Grecia is a lively city set in the foothills of the Cordillera Central Mountains. Popular with locals and expats, it features a bustling city centre surrounded by farmland and rainforest. Shop at the farmers’ market, explore pristine nature reserves and meet sloths, macaws and other iconic Costa Rican animals at a wildlife rescue centre.
Things to do in Grecia
Stretch your legs on scenic hiking trails around Grecia. The family-friendly Bosque del Niño is laced with trails that take you to picturesque waterfalls and picnic spots. Look for colourful toucans perched in the trees. Other trails lead to Poas Volcano and treat you to spectacular views over the Central Valley and San Jose city centre.
Meet sloths, spider monkeys and macaws at the Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center. The sanctuary rescues a variety of endangered species, including the beautiful yellow-naped Amazon parrot and grey-crowned squirrel monkey. Learn about the fantastic jaguar conservation program and get up to speed on the difference between two-toed and three-toed sloths.
Stock up on local produce at the weekly farmers’ market. It’s one of the best in the Central Valley and attracts vendors from across the region. In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll see artisan goat cheese, smoked meats, colourful flowers and homemade baked goods.
Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine at “soda” restaurants in Grecia. These casual eateries serve local favourites like “gallo pinto” rice and beans, fried plantains and “chifrijo” fried pork. Bars entertain you with everything from karaoke to rock and roll nights.
Getting around Grecia
Grecia’s city centre is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is in Alajuela Province, a 40-minute drive from San Jose. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around or you can use local buses. Juan Santamaría International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.