When you think of Greece, you dream of a beautiful beach holiday which is of course the kind of holiday you could have in this part of the world. But there is so much more you can enjoy on your family holiday in Greece. Do you know what foods to try, the places to see, or even how to dance Sirtaki? Here are some of the top places you should visit, things to do and foods to eat when you visit Greece on your family holiday.
Top sights to see
In a country full of history of course there are plenty of sights to explore ad discover. You might not know where to start but here are some of the top things you should see when you plan to visit Greece.
Of course, Greece is known for this ancient site in Athens the capitol. Towering above the city is this ancient citadel containing the remains of significant ancient buildings the most famous being the Parthenon. It will take a good deal of your time but it is worth it. Start your climb from the Plaka district where there’s a pedestrian walkway, Dionyssiou Areopagitou taking you to the Acropolis. Then discover the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, Erechteion, Propylaia, and the Nike Temple.
Delphi is home to the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo on located on Mount Parnassus. In ancient times this destination was considered the centre of the known world and the place on earth where you were closest to God. This is why it is such a special place to visit. You’ll find the remains of the temples of Apollo and Athena, as well as a magnificent ancient stadium and theatre. Many artefacts were found here and can now be seen in the Delphi Archaeological Museum which is worth a visit too.
Hiking trail in Oia Santorini
Another famous site in Greece and home to some fabulous beaches that are perfect for family beach holidays. Watching the sunset in Santorini is something many travellers want to tick off their bucket list and one of the best places to watch this spectacle is along the hiking trail between Oia and Fira. The hike takes you along the caldera cliff and through the beautiful villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia. It can take between 2 and 4 hours depending on how long you spend stopping and taking photos!
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
If history is your thing then this is an interesting place to visit. The museum contains fantastic archaeological finds from all over Crete which cover more than five and a half thousand years of the island’s history. The most notable exhibit is the treasures of Minoan civilisation. It is one of the greatest museums in Greece, so if you go to any museum on your trip, make sure it is this one.
Top things to do
When it comes to doing rather than seeing, Greece does not disappoint. You really learn about the local culture when you immerge yourself into traditional activities. Here are a few examples of things you can do to have a real Greek experience.
Greek Dance Lessons
If you want to try some traditional Greek folk dances such as the kalamatianos, syrtos and the most famous syrtaki, then you are in luck. Book an introduction to Greek folk dances and you’ll have a fantastic evening of dancing, food and fun. The dance teacher will explain the culture and history behind the Greek folk dances, before you learn the steps and dance in your group.
Santo Wines Tour
Wine tasting at Santo Winery is an enjoyable experience in Thira. The winery can be found in the lovely countryside setting of Pirgos on the top of the Caldera cliff. You’ll be given a tour and then helped to explore the tastes from the local vineyards. You’ll also be served your wine with a delicious local food platter and you’ll learn about the history of Santos, one of the oldest vineyards of Europe. It is also a great place to witness the beautiful Santorini sunset if you visit at the right time.
Athens food tour
Athens food tour offers you a culinary journey through the ages of Greek tradition. A specialist food guide will take you to small stores and delicatessens teaching you about traditional Greek food and sampling some of the great flavours. You’ll also be advised on the best local restaurants and learn about what goes into some of the most famous dishes.
Top dishes to try
When you think of Greek food what’s the first thing you think about? Fresh ingredients? Spices, olives, wine and cheese? Greek cuisine is unique, flavoursome and best enjoyed with friends and family. Here are a few of the top Greek dishes to try whilst on holiday in Greece.
This national dish is one of the most famous dishes in Greece. Moussaka is made up of layers of fried aubergine, minced meat and potatoes, topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and then baked in the oven. You can also find a tasty vegetarian version without the minced meat.
Get the kids to try something new with these small fried doughnut-like balls covered in honey syrup and sprinkled with different toppings of your choice like cinnamon or crushed walnuts. They are considered a Greek delicacy and are usually set out on large plate to share with friends or family.
The perfect Greek street food snack or even eaten as part of a main meal. These grilled meat skewers are usually made of pork but can be other meats, and can be found all across Greece. Most of the time they are served with a mint, cucumber and yoghurt dip called tzatziki, and maybe some salad on the side.
If you want to get some veggies in your diet whilst on holiday then try this dish. This white bean soup is a not so well known National dish of Greece. The recipe is simple but satisfying containing beans, tomatoes and onions, carrots and celery. Flavoured with local herbs of course, a healthy dish the whole family can enjoy.
This flaky filo pastry is filled with a variety of different flavour options. Choose from aubergines and meats to vegetables or Greek cheese. The most well-known is the classic combination of filo pastry layered with feta cheese and spinach then freshly flavoured with dill.
What else can you do on a family holiday in Greece?
Greece is one of those places where you can do as little or as much as you want on holiday. There are destinations that are perfect for relaxing family beach holidays, resorts where there are plenty of activities to enjoy together and more than enough historical sites and museums to visit.
Now you have a taste of the top places to visit, things to do and dishes to try you can expect a lot more from your next break. Knowing that there are lots of different types of holidays to experience in Greece, will mean its somewhere you’ll want to return to again and again.