Greece Travel Guides for Backpackers

Best Places to Visit in the Peloponnese Peninsula

The Peloponnese (or Peloponnesus) is a peninsula in southern Greece, a place full of mysteries and myths, archaeological sites and wonderful beaches, a place that has so much to offer so that it can please any type of traveller. Below you can find the must-see places in Messinia and Laconia regions of the Peloponnese, including the Mani Peninsula. The Peloponnese is a great destination for those travellers who want to find an equilibrium between the pleasure of going to the beach and the one of admiring the cultural heritage of a place. Kalamata Kalamata is the capital and largest city […]
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Traveling on a budget: Thessaloniki, Greece

Are you young and broke, but still refusing to empty your suitcase and settle down? Then, Thessaloniki, Greece, is probably the perfect place for you. Located at the point of the Balkans, in the South-East of Europe, Greece is a wonderful place for tourists, but usually known for the fancy nightlife in Mykonos and the luxurious 5-star hotels on the romantic island of Santorini. However, Thessaloniki is here to give a different point of view on Greece and make you make the best out of your experience, with the lowest budget possible. If you’re lucky enough to visit the city […]
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Rhodes Island, Greece – Best beaches, nightlife, and more!

Beautiful beaches, nightlife, history, gastronomy, nature, music,… Rhodes Island is one of those places which to every curious tourist has something to offer: At the same time cosmopolitan and traditional!   Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese group and the fourth largest Greek island. There are more than 40 beautiful beaches in Rhodes, an international airport, many wonderful landscapes, monasteries, several marinas, and the beautiful UNESCO-protected Old Town. Rhodes is not only the name of the island but also the capital of the island. The island of Rhodes is surrounded by the  Aegean Sea, and the interior of […]
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Travel Guide to Mykonos in 2019

Mykonos Islands are one of the best islands in Greece, where it is most enjoyable during the summer because of its beautiful beaches. Most people know Mykonos because of its great nightlife and beautiful beaches. This is an island you should consider if you are looking for romantic holidays and if you need to know more about Greek culture. Mykonos can be a great destination for people travelling as groups, families, and alone. If you are looking for a place to visit during the summer, which I recommend you do, below is an ultimate travel guide on how you can […]
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City Break: A long weekend in Athens

The home of many key elements that form civilisation as we still know it today, Greece is a spectacular destination to immerse yourself in awe-inspiring history and culture, serene scenery and excellent gastronomy. The capital, Athens, is the ideal city break for experiencing a cool contemporary scene in surroundings steeped in ancient history that were enjoyed by some of the greatest thinkers of our time. I first came to Athens as a tourist and have now made it my home; from the major attractions to the deeper layers of this fascinating city, here are my top tips for making the […]
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Know your wine in Megalochori, Santorini

To be honest when I found out I was going to Santorini, Greece the only thing I really pictured was drinking wine at dusk with a beautiful sunset, stunning ocean views, a warm clifftop breeze and maybe a few nibbles (to stave off the inevitable danger of being wine-drunk). Oh boy was I not disappointed! Despite the size of the island (roughly 76km2), Santorini is able to produce quite a large amount of wine which, with the influx in population brought by tourists and the locals drinking nothing else, never leaves the island. Elsewhere in the world the wines of […]
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Athens beyond Acropolis: A guide to the neighborhoods

I feel a traveler in Athens even though I live there for more than 10 years. When I moved to Athens I was overwhelmed. I had to get to know a big, chaotic, complex extremely interesting city. OMG, how you can do it? I started with my then neighborhood, Kypseli, later I got to know the nearby Exarcheia and so on.  After so many years, I still feel I know nothing about Athens. It’s a city that constantly changes, people move in and out, districts are in or out, neighborhoods are hip, or not anymore, quickly and unexpectedly. If you […]
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Santorini, Greece: The Island of Ethereal Sunsets

As the plane was landing in Oia, Santorini, scenes from the movie Mama Mia were playing in my mind while I looked out of the plane window. I couldn’t stop picturing the ageless Meryl Streep dancing and singing with her girl pals on the island. My husband and I couldn’t wait to step out of the airport and witness the magical island with our own eyes. We completed the airport formalities and rushed out to meet our cab driver sent by our hotel management. Sadly, we couldn’t see much as night had fallen upon us. After a long drive, we […]
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Top things to do in Aegina: the lesser known Greek Island

