You want to come to Greece. Here is the Greece bucket list of 40 things to do so that you can plan. Important notice: To do them all you will have to visit again and again. Yet, we promise it will be enjoyable. For a timeline of the history of Greece, see this link.
Why Make a Greece Bucket List?
Many people have heard of specific locations in Greece. The most popular ones are the Greek islands. However, Greece is way more than the islands. Yes, there are 6000 of them, but that’s not the only thing to do or see.
When you start a bucket list for Greece, try to be as open as possible. Yes, you will have to add Athens as part of your trip (you must do that), but you will find out that you can visit the country numerous times and experience a different part of it.
In every single part of the mainland, there are a ton of things to do. Most of the outdoor activities happen in mainland Greece, not on the islands.
On the mainland, there are forests and mountains to hike and canyons and waterfalls. For example, areas like Pelion combine beaches and mountains and snow centers and rivers and canyons.
Do a thorough search. This year, you can visit an island and go to different parts of the mainland next year. Maybe you don’t like beaches so much, but you want mountains and forests. Then Karpenisi is fantastic for such.
Anyway, the country has numerous things that can’t be seen in a few visits. That is why they go to Greece for many years, and each year they see something different.
Make your Greece Bucket List and go through that for years.
Top Things for your Bucket List for Greece
2. Cross Greece on a bicycle. The bicycle tour will require some planning, but you will meet the Greek countryside very well.
3. Live like a local in Greece for a month. Want to learn what it means to be a Greek? Live 15 days in the mainland and another 15 days on an island.
4. Attend a traditional Greek Festival (Panigiri). Different ones are happening all around Greece, especially during summertime and Spring. Make sure you add to attend one in your Greece bucket list.
5. Hike, Trek, Kitesurf, Windsurf in Greece. Find what Greece’s green, sun, and the sea are about.
6. Learn Greek. Learn more than Yeia sou (hello) and Kalimera (Goodmorning). Then, have a small discussion and try to talk about politics. Learning the essential words in different languages is good to add to your Greece bucket list (or any country that speaks a foreign language).
7. Try skiing in any of the Greek mountains. Arrange for a helicopter to get you there.
8. Travel Greece by train. Take it slowly. Stop at midsize towns of Greece and find out their culture and whereabouts.
9. Climb to Mount Olympus. Meet the Gods and have a lifetime experience. Add that to your Greece bucket list if you enjoy hiking on your trips. It will be something memorable.
10. Dive with dolphins. Find out where they hang out. Rumors say in Halkidiki, in North Sporades, around Kythera, and in some areas in Crete.
11. Participate in the Carnival of Patras or any Phallic one in Northern Greece. Have fun, blush, and learn the origins of a Carnival.
12. Dance Greek Traditional dances. Many schools teach such, and you can learn very well from locals at Traditional Festivals. If you chose to attend a Panygiri on your Greece bucket list, then this is your chance.
14. Scuba dive in all Greek islands. Chances to get eaten by shark=zero.
15. Publish a post about your travels (and include us too). Let people know what you have done. Inspire them.
16. Volunteer in Greece for summer vacations. Save the turtles, protect the dolphins, rescue animals in Kos and have fun and get tanned.
17. Visit protected Forests in Greece. From Dadia (Evros) to any area that belongs to the Natura 2000 network to Valia Calda, get prepared for stunning beauty.
18. Visit Delphi. You heard of Apollo. Now go and meet him. Delphi is one of the top choices for Greece’s bucket lists.
20. Rent a boat and snoop around. In many places in Greece, you can rent a boat and visit remote beaches and small islands.
21. Grow, prepare, cook and eat your food. Tons of culinary events are happening where you can participate in food preparation. Join one.
22. Live off the grid and enjoy wellness in Greece. Un-plug, unhook from “civilization,” and reduce the noise. But, again, there are places to do this.
24. Photograph all Greek sunsets from mountain tops to island beaches.
25. Learn how to make a Greek dish. Find a “yiayia” (grandmother) and persuade her to reveal her secret recipe (good luck with that).
26. Attend a music festival. Go to European and International Festivals that happen in Greece all the time.
27. Enjoy rafting, sea kayak, and canyoning. Meet the profound nature and rivers of Greece.
28. Spend the night in a traditional guesthouse. Find the one with the oldest history (but with renovated facilities).
30. Visit the birthplace or gravesite of a famous Greek (preferably one that made cultural history). Learn what made him extraordinary.
31. Bungy Jump all bridges of Greece. The ultimate scenery thrill.
32. Taste strong traditional Greek spirits. Drink ouzo, tsipouro, raki. Have a designated driver. Let yourself a bit loose. That must be part of your Greece bucket list.
33. Deny a treat from a Cretan at a coffee house. Don’t. Seriously. Just accept and make friends.
35. Visit the archaeological sites of every location you visit. We have many everywhere. Learn their history.
36. Taste exceptional world-famous wines. Each area has a different flavor.
37. Heal and soak in Thermal Spa’s. Select from either summer or winter ones and relax.
38. Eat Greek pastry. Taste “galaktoboureko”, “baklava”, “melomakarona”, “kourampiedes”, “diples”, spoon desserts, all kinds of marmalade, “loukoumia”. Make your sweet tooth happy.
39. Eat Greek Salad. Trust us. The original Greek salad tastes like nothing in the world.
40. Find traditional Greek bread (the round one). Eat it while hot with a bit of Greek oil and Feta cheese.
Then go back and talk about them! Add your own and share!