After Italy, the next leg of my European backpacking adventure in the Winter of 2015/16 was Greece. There is a lot to see and do in Greece, but since I was travelling on a budget and travelling during Winter, my options were somewhat limited. I spent my time in Greece in Athens and Santorini. If I was to return to any European country my first choice would be Greece, but definitely in the Summer. There’s so many beautiful islands, with so much history and culture, I feel like I only scraped the surface of what Greece has to offer.
Athens is the historic and cultural capital of Greece, as well as the actual capital city. I spent a day visiting the various ruins across Athens, including the famous Parthenon which I can only imagine was no where near as crowded as it would be in Summer. I also spent time exploring the city, visiting a flea market, and hiking up Mt Lycabettus for awesome views of the city.
I only had a few days in Santorini, and since I was starting to get really sick when I arrived I decided to take it easy for the first couple, exploring my surroundings and enjoying what limited vegan food I could find without breaking the bank. On my third and final day, I was feeling up to the challenge of a hike from Santorini’s capital Fira where I was staying, to Oia, the most popular tourist town. The hike was a total of 12km each way, starting in the centre of Fira town. I passed the famous volcano, beaches, walked along the Aegan Sea, and had a view of 4 different villages on the island. The hike is fairly easy, and was such a great way to see Santorini, I’d highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island, regardless of when you visit or how long you stay.
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