With a total of nearly 50 hours in transit, the 20 days we spent in the Greek sun were well worth it. Although my phone is full of holiday snaps, food and cats, I’ve put together an incredibly summarised photo journal of holiday highlights.
Basing ourselves in Athens for the first 5 days, we really wanted to make the most of sightseeing and seeing what the city had to offer. With a food and archaeological focus (Travel Greece – Food, coming soon), historic sites were a must. Along with taking in the electric atmosphere of Athens, we also traveled south along the Athens Riviera to Cape Sounion.
After falling in love with Athens, we then had 4 days to see the countryside. Making our way through to the home of the Olympic Games, we drove over the Corinth Canal, stopped at Epidaurus and passed through Nafplia, through the plain of Argos and into Mycenae. Continuing on through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, we finally arrived in Olympia for the night. From Olympia we travelled through to Patras and crossed the Rio-Antirio Bridge through into the picturesque town of Itea, where we stayed the night. From Itea we journeyed through to the mountain township of Arachova, then onto Delphi before traveling north through many villages and towns to Kalambaka for the night. After visiting the monasteries of Meteora, it was time to return south to Athens via Trikala, Lamis, Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla.
After all of that time on the road, the next stage saw us taking a ferry to Mykonos for some much needed relaxation. While on Mykonos we took another ferry to Delos, the mythological birthplace of Apollo and a major religious center and port during the 1st millennium B.C. After 3 nights in Mykonos it was time to visit the breathtaking island of Santorini. While on Santorini we took to a catamaran to get a true sense of the island’s beauty form the ocean, visiting various beaches and having lunch out at sea before returning to the port. After another 3 nights in Santorini, our time away was coming to an end with one last flight back to Athens before the long haul home.
Travelling Greece is an absolute ‘must see’ and should be on everyone’s bucket list. If given the chance, I’d happily make the journey back to Athens, it truly felt like a second home. For an article on my survival guide in Greece, click here, or for the food of Greece, click here.