The Best of Greece - Athens
When Greece opened to American travelers this summer, I was on that plane faster than you can say "OPA!"
I flew to Athens direct from Chicago on American and if you can travel this route, I highly recommend.
Athens has so many special places to stay. You can stay at the iconic Hotel Grand Bretagne with views of the Acropolis from Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar. You can also drive 30 minutes outside the city to the Athens Riviera. Check out these amazing photos of the Four Seasons Astir Palace. It is close to Athens and you are on the coast.
You simply cannot visit Athens without seeing The Acropolis.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is the most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times.
Pro Tip: I recommend a guide so you can understand the great history of Greece and can recommend several trusted guides I've worked with in Athens.
The Best of Greece - Paros
Next, I headed to the island of Paros, easily reachable by ferry from Athens.
Paros belongs to the Cyclades, the most popular Greek islands group. It sits in the Aegean Sea and best known for its beaches and traditional villages. The winding streets, filled with cafes and boutiques, are exciting to explore.
Travel + Leisure just titled Paros the "best island in Europe." This tiny island is only 76 square-miles, but while little, with gorgeous white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, traditional villages, and ancient architecture, Paros packs a punch.
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Parīlio Hotel in Paros is a 5-star luxury property with 33 suites. The timeless Greek architecture and subdued color palette show you all the glory of Paros. This is the best place to stay on the island.
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Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Greece trip where I visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete.
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