Books Set in Greece to Read Before Your Vacation

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I’m sharing a book list of what to read before traveling to Greece today. These books set in Greece are ideal for armchair traveling to the land of whitewashed buildings, clear blue seas, and ancient history.

I spent most of August sailing through some little known Greek islands as part of a workaway exchange. I’ve written about that experience a bit here.

With my days filled with almost exclusively swimming, sailing and reading, I had a lot of time to explore Greece both in reality and in the pages of my books. So, I’ve shared some of the best books about Greece to read before you travel there.

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What to Read Before Traveling to Greece 

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell (and its Amazon Prime tv adaptation) if you’ve ever dreamed of packing your bags and moving to Greece (raises hand).

Greece: A Traveler’s Literary Companion edited by Artemis Leontis isn’t exactly what the name describes. It’s a collection of short stories set in Greece written by Greek writers. A great overall introduction of a book set in Greece.

Holy Madness of Modern Greeks by Theodore Pagiavlas if you want to understand modern Greek life a little bit better before you travel to Greece.

The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer because they are the classics, and a Greek classic is the most classic of them all.

It’s all Greek to Me! by John Mole because I can’t stop recommending books about expats refurbishing homes in remote locations. No, seriously. I did it here and here. This one is just as funny, but in its own unique Greek way.

The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault is an entertaining historical fiction book that follows two young Athenians as they compete to play in the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. It’s underrated in the plethora of books set in Greece.

The Magus by John Fowles because it’s full of plot twists and turns to entertain you as you bask in the Greek sun.

Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger for all of the mystery lovers out there.

Nobody’s Princess by Esther Freisner follows legendary Helena of Sparta on her journey to become Helen of Troy. It is written for younger readers. In other words, it’s an easier way to digest an ancient piece of history.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan because sometimes you just need a children’s chapter book to bring the Greek gods to life.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because she writes stories of Greek history and mythology in a very unique way. If you enjoyed The Song of Achilles, also read Circe about a little known Greek sorceress.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares because it’s the book (and movie) that made a lot of people my age dream of Santorini for the first time.

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