A Week in Greece: Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens

If you only have a week in Greece you need to spend it at least in three places: Mykonos (the party island), Santorini (romantic), and Athens (a historical city).

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Here is my ultimate travel guide for a week in Greece: Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens

Mykonos

Where to stay in Mykonos:

Palladium Hotel: Palladium Hotel is a beautiful 5-star boutique hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the island. The all-white hotel has been renovated and it is stunning. Dip into the pool and get some amazing photos at night. The service is top-notch (with some cute Greek guys working there) and there is a shuttle that will transport you to/from the island center.

a week in greece: mykonos

a week in greece: mykonos

Where to eat in Mykonos:

Thymare Restaurant: The restaurant at the Palladium is open for lunch & dinner. The pasta is to die for. It’s a fancy little place to make it a romantic evening by making reservations for sunset and ask for a table with a view.

Pepper Mykonos: is a quick food joint. It is open late and in the day, it’s a neat little place to sit down and enjoy the picturesque settings.

Indian Place: If you are tired of Greek food, come here for some Indian. The service is excellent with a lovely ambiance by the beach. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it (the food, setting, and service).

a week in greece: mykonos

What to do in Mykonos:

Cavo Paradiso: Cavo Paradiso is one of the hottest nightclubs in Mykonos. Be prepared to dance until the sunrise and you’ll see the sunrise. There is no dress code but don’t come too sloppy and don’t come in a bathing suit. I suggest a short fun dress with wedges. The music is live DJs with a heavy dose of EDM.

Little Itay or Little Venice: is a small little area with houses and balconies hanging over the water. There are a lot of little shops, cafes, and restaurants. It is known for being a romantic spot so come here for the sunset!

Mykonos Windmills: The windmills are well-known in Mykonos. You can’t come here and not see them unless you are that hungover from the night before.

Day Trip to Delos: Take the ferry and make a day trip to nearby Delos Island. Delos Island is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. It is considered the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo as well.

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Santorini

With your week in Greece, Santorini is a must-do for a few days.

Getting to Santorini from Mykonos:

Hellenic Seaways Ferry: Use the ferry and book tickets early

A week in Greece: Santorini

Where to stay in Santorini

Homeric Poems: Homeric Poems is another 5-star boutique (small) hotel located in Santorini. It’s located on the side of the mountain tops with picturesque views of the deep blue ocean. We stayed in the Cave Suites – a two-story room with a balcony. The infinity pool is to die for! I highly recommend. The service is also top-notch.

A week in Greece: Santorini

A week in Greece: Santorini

A week in Greece: Santorini

Where to eat in Santorini:

Skaros Fish Resturant: Get a table by the water and order a bottle of chilled wine to share. Order the saganaki (fried cheese) and any of the fresh fish (they’re all delicious!)

Melitini: We had tapas here in the early afternoon. Go here mid-morning for brunch before it gets too hot. You can eat under umbrellas but get another bottle of wine and enjoy!

Pita Gyros: Gyros are a must (pronounced year-oh). Be prepared to line up but the line moves quickly.They’re freakin’ delicious here. Don’t stop. Just go!

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What to do in Santorini:

Go to Thira to look at the sunset. However, be warned, the cliffs are packed to the brim with people and unless you were a good 6’2″ tall, you are not going to be able to snap any beautiful photos without someone else’s head in it.

Sailing in Santorini: Sailing in a sailboat in Santorini is an unforgettable experience. The Aegean sea is a dark royal blue and sparkles in the distance. We rented a semi-private boat with Santorini Yachts and I highly recommend them.

A week in Greece: Santorini

A week in Greece: Santorini

A week in Greece: Santorini

Athens

For our week in Greece (total of 9 days but that includes travel days), save the last few days for Athens.

Where to stay

Athens New Hotel: The Athens New Hotel is a chic and sleek 5-star boutique hotel. It is beautiful. I totally recommend it if you are going for a hotel that screams funky and modern.

A week in Greece: Athens

A week in Greece: Athens

What to do in Athens:

See the Changing of the Guard: It makes for a good easy attraction. Be sure not to feed the birds unless you want to be overwhelmed by them.

Visit Plaka: The little city nestled in the center of Athens, at the base of the Acropolis. It’s touristy with overpriced restaurants but just go for all the pictures.

Historical Tour: Obviously, the one and main reason to see Athens is the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the other historical sites. Be prepared for crowds and scaffolding as the ruins are always in a state of repair and maintenance.

A week in Greece: Athens

A week in Greece: Athens

A week in Greece: Athens

A week in Greece: Athens

There you go. A travel guide/itinerary for a week in Greece.

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