Somewhere amongst the Saronic Islands of Greece lies one more-or-less untouched by tourism. Deserted boats lay on the side of the road, locals gather around fruit stalls beside the sea, and the sun blazes down on a small quad-bike rental store. Welcome to Aegina where, outside of high season, the island remains tourist-free, with a plethora of secret beauties to explore.   Part of the Saronic Islands of Greece   “I imagined it tropical here,” Mary-Lou said to a car full of people in mid-June. “But it’s really just a desert surrounded by Mediterranean water.” I stared at the road […]
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Must See Ancient Ruins in Greece

Ancient historical sites are scattered all throughout Greece from the mainland to its many islands. Monumental temples, ancient athletic stadiums, impressive theaters, ancient seaside towns—every traveler and history lover should experience these amazing sites built by the ancient Greeks! As a Classicist I am excited to share a few of my favorite ancient ruins all around Greece, from the well-known Acropolis to the lesser known preserved city of Rhamnous. Athenian Acropolis Thousands of people each year travel to Athens and make the steep climb up the Acropolis. But what is the Acropolis exactly? For modern visitors this site is a […]
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Rhodes: a magnificent vacation to Knights' island in Greece

Rhodes is one of the hottest destinations in Greece, totally recommended to visit, as it combines unique sightseeing, magnificent outdoor activities, nightlife, golden sand beaches, and delicious gastronomic experiences. Situated in the South Aegean Sea, Rhodes is also known as “the island of the knights,” due to its old medieval town built in 1309 a.C. It is the place to be during summertime vacation, either you are traveling alone or with family and friends.   Mandrake Harbor, Rhodes island, Greece   Top Sights of Rhodes Castello Castello is the biggest medieval city in Europe that stands […]
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Kyllini: One of the most beautiful and undiscovered Greek beaches

In the south of Greece, in the region of Peloponnese, there is a not-so-well-known district called Kyllini, which is waiting to be your next paradise this summer. The locals call it “Golden Beach”, because of its golden sand and sunsets. The beach there is vast, expanding to a really long coast that covers many communities and villages. The destination is ideal for those who seek pure beauty and tranquility. It is really well-known among tourists who find the location via big tourism agencies that take them there for their all-inclusive vacations, but not so much among free travelers. I have spent […]
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Top 7 Things To Do In Thessaloniki Greece

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece but I wonder why most tourists don't go there! It’s a beautiful city with a very different history from the rest of Greece and I absolutely recommend a visit. Read on to know the top 7 things you must do when in Thessaloniki, Greece!   1. Take in the Panoramic View of the City from Trigonio Tower The Trigonio Tower is a Byzantine monument that is part of the City Walls of Thessaloniki. It is also known as the Triangle Tower. From here, you get to see a beautiful view of the city […]
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Enjoy Thessaloniki like the locals do

It’s very likely that you haven’t heard of this place before- understandable. Greece is famous for Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Athens… Thessaloniki? While it’s not popular with people from non-European continents, Thessaloniki still gets millions of visitors from Balkan countries every summer, mostly because it’s just a drive away and also cause it’s a cheap travel destination. It’s Greece’s second biggest city and even though it has the full package, it gets overlooked quite a lot. When in Thessaloniki, slow down. Here’s what you need to know about how things work in Thessaloniki. There’s a saying in Greek, “siga-siga”. It translates […]
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8 top places to visit in Corfu: for travelers with a car

What got us to Corfu? Actually, the last minute flight tickets for a very good price, Greek food and beaches. And also the curiosity, because although I have heard about this island, I didn’t know where it is. We landed in Corfu airport at the end of the March. This time is an off-season, but very perfect time, if you want to avoid tourists and have a nice weather as well. So at first, a little bit about Corfu (also called Kerkyra). This is an island in Greece, belonging to Ionian islands, situated in the north-west side of the country. […]
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How to Travel to Mykonos on a Budget

Mykonos is a world-known Greek island, and one of the favorite places of many celebrities. Even though there are many other Greek islands that are equally or even more beautiful than Mykonos, this one is the most popular among foreigners. People from America and Australia come all way through Mykonos, travel many hours to spend their summer vacation in this magnificent place. Since there are so many wealthy people from all over the globe, Mykonos is more expensive than other islands and places in Greece.  If you have dreamed to spend your summer holiday on this VIP island, your dream […]
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CHANIA : A secret paradise in the Greek island of Crete

