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Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece
Centered around a flea market, Monastiraki Square is busy with musicians, beggars, street performers, and tourists. Sometimes you'll hear fireworks going off here, for no particular reason. Sometimes there'll be full-on drum circles. The...
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Κ Μιαούλη, Ermou 84, Athina 105 54, Greece
Monastiraki square is my favorite square in all of Athens. This is truly the place where many aspects of Greek culture mix together. It is located on the boarder of a very touristy area the Plaka and a very local area Psiri. It's also in an area...
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Frinis 1, Athina 116 34, Greece
Pangrati is my neighborhood. Outside of the first Olympic stadium, there are few tourist attractions. Most of this area's energy just comes from Athenians going about their daily lives. You'll find grocery and clothing stores—slices of real Greek...
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Adrianou 24, Athina 105 55, Greece
Most people assume that if you visit one place in Athens, it has to be the Acropolis. I can't argue with the sentiment, but I can argue that the Agora is a much nicer place to visit, and it has some of the best spots to see the Acropolis. Once you...
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Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
Built in the 4th century B.C.E., rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and refurbished for the 2004 Athens Olympics, this horseshoe stadium now serves as the finish line for the Athens Marathon. For centuries, nude male athletes...
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At 300 meters, Mount Lycabettus is the highest peak in Athens. Every half an hour a funicular whizzes up to the summit. Among other attractions, there’s a restaurant with sky-high prices and views to match. On a clear day, you can see the...
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28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
Vast and glorious, this is the largest archeological museum in Greece and considered one of the most important institutions for antiquity anywhere. Inside its collonaded neoclassical building are collections dating to prehistoric times and...
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Athens 105 55, Greece
Pnyx and the Filopappou hill are located right next to the Acropolis with then main entrance being near the entrance to the Acropolis. Both of these hills have some ancient ruins on them, Pnyx has an ancient theatre and Filopappou has a monument...
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Athens 105 57, Greece
The Temple of Olympian Zeus was the largest of all the known temples in Athens, around twice the size of the Parthenon. The Parthenon still stands fairly close to its original size, whereas the Temple of Olympian Zeus is now just a...
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Agias Theklas 10, Athina 105 54, Greece
Don't let the "hostel" moniker fool you -- AthenStyle is very budget-friendly, but it also caters to those looking for a little more. I stayed in a beautiful suite here, complete with a small kitchen and a gorgeous stone balcony. Its location next...
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Ερωτοκρίτου και, Erechtheos 16, Athina 105 56, Greece
When in Athens, venture away from the typical sites and explore the neighborhood of Anafiotika. It's like a tiny quiet village was planted in the middle of a major metropolis. A relic of the old days, the area now is a maze of small decorative...
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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...
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Athens 105 58, Greece

You can’t miss the Parthenon, the majestic ruin towering above Athens. Originally painted in vivid hues, this feat of architecture, engineering, and artistry is still as awe-inspiring as it was almost 2,500 years ago. Le Corbusier, pioneer...

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Akropolis, Athina 105 58, Greece
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. According to legend, the ancient gods battled it out to become Athens' patron deity. The showdown came after the Phoenicians founded a city at a giant rock near the Aegean some two and a half million years...
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Every summer, the Athens Festival brings world-class performances to an unorthodox range of venues across town. The most impressive is this Roman amphitheater beneath the Acropolis, where Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra and ballerina Sylvie Guillem...
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Dionysiou Areopagitou 3, Athina 117 42, Greece
After a hot and crowded visit to the breathtaking Acropolis, I enjoyed a wonderful treat of fresh Greek yogurt with my choice of unique toppings. On that particular day, I selected candied bergamot, crushed biscuits, and almond slivers. If that...
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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...
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Athens, Greece
Rooftop bars abound in Athens. From the top of Bar 360 on a late spring evening you can watch the trajectory of the sunset from the walls of surrounding ruins.
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On a craggy promontory overlooking the Aegean, Cape Sounion is a scenic drive 70 kilometers from the city center along the Athenian Riviera. There are dozens of blue flag beaches and seaside tavernas to explore en route to the gleaming Temple of...
