This is a travel post by Tony.
Just about everyone has dreamed of taking a trip to Greece at some point in their lives. Often considered the pioneers of Western civilization, Greece is a popular destination for history buffs, mythology lovers, and people who just want to experience a slice of the Mediterranean way of life.
There’s something for everyone in this country, with almost as many islands as there are days in a year, with around 200 of them being inhabited and ready to explore.
Here is a quick guide on how to start planning your dream trip to Greece.
Choose What Kind Of Trip You Want
With so many destinations in this sprawling country, many of which are fairly remote islands that take time to reach, it’s worth considering where and what you want to do before your trip. This is especially true if you have limited time, as some ferries to certain islands only run on certain days.
If you’re planning on visiting popular islands such as Mykonos, then this shouldn’t be an issue for you. Mykonos has a lot to offer visitors; from azure seas and skies, tempting beaches and a variety of cuisine, nightlife and boutiques. For something special, consider treating yourself and book one of the many Mykonos Villas available on the island.
If you want an island or beach-style holiday, then choose from one of the more secluded islands. Each has its own unique character and selling points, so take some time to choose one (or a few) that appeal to you, your sensibilities, and what you want to experience.
Athens has plenty to offer the visitor and is worth exploring for a few days after you arrive at the international airport. While Athens might not have the immediate visual appeal of other European capital cities such as Rome or Paris, there’s plenty on offer here and much more than meets the eye.
Rising high and proud above the bustling streets of Athens stands the Acropolis, which has stood for more than two and half millennia, nestled in the blue sky. Visiting the Acropolis museum, Socrates’ prison, and the Roman-era agora can easily keep you occupied for a day.
The Ionian Islands
The Ionian islands lie close to Greece’s western shore. Zakynthos and Corfu are the best known of these islands and offer much of what you could expect out of your trip to Greece. There are stunning beaches flanked by rocky cliffs, hiking trails, and ancient ruins. If sailing is your thing or you’d like to give it a go, the seas around here are perfect for it most of the year and there are plenty of local tour operators who can help you get started.
These islands are also known for their many diving spots and other water activities, so you definitely won’t be short of things to do, should you choose to visit the Ionian Islands.
The Bottom Line
Planning a trip to Greece can be tough due to the difficulties you can face getting around, given the various islands, ferries and schedules to consider. During the high season, there are ferries and flights between the popular islands, but it’s worth bearing in mind that these can be canceled due to high winds or rough seas. A little bit of planning and remaining flexible with your itinerary will help you to make the most of your dream trip to Greece.
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