The sun is up and the summer feeling penetrates inside your mind. You have too much work, and projects with deadlines, but you dream that you are on a tropical island and drink your cocktail at the beach. You dream that you seek adventures and live new experiences with your flip-flops, but you don’t know where to go for your summer holidays. Keep calm and put your seatbelt on because I will travel you to the most magical destination. If you are a dreamer and you love exploring the secret corners of the world, let me show you a place […]
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Ultimate Guide to Athens by Night

  So let’s pretend you’ve done the hop-on-hop-off tour, you’ve had a big fresh juicy Greek salad for lunch, you’ve visited the Acropolis and the museum that is located right underneath it and you’re done with the sightseeing. At least for today. It’s been a warm day, your water bottle needed a refill, you want to get rid of your hat and walking shoes. You’re just about to leave your hotel again after a well-deserved shower. Do you know what I’d suggest? It’s time to explore some hotspots of the city just like a local.   Vrachakia, in Athens (a.k.a Hill of Areopagus) […]
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The Parties of Ios

Why Greece? No words or pictures can ever do justice to the beautiful Greek islands. The idyllic beaches, turquoise waters, charming villages, and welcoming locals are only a few of the many reasons why visiting the Greek islands should be on your upcoming travel plans. In terms of what islands to visit, I would say eventually you should tour all of them. Every island has something unique to offer and you’re bound to fall in love with the Greek culture with every new spot you tour. One island that will either fuel or reignite your inner wild animal is Ios. […]
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Santorini – perfect guide for a 3 day stay!

Often we come across beautiful international destinations aptly captured in movies and song videos. Santorini is everything and more. How to reach Santorini? We took the quick route in; a flight from Athens did the job pretty well and we reached the airport within an hour of departure. However, if you want to fall in love with the vastness of the Aegean Sea, the ferry to Santorini is a pretty good option, which takes at least four hours. Both the airport and the dock are pretty close to the main town of Fira, which is where most travellers choose to […]
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Patras: a 1-day city tour

The hidden treasure of western Greece Patras is Greece’s third largest city and is located in the northern Peloponnese. It’s just 10 kilometers on the west from the famous Rio-Antirrio bridge (officially named “Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge”), one of the worlds’ longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges. Close to Rio-Antirrio bridge is Patras university, famous both in Greece and abroad, which hosts more than thirty thousand students who bring a source of youthfulness in the city. So, if you want to relive your college years why not take a look at this beautiful coastal town? How to get there Unfortunately, there is no airport […]
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Holidays in Greece: Ikaria and the North Aegean sea

Experiencing the “no time” zone! Having already spent a week or so in Samos (Greece), we decided to fill in our holidays by heading it to the island across. So the next morning we took the first boat to Ikaria. It was 09.30 on the 14th of August. We didn’t have any reservation but couldn’t ignore the recommendations coming from multiple sources not to miss the traditional festive days taking place on the island of longevity! Agios Kirikos The main port of the island was the village we arrived. We knew that this part of the island (south) is supposed […]
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Kavala : The Greek Monte-Carlo

The Prefecture of Kavala: Location The city of Kavala could be described only as a diamond. The county of Kavala, it is nested in the northeastern part of Greece, in the province of Eastern Macedonia. 180 kilometers east of the sub-capital of Greece, Thessaloniki, it constitutes the border between two greek provinces: Macedonia and Thrace. The county of Kavala is divided into four smaller districts: Kavala district – with the capital city of Kavala, Paggaion district – with the capital town of Eleftheroupoli, Nestos district – with the capital town of Chrysoupoli (Nestos district took its name from the river […]
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An authentic Greek getaway

ELAPHONISOS: YOUR DREAM'S DESTINATION 15th of July. 38 Celsius Degrees. It's a busy Monday morning and you are sitting at your office desk, wondering when your summer holidays will come. And then suddenly you realize that “Summer holidays” means expensive and overcrowded hotels, beaches, restaurants and pretty much everything else. No thanks, right? Well then, let me tell you about a place. Close your eyes and imagine – actually, don't, otherwise, you cannot read… But yeah, you got it. I'm talking about long and white sand beaches, crystal clear sea water, little fishes swimming around you and great (but cheap) […]
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