We all know that Greece is a popular destination for charter tourists, but that doesn’t mean that you have to follow the beaten path. This ancient country in the Mediterranean has so much more to offer, so get going!
With 8 million visitors each year, Greece is an incredibly popular destination for travelers and backpackers. The country has both a mountainous mainland and an amazing offshore archipelago with beautiful islands. KILROY recommends that you buy an island hopping pass so you can see as much as possible in the time you have.
Rhodes is an island that offers the best of Greece, including green hilly areas, fantastic beaches, great shopping, lively entertainment, creamy tzatziki, and breathtaking sunsets. Since Rhodes has the sunniest weather of all the Greek Islands, it is the perfect place for sunbathing and swimming. Apart from beautiful scenery, Rhodes has also great nightlife and a fascinating history. Most visitors stay in the northern part of the island close to the capital city of Rhodes. The rest of the island is made up of small, picturesque villages and beaches. To separate yourself from the mass tourism, our recommendation is to stay on this part of the island.
Here, on Greece’s most diverse island, you will find great beaches, quaint villages, and ancient history. Crete is also blessed with natural air conditioning, known as the Meltimi Winds. These cool air currents arrive from the north and make even the hottest days feel fresh.
Kos is another charming island, perfect for sunbathing, swimming and pleasant bicycle rides. There is everything from beautiful beaches to interesting archaeological ruins and digs. Kos is one of Greece’s most popular holiday destinations, likely due to its great nightlife and exploration sites.
As the "greenest" of the Greek islands, many say that Samos is the most beautiful and diverse. With 240 beaches of varying sizes, you will no doubt find your favorite.
The best way to discover Greece is on a moped. A car works just as well, but you won’t have the same feeling of freedom. A Nordic driving license is fine for Greece, but be advised that the roads are generally of a lower quality than the ones at home. You should also prepare yourself for the wild driving style, as traffic rules in Greece are treated merely as recommendations! Ferries can transport you to pretty much every one of the Greek islands, which means that many use the ferries to travel around and to explore the smaller islands.
Greece is known for its own version of Mediterranean cooking. Moussaka, a potato and aubergine bake, and Souvlaki, or Greek kebabs, are particularly delicious. Then there is metze, a popular mixture of different small dishes. Since this dish has a variety of foods, there is something for everyone. To wash it all down, you can try retsina, a traditional Greek wine that tastes of pine resin. Finally, let’s not forget to mention Ouzo, the anise-flavoured Greek sprit.
Much of Greece’s rich historical legacy has been preserved and is on show at the Nationala Arkeologiska Museum in Athens.
This area has numerous historical sites, such as Korinth and Mystras, and the town’s steps and winding lanes lead to a number of different churches.
The temple that was built as a monument to the god Athena is at the Acropolis. This is without a doubt one of the most famous landmarks and postcard images. Finally, it is a fantastic sight!
The ancient Dionysus Theatre, scene of the first classic Greek Tragedies, is also on the Acropolis. The theater ruins are still used for many events today.
These are two of Northern Greece’s best beaches. Unfortunately, you won’t have them to yourself, as they are completely packed during the vacation months!
This impressive palace sits on the outskirts of Crete’s largest town, Iraklio. The palace was excavated at the beginning of the 20th Century and is considered to be one of the more interesting sites in Greece.
The mountains that divide the country are the main reason for the changes in weather. Greece is known for mild, damp winters and hot, dry summers. KILROY doesn’t recommend that you visit the south of the country in July unless you are prepared to spend most of your time in the shade. It’s HOT!
Did you know that KILROY can also help organise your study tour to Greece? Read on to learn more about how we can plan your study trip with the right academic content and interesting study visits in the city of your choice.
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