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Discovering Athens and Beyond

Greece is a country of over 10 million people, with less than 1 million people living in the capital city, Athens. Greece is certainly the most famous and most-traveled country in the Balkans, beloved by tourists over the past decades. It attracts over 30 million tourists a year, making it one of the most visited countries in Europe and even the world.

Athens is the country’s heart, drawing people from around the world to discover the ruins of Greek and Roman civilization. Here, you’ll find some of the most impeccable ruins that any capital city can boast, from the Acropolis to the Agora. You’ll find political graffiti in the anarchist neighborhood of Exarcheia, chilled out cafés in Plaka, and delicious food literally everywhere.

But its islands are the real draw, with Santorini and Mykonos pulling in honeymooners, couples, friends, and Instagrammers from around the world. Yet beyond its two most famous islands, Greece has other stunners such as Crete with its pink-sand beaches and Rhodes with its medieval architecture and so much more that lays just off the beaten path, waiting for you to discover it.

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7 Spectacular Things to Do in Rhodes in Winter

Trying to decide whether to visit Rhodes in winter? Or perhaps you already have plans and you want to know what to do once you get here? Visiting Rhodes in winter is a great way to escape from colder climates and enjoy the culture and history of one of Europe’s most...

7 Lovely Things to Do in Thessaloniki in Winter

If you're looking for a Greece winter getaway, Thessaloniki is a fantastic choice. It's far north enough to get the occasional dusting of snow, and it's a great gateway to day trips like Meteora. It's quiet, it's non-touristy, it's quirky, it's delicious - what's not...

13 Incredible Things to Do in Crete in Winter

Trying to decide whether to visit Crete in winter? Or perhaps you already have plans and you want to know what to do once you get here? Visiting Crete in winter is a great way to escape from colder climates and enjoy the culture and history of one of Europe's most...

10 Best Athens Hotels with Acropolis Views

Athens is a majestic city, full of ruins, history, culture, and beauty. But perhaps the best synthesis of all these elements that make Athens so special is the world-famous Acropolis. Meaning literally "highest point of the city," the Acropolis stands out against the...

10 Instagrammable Places in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a lovely but gritty seaside town that's often overlooked in favor of Athens or Greece's islands. But Thessaloniki has a lot going for it: cheaper prices, a vibrant youth culture thanks to the largest university in Greece being set right in...

Is Athens Safe? 10 Tips to Stay Safe in Athens, Greece

I adore Athens. I think far too many travelers come here and leave quickly, just doing the most important sites. But I actually love just hanging out here, getting coffee at Coffee Island and walking around Monastiraki or Omonia. Yet, Athens does have a big city feel...

How to Go from Athens to Meteora on a Perfect Day Trip

One of the highlights of my first trip to Athens was visiting the monasteries in Meteora. Getting from Athens to Meteora is a bit of a headache, but you can do it as a day trip if you want! While you might prefer to spend the night in Kalabaka to have extra time, for...