As the cradle of civilization, Greece is one of Europe’s finest destinations. In every corner of the country there is something new to discover, from ancient ruins to extraordinary Mediterranean seasides. One of Greece’s best features is its small towns – dotted around the countryside, all picture-postcard beautiful and with fascinating history, culture, and cuisine to boot.
The variety of Greece’s small towns is one of the most remarkable things about the country. From tiny mountain villages and whitewashed clifftop communities to elegant beachfront towns and ancient, crumbling hamlets, there are options for almost every style of vacation. If you are planning a cruise to Greece, exploring some of its small towns is a must.
So make sure you know your dolmades from your kleftiko, that you’ve packed everything you need for the beach, and get ready to explore the beauty and wonder of these amazing small towns in Greece.
Santorini is one of the jewels in Greece’s crown, absolutely picture-perfect, and often described as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The small village of Oia, clinging to the side of a cliff and watching over an ancient volcanic caldera, is about as good as Santorini gets. From the brilliant white and bright blue of the houses to the stunning views, it is a genuinely jaw-dropping sight, and one you can return to again and again.
Away from the seaside beauty of the Greek islands, Kalambaka is all about the majesty of nature. Built at the foot of the extraordinary Meteora pinnacles, bizarre yet magnificent rock formations that house ancient monasteries, it evokes a sense of ancient splendor and spiritual tranquility that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.
From gorgeous cobbled streets, medieval Venetian castles, classical ruins, and a magnificent backdrop of rolling hills, there’s a lot to like about Parikia. The capital of Paros island, as well as its main port, it’s a charming place with a wonderfully vibrant community and culture, and some truly splendid tavernas serving up traditional Greek cuisine.
Probably the best-preserved medieval Venetian town in Europe, Rhodes wears its history proudly. The old town is stunning, a Byzantine masterpiece that boasts a parcel of historic churches, remarkable medieval architecture, and the glorious Palace of the Grand Master, harking back to a time when the Knights Hospitaller called this island home.