Greece Travel Guide: Top Things to Do and See in Greece
If you want a mix of party and beauty, Mykonos is for you. It definitely lives up to the party hype, boasting some of the world’s best parties. It is also easily accessible by plane or ferry, just 4-6 hours by ferry from the Athens port. Paradise Beach is stunning and the hostels have a very outdoorsy and backpacker style, so I would get a hotel if you are picky! I stayed at Paraga Beach Hostel, in a 6-person wooden cabin, which was a little tight, but still lots of fun and a perfect way to meet people.
What to Do in Mykonos, Greece
- Rent an ATV and drive around the hills! So much fun, but be careful and don’t drive while drinking!
- Walk along Paradise Beach
- Try the oceanfront restaurant seafood! To die for.
- Hang poolside with drink in hand and good music playing.
- Visit the city and take advantage of the amazing shopping, cobble-stoned streets and the blue and white doors
- Go to Scorpio/another viewpoint for the sunset view with some friends (so many people gather here to take in the amazing sunset view)
- Cavo Paradiso is a popular EDM spot, that peaks from 3-7 am, with world-class DJs spinning every night.
- Take a diving class & practice your dives off the numerous piers all around the island (but go with a guide, it tends to be rocky).
Ios is a southwest island in Greece and takes about 3-7 hours to get there from either of the two Athens ferry ports. It is lots of fun and adventure during the summertime. The town of Ios is so cute with small stone alleyways and quaint little doors. The beach area is mostly populated by tourists, lined with hostels. I stayed at Far Out beach hostel in an Ensuite room, which worked out to only slightly more than a dorm. They also picked me up from the port, which was a bonus!
What to do in Ios, Greece
- Rent an ATV and drive up the hills!
- Take a hike. Ios has by far the best hiking trails and you will see the most amazing views.
- Take a boat tour! I met someone who worked for a company that took me on a tour starting at 7:00 am till about 3:00 pm. We did snorkeling, cave swimming and so much more. This was definitely a highlight of my trip. There are many tour companies that can take you.
- There are tons of restaurants along the strip of the beach, however they are very spaced out. If you prefer, take your ATV into the city and explore all the delicious eating spots in the village of Ios.
- Try Greek wine! Its sweeter, but so good.
- If you like to party, go to the city at night. There’s a challenge where you pay 25 euros for 7 shots, but get a pretty cool bar-themed T shirt. All the bars have it! Don’t leave Ios without one.
With the black sand beaches and coastline views, Santorini is perfect for romance and serenity. This was probably the perfect spot to unwind and end off my solo adventure. Santorini is about 8 hours by ferry from Athens, but only about an hour away from Ios, so you can plan accordingly. I stayed in a little hotel called Anna Pension, about a 15-minute walk from Thira. Santorini is slightly different in that it has a main city (Fira/Thira- it’s interchangeable), that is about 20 minutes away from the ferry port, using public transportation. Thira is the main city that has public transportation routes to all cities and beaches, including the oh-so famous Oia, where the classic sunset pictures are taken.
What to do in Santorini, Greece
- Use public transportation to get from place to place. It’s cheap and runs smoothly.
- Eat desserts! I had eclairs, cakes and ice-cream galore in Santorini!
- Eat seafood! Everything is super fresh and very lightly seasoned. You can taste the authenticity.
- Get a fish pedicure. I had so much fun doing this after my vacation where my feet were in desperate need of some TLC. Very refreshing and the little fish take all the dead skin and grime right off and you walk out feeling like you’re on a cloud. I went to Dr. Fish spa in Thira.
- Go to Oia via Thira around 2-3 pm to get a good spot to watch the sunset. Lots of tourists go as they have non-stop buses that run this route prior to the sunset. You’ll see the gorgeous castle views as the sun descends on the water.
- Do souvenir shopping in Oia. There were great jewellery and clothes spots, not to mention cooking ingredients and soaps. Bargaining skills come in handy here.
- Visit Kamari beach is gorgeous and along the east coast of the island. Make the day trip there to soak up the sun. Even just walking around is beautiful because there are stunning churches everywhere.
Athens is an older city, with a lot of history! I took the most photos in Athens and I made sure to visit the Acropolis and Acropolis museum, where you can really appreciate the ingenuity of the Greeks who built such beautiful monuments so long ago. There are also tons of other ancient monuments all over the city if you explore at night. And the view of the Acropolis at night, when it is LIT up, is incredible. I stayed in Athens Backpackers hostel, super close to the Acropolis. Make sure to take a filled water bottle and a hat, because journeying up there gets super hot! I was only there for 2 days, which was more than enough to get your fill!
What to do in Athens, Greece
- Visit the Acropolis/Acropolis Museum
- Try Greek coffee!
- Eat Gyros for 2-3euros
- Visit the marketplace called Plaka- great shopping and very cheap!