The Five Best Coastal Towns Of Greece

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 31 August 2015
The Five Best Coastal Towns Of Greece
When making holiday plans, many turn their heads to the warm shores of Greece and its islands, and for good reason. With a hot, but not uncomfortable climate, beautiful seas and vibrant culture, there’s enough on offer to keep anyone satisfied on their weeks away from reality. However, such variety also causes a dilemma, where should you set up camp? The most popular options are those that sit on the coast of either Greece’s beautiful mainland and its exotic islands. Why? Perhaps it’s that ocean breeze, the soft Mediterranean sand or tropical-esque beach huts. Or maybe it has to do with the history of Greece, its proud naval tradition and bustling trade ports eventually evolving small settlements into the vibrant and prosperous towns we know and love today.

Whatever the reason for their popularity, here’s our pick of the best Greece has to offer:

Athens, Greece
For anyone visiting Greece, a trip to Athens is a must; which is handy because most international flights flow through this hub. Known for its stunning ancient architecture, including the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, the Pantheon and even the world famous Acropolis. However, while it is home to some 3,000 years of history, modern-day Athens has its own merits. With ample opportunities for water sports, some of the world’s finest cuisine, stunning beaches and pumping nightlife, Athens of today can be just as exciting as Athens of the past.

Oia, Santorini
Oia is perhaps the most beautiful town in all of Greece. Famous for its whitewashed architecture and blue-domed churches, the town sits on a gentle cliff that overlooks the turquoise Med below. Known for being a serene and quiet location, Oia is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful break from the modern world, although there are plenty of shops, restaurants and other bits to keep you busy if need be. The town can also be used as a sort of base camp for those looking to explore the many exciting hiking trails of Santorini, an island formed of volcanic rock, giving it a distinctively dark look. Lastly, if you’re only visiting Oia for the day, make sure you stick around until sunset, as the town’s location makes it the perfect vantage point for one of nature’s most spectacular shows.

Chora, Mykonos
Famed for its exotic culture, Mykonos is probably one of the most well-known locations in Greece. While the town itself is locally known as Chora, it is often the place people are referring to when they talk about Mykonos, rather than the entire island. A cosmopolitan town, Chora combines traditional Greek culture with aspects of modern-day lifestyle, which has led to it being world-famous for its legendary nightlife. Along with its vibrant atmosphere, Chora is also a simply beautiful city with stunning architecture. However, most people come for the beaches, with numerous options located just a short distance outside the town.

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Cliff Blaylock