Details: Finding your way to and around the real Greece
With Greece struggling in the economic recession, visitors in 2010 can expect fewer tourists and better-than-normal deals at hotels and destinations, according to the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, which projects an 8 percent drop in tourism for the year, after a similar drop last year.
Lufthansa, KLM and British Airways have one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Athens, with fares starting at $928.
WHERE TO STAY
29 Eolou St., Athens; 011-30-210-321-3175
Clean, modern rooms with private bathrooms start at about $60 a night for two in the low season, about $86 from April until November.
Perissa, Santorini; 011-30-22860-82843
Nice, clean but modest double rooms with private baths start at about $32 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Psiri Square, Athens; 011-30-210-3218627
Live music and a rustic ambiance alongside traditional Greek dishes made with local ingredients. Entrees start at about $13.
Grill House Stavros
A small, wonderful-smelling restaurant on the north side of the main road between Emporio and Perissa on Santorini. Usually full of locals getting food to go. Dishes start at about $7.
WHAT TO DO
Get up and out early to hit the Acropolis and other important tourist sites. Explore neighborhoods farther from the Acropolis, which contain lesser-known sites as well as lively bars, interesting streets and music venues.
The Acropolis Museum
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou St., Athens; 011-30-210-900-0900
Offers more than 4,000 artifacts found on and around the Acropolis. Plan on spending at least several hours here. Admission about $7.
National Archaeological Museum
44 Patission St., Athens 011-30-210-821-7724
Contains more than 11,000 pieces from all over Greece. Admission about $9.
Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
A half-day trip from Athens, at the southernmost point of the Attic peninsula.
The Red and Black beaches are among the most popular places to get a tan, but there are several lesser-known beaches all over the island; ask around.
Spend time in Fira and Oia, but make sure to explore on your own. For those looking for more adventure, take a short cruise at sunset or hit the water at one of the island's five scuba diving spots.
Greek National Tourism Organization