Greece has become an increasingly popular destination among tourists in Europe and around the world. This is partly because of the economic crisis has caused prices to plummet and partly because the country offers long hot summers, with a backdrop of stunning scenery. Greece is made up of multiple islands and each one has something different to offer visitors. However, the whole of Greece shares a love for excellent food, a party and a slow pace of life so wherever you go you will be made to feel welcome. When you're heading to Greece, it's important to remember your ehic card which will protect you against the cost of any medical treatment you might need.
1. Visit the Acropolis
This historic site is symbolic of both Athens and Greece, so is unmissable for anyone visiting. Soaring above the horizon you'll find a hill which is dominated by three impressive temples which date back as far as the 5th century BC. The most famous of these temples is the Parthenon. As well as seeing the temples for yourself, you can take a trip to the new museum to find out more about the history of the site and the ancient people that built it. There are plenty of other historic sites in Greece but this is by far the most impressive.
2. Watch the Sunset
It's no secret that Greek sunsets are some of the best in the world. In particular, the island of Santorini is said to be one of the best places to watch the sun go down and celebrate the night coming in. Find the perfect spot, whether it's on the beach, in your infinity pool or on one of the many cliff-top bars and restaurants to soak in the atmosphere. Whether you're on a romantic break or a family holiday, there's nothing quite like watching the sunset go down over the mountains.
3. Hit the Clubs
Greece has become something of a hotspot for its nightlife. The low cost of drinks and entry into club makes it a popular destination for students. Although there are a lot of obvious choices for a good time, like Kavos, Mykonos has recently become a top contender for the best nightlife in Greece. The number of celebrities visiting the island over the past few years has made it a top location for luxury accommodation, extravagant bars and parties that last until the sun comes up. Although you should always drink responsibly, with your Ehic card you can be reassured that you can get access to medical treatment should you need it on a night out!
4. Explore the Old Towns
Many of the Greek islands have their own central hubs where you'll find all of the restaurants, bars and cafes. Alongside the modern developments and new buildings you'll find the historic old towns, with narrow streets and iconic churches that are so typical of Greek architecture. Wherever you go, make sure you take the time to visit the old town. It is here that you'll find the best places to eat and drink, as well as many hidden historic sites. You'll also find the best places to buy unique, handmade souvenirs here instead of the usual tacky, mass produced items. Remember, although it might be tempting it's not generally acceptable to barter with a shopkeeper over the price of their items! An example of an old town with a lot to offer is Corfu old town. This is home to two fortresses that date back to the 16th century and has some restaurants along the cliffs which offer stunning views across the sea.
5. Head to the Beach
Greece's beaches range from long strips of sand to small rocky coves, depending on where you go. Most of the islands offer boat tours which will take you between the different beaches, giving you access to secluded bays away from the crowds. There are plenty of activities for people of all ages to try on Greek beaches, including stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Remember, your ehic card will protect you against any medical costs in the unlikely event you're hurt while taking part in an activity. Although, it's a good idea to make sure that you have adequate insurance too.
These are just some of the things that you can do in Greece, the country really does have something for everyone. So, if you're looking to book your next summer holiday why not choose to take a trip to one of the Greek islands?