You may be wondering what are the best Greece destinations and the best way to visit this amazing country based on your traveler type. If you are considering visiting Greece as a couple, as a family or as a solo traveler, this post comes to offer some alternative travel advice for you. For instance, couples can trade the overly-popular Santorini for Crete or Paros while families can actually have a lovely holiday in Santorini or in diverse Corfu, as opposed to popular opinion. Solo travelers who seek places that are spiritually charged or entirely off the beaten track will find it highly rewarding to venture to places that are good for the soul. In our previous post about where to go in Greece we covered a few Greek destinations for first-timers. Here we provide some alternative destinations based on your traveler type.
Greece destinations for couples
Let’s break away from the mold and look for romantic destinations other than the enchanting albeit overexposed Santorini island. Santorini is indeed a magical destination and should be visited at least once in your lifetime. However, it is not the only place that exudes romance. The neighboring island of Paros shares a similar charm with Santorini imbued with all the simplistic elegance that the Cyclades are known for. White cubist houses, blue domes churches, and some phenomenal beaches, that are perhaps even more beautiful than Santorini’s. There you can retreat to an adults-only, private pool suite in Paros, reveling in larger than life sunset colored skies and small luxuries that will amplify your mood for love.
Alternatively, steer away from the Cyclades altogether, and opt for the magnificent Crete. Rethymnon is one of the quaintest prefectures of the island, with a hidden old town that is found amidst the most sensational maze of cobblestone streets that you will fall in love with. In the center of this gem of a town, a harbored, adults-only, boutique hotel in Rethymnon. Couples can spend their time sauntering the historical town of Venetian architecture, explore the tantalizing gastronomy that Crete is known for or venture out towards the Cretan hinterland for a bit of twosome adventure amongst some riveting landscapes.
Greece destinations for families
In a similar way as we have attempted to steer couples away from Santorini for a change, so we recommend Santorini for families. This gorgeous island can be very enjoyable for a family holiday too, provided you choose the right place to stay. Usually, in Santorini you will either find small, cave-like rooms big enough for only two, or massive villas which may be too unapproachable rate wise. This is why families will find their Santorinian haven at the whitewashed, 4-star hotel in Fira that is family-friendly and with the largest swimming pool in town and in walking distance to the buzzing center of the island.
Kids will love a day cruise to the Santorini volcano and hot springs and visiting the colourful beaches which are a unique sight to behold. If your children find archaeology exciting, then a visit to the Akrotiri site could be a great opportunity to cultivate their interest, as well as few other museums such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, which contains rare artifacts including ancient toys.
Another great alternative for families who prefer a seaside holiday is a resort along the azure coast of Corfu. Near the sensational village of Pelekas, amidst one of the island’s most impressive landscapes, this family-friendly beachfront resort in Corfu has the potential to be all that you would have dreamed of for the ultimate family holiday by the sea. Situated on a blue flag beach, your family holidays will be surrounded by the best of Corfiot beauty. A lush landscape as your background, the sea as your daily horizon and the rest of Corfu yours to explore at your leisure.
Greece destinations for solo travelers
Solo travelers are perhaps the most flexible in terms of their travel requirements, in the sense that they only have themselves to consider. They do, however, need the very best travel bag for the occasion! Seeking the most meaningful of holidays, solo travelers are often in search of a chance to reconnect with themselves and the world around them. Since Greece is a place of immense heritage with a history that spans many centuries, the spiritual energy around ancient sites is particularly palpable. For solo travelers who want to explore Greece’s spiritual splendor, within 5 days you’ll get to visit 5 major attractions with a classical tour of UNESCO sites in Greece that will take you to Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Meteora from Athens. This way, solo travelers are not alone as they can feel part of a group of like-minded people with similar interests.
Another great option for solo travelers who wish to experience the Greek island ambiance, yet are put off by crowds at busy destinations, is the off-the-beaten-track Thassos. Hidden in the northernmost corner of the Aegean sea, this emerald island will prove to be your best solo travel decision yet. What to expect? Verdant hillsides that topple down to cerulean waters, a stunning natural lagoon called Giola and picturesque little villages, historical monasteries, saintly caves and ample spots for admiring the gorgeous landscape.
Mindfulness and inner peace come naturally in a place such as Thassos, where the local lives and disarming beauty are an integral part of the island’s fabric and demure charm. Solo travelers can benefit from the cozy atmosphere of central studio apartments in Thassos, for experiencing just the right combination of hospitality services and freedom.