Things to Do in Greece, From Coast to City
With its 6,000 islands, miles of coastline and historic cities, Greece is calling your name.
Sun, sea, mountains, beaches, feta, coffee frappes, a rich history – Greece is many things to many people. What is always is, however, is a great place to spend a vacation. From partying to quiet contemplation, hiking to sunset cocktails, whatever your poison, you’ll find it here. With so many islands (6,000, to be exact, although only 227 are occupied), there’s an almost infinite amount of choice about where to stay and what to do. Luckily, Plum Guide has your back with its flawless properties and insights about the very best things to do in Greece.
Relax on the beach in Skiathos
Skiathos is where you come when all you want to do is say goodbye to the routine of home for a while, and say hello to wine with lunch and sand between your toes instead. Some of the absolute best beaches in the country can be found in Skiathos, and luxuriating on the white sand should definitely be on your list of things to do in Greece.
There are more than 60 beaches to choose from here, but our top pick has to be Lalaria. Accessible only by boat, the beach consists of tiny white pebbles and the ocean is a bright turquoise. It’s so striking that your teenagers might even put their phones down and consider taking a dip.
Skiathos Town, on the southeast coast of the island, is an adorable port town with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways leading to charming restaurants. Outside of the town, there are also hiking paths to explore and hidden churches to stumble across.
This spacious house is the ideal base for exploring the island. A pool, large outdoor patio with barbecue and an indoor whirlpool bath makes this accommodation spot on for relaxing with your family and topping up your tan (just don’t forget the factor 50 - you're not 16 anymore).
Party in Mykonos
Yes, we know we just told you that you’re not 16 any more - but you don’t have to be young to want to let loose and dance a little on holiday. Don’t let your kids tell you you’re an embarrassment, you deserve to drink as much ouzo on the beach as you want to (as long as you ignore the inevitably huge hangover in the morning).
Mykonos has a reputation as a party island, it’s true, but it’s also a beautiful place to spend some time whether or not you plan to stay out until the sun comes up, and to enjoy some romance while in Greece.
Throw on your most glamorous swimwear and line your stomach for Paradise or Super Paradise beaches, famous for their social scenes. Psarou and Paraga are other well-known favourites for spraying champagne and meeting new people. You work hard, you deserve to let loose.
If you’re more excited about finishing the latest beach blockbuster book, head to Elia beach, the island’s longest stretch of pure white sand. This stylish house is within walking distance, so is perfect for heading back to when the sun starts to sink below the horizon and firing up the barbecue to grill up some classic Greek dishes for dinner. Alternatively, this house better suited for a slightly smaller group has amazing views over the Aegean Sea and an infinity pool to cool off from the hot midday sun, great for friends wanting to enjoy the island’s buzzing scene.
Watch the sunset in Santorini
It’s practically illegal to have a list of things to do in Greece without including Santorini’s famous sunsets. Each evening, crowds of tourists swarm the streets of Oia, famous for its sprawling caldera, blue-domed churches and impeccable views over the sea. With Plum Guide, though, you don’t need to fight your way through the hordes to watch the sun sink over the horizon, you can stay at this tranquil, white-walled house and enjoy the view from your private plunge pool.
For dinner with a perfect view of the romantic sunset, our top choice is The Athenian House. We might go so far as to say that it has the best views of the caldera and of the setting sun of any restaurant in Santorini, so make sure to book in advance. Located in a cave, the menu is inspired by local favourites and they have a sizeable collection of vintage wines, including rare bottles from the island’s own wineries.
Santorini is also known for its black and red sand beaches and for the Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a town buried by the famously huge volcanic eruption here in around 1600 B.C. The volcano is dormant rather than dead, if you want your kids to behave, tell them to keep an eye out for lava while they’re swimming and you won’t have any problem at all getting them to do what you want them to.