Greece is a dream destination for so many reasons. Whether it’s the gorgeous beaches, the culture and history, the nightlife, or the food, Greece is always a great idea. In fact, Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, famous for its remarkable beauty and an impressive 200 days of sunshine per year.
The summer season is the best time of year to visit despite the hotter months being the peak holiday period. With so many amazing places to see and over 2,000 islands to choose from, you can’t do everything in just one holiday. So, here’s a list of the best bucket list experiences you must do in Greece to help you out!
1. Watch the sunset in Oia, Santorini
Firstly, it’s no secret that the Greek sunsets are incredible. But have you seen a Santorini sunset? This experience is definitely topping plenty of people’s bucket lists for Greece and you should tick it off ASAP to avoid some serious FOMO this summer! Both tourists and locals flock to the village of Oia to enjoy the best sunset in Greece (if not the world!).
With a backdrop of the stunningly white rooftops, the 360 degree views of the calm sea and the various isolated islands, the sun’s orange, pink and red hues as it sets over the horizon… the sunset here is simply perfection. We can’t think of a better place to unwind with a Mythos beer or a glass of local wine and admire the view. What an unreal way to end your day!
2. Have the time of your life at the Mykonos Beach Clubs
Greece is also known for its nightlife scene, and it would be rude not to put it to the test. Life is all about balance, and while it’s essential to relax on holiday it’s also important to let loose and have some fun! The Mykonos beach clubs are famous for being some of the best in Europe.
Perhaps try the Paradise Beach Club, which has been voted the 14th best club in the whole world! Spend the day here sipping on ice-cold mojitos and dancing on the beach. Furthermore, partying at the beach clubs in Mykonos until the early hours is certainly something you must experience at least once in your life, and will have you coming back year on year for more!
3. Discover the Acropolis in Athens
Greece is famous for its ancient history and the culture it started to build thousands of years ago. Visiting Greece isn’t really complete without a tour of the stunning Acropolis Parthenon site in the capital city of Athens. In fact, this iconic structure is the epitome of Greek heritage today.
Unsurprisingly, people travel from all around the globe to marvel at the Acropolis, often stopping to take in this impressive ruin during an interesting walking tour of the city. Even if you’re not a history buff, this bucket list must-see is a wonder for anyone to behold.
4. Take a boat trip in Ios
Exploring Ios by boat is the ultimate way to uncover the beauty of this island! Why not jump on a small private boat to sail the crystal clear waters on a hot day? You can cool off at any time by simply jumping off the boat and taking a refreshing swim in the Aegean Sea.
Furthermore, go adventuring to hidden caves or discover shipwrecks by snorkelling in the glistening water. Alternatively, drift into a secluded bay and chill out by soaking up the sun on a stunning beach. An Ios boat trip is the perfect way to find some of the island’s off-the-beaten-track treasures.
5. Explore Mykonos Old Town
Instagram is flooded with pictures of Mykonos old town’s cobbled streets, featuring quintessentially Greek white-and-blue painted buildings and the town’s five iconic windmills.
After partying all day and night at Mykonos’ top beach clubs, spend a lazy afternoon wandering around the picturesque narrow streets with an ice cream in hand. Alternatively, wait until dusk and seek out a Greek taverna for a delightful evening meal and a cocktail or two!
6. Visit Santorini’s volcano and hot springs
Santorini’s active volcano actually lies mostly underwater, but you can visit the impressive caldera which was formed following several volcanic eruptions on the island. The enormous cliffs are dotted with little white houses and boutique hotels, with beautiful views of the volcano and other islands close to Santorini.
Additionally, you can embark on a volcano boat tour which usually includes the chance to climb to the volcano’s crater and bathe in the calming hot springs. The water is full of sulphur which is known for its therapeutic effects, and you can take a mud bath while admiring the outstanding views.
7. Indulge in Greek food
You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate the cuisine in Greece. Of course, sampling the authentic local cuisine is a bucket list experience in pretty much any destination. Fresh fish, greek salad, souvlaki, moussaka… the list goes on and on!
However, the staple Greek dish has to be gyros. This filling and versatile meal is out of this world, an easy option for lunch or dinner, and the obvious choice for curing that pesky hangover! Got a sweet tooth? Then it has to be a sticky slice of baklava for dessert.
Feeling inspired? Experience these bucket list experiences with us on our Greece tours.