Collected by Sharon Smith
Kalabaka 422 00, Greece
Meteora means "suspended in air" in Greek. The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site: six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to...
Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Athens is an incredible city to visit but can feel busy and overwhelming, especially during peak tourist season. Escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to the resort town of Vouliagmeni on the Attica coast. I took this photo from a café right...
Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
We picked up some gyros to-go during our stroll through the historic Plaka neighborhood below the Acropolis. Thespidos street was particularly memorable for the cafe we stopped at and discovering Brettos bar, which we decided to come back to enjoy...
Traditional Settlement of Monemvassia, Monemvasia 230 70, Greece
This place could serve horrible food and still be worth visiting because of its lovely patio. Some tables sit under leafy trellises, while ours was out in the open air, looking out over the sea. And the food is good! Solid takes on traditional...
Κάστρο Μονεμβασιάς, Monemvasia 230 70, Greece
The village of Monemvasia is a magical place. No cars. Just a few narrow cobblestone streets that lead through this village carved into the rock walls of an island, looking out at the sea. The main square is just about perfect. A church, lovely...
Mystras 231 00, Greece
After exploring the historic site of Mystras, we were hungry and hot. The Mystras Inn offered a shady place to sit, friendly service, and solid, classic Greek dishes. The Greek salad was fresh and flavorful, the stuffed tomatoes were just hearty...
Mystras 231 00, Greece
In a country full of beautiful historic sites, this may have been my favorite to explore. It has so much: a beautiful hilltop setting that offers views for miles; ruins that you can clamber over; restored Byzantine churches with incredible fresco...
Epidavrou Tripolis, Epidavros 210 52, Greece
The theater at Epidaurus is remarkable for many reasons. It's the best preserved ancient Greek theater. It's in such good shape that they still hold performances there every summer. Try to time your visit to one. The acoustics are incredible. And...
Corinth 200 07, Greece
Just across from the mainland, the ancient ruins at Corinth are a must-visit at the outset of any exploration of Greece's Peloponnese. But don't neglect to take the short drive up the hill to explore the ruined fort of Acrocorinth. It's a pretty...
20260, Korčula, Croatia
Grand Circle Cruise Line’s 15-day Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece Small Ship Cruise Tour shows off one of the strengths of their trips. Its 50-passenger ships can call at ports that are inaccessible to larger ones. You’ll be able to...
Megalochori 847 00, Greece
If you want to get away from the crowds in Santorini, try Megalochori - one of the prettiest, quietest little villages on the island. The town's location further inland, away from the caldera cliffs, removes it from the typical tourist itinerary....
Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
The table on this terrace in Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece looks like the ideal place for a nice Greek meal. Some nice white Santorini wine, a Greek Salad, maybe a freshly grilled sea bass. And the view out to the rest of the island of Santorini...
Ano Mera 846 00, Greece
A few kilometers inland from Mykonos Town, Ano Mera is a small Cycladic idyll of a village. To get a feel for how people lived before the tourism boom, wander the streets and smell the scent of fresh baked bread. The Panagia Tourliani church and...
Delphi 330 54, Greece
The belly button of the world lies eighty miles northwest of Athens, where the southern slope of Mount Parnassus, cut deeply by cascades feeding the River Pleistos, drops precipitously into the Gulf of Corinth. High above the ravine in a cleft...
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