Mention Greece, and most people think of mythical gods or a scene from Mamma Mia. But there’s so much more to this historic nation than meets the eye. Experiencing everything Greece has to offer is even easier now, thanks to Scoot. The friendly (and budget-friendly!) airline now flies to from KL to Athens via Singapore. If that’s not enough reason to cross Greece off your bucket list, well, we’ve got a few more for ya.
Photo: Athens / Ilya Platonov Flickr
Experience the history and charm of Athens
Athens is home to historical ruins that date back a mind-boggling 2,500 years. The Acropolis and the Parthenon are spectacular in real life, so it’s no wonder that walking the steps of ancient Athenians is every visitor’s top priority. Still, there are tons of other fun and affordable things to do in Athens. Try souvlaki, gyros and spanakopita, sip on an anise-flavored ouzo aperitif, people watch from sidewalk cafes and catch a movie in an outdoor amphitheater for starters.
Hop around the Cyclades Islands
Enjoy white powdery sand and blue water so clear that boats appear suspended in mid-air. Yes, this fascinating wonderland deserves its position at the top of every travel bucket list! The most popular islands are Paros, Milos, and Santorini. Paros, somewhat under the radar when compared to Santorini, is known as a chic, stylish resort town surrounded by charming rural villages. On the volcanic isle of Milos, surreal rock formations provide a colorful backdrop against the white sand. Santorini is the most popular island, best known for bringing romantic bliss to couples from around the world.
Photo: Mykonos / Wolfgang Staudt Flickr
Dance the night away in Mykonos
Known for its iconic ivory villas and bright blue doors, Mykonos has a hard-partying reputation for such an idyllic setting. A night of partying on this Greek island is a legen-wait-for-it-dary experience. If you don’t leave Mykonos with a tale of debauchery to last a lifetime of dinner parties then you’re doing it wrong. The many joys of life on this island include bar crawls between “sugar cube” houses, fresh fruit cocktails on the waterfront, table-dancing at Jackie O’s drag shows, and sunset views with windmill silhouettes.
Photo: Skopelos / John Karakatsanis Flickr
Sing Mamma Mia! on the Isle of Skopelos
Mamma Mia, Here I go again, My my, how can I resist you? Do those lyrics ring a bell? That’s right, the movie Mamma Mia was filmed right here in Skopelos. But despite being graced with the presence of Meryl herself, the island retains it’s down to earth vibe and laid back charm. When you’re not humming Abba songs (they’ll probably be stuck in your head until you get to Greece, sorry) through the town’s streets, lounge on smooth pebbled beaches and swim in crystal clear waters. The island is also famous for plum orchards; everything from pastries to grilled meats are made with fresh and tangy local plums.
Photo Navagio Beach / Nataša Stuper
Base jump at Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach, or “Shipwreck Cove”, is a famous beach on the western side of the Ionian island of Zakynthos. Aside from being one of the most photographed landscapes in Greece, it’s a favorite destination for adrenaline junkies. Base jumpers propel themselves off the huge vertical white cliffs with just a parachute between them and the beach below.
Fly there with Scoot
Ready to vacation like a Greek god and/or goddess? The reason why Athens is so accessible to visit is Scoot; Scoot now flies from KL to Athens via Singapore at an unbeatable price. Athens is also the perfect starting point to fulfill all your Grecian dreams, and Scoot will get you there in no time! And from now till 3 September, Scoot is offering up to 15% off selected flights with the promo code ‘COCONUTS’! Book your flight with Scoot now.
Scoot flies to Athens from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Langkawi, Kuching (from 29 October 2017) and Kuantan (from 2 Feb 2018) via Singapore. The Singapore-Athens route will be serviced by Scoot’s wide-bodied Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with quieter engines, more cabin moisture and even special mood lighting.