Famous for its abundance of ancient ruins, whitewashed villages, sunny beaches, tasty cuisine and a friendly atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Greece ranks among Europe’s top travel destinations. There is so much to see and explore in that country that just one holiday won’t be enough.
From the Ionian islands in the west – including Kefalonia and Corfu – to the Aegean Sea, boasting Mykonos and Santorini, amongst others. Then there’s the pre-Hellenic Minoan culture of Crete to the south. The monastery of Meteora, the ruins at Delphi, and the most famous of all, the capital of Athens and its iconic Parthenon. We bring you a list of the best places to visit in Greece and a bonus list of the most amazing Greek islands.
Cape Sounion – located at the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, Cape Sounion is known as the site of ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea. The remains are nestled on the headland, surrounded by the sea. It is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens. The sunset over the Aegean Sea is a true spectacle.
Thessaloniki – Greece’s second-largest city and the capital of the Macedonian region of the north. Festivals, social events and a buzzing nightlife make this city the cultural capital of Greece. Featuring the elements of a historic city and a commercial district, Thessaloniki offers old and new attractions, including the Turkish baths and colorful street markets, museums and art galleries. Offering small tavernas and nightclubs, the nightlife in the city is unbeaten.
Zagori – in northwestern Greece, it’s a region of great natural beauty, with amazing geology and two national parks. The best way to enjoy the area is by hiking the various paths connecting the villages. Don’t miss the Víkos Gorge.
Peloponnese – located in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece, Peloponnese is a large peninsula connected to the mainland by the Rio-Antirrio bridge. Scattered with classical Greek temples, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and Mycenaean palaces, the region echoes the ancient cultures and events from its rich history. Among the ancient ruins is Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honor of Zeus.
Delphi – after the Acropolis in Athens, Delphi is Greece’s most popular archaeological site. Located along the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi was once revered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the earth. Dedicated do Apollo, the area was an important oracle in ancient times that attracted people in search of advice on a wide range of topics from farming to relationships and politics. Important ruins at Delphi include the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury and the theater that once hosted events of the ancient Pythian Games.
Meteora – the Greek word meteora means “suspended in the air” and it perfectly describes the spectacular cliffs that rise more than 1,200 feet into the air overlooking the villages of Kalmabaka and Kastraki, located in the north central mainland of Greece. The historic monasteries that rest on these cliffs make the view simply breathtaking. Dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries, the monasteries were built by monks seeking spiritual isolation.
Crete – the largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a spacious land of pleasing contrasts where landscapes range from extraordinary coastline to irregular mountains and rolling countryside filled with olive trees. Permeated in history, Crete bears archaeological traces of the many civilizations that inhabited it through the centuries.
Athens – widely known as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Athens has been inhabited for more than 3,000 years. The city shows a confusing blend of historical and modern features and is famous for its archaeological ruins and monuments such as the legendary Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Theater of Dionysos. But Athens is not just about ancient ruins: the city also offers everything to be considered an important center for business, culture and nightlife.
Luxury holiday on the Greek islands
A popular destination among celebrities and jetsetters, the Greek islands make a perfect retreat for those wanting to spoil themselves with a lot of luxury. The Aegean Sea is famous for its beautiful islands featuring blue waters and rocky cliffs, an amazing combination of pristine beaches and natural beauty. The Greek islands provide the dream luxury vacation. Here are our suggestions:
Zakynthos – located in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is a nature lover’s paradise. Surprisingly popular for its nightlife, the island features some of the most attractive beaches with a number of sophisticated private villas for an unforgettable holiday.
Mykonos – traditionally the place for the rich and famous, there’s no complete advisory on Greece without Mykonos. Besides the wonderful natural beauty, the island has stylish expensive boutique hotels, an elegant nightlife along the coastline.
Rhodes – among the largest islands in Aegean, Rhodes is rich in history and culture. Featuring a variety of fancy resorts and hotels, it is especially famous for its medieval mini city named Rhodes, located on the northern part of the island.
So, if you have the opportunity to visit Greece, don’t think twice! You won’t regret spending a few unforgettable days in this amazing country that blends History and splendid natural beauty.