How to Beat the Crowds When Visiting Greece

by Candice Land

Greece is a beloved destination for many reasons, from its rich history to its delicious cuisine and stunning beaches. However, with its small size and high tourist traffic, it can be difficult to avoid crowds.  Luckily, there are a few ways to bypass this discomfort.

To really appreciate everything that Greece has to offer, you need to venture off the beaten path. While we definitely recommend hitting the top spots, such as Santorini and Athens’ Parthenon, you should also try to get away from the tourist routes.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a few ways to make your next trip to Greece a more peaceful and enjoyable experience – whether you’re on a Greek digital nomad stint or an idyllic holiday.

Temple of Athena

See Greece by Water

With thousands of islands, Greece is best viewed from the sea. Many of these islands are uninhabited, providing a chance to visit secluded beaches without any tourists around. Renting a boat and hiring a captain and crew from a company like 12knots.com can allow you to explore these off-the-beaten-path islands and stay overnight on the boat, away from the noise of crowded areas.

Don’t worry; you’ll still have the opportunity to enjoy some of the local cuisine and excellent wines from the area, with the bonus of dining in a unique setting. 

swimming in Aegina, an island in Greece

Travel in the Off-Season

Greece has a mild climate throughout the year, making it possible to visit outside of peak season and still enjoy the weather and holiday. Consider planning your trip in May or September when the weather is still warm, and the crowds have dissipated. Not only will you have the sites and beaches to yourself, but you will also be treated better by locals as your presence will be more valued.

For example, the weather in October is still considered to be in the summer season. It’s considered a shoulder season, which means that the crowds are less compared to the high season, allowing tourists to enjoy their holidays without the hustle and bustle of the peak summer months while still being able to enjoy a swim in the beautiful Aegean. You’ll also find that flights, accommodation, and entry are typically cheaper – bonus!

Greek church

Stay in a Greek Village

The charming and authentic parts of Greece can often be found in its small villages. Staying in one of these villages can provide a more peaceful experience as you will be one of the few tourists around. Not only will you be able to avoid the crowds, but you will also be able to experience the local culture and food at a more reasonable cost. 

Villages are often close-knit communities where people know each other, and visitors are welcomed with open arms. This can provide a unique and memorable experience, as you’ll be able to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Greek village cuisine is known for its simple yet delicious traditional dishes, often made with locally sourced ingredients. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste local wines, olive oil, and other authentic products. When you are in a touristy area, these things are generally unavailable as they are in small towns off the tourist path.

delicious food in Greece

Are You Inspired?

Greece is a phenomenal country with something beautiful to offer throughout the year. As a country close to our hearts, we hope you find the Mediterranean haven as blissful as it was intended.

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