History and paradise in Greece

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Greece is now one of our favorite places in the world. It has amazing history in Athens, and incredible islands where you can go and relax. Great food and cheap!

When were we there
13 days, June 20 – July 2

Where did we go
✈️ Flight from Istanbul to Athens
🏨 Grecotel Pallas Athena
Nice, simple hotel in the center of town. Easy to walk to everything.
✈️ Flight from Athens to Santorini
🏨 Altana Traditional Suites
AWESOME little hotel in Imerovigli, a small town between the touristy spots. Awesome suites with private balconies and awesome views. Owned by identical twin brothers who are great and very knowledgeable.
⛴ Ferry from Santorini to Paros
🏨 Poseiden of Paros
Another GREAT hotel. Right on the Golden Beach in Paros. Amazing pool. One of the best restaurants ever. We ate 8 meals there in 3 days and loved EVERYTHING.
⛴ Ferry from Paros to Athens

Highlights

Athens

  • The Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
  • Archeological Museum
  • Byzantine Museum

Santorini

  • Hike to Oia
  • Wine tasting
  • Boat ride and snorkeling
  • Drinking Yellow Donkey

Paros

  • Chilling in the pool
  • Chilling at the beach
  • Eating food at our hotel
  • Drinking Volkan Grey

Absolutely blown away by Greece. Every day was a new and different adventure in history, food, and relaxation :).

Athens is busy, of course, but it’s worth it because the Acropolis is incredible and the city has some of the best museums we’ve ever been to.

After Paros we went to Santorini, one of the most popular islands in Greece. It far exceeded my expectations. People will tell you it’s touristy, and it can be. But here’s the secret: don’t stay in one of the touristy areas! There was a ton to see and do: wine tasting, hiking, caldera cruise, unique beaches, and much more thanks to the crazy volcanic landscape. We hiked much of the caldera along the Santorini cliff, one of the best hikes we’ve ever done.

Santorini is a place tourists often “see” in a day. I’m glad we had some time to explore the towns and get away from the crowds. In particular, we loved our hotel in Santorini (Altana Suites). The owners are identical twin brothers and they are the nicest guys in the entire world. Free hugs on the way out.

After Santorini we headed to Paros. Paros reminds me of Cabo: incredible beaches, beautiful resorts, great food, and CHEAP. Our sea view suite was <$100! Europeans are lucky.

If you’re looking for your next vacation spot, Athens plus the Greek islands is a great combination of history, sites, and leisure.