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Agias Theklas 2, Athina 105 54, Greece
The Melissinos family has been hand-crafting leather shoes since the 1920s. Their unisex sandals are named after famous fans who wore them (John Lennon, Jeremy Irons, Jackie O), and a few who didn’t (Aristotle, Caesar, Cleopatra). These cult...
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Plateon 15, Athina 104 35, Greece
Winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, this local institution excels at highly inventive seasonal Greek dishes—salt cod donuts with sautéed greens, thyme-crusted lamb with apricot puree, cockerel confit with beet salad and apple sauce. Set in a lush...
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Kinetou 7, Athina 105 55, Greece
This deliciously offbeat restaurant in Monastiraki flea market has built up a loyal clientele since 1986. Surrounded by ramshackle antique shops and decorated with floral wallpaper and patterned tiles, it’s as much about the atmosphere (live...
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Pentelis 5, Athina 105 57, Greece
The queue is long and you’ll have to eat standing up, but this spotless hole-in-the-wall does the best souvlaki in town. Don’t worry if you confuse it with the other Kostas joint on trendy Agia Irini Square—at either place, the pita bread is...
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Pl. Dexamenis, Athina 106 75, Greece
There’s no better place to acquire a taste for ouzo than this outdoor kafeneion, founded around 1900. Drink it up with tantalizing mezze, such as basil-scented meatballs, deep-fried whitebait and grilled halloumi with candied figs. With tiny...
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This effortlessly cool new wine bar feels as though it’s been around forever. Forget retsina—the exclusively Greek wine list is a revelation. Pair with platters of Greek cheese and charcuterie, jazzed-up Greek salad with home-cured olives, barley...
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The Minoan civilization that went up in smoke after the explosion of an ancient volcano lives on at the Akrotiri excavations site. Unlike the Spartan ruins of Thera, the archaeological dig at Akrotiri is covered with walkways so they are far more...
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Santorini's Red Beach is one of the most unique beaches in Greece. The stretch of pebbly sand is surrounded by high, bright-red cliffs. It's not one of the most popular beaches on the island for sunbathing, but it's still worth a visit. A short...
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Oia perches on a slope on the northwest edge of Santorini, overlooking the caldera, and is known as one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset. It was once home to prosperous sea merchants until an earthquake gutted the area in the...
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Housed in a 170-year-old neoclassical mansion, 1800 is consistently named one of the top (if not the very best) restaurant in Santorini. A well-stocked wine cellar, terrace dining with stunning views and a pre– or post–meal mansion tour make it a...
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Colorful jewelry, antique beads, ceramics, textiles and unique one-of-a-kind small art pieces are selected by Maria, a French ex-pat, and sold at Maria Baba Vida in Oia. There's a distinct vibe of incense and patchouli in the small and vibrant...
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If you're in the market to buy some of Santorini's famous wines why not learn about how they're made first. A family-owned winery sells its products here but you can also take a tour of a cave populated with animatronic figures that recount the...
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Ilias Lalaounis, the renowned Greek goldsmith, spent a lifetime creating gold jewelry that evokes the glory days of Hellenic Greece. In his Fira Gold Street (Ipapantis) shop, you'll find designs inspired by the elegant simplicity and almost...
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Folegandros 840 11, Greece
if you find yourself in chora, folegandros close to sunset, do yourself a favor and hike up to this old beautiful church. some of the best sunset views you can imagine. on the way back you can stop for a fancy cocktail and a snack at anemomilos...
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Megalochori 847 00, Greece
Santorini effortlessly enchants with its phenomenal landscape that’s replete with sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture, and multicolored mille-feuille-like cliffs. What I found myself equally impressed with – perhaps even more dazzled by –...
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mesaria, Thira 847 00, Greece
Cheap house wine for sale on the side of the road outside of the village of Pyrgos. Santorini is famous for its tradition of small vineyards that produce fruity wines. Visitors can easily spend the day winery-hopping around the island.
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Kastro, Mykonos, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
The entire (tiny) island of Delos is basically one big archaeological site, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Being the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, the island is littered with archaeological monuments. Check out the Terrace of the Lions, the...
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Xenias, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
The place of choice to watch the sunset is the quarter of Little Venice—a clutch of balconied fishermen's houses dressed in colorful paint and reflecting the waters of the sea beside them. Numerous charming tavernas live here, too, so it's a great...
