Post # 1
Hi Bees – FI and I are planning our honeymoon to the Greek islands and we’ve never been, so I’d love to hear from those of you who have been to Greece. Where should we go? What should we see? What should we avoid? Any recommendations, tips, insider info, etc.? Any and all help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I havent been, but I’m planning a trip also and would love to hear more info too. 🙂 I did ask a Greek friend of mine who had been several times and he gave some quick info to me:
“Acropolis, Delphi, Meteora, Cruises that brings you to a few islands and give some time to explore. Santorini is unique – took a ship out to the volcano off the coast of Santorini, and ate at the cliffside.
Which islands you go to depend on if you like night life partying or a more low key type of thing like me. Santorini beaches are kind of rocky, although unique because there are different color beaches (red, black, white). I enjoyed a beach in southern Crete in the town of Matala that had a unique cave formation around it. Oh and don’t bother bringing a bathing suit top to Greece LOL you’ll barely see any”
Post # 4
We went to Athens, Santorini and Crete.
Athens is mostly sightseeing. We were able to see everything all in one day there.
Santorini is my favorite. Catch the sunset at Oia and Fira is a must. You can rent a ATV for a whole day for about 15 Euros and you can drive along the island. The scenary is amazing. The beaches there are a bit rocky.
For Crete we stayed in the Elounda area. The water there is crystal clear. The beaches there are much better than Santorinin.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the replies and info!
@pinkshoes: Santorini sounds amazing – I definitely feel like that’s more my speed, too. Are you island-hopping or staying in one place? I think we’re going to do one of the island-hopping trips where you spend a day or 2 sight-seeing in Athens and then visit a few of the islands for a couple days each. I looked into cruises first, but none of them docked at night at any of the islands, and I’d like to be able to have dinner and enjoy the island during the night and daytime, so I’m steering away from the commercial cruises now.
@bebexx129: Such helpful info. I love laying on the beach, and it sounds like Crete is better for that. Also good to know we can do Athens in one day. How long did you go for? How did you travel between the islands?
Post # 6
I studied in Greece for a semester (Volos) and we traveled a lot. We went to Aegina and Santorini, traveled all around the Peloponnese peninsula and went to many cities to the North.
I will say that Santornini is beautiful but it does cater to tourists (obviously).
My favorite place in Greece was Meteora – absolutely incredible:
It’s in western Thessaly though, so you would have to venture inland if you wanted to see it.
If you have specific areas you are interested in or other questions I would be more than happy to help!
Post # 7
Here is some other stuff I just came up with off the top of my head.
Only American tourists wear tennis shoes. If you want to blend in more, wear sandals.
Greek men are pretty forward – think stereotypical construction workers – but they are harmless for the most part. It’s just a complement really.
There’s not really any tipping (at restaurants, etc.). It’s common to spend hours eating a meal.
Everything is closed on Sundays.
The only beer they regularly have in every restaurant is Stella, Mythos, and Amstel. (At least when I was there in 2006).
A “greek” salad doesn’t have lettuce in it (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions).
Dinner doesn’t usually start until 9 or 10. Most cities have a “siesta” in the afternoon where shops close, people nap, etc.
I’ll try to think of more!
Post # 8
I would avoid Athens as much as possible. When I was there I got stuck in the middle of a transport strike. Couldn’t get anywhere or around the entire time I was there.
Post # 9
@Iluvmydog: Ugh! That sucks!
I liked Athens, but it wasn’t like I expected. In some areas, it’s a little dirty (but what big city isn’t?) but I thought it was really cool to see the ruins throughout the modern city. I was there before the economy crashed, so I don’t know how that changed things.
Oh, thought of another thing – there are strays (cats and dogs) everywhere. There are generally well-behaved and won’t bother you, but it made me sad. I wanted to take them all home.
Post # 10
Its not in the isles, but I have been to Delphi, and it is honestly one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in my life. (and I have been to Europe multiple times).
Post # 11
I’ve also read that Mykonos is one of the top gay traveling destinations in the world. To some people, that matters. Especially when they go in not knowing that. They have hotels, beaches, nightlife, etc. that specifically cater to gay couples.
Post # 12
We’re planning on going to one or two Greek islands during our honeymoon. We’re starting our honeymoon in Turkey and from there traveling to the Greek islands so we can avoid Athens altogether. I’m disappointed to not be visiting Athens, but it’s probably for the best considering the current situation.
Post # 13
All of this is awesome info – thanks!
@Crabbabs: Love the helpful tips! I will be sure to bring sandals. 😉 Seriously, though, this is super helpful so feel free to come back and leave more if you think of any.
@Bride2BeeVA28: See, my Fiance is set on seeing the ruins and history in Athens so there’s no way for us to avoid it. He actually wants to add an extra day to make sure we see all of Athens. Do you really think it’s so bad that it should be avoided right now? Maybe I’m just naive…
Post # 14
We were in Greece last year, and went to Athens and Mykonos. Athens, we were only there for a day, and honestly… it was enough. You’re in, you see the Acropolis, and a couple Olympic related things, and from there anything else specifically “Greek” you might want you can find elsewhere. It’s really just a big city like any other. I would think even with the unrest at the moment, they do a pretty good job of making sure the Acropolis stays tourist friendly.
Mykonos was beautiful, and if you’re a beach lover, you could probably spend a while there winding down and just enjoying the food and scenery.