After spending a week in Athens back in November it’s safe to say I fell a little bit in love with Greece and knew that I couldn’t wait to return and explore more. Pretty impressive for a country that had never really been on my radar before.
It was the contrast of the incredible ancient architecture infused with the grittiness of modern day city life that initially drew me in, but I know that by only visiting the capital we barely scratched the surface of this amazing country.
Not many countries can boast as much diversity as Greece with its idyllic islands, vibrant cities and more history than you could ever hope to explore, so here are five more places to visit in Greece that have caught my eye!
Everyone might be falling over themselves to get that perfect Santorini shot, but I think Rodos looks just as Insta-friendly. From labyrinthine old towns to ancient ruins and of course some of the best beaches in Europe, it seems like the perfect place to visit if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t like your summer holiday to be too lazy.
Um can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful Meteroa looks? It’s one of those places that doesn’t even look real and I’m surprised I don’t see it on more of those awful Pinterest articles. Literally translating to ‘middle of the sky’ the caves around this monolithic rock formation were inhabited as far back as 50,000 years ago and some of the monasteries date back to the fourteenth century. Can you imagine what the view must be like from that monastery?!
Do you ever stumble upon one amazing picture of a place and instantly want to visit? That happened to me with Sarakiniko especially since I recently discovered that I’m much more of a beach person than I thought I was. Can you imagine the photos you could take of those amazing white rocks? Not to mention how calm and tranquil it looks!
I’ve seen enough of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents to know why Zakynthos – or Zante as it’s better known – might not be at the top of most people’s list of places to visit in Greece. But y’know amidst the cheap alcohol and creepy dads spying on their teenager daughter’s friends, the island actually looks really beautiful. Head away from the party strip and you’ll find stunning beaches, the famous blue caves and Shipwreck Island which is going straight to the top of my Dark Tourism Bucket List.
The Green Hole, Giola
Okay so I might not have the best track record when it comes to hiking and lagoons (read about how I almost died hiking the Quilotoa Loop) but the Green Hole on Thassos Island seems well worth the risk. The beautiful natural swimming pool and views overlooking the sea are worth any amount of trekking in my eyes.
What are your favourite places to visit in Greece? Have you been to any of the places I mentioned above? As always I’d love it if you linked your Greece travel posts in the comments below!
* This is a sponsored post but as ever all words and opinions are my own.