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Mikonos 846 00, Greece
The beaches at Mykonos are party beaches, where you swim in the day time and dance at the night time. During the day time, it's sunny and calm, the water is crystal blue and clear. People usually sitting by the beach or swim. At the night, it's a...
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Blue Myth has been the place for the jet set to dine since opening in 1969. The restaurant enjoys great ocean views of Platis Yialos and serves good seafood. It's especially pleasant at the end of peak season when the staff is more relaxed and the...
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N. Kalogera Street 27, Mikonos 86400, Greece
As tasty as the 2.50-euro gyros were, I decided to splurge on my last night in Mykonos. M-eating Restaurant, located right smack in the action, was just the place to do it. Our reservations were at 10:30pm, and in true Mykonos fashion, we were...
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Psarrou 846 00, Greece
Psarou Beach is posh rather than party, ringed by upscale hotels and beach clubs and punctuated with a scuba center. The sand is white and the water is turquoise. Restaurants and bars are expensive here, as are the waterside amenities like chairs...
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Akti Kampani (Old Port), Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Yummy mama's chicken, a glass of wine and great service...perfect lunch spot after a day of meandering in the old port
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Super Paradise Beach, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
It is perhaps the most famous and crowded beach in Mykonos island and the main reason for this is the natural beauty of the area as well as the beautiful sandy beach. In summertime a lot of famous personalities spend their vacations there , but it...
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Plateia Karaoli Dimitriou, , Kastro - Waterfront, Mykonos-Town 846 00, Greece
One of the best bars on the island, with a direct view to the old harbor of Chora, the capital city. Entertainment hi-peeks, music takes you of and you get a taste of Mykonos night life, all night long!
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It is one of the most beautiful areas of Mykonos, located about ten minutes away from the center of the island. A lovely long beach, protected by a natural small bay is the perfect spot for relaxation. The beach is well organized with beach bars,...
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Paxos, Paxi 490 82, Greece
If you're looking to move away from the popular Cycladic islands, head to the Ionian Sea. Besides the busy hub of Corfu, there's also Paxos, a small island surrounded by turquoise sea, beautiful caves, and idyllic villages. Rumour has it that...
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Pilos 240 01, Greece

In Greek mythology, Heracles slew all the sons of the King of Pylos except Nestor, who became king of Pylos himself. Nestor appears as a sage elder in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, expounding on how things were really tough back in his...

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XENIA Hotel and Restaurant- Harbour at Chora Sfakion, Chora Sfakion 730 11, Greece
The best way to explore the south coast of Crete is by kayak. One of my favorite tavernas on the coast is the Mermaid Taverna, located at Sweetwater Beach. Accessible only by boat (or long hike), Sweetwater is named for its bubbling springs of...
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Melidoni, Μελιδόνι, Rethimno 740 52, Greece
The Melidoni cave is on the Old Heraklion Road between Rethymno and Heraklion. This cave was used for religious ceremonies during the Minoan times. It also played an important role during the period of the Ottoman occupation. Villagers fled to the...
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Kissamos 730 01, Greece
Crete has an abundance of shoreline, and its Elafonisi Beach is one of the best in Greece. This sprawling piece of pink and white sand opens up to the turquoise sea. Lifeguards keep a constant watch, and so the beach is suitable for all ages. You...
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Elation 290 91, Greece
The secret's out about Navagio Beach: thanks to several viral photos, the secluded stretch of white sand topped off with a shipwreck has people swooning all over the world. The Panagiotis ship went down in 1983, while allegedly smuggling...
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Porto Katsiki, Greece
The island of Lefkada is full of beautiful beaches. It's a haven for kite surfers and beach lovers. Porto Katsiki is by far the most breathtaking beach we saw on the island. The dramatic cliffs and incredible hues of bright turquoise water make it...
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Preveli beach, 740 60, Greece
Preveli Beach is a secluded beach found on Crete, located about 43 kilometres from Rethymnon town. But it's more than just a beach -- it's also a river lagoon and a palm forest. A quick hike will get you down through the palm forest and on the...
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Fira, Θήρα 847 00, Greece
Santorini, Greece is an unquestionably beautiful island, but you can take the island experience up a notch, from beautiful to breathtaking, by hiking the ancient footpath from Thira to Oia. Start just before sunrise and meander the ancient dirt...
