights.
Ingredients:

  • 1 large leg of lamb
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Method:
Preheat over to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Ground the garlic, oregano, and lemon zest in a pestle and mortar, add a pinch of salt.
Stab the lamb with a knife and coat on the garlic and lemon mixture, drizzle over the olive oil, and lemon juice. Get as much of the mixture into the holes as you can.
Roast the lamb for 1 hr 15 min until medium-rare, or an additional 15 mins for medium.

Moussaka

Mousaka
Mousaka

A traditional dish with less of the work!Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 500g passata
  • 2aubergines, cut into slices
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 140g grated cheddar

Method:
Boil the potatoes until tender. Cut into thick slices.
Fry the olive oil and the onion until soft and add the lamb. Fry until lamb is cooked, and add the garlic, spice, and passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Oil a griddle and grill aubergines until browned.
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with potatoes and layer the lamb mixture. Repeat until the dish is full, ending with a layer of aubergines.
Shatter with cheese and oven-bake for 10 min or until golden.

Greek Island Salad

Total time: 40-50 min

  • 1.8kg roast chicken
  • 2 romaine lettuces
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 3 spring onions
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp black olives
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp dried mint
  • Half bunch of fresh parsley (optional)
  • 5 tsp olive oil

Method:
Roast the chicken and roughly shred. Shred the lettuce and cut the tomatoes into wedges.
Whisk 3 tbsp lemon juice, olive oil, and salt into a bowl. Thinly slice the avocadoes and add to the mixture.
“Add to the roast chicken, tomato, and lettuce, scatter over the black olive and chopped feta. Squeeze lemon juice on top and add the parsley,” says Veronica Nickson, a cooking blogger at the State Of Writing.

Greek Omelette

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • A handful of black olives
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled

Method:
Heat the pan on high, whish the eggs with chopped parsley and onion for 4 mins. Add tomatoes and olives and cook for 1 min.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the egg mixture until half cooked and add the olives and feta.
Place the pan under a grill for 5 mins until golden.

Halloumi Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 red onion
  • 250g halloumi cheese, cut into chunks
  • 16 cherry tomatoes

For Lemon Drizzle:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Method:
Cut the courgettes lengthways and slice into chunks. Cut onions into wedges and thread with the halloumi pieces, cherry tomatoes onto skewers.
For the drizzle, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, mustard, and season. Brush the mixture over the kebabs and barbecue for 4-5 minutes, turning often so all sides are browned.

Smoked Salmon Taramosalata

Ingredients:

  • 100g smoked salmon
  • 200g soft cheese
  • 100g crème Fraiche
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Black kalamata oil
  • Black Pepper

Method:
Add the salmon, soft cheese, lemon juice, and crème Fraiche together in a food processor and blitz until a smooth paste.
Add a pinch of black pepper and spoon into a large bowl. Serve with olive oil and pitta bread.

Greek Lamb Tray Bake

Ingredients:

  • 50g white bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 250g lamb mince
  • 2 courgettes, cut into wedges
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 50g feta cheese, crumbled,
  • Handful chopped mint leaves
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into wedges

Method:
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix lamb mine, bread crumbs, egg, and seasoning into a bowl and mix. Grate the onion and mint and add to the mixture. Shape into 8 patties and place on a baking tray.
Place the potatoes wedges around the patties in the tray, with the courgettes and cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes or until the lamb is cooked through.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with feta and remaining mint.

Lamb and Feta Burgers with Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 1 red chili
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100 feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 rosemary springs, stripped
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 200ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp dried mint

Method:
Add the spices, chopped chili, herbs, and egg into a bowl and whisk. Add the lamb mince and mix.
Divide the mixture into 16 pieces and shape into burgers, push a piece of feta cheese into the center of each, and seal. Chill for 30 minutes.
Mix together the yogurt and mint to form a dip.
Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and heat oil in a frying pan. Fry burgers for 1-2 min on each side and transfer to the baking tray. Bake for 5- 10 min and serve with mint yogurt dip.

Bring the wonder of the Med straight to your dinner table. You’ll impress your family and wow guests with these super quick and easy Greek-style recipes up your sleeve!

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Katherine Rundell is a writer at Write My Essay. She is a poet, essayist, and reviewer with a passion for the fall and winter months, as well as the owner of a mean recipe for eggnog.

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