The Greek islands are steeped in history, surrounded by vibrant and glimmering oceans and enhanced by its Mediterranean culture. While lounging on the beach, swimming in the resort pool or visiting the local bars might be high on the agenda in this popular holiday destination, why not try out something on our list of seven unique and must do activities? We’ve got some great ideas lined up for you.
The Acropolis of Athens
Athens the gateway to the Islands. While in the city, why not take a day to explore Athens’ most famous ancient wonder, the Acropolis? Walking through the streets of an ancient Greek citadel is something few people can say they have done. It is a truly breathtaking experience.
The Melissani Cave, Kefalonia
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The Greek Islands are home to a number of illustrious cave networks thanks to the erosive power of that salty and wrathful monster, the Mediterranean. One cave in particular stands out above the rest: the Melissani cave. A small cave system, it ends in a lagoon deep underground, open to the elements by a large crater above. With this great skylight hanging overhead, the entire cave becomes illuminated by sunlight, promising stunning views and deep and crystal clear blue waters. A paradise beneath the Earth.
The Samaria Gorge, Crete
Probably the most stunning natural location on any of the islands, the Samaria Gorge is like a time capsule. Entering the gorge through its upper entrance, you feel as if you are in another world, a fantasy world, dreamt up by writers for some epic quest. Truly awe-inspiring. However, not only does it feature jaw-dropping views, but exciting hiking trails, walkways, old rope bridges, cut-away cafes and gentle flowing rivers.
Explore an uninhabited island
With thousands of islands surrounding Greece, and only 300 or so currently inhabited, you could soon find yourself on an island all of your own. Often mountainous and covered in dense jungle, while not the best place to find a cocktail, these deserted islands are perfect for those of you looking to explore. Who knows, you might find an incredible secluded beach, a beautiful lagoon or spectacular viewpoint of the Mediterranean.
Go snorkelling & diving
One thing that has to be done in Greece is snorkelling, or diving if you are feeling really adventurous. For snorkellers, many islands offer incredible coral reef sto explore, with vibrant underwater life. You might even get lucky and encounter some of the Mediterranean sea’s most stunning creatures, including dolphins and turtles. However, if diving is more your thing, head to the island of Milos, where diving schools will take you to explore WW2 wrecks and incredible underwater hot springs.
Hike the Santorini Volcano
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The island of Santorini is a dark blemish upon an otherwise vibrant landscape. Formed in a violent volcanic eruption centuries ago, its twisted shape is perfect for hikers. With low-lying gorges and high-top cliffs and mountains, this experience promises ample picturesque views. It is recommended that you start or finish your hike at Oia, not only because it’s a bustling port town, but also because it is famed for its sleek white stone houses topped with smooth blue domes – another must see.
Sailing is perhaps the ultimate experience you can have in the Greek islands. It allows for limitless opportunities for exploration and leisure. Many of the experiences on this list are on different islands, places you’d have to visit over years of different holidays, unless you sail. Aboard your own sailing boat you can explore the uninhabited islands, dock up in Oia and hike Santorini before heading over to Milosto dive about in the old war wrecks. You can also visit all the islands, restaurants, beaches, bars and ancient ruins you want. You never have to limit yourself, and that is the most exciting way to enjoy these illustrious and unforgettable islands.