By Helen-Marie Joyce
When it comes down to spending 1 week in Greece during Summer, you can make it so your holiday becomes the highlight of the year. How? By deciding on what kind of holiday you want, and then, by following the advice of those who know Greece inside out. Traveling Greek is dedicated to providing experiential travel advice about destinations in Greece, and beyond. Think of it as your ‘go to’ place for travel tips and recommendations on Greece with a luxe outlook, written by Greeks who have traveled extensively, not only in Greece, but the world. So, take it from us, here is how to spend one week in Greece during Summer, like a pro.
Insider Tip: Don’t Over Do It
For 1 week in Greece during Summer, you shouldn’t attempt to visit more than two destinations, as you will end up wasting precious time traveling between places. Seven days split between two carefully selected destinations will allow you to relax and really allow you to feel the vibes of each location, reclaiming the essence of a true holiday rather than rushing to see as much as possible (unless you are on a Greek island cruise). Not all destinations are linked by air, which is by far the most efficient way of traveling. Sea connections (ferries or sea planes) can take up to 5 hours to get from one place to another, so checking your transfer options between your chosen destinations is also something to consider before making your final decisions.
Athens: A Hipster-Friendly Urban Playground
You need at least 3 full days in Athens if you are to say that you have actually visited the “Cradle of Civilization.” It isn’t a massive city, but it is very dense both demographically and in terms of the many cultural and leisurely options available. A city that is equally enjoyable across all seasons, perhaps summer in Athens is our least favorite to be honest, simply because of the higher temperatures. Greece is a country that boasts a lot of sunshine and heat, so it is justifiable that being in a city during the hottest months is not, well, the most ideal time. That being said, central Athens is only a short taxi ride away. However, since most visitors of Greece will tend to visit during the summer, if you can bear the heat or if you in fact crave it, Athens can show you a wonderful time! Those seeking to see the lesser known side of the city, should consider staying in an up and coming district of central Athens such as Metaxourgeio. It is a transitional neighborhood that most locals favor for an afternoon coffee break or casual evening drink. Once an affluent area, it is full of old neoclassical buildings that have since been run down, vacated and deserted. Some of them have been salvaged and transformed into quirky spots to enjoy a few relaxing moments, with an atmosphere that lies somewhere between urban, artistic and fashionable. In a word? Hipster-friendly. The Best Western Candia Hotel in Metaxourgeio is well connected, offering easy access to the historical center and its famous landmarks just within a few metro stops.
Paros: Experience An Authentic Greek Island Holiday
For a luxurious escape to an island that still retains much of its authenticity, head over to Paros, in the heart of the Cyclades. The Cyclades are the most iconic island cluster in the midst of the Aegean sea, and it is those islands that most people associate Greece with. The stark white houses and churches, the blue domes and details, the cobblestone streets and alleyways, the picturesque harbors dotted with colorful fishing boats and seafood tavernas that proudly display their catch of the day. Yet one Cycladic island differs from another. Although they share some characteristics, each one has its own unique aura. Paros island is somewhere between a popular destination and one that is still rooted in its traditions and customs, maintaining its authentic personality throughout the years. Parikia is the central town to which you arrive by sea and is most frequented by the younger crowds who visit the island. Naoussa is the town that attracts a slightly older audience and is where the heartbeat of Paros beats most loudly. For staying somewhere that guarantees your peace and quiet, coupled with fantastic sea views and top-notch services, Minois Village Boutique Suites & Spa welcomes you its astonishing setting. Couples can find their private sanctuary in suites with private pool, while families can keep to themselves and experience a home-away holiday in one of the villas. As for getting out and about, the aforementioned towns are found at a distance of under 10 km from the property, meaning you are relatively close to everything that is happening, yet far away enough to enjoy the tranquility that the location offers.
Pelion: A Secluded, Group Stay Amidst Nature
A summer vacation in Pelion is ideal for those who seek to go against the grain and want to experience a different kind of holiday concept in Greece. Summer vacationing in Pelion is a sensational alternative to the usual sun and beach holiday. It is a verdant, mountainous region in Thessaly, about a 3.5 hours drive from Athens that also combines some phenomenal beaches too, if you so wish to visit them. Set on a peninsula, Pelion is graced with a massive coastline; the Aegean sea to the east and the Pagasetic Gulf to the west. Spending a day at one of the many incredible beaches is but one of the experiences in Pelion, as you can also stay in the bosom of nature, enjoying insane panoramic views that cover the entire spectrum from landscape to the sea, as far as the eye can see. Pelion works well for couples of course, while it is a kind of destination that lends itself for a secluded group stay with your closest friends or family members. Find your personal retreat at one the stunning villas of Pelion Homes and discover this one-of-a-kind of hospitality where autonomy is served with a generous side of services, and there is a plethora of unique opportunities at your fingertips. Venturesome forest walks, treks and cycling routes, thrilling activities within nature and engagement with local, cultural experiences are only some of the vast range of things to do in Pelion.
With all of these options at your fingertips a one week vacation is not only doable but you’ll return home relaxed, invigorated and dreaming of your next Aegean adventure.
Helen-Marie Joyce is an SEO and Creative Copywriter. She is a Greek-American who specializes in travel and destination marketing in Greece. Having traveled within Greece and abroad, she has gained many priceless experiences while discovering new cultures with visuals that will remain etched in the mind for years to come, She has a true passion for writing, to express her feelings, thoughts and reflections, as well as convey as vividly as possible, pictures made of words, of the places she considers worth visiting.