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Beaches for days.
History for millennia.
Baklava for breakfast.

Greece Travel Guide

Greece is old and new, land and sea, wine and…more wine. Known for its rich history, breathtaking islands, and unforgettable nightlife, Greece is nothing short of paradise.

Island-hop like everybody’s watching

The Greek islands. Three simple words and you’re already imagining drinks on the beach in Paros, Insta-worthy sunsets in Santorini, and all-night parties in Mykonos or Ios. With 227 inhabited islands to choose from, there’s endless fun in the sun to be had. Each island is distinct, which means there’s a Greek island out there for everyone. Come for the coastal views and breezy beach life, stay for the quaint neighborhoods with cobblestoned streets and boutique shops just oozing with charm. One thing’s for sure: when you’re on island time, life is good.

Hold my gyro

Greek cuisine is…well, legendary. You like olive oil? Greece started it. How ‘bout feta cheese? Thanks, Greece. Seafood? Okay, Greece can’t claim that one, but they’ve pretty much perfected it. Surrounded by the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas, the fish in Greece is fresh as can be. Smaller staples include anchovies and sardines, both abundant in the Aegean (and FYI, sardines are often served with the head on, as that indicates freshness!). Popular seafood mezedes (the term for an appetizer-style dish meant to be shared) include fried calamari or grilled octopus, often served simplistically with oil and lemon juice. And once you visit Greece, you’ll quickly discover that enjoying a meal is as much about what’s on your plate as it is who’s around the table. Family and friends gather regularly to eat, drink, and be very merry—which tends to lead to more eating and drinking. Not a bad cycle if you ask us.

Civilization, but make it old

Greece has existed for a looooong time. And while it may not be the oldest civilization around, it’s arguably one of the most significant—it was the birthplace of democracy, after all. Perhaps the most famous place to experience ancient Greece up-close is the Acropolis of Athens. And when you walk among the remains of this citadel today, be sure to thank Pericles for his efforts back in the 5th century BC. Ancient Greece can be felt in just about every city, island, and neighborhood throughout the country. It’s safe to say, in Greece, everything’s got a story.

Experience Greece

It’s about time you had some “opa!” in your life.

Majestic islands

Sun, shining. You, thriving. Wine and tan lines guranteed.

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Snap a photo of Ios’ iconic cliff-top windmills

Ancient history

Life in Greece goes waaaay back.

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Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient & famous Acropolis

Endless indulgences

Trust us, you’ll never run out of things to do, eat, or drink.

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Sample ouzo, the local anise-flavored aperitif, at a taverna

Flights. Hotels. Activities. Rockstar Tour Director that knows a local taverna with the best fried calamari.

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Lowdown

Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Capital: Athens
Go-To Ingredient: Olive oil
Must See: Parthenon, duh
Must Instagram: Santorini sunset
Soak Up: The Aegean Sea
Sip On: Ouzo or red wine
Stay Up: Till sunrise
By the Beard Of: Zeus

Phrases to know

Hello / Goodbye: YAH-soo
Thank You: Eff-kha-ri-STOE
Where is...?: Poh-EE-nay
Cheers!: STIN-eh YAH-mas
Opa!: Excitement, enthusiasm, or surprise
Kafenio: Greek café
Ellinikos: Coffee
Peratzatha: People-watching
Filoxenia: Reflects Greece’s warm hospitality, meaning “friend to a stranger”

Eat like a local

More than just feta cheese, baklava, gyros, and olives—satisfy your Olympus-sized appetite with these other Greek staples.

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Gemista

Tomato, pepper, or zucchini stuffed with rice (or meat) and herbs, served with yogurt sauce for dipping.

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