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Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Greece
The Temple of Poseidon, perched on the edge of Cape Sounion, has long been a welcoming sign of "home" for sailors returning to Athens. The 5th-century BC structure is dedicated to the god of the sea, and it's just a quick drive from downtown...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
This little private church is probably the most photographed stop in Oia. Our rented house was right next to it but lower on the steps so we could see lots of people getting lots of photos. Married couples would take their photos next to it,...
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Paralia Super Paradise, 846 00, Greece
Super Paradise Beach is a gigantic stretch of sand tucked away next to Paradise Beach. It's only reachable by taxi-ferry or by public bus, but the trek is worth it. It's also a notorious party destination, with a friendly gay community. Super...
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Oia santorini greece, Cyclades, Oía 847 02, Greece
You can't beat this - a delicious, freshly caught seafood dinner on the edge of the Aegean Sea. Sunset Taverna is located in Ammoudi, at the base of the cliffs in Oia, Santorini - dramatic scenery for simple, rustic, delicious food. From the...
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The village of Fira clings to the side of a cliff overlooking the Santorini caldera in the southern Aegean Sea. If you arrive by ship, you’ll likely be conveyed up to town by funicular, or on a donkey, unless your cardiovascular prowess can take...
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OIA, Santorini, Thira 847 02, Greece
Put on some comfortable shoes and get a serious leg workout on the 350 steps that connect the cliffside town of Oia to the port at the base of Amoudi Bay. Visitors can grab a drink or calamari at one of the tavernas while watching fishing boats...
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Άκρα Ακρωτήρι, Σαντορίνη 847 00, Greece
In the 20th century, an archaeologist by the name of Spyridon Marinatos wanted to prove “the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded world history” was the reason for the Minoan collapse. It didn't take long for him to find Akrotiri. Akrotiri is...
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Santorini, Greece
There are two ways to reach the ruins of Ancient Thera: by bus or car, or by hiking from the bottom of the 360-metre high Messavouno Mountain. And since no reward ever came easy, you can bet that hiking is the way to go. Thera was a wealthy Roman...
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Πύργος, Pyrgos 847 01, Greece
Pyrgos was my favorite little town on Santorini island. It didn't have the dizzying caldera views of Oia or Fira, but it did have the white-washed adobe homes built up into the sky. Here you'll find cobblestone streets, blue church steeples, Greek...
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Located next to Emporio village, Perissa Beach and Kamari are divided by Messavouno Mountain. Perissa's black sand is attributed to several volcanic eruptions, giving it an unusual appearance compared to other beaches in Greece.
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Erithrou Stavrou, Thira 847 00, Greece
After partying in Mykonos for 4 days, I expected Santorini to be a bit more relaxing; I was sadly (or happily, perhaps) mistaken. Murphy's in Santorini was just as lively as most of the bars in Mykonos, and the drinks were about half the price.
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Fira 1564, Thira 847 00, Greece
The unique quality of soil on Santorini is all due to the island's history of volcanic activity. The soil is known as "aspa," and is rich in essential minerals. Santorini is home to some excellent wineries, including Santos Wines Winery, Gavalos...
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Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
The town of Imerovigli in Santorini, Greece, is sometimes missed by tourists because it's not overdeveloped yet like its famous cousins Oia and Fira. But at the highest point of the cliff, the view is spectacular!
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Everyone goes to Santorini for the famous sunset in Oia. However, the moonlight at the black sand beach in Kamari is worth going as well. Plus, along the beach are shops, bars and restaurants one after another. Most of them are outdoor, so you can...
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Santorini, Greece, Santorini 847 00, Greece
The caldera is the big, blue bowl of water you see from everywhere in Santorini. It was born when a massive volcano erupted in the 17th century B.C.E. Some say Santorini (ancient Thera) was the home of Atlantis until the volcano brought it to an...
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Exo Gonia 847 00, Greece
Yes, Vegas would do the trick, but a 12 days hopping between the Greek islands of Santorini, Folegandros, and Sifnos will be a matrimonial send-off you’ll actually want to remember. Cannonball into clear coves reachable only by boat, and...