The Greek Islands have always been one of those paradisiac destinations everyone wants to visit someday. It is a place where newlyweds imagine their perfect honeymoon, or where any person dreams about traveling to, to find peace, to relax and to rest, to visit unimaginable places full of history and culture while looking at a perfect view, tasting delicious meals, drinking tasteful wines and why not, meeting fantastic people with the Greek spirit that has always a welcoming smile on their face.
From paradise beaches, history and art museums, delicious gastronomy, mind-blowing archeology, wonderful cruises, to the simplest but inspiring hiking plans, Greece is full of magic, history and amazing spots to explore. No matter what age you are, what kind of trip you are planning or what kind of food you like. Greece has everything it needs to make you fall in love with it, to make to want to stay or at least to want to come back.
In case you are planning a trip to Greece, make sure the time you spend there, includes the following five places that will make your stay unforgettable and absolutely unique.
The island of Santorini, also called Thera or Thira, is located in the south of the Aegean Sea. This island is one of the Cyclades group of islands in Greece. The name was given by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century in reference to Saint Irene, which was one of the three virgin sisters martyred for their faith in 304 AD. Santorini is considered to be one of the most romantic destinations not only in Europe, but worldwide. The landscape is like a dream come true for every couple, family or person. The peaceful environment, the clear blue waters and the contrast with pure white layered architecture show such a wonderful panorama, you will not believe the beauty your eyes can see. The beaches with the whitest sand are fabulous and the famous archaeological sites are places you can’t miss. Santorini is also a fantastic gastronomic experience where you will be able to enjoy the original taste of the Mediterranean culinary paradise and the marvelous taste of the local wine.
The Giola is located on the Island of Thassos. The Giola is a natural rock lagoon filled with fresh, clear warm Mediterranean Sea water. Created by mother earth, the Giola is perfect for swimming, relaxing and for enjoying the sunny Greek weather. Its size is about 20×15 meters and it is very easy to walk on the rocks in order to get to the water. It is one of the natural wonders you will only find in Greece that will take your breath away.
Located in the island of Zakynthos, the Blue Caves, owe their name to the bright blue water that is inside them. The blue effect of the water is one of the attractions this place has. Any objects that enters the water will look blue from the outside, even the people that are allowed to enter. The Blue Caves were discovered in 1897 and have been one of the most marvelous places to visit in the Greek Islands ever since. The only way to get to them is by boat and some of the boats even have a glass bottom so you can see the marine life that is underwater. It really is a very special place to visit and a spectacle for water lovers.
The enchanting name of Meteora has various significant meanings given to it. One of them is “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or, “in the heavens above”. It is a famous complex of very important Greek Orthodox Monasteries that have been there for over 600 years. It gathers a total of 6 monasteries built on natural sandstone rock pillars and it is considered one of the UNESCO World Heritages. Meteora is located on the north of Greece, near the city of Kalambaka, in the valley of the Pinios River. It is a very attractive place for climbers and hikers, due to the beautiful paths and natural landscapes it has.
The beautiful Navagio Bay is also known as Shipwreck Beach located on the northwest shore of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. It is called the shipwreck Beach because in 1983 a smuggler ship, the Panagiotis, was wrecked on the beach while transporting cigarettes. The white sand and clear blue water of Navagio are what makes this beach probably one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The reason why it has an Italian name is because Zakynthos was under Italian rule for centuries, influencing the culture of the Island. Visitors can enjoy the beach, swim in the clear waters and have pleasant boat rides. Anyone will fall deeply in love with this place.