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11 bucket list experiences for your Greek adventure - win flights to Athens with AEGEAN

Last updated Feb 14, 2023

Few cities in the world are quite so instantly recognisable as Athens, and we've got flights there up for grabs with AEGEAN.

Its unique skyline, dominated by the iconic Acropolis, allied to its fascinating history makes the Greek capital one of Europe's very best city break destinations.

While there's so much to see and do, here are our Athens unmissables.

😲 Marvel at the Acropolis, among the most iconic landmarks in the Greek capital

πŸ”­ Gaze at the night sky through an antique telescope at the National Observatory in Athens

πŸ‘™ Soak up the sun, sand and sea of the Athens Riviera

🍽️ Order a souvlaki and try one of the city's best-loved dishes

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If you're looking to continue your journey - or the Greek islands are more your speed - there are a whole number of bucket list experiences awaiting.

Granted, you may struggle to fit them all into the one trip, but with direct flights from Edinburgh to each of these islands, you've got plenty of opportunity to explore.

🎞️ Visit Anthony Quinn Bay in Rhodes, it's like something out of a movie - quite literally!

If you're into your movie trivia you'll know all about Anthony Quinn Bay. This bay, a slice of Greek paradise on the eastern side of Rhodes, is named after the legendary American actor who spent time there filming The Guns of Navarone in 1961 - and it made quite the impression on him. The beach is stunning, and often quite busy, but you'll not want to miss it.

βœ”οΈ Tick the Pozar Thermal Baths off your bucket list - a day trip from Thessaloniki

The birthplace of Alexander the Great is within a day tripping distance of Thessaloniki. Relax in the Pozar Thermal Baths, with temperatures of 37-degrees and surrounded by steep rocks and waterfalls.

Thessaloniki is found on the coast of the Aegean Sea, and while the city’s itself is a favourite holiday spot with coastal views, idyllic resorts and authentic Greek street food, there are also opportunities to continue your travels to other parts of northern Greece - whether you want to hit the Halkidiki Beaches or even take to the slopes at the Lailias Ski Center.

🍷 Wine down with a vineyard tour and tasting in stunning Santorini

Probably the most Instagrammable island of them all, with its incredible sunsets and picture-perfect clifftop villages. Once you've finished 'influencing' your pals - or just making them jealous with your holiday photos - one of the best things to do in Santorini is experience a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Learn all about the Assyrtico grape and sample a few of the local favourites while enjoying amazing Caldera views.

🐒 Go turtle spotting on a cruise around Zakynthos

Few would argue against turtle spotting being the ultimate experience on the island of Zakynthos. In fact, the caretta-caretta turtle is the symbol of this island, and the crystal clear waters here are perfect for spotting them. Take a tour to the Bay of Laganas, where many of these endangered turtles are based, and learn all about these creatures and their habits.

Also famous for its party atmosphere, Zakynthos is perfect for both chilled days at the beach and lively nights out.

πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ Take a dip in the perfect still waters of Corfu - Greece's 'Emerald Isle'

While the island's west coast is home to long sandy beaches, rock formations and a warm breeze coming in from Italy and the north of Africa, the beaches on the island's east coast are famously perfect for swimming due to the still waters. Corfu's lush, green landscape is responsible for its affectionate nickname 'The Emerald Isle'. A place you'll never tire of looking at.

β›΅ Set sail from Kos on a volcanic islands boat tour

You'll struggle to top a boat tour to the active volcano on Nisyros when visiting Kos. The island of Nisyros itself is home to beautiful landscapes and a laid-back atmosphere, with the volcano the star attraction for many visitors.

It's worth noting. To properly experience this volcano venture down to one of the planet's biggest hydrothermal craters - crater Stephanos - with is 300-metres in diameter!

πŸ–οΈ Head to Skiathos for some of the greatest beaches on the planet

This is your go-to island if you're seeking a beach break. Among the 60-odd beaches on Skiathos, this island is home to one of the finest on the continent - the world famous Koukounaries. This paradise destination in the Greek Northern Sporades is a favourite among couples seeking a romantic getaway given it's natural beauty.

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