- Our authors—a resident of Athens and a veteran author of Greece guidebooks—share their tips on dining, shopping, and nightlife in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, and the islands; avoiding crowds and long lines at the Parthenon, the theatre at Epidaurus, and other top ancient sites; navigating the Greek ferry system; and finding just the right beach—from Rhodes resorts with amenities and watersports to isolated coves of pristine sand.
- Follow in the footsteps of the gods on Mount Olympus; rock stars and shipping magnates on Mykonos; Alexander the Great in Macedonia; the Minoans on Crete; Golden Age Greeks amid the ancient ruins of the Peloponnese; St. John on Patmos; monks on Meteora; the Byzantines in Thessaloniki; the Venetians on beautiful Corfu; and the Ottomans throughout Greece.
- Active travel adventures include hiking the Samaria Gorge; climbing Mount Olympus; sailing to Santorini or through the National Marine Park in the Northern Sporades; swimming on a range of beaches, and more.
- Frommer's Greece Day by Day also includes a color fold-out map in a handy pouch.
About the Author
Stephen Brewer (chapters 1, 2, 5–7, 9, 10, and 13) is a writer and editor who has worked in magazines, books, radio, and corporate communications for more than 30 years. He stepped off a boat onto the island of Crete 20 years ago, decided he had found his place in the world, and has spent part of each year on the Greek islands and mainland ever since. He is the author of the chapters on the Peloponnese, Crete, the Cyclades, the Northeastern Aegean Islands, the Sporades, and Corfu.
Tania Kollias (chapters 1–4, 8, 11, 12, and 14–16) is a journalist from Vancouver living in Athens, a good and warm base for trips and stories. Her goal in life was to travel, and, after getting a degree, she did, visiting some 32 countries. She has lived in Asia, Australia, and Europe, taking in a range of experiences—from crossing the Arctic Circle in Norway and trekking in Nepal to canoeing the Zambezi River and comparing beaches in India, Thailand, and Zanzibar. She has worked as a writer and editor for 2 decades, drafting reports in Tokyo for an engineering fi rm, producing books, wearing many hats at a newspaper, running a magazine in Athens, and contributing news and travel articles to major newspapers. This is her fi fth work for Frommer's.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Best of Greece.
Favorite Moments in Greece.
The Best Ancient Ruins.
The Best Museums.
The Best of the Byzantine Empire.
The Best Architecture.
The Best Beaches.
Favorite Cities & Towns.
The Best Experiences for Kids.
The Best Nightlife.
The Best Dining Experiences.
Favorite Places to Stay.
The Best Shopping.
The Best Outdoor Adventures.
Chapter 2: The Best All-Greece Itineraries.
Highlights of Greece.
The Best of Greece in 2 Weeks.
Exploring Ancient Greece.
Chapter 3: Athens.
Favorite Moments in Athens.
The Best of Athens in 1 Day.
The Best of Athens in 2 Days.
The Best of Athens in 3 Days.
Athens for Museum Lovers.
Athens with Kids.
Syntagma to Gazi Neighborhood Walk.
Plaka, Thissio & Psyrri Neighborhood Walk.
Athens Shopping Best Bets.
Athens Shopping A to Z.
Athens Restaurant Best Bets.
Athens Restaurants A to Z.
Athens Hotel Best Bets.
Athens Hotels A to Z.
Athens Nightlife & Entertainment Best Bets.
Athens Nightlife & Entertainment A to Z.
The South Coast Beaches.
Athens Fast Facts.
Chapter 4: The Saronic Gulf Islands.
Favorite Moments in the Saronic Gulf.
The Saronic Gulf Islands in 1 Day.
The Saronic Gulf Islands in 5 Days.
Best Beaches on the Saronic Gulf Islands.
Where to Stay & Dine on Aegina.
Spotlight: Hellenic Temples.
Where to Stay & Dine on Angistri.
Where to Stay & Dine on Hydra.
Where to Stay & Dine on Poros.
Where to Stay & Dine on Spetses.
The Saronic Gulf Islands Fast Facts.
Chapter 5: The Peloponnese.
Favorite Moments in the Peloponnese.
The Peloponnese in 3 Days.
The Peloponnese in 10 Days.
Ancient Wonders of the Peloponnese.
Where to Stay & Dine in Sparta & Olympia.
Byzantine Splendors of the Peloponnese.
Where to Stay & Dine in Mystras & Monemvassia.
Off the Beaten Path in the Peloponnese.
Where to Stay & Dine Off the Beaten Path.
Where to Stay in Nafplion.
Where to Dine in Nafplion.
Where to Stay & Dine in Patras.
The Peloponnese Fast Facts.
Chapter 6: Crete.
Favorite Moments in Crete.
