I’ve travelled quite a bit these past few years. Still yards away from the likes of globe trotters who’ve already finished 193. But I have a humble list of 15 countries. A normal trip to a normal destination will have a couple of highlights, a few moments that get etched into your head. But when the entire trip is one long unforgettable experience, it can only be Greece.
Greece not only has a long and fascinating history but it is extremely scenic. Surrounded by the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, the country has a huge collection of islands, out of which only 169 are inhabited. And I couldn’t have missed, Santorini and Mykonos, the hotspots. And I’ll mostly be talking about them.
Both islands attract a vast number of tourists all around the year. Peak season is between July and August. However, if you are someone who enjoys less crowded and quieter places then April to October is the ideal time period for you.
Greece is featured on most travellers’ bucket list, and there’s a good enough reason for it. The breath-taking panoramic view from the cliff of Oia and Fira in Santorini alone makes the entire trip worth it. In addition to that the whitewashed houses and churches, volcanic-sand beaches, romantic sunset, and many other features make Greece a priority.
If you are planning to visit Greece anytime soon, which I hope you are after reading this, the following is your – Guide to Greece.
1. Beach-hopping: Santorini is laid back compared to Mykonos so while you’re there you must explore the beautiful beaches that are in your vicinity. Most people would recommend to rent a car since it is flexible, but if you want to unleash your adventure bug and make your trip memorable I recommend you rent an ATV. We covered Red Beach, Kamari, and Cape Columbo on our ATVs in two days. Our ride to all these beaches was beyond astonishing and it became the highlight of our trip.
2. Sunset in Santorini: On the third day we sat on our ATVs and took off to Oia. Again, the ride from Fira to Oia was phenomenal but it was one-upped by the sunset. I kid you not, there’s a ‘sunset point’ in Oia where people gather in the evening and wait for hours to watch the sun go down. We sat there for 3 hours and witnessed the most beautiful sunset, which was definitely worth the wait. Trust me, no pictures can do justice to what you experience there in person. This is something you shouldn’t miss out on. And if you’re not the kind who’ll sit on the beach, there are quite a few cafes and restaurants from where you can enjoy the sunset too.
3. Villa with the view of the sea: In Santorini, we had a villa with a terrace that had the sea view, white and blue interiors and an infinity pool. In Mykonos, we booked a villa that had a hot tub and view of the city. It all seemed like a dream. Since we made the bookings 3 months prior to our trip we managed to get a good deal. Usually, it turns out to be expensive but if you book in advance and use credible websites like Airbnb, you’ll end up getting value for your money
4. Beach parties in Mykonos: There are two types of people, ones who party and the ones who party harder. Anyone who knows me knows that I belong to the ‘party harder’ clan. Which is exactly why I call Mykonos my happy place. After spending four relaxed days in Santorini it was time to go a little crazy. We started with Mykonos’ Paradise beach, which has a couple of beach clubs likes Paradise Club Mykonos, Tropicana and Cavo Paradiso. If EDM, RnB, Commercial is your jam then June-Sept is the best time to visit since these clubs feature various well-known DJs like Alan Walker, Armin Van Buren, Axwell, Dead Mau5, DJ Snake, Nervo, and the list goes on. I would also recommend checking out Scorpios, which attracts a niche crowd of like-minded people. Along with daily music sets, they also have sunset rituals, yoga, and meditation.
5. Walking down the streets of Mykonos and Santorini: Once the weekend madness faded out we took out time to explore Chora Mykonos. While walking down the streets we saw cubic houses, the majority were whitewashed with wooden doors in different colours. We also stopped by beautiful chapels and clicked tons of pictures with the most famous purple bougainvillea that contrasted with the whitewashed buildings. Make sure you check out the well-known windmills and the view of Little Venice from there. Little Venice also attracts a lot of tourists and bloggers because it has trendy cafes and bars, and bright coloured Venetian buildings, making it one of the most beautiful parts of the town.
While the things I have listed here are based on my personal preferences. There’s a lot more the country has to offer. When in Greece don’t forget to taste their Retsina Wine and authentic Greek food. Apart from Santorini and Mykonos, there are other islands like Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos, and Corfu, which are worth visiting.
And if you are thinking of planning a trip to Greece, please do. It’s irresistible, so irresistible that I might want to tag along.
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