Fun for the young

It’s time to take a summer holiday! Time to travel to Greece with friends or your better half and enjoy what the country has to offer you. The fine weather and August winds create the perfect opportunities for enjoying your favorite adventure sports.

Go sailing in the Cyclades; the group’s many islands and islets will offer you numerous choices of sheltered coves and beaches, singular landscapes, such as Sarakiniko on Milos Island, secluded spots for relaxation, golden sands, and exquisite settings for the perfect sunset view, for instance on Santorini Island.

Snorkeling and scuba diving fans will be happy to explore the Ionian Sea. There are quite interesting underwater caverns at Palaiokastritsa on Corfu Island and underwater sites with great visibility and amazing marine life, such as the Monastiri area and the Hole of Ha in the Liapades area. Near Zante Island, you can spot loggerhead sea turtle populations off the shores of Marathonisi Islet. Add to your list of diving spots the site of the HMS Perseus, a British submarine lost during WWII, between Kefalonia and Zante Islands. Enjoy your favorite water sports by the shores of Lefkada Island. Try windsurfing, parasailing, kitesurfing, water skiing, and kayaking — and you’ll find the perfect weather conditions on the waters of Vassiliki and Nydri.

Those of you who plan to come ashore and visit Athens should definitely climb the unique Acropolis Rock and see the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaia, and the Erechtheion monuments. Don’t miss out on visiting the Acropolis Museum too, at the foot of the Rock. Add the following museums to your list while you’re in the capital: The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Illusions. Stroll along the little streets of the picturesque Plaka neighborhood, which is part of the old town of Athens, see traditional houses, and visit the abundant tavernas next to the Ancient Agora. Taste local dishes and listen to Rebetiko music played live at some of these places. This popular urban music and dance originated in the early 20th century among the working-class population and is now included on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. Save one of your evenings for a summer cinema experience in the city. Choose an open-air cinema and enjoy the screening next to fragrant pots of flowers under the clear starry skies.

Open air cinema screening in Athens © GNTO/P. Merakos
Open air cinema screening in Athens. © GNTO/P. Merakos.

You might also take a trip to the Greek North. Visit Thessaloniki, the city founded in 315 BC and named after the sister of Alexander the Great. Stroll in the old town, see the Roman Rotunda and the Arch of Galerius, the Byzantine Churches with amazing mosaics, the city walls, and much more. Climb the White Tower, learn about the city’s fascinating history, and from the top, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the Thermaic Gulf. A stroll or a bike ride along the city’s beautiful waterfront promenade is a must before you go.

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