Crete in 3 Days by Bus.
Crete in 10 Days.
On the Trail of the Minoans.
Spotlight: Civilization 101.
Off the Beaten Path on Crete.
Where to Stay & Dine Off the Beaten Path on Crete.
Where to Stay in Iraklion.
Where to Dine in Iraklion.
Where to Stay in Rethymnon.
Where to Dine in Rethymnon.
Where to Stay in Hania.
Where to Dine in Hania.
Where to Stay in Agios Nikolaos.
Where to Dine in Agios Nikolaos.
Crete Fast Facts.
Chapter 7: The Cyclades.
Favorite Moments in the Cyclades.
The Best of the Cyclades in 5 Days.
The Best of the Cyclades in 10 Days.
Islands of Gods & Saints: Delos & Tinos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Tinos.
Spotlight: Our Town.
Off the Beaten Path on Milos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Milos & Folegandros.
Where to Stay on Santorini.
Where to Dine on Santorini.
Where to Stay & Dine on Paros.
Where to Stay & Dine on Naxos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Sifnos.
Where to Stay on Mykonos.
Where to Dine on Mykonos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Siros.
The Cyclades Fast Facts.
Chapter 8: Rhodes & the Dodecanese.
Favorite Moments in the Dodecanese.
The Island of Rhodes in 3 Days.
The Dodecanese in 1 Week.
The Best Dodecanese Beaches.
Where to Stay in Rhodes Town.
Where to Dine in Rhodes Town.
Excursions from Rhodes Town.
Beach Resorts on Rhodes.
Where to Stay & Dine in Rhodes Beach Resorts.
Where to Stay & Dine in Lindos.
Where to Stay & Dine in Yialos.
Kos Beaches & Resorts.
Where to Stay & Dine on Kos.
Where to Stay & Dine in Skala.
Rhodes & the Dodecanese Fast Facts.
Chapter 9: Northeastern Aegean Islands.
Favorite Moments in the Northeastern Aegean.
The Best of the Northeastern Aegean in 5 Days.
The Northeastern Aegean in 7 Days.
In the Footsteps of the Ancients.
Spotlight: Elements of Drama.
Where to Stay on Samos.
Where to Dine on Samos.
Where to Stay on Chios.
Where to Dine on Chios.
Where to Stay on Lesbos.
Where to Dine on Lesbos.
Northeastern Aegean Fast Facts.
Chapter 10: The Sporades.
Favorite Moments in the Sporades.
The Sporades in 6 Days.
The Sporades in 9 Days.
The National Marine Park of Alonnisos.
Spotlight: Nation of Islands.
Where to Stay on Skiathos.
Where to Dine on Skiathos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Skopelos.
Where to Stay & Dine on Skyros.
The Sporades Fast Facts.
Chapter 11: Northern Greece.
Favorite Moments in Northern Greece.
The Best of Northern Greece in 3 Days.
In the Footsteps of Phillip II & Alexander.
Where to Stay & Dine in Vergina.
Realm of the Monks: Mount Athos.
Mount Olympus & Litochoro.
Where to Stay & Dine Near Mount Olympus.
Spotlight: The Pantheon.
Where to Stay in Thessaloniki.
Where to Dine in Thessaloniki.
Northern Greece Fast Facts.
Chapter 12: Central & Western Greece.
Favorite Moments in Central & Western Greece.
The Best of Central & Western Greece in 3 Days.
The Best of Central & Western Greece in 1 Week.
Delphi & Arachova.
Kalambaka & Meteora Monasteries.
Spotlight: Monastic Life.
Mountains & Valleys: Metsovo & Zagori.
Where to Stay & Dine in Metsovo & Zagori.
Where to Stay & Dine in Ioannina.
Central & Western Greece Fast Facts.
Chapter 13: Corfu & the Ionian Islands.
Favorite Moments in the Ionian Islands.
The Best of Corfu in 3 Days.
The Best of Corfu & the Ionians in 6 Days.
Kefalonia & Ithaca.
Where to Stay & Dine on Kefalonia.
Where to Stay in Corfu Town.
Where to Dine in Corfu Town.
Where to Stay & Dine Around Corfu.
Corfu & the Ionian Islands Fast Facts
Chapter 14: Greece's History & Culture.
Greece: A Brief History.
A Timeline of Greek History.
Greece's Art & Architecture.
Music, Literature & Cinema.
Greek Food & Drink.
Chapter 15: The Best Special-Interest Trips.
Outdoor Activities & Outfi tters.
Multi-Activity Adventures & Outfi tters.
Sustainable & Holistic Travel.
Chapter 16: The Savvy Traveler.
Before You Go.
Traveling with Kids.
Useful Phrases & Menu Terms.