Picking your next holiday destination can be a tricky decision. There are so many beautiful places that occupy people's travel bucket lists that wading through all the options can feel like a mountain climb. It’s the same with cruise holidays. If there was one place that you had to put at the top of your bucket list, what would it be? We would have to say a good contender is Greece.
We asked bloggers that loved Greece as much as us for their favourite images that’ll make you want to book your next cruise to this incredible destination.
Paros by Paulina on the Road
Paulina, from the blog Paulina on the road, tells us that her favourite place to visit in Greece is the island of Paros.
“Located very close to Mykonos and Santorini, Paros reunites the best that Greece has to offer, without being spoiled by mass tourism. Expect white-washed houses, excellent food, affordable hotels, and pristine beaches. However, it's the active travel options that made me fall in love with Paros. There are plenty of trails that take you to remote villages and many beaches that offer excellent conditions for water sports. There are plenty of things to do in Paros, thus it's perfect for those who want to dive into Greek culture.”
Thanks to the varied landscape of all of the Greek islands, those looking for an active holiday are in for a treat. Paros is a little quieter than most other islands as it is far more traditional. If you have the time, you can visit it by ferry from Santorini.
Santorini by Rachael Scott
Photo Credit: Rachel Scott, The Pretend Grown Up
Santorini overlooks the Aegean Sea, showcasing its Greek grandeur. Its cliffside towns owe their landscape to a 16th Century volcanic eruption that changed the land of the whole island, creating the shelf like towns that are famous to Santorini.
With picturesque views and romantic walks, it’s no wonder why Rachael Scott from The Pretend Grown Up, fell in love with this location.
“There is something quite magical about Santorini. Although only visiting for a day as part of my cruise I got to explore both Oia and the capital, Fira. The whitewashed buildings, blue roofs, beautiful views and friendly locals... it is safe to say Santorini stole my heart! I have visited quite a few of the Greek islands but this was definitely my favourite. I can’t wait to return one day to soak up everything it has to offer.”
Corfu by Amy Hart
Photo credit: Amy Hart, Four Born to Explore
Amy Hart, blogger at Four Born to Explore has suggested Corfu as her favourite place to visit in Greece. This beautiful island houses some of the best of Greek history. There are several UNESCO-listed sites as well as castles and museums. Of course, there is also the wonderful history regarding Lawrence and Gerald Durrell, British writers who lived in Corfu for some time and were famously known for some of the books they produced while in Corfu. The island itself has many different places to visit, from the mountains in the north to Corfu Town in the east where the Old Fortress is located.
Amy suggests, “Corfu truly is a jewel in the Ionian Sea. The imposing columns of the Greek Orthodox church dominates the grounds of The Old Fortress in Corfu. Truly a remarkable Old Town, one can wander the cobbled streets and explore a part of history, whilst enjoying deliciously fresh seafood and gelato. There are boutiques to browse, insta-worthy architecture to peruse and oh-so-many views to soak in. We got the bus there from our hotel which made for a perfect day trip”
Kos by Luke Stevens
Photo credit: Luke Stevens, A Whole World Out There
The island of Kos, known for its gorgeous beaches and Roman landmarks, is one of the most visited Greek islands. Whether you’re there to sightsee or to have a good time partying, Kos has a lot to offer any visitor. There is some amazing history on the island including the Roman Odeon that was built in the 2nd century. It’s free to go and see it and is said to be a very romantic location.
Speaking with travel blogger Luke Stevens, about his experience in Kos Town he said: “The weather in Kos was perfect! We had seven days of clear skies, sun and warmth. One of my favourite things about Kos was the mountain landscape. It was an incredible backdrop, especially of an evening when the beautiful sunset took place over the mountains.
“Kos town had plenty to offer - a castle, a port, Roman ruins and a historical tree, as well as numerous shops, bars and restaurants. There was something for everybody - sun, heat, history, architecture, food, drink and the sea. It was interesting being able to see Turkey on the horizon too. The people of Kos, both in our hotel and in the main town, seemed very friendly and welcoming”.
The tree Luke is referring to is the Tree of Hippocrates, a plane tree that legend tells was were Hippocrates taught his pupils about the art of medicine. The tree is visited by thousands every year as it is one of Kos’ most ancient trees. With a 12-meter perimeter and a hollow trunk, the locations of shrouded with history and is worth seeing on your visit.
Greece is a country with many opportunities. It is a place that so many people visit for its culture, food and history. Being able to bask in the Greek sun is on many traveller’s bucket lists and hopefully, because of these photos, it’s on yours too! Wherever you decide to book your next cruise holiday, Greece should be a strong contender.