Greece is the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization. Home to some of the most important historical sites and 6,000 islands, Greece is known for its natural beauty and fascinating culture. With an impressive combination of beauty and history, Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Considered a symbol of Athens, Greece, and even Western civilization, the Acropolis is a rocky hill that dominates the center of modern Athens, topped by three magnificent temples built in the 5th century BC. The most famous and characteristic is the Parthenon, which initially supported a roof with 58 columns and was adorned with ornate pediments and a frieze. At the foot of the Acropolis, there is a 2.5-kilometer hiking trail that connects it to other main attractions in the city (Agora, Roman Forum, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus).
Probably one of the most famous tourist destinations in Greece, Santorini is the jewel of the Aegean. Every year, thousands of people are captivated by the beauty of this island and leave knowing that there is no other place like it. The stunning island of Santorini is the most colorful of all the Greek islands. It is best known for the cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia on the west coast, which seem to loom over a deep blue sea-filled crater. Consisting of typical Cycladic whitewashed cubical buildings, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels with infinity pools, Fira and Oia are considered popular romantic destinations for weddings and honeymoons.
Knossos (One Of The Best Places In The History Of Greece)
The Minoan ruins of Knossos are just a short drive or bus ride from Crete’s capital, Heraklion. This Bronze Age relic was home to the mighty Minoan civilization that ruled the region over 5,000 years ago. The ruins of Knossos are the best-preserved Bronze Age ruins in all of Greece, and they are amazing. In addition to beautiful mosaics and fine ceramics, there is the Palace of the Kings. The Palace of the Kings is the scene of the legends of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. The ruins of Knossos are a must-see when visiting Crete.
With one of the best nightlife in the Greek islands, Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful places in the entire Mediterranean. Turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and towering white cliffs give Zakynthos its iconic beauty. The island is also one of the most photographed places in Greece, a wonderful Shipwreck Bay. Also known as Navagio Beach, this alone makes Zakynthos a must-see. The center of the island is less explored than the coast, and the fir trees and olive groves add to the island’s charm.
Many consider Mykonos to be the most exciting island destination in Greece. The hub of nightlife in Mykonos Town, known for its chic boutique hotels, chic seafood restaurants, and concert venues. Other attractions include Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and the many sandy beaches along the south coast of the island (accessible by bus or taxi from Mykonos Town). The island is especially popular with world celebrities. Mykonos has an airport and is connected to the ports of Athens, Piraeus and Rafina by ferries and catamarans.
Rhodes, located in the Aegean Sea, near Turkey, is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Its capital, the city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. It is surrounded by an impressive system of fortifications, including massive towers and gates built by the Knights of Saint John after they took control of the island in the 14th century. The car-free cobblestone streets of Old Town are a joy to explore on foot. Nearby attractions include the beautiful seaside town of Lindos and Marmaris on a hillside on the Turkish coast, which can be reached by tourist boat. Rhodes has an airport and regular ferries from the Athenian port of Piraeus.
Located 180 km northwest of Athens, Delphi was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus overlooking a spectacular gorge, this site was sacred to ancient pilgrims to worship Apollo (god of light, prophecy, music and healing) and seek advice from oracles mythical. Among the attractions Delphi has to offer are crumbling temple ruins, theaters and stadiums which can be traced from the 8th century BC until the 2nd century AD. Nearby is the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which has an impressive collection from the site.