Greece has many popular sights a first timer will want to visit promptly: There are the ancient sites, standing tall after thousands of years, like the Acropolis and Parthenon. Or maybe you'll retreat right away to the islands for a bit of beach hopping.
But what many do not realize about this stunning destination is how it is synonymous with my second home.
Yes, Greece's ancient history is impressive, as are many of the tourist hot spots and if given the opportunity, are worth seeing. For a tour off of the beaten path, put down your ouzo glass and your forks and follow me.
First up is my favourite beach in all of Greece (and quite possibly, the world): Kalathos. Located in Rhodes, it does not take long to understand why the locals have named their home, 'the island of the sun.' A part from being sunny most of the year, Kalathos is a gem, with its pebble stone 'sand' and stretches of clear, turquoise water.
Second is the Bay of St. Paul (and we're still in Rhodes). If the picture doesn't say it all, then it's quiet calm is surely enough to captivate any observer. Just be careful not to lean over to far once you reach the top of this stellar view.
While staying with family on the island, a drive one random afternoon brought me to Prasonisi, the southernmost tip of Rhodes. This site is famous because it is here that two seas cross: the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Because of this, the waters on one side of Prassonisi are calm, while the waves on the other are perfect for surfing.
Lastly, as soon as you are back on the mainland, a quick stop in Ambeliona, if only for lunch at one of its tavernas is in order. Nestled in these rolling hills are an abundance of fragrant chessnut trees. Believe me, you will want to stay outside.