Best Places In Greece To Visit
Beautiful landscapes, sceneries, ruins of historical landmarks and breathtaking beaches, Greece has a lot to offer from natural to man-made. The country of southeastern Europe, Greece consists of thousands of islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Here are the ten best places to visit in Greece.
1. Greek Islands:
There are 6,000 islands and islets that make up the Greek islands. The most popular of these islands are Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Chios, and Mykonos. The largest of Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is known for its beach resorts and ancient ruins. 6 km west of Rhodes you will find Halki, the small paradise. Zakynthos Island which is a part of the Ionian Islands is a must visit. It is home of to the famous Shipwreck beach. Skyros, Parga, and Naxos are other great islands to explore in Greece. Some other islands that you can explore are Delos, Milos, Kos, Patmos, Syros, Antiparos and Sifnos and Paros.
The heart of Ancient Greece, Athens is known as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Inhabited for more than 3,000 years, Athens represents a mixture of historical and modern features. It has a range of ancient landmarks and archaeological ruins such as the famous Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Theatre of Dionysos. Do visit the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. Also, take a trip to lake Vouliagmeni from Athens, you won’t be disappointed.
The name ‘Meteora’ translates into ‘suspended in the air’ which describes this place perfectly. Overlooking the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki in the north-central mainland of Greece, the cliffs rise more than 1,200 feet into the air and has monasteries built on them. It is one of the most extraordinary places in Greece.
Located along the slopes of the awe-inspiring Mt. Parnassus near the Gulf of Corinth, Delphi is famous for being home to the oracle of Apollo which gave cryptic predictions and guidance to individuals. Delphi is Greece’s most popular archaeological site and it was once revered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the earth. You can visit the Nudist beach which is made from rocks instead of sand.
Located in southern Greece, Peloponnese is a peninsula connected to the central part of the country by the Isthmus of Corinth land bridge. Peloponnese imitates the ancient cultures and events from its extensive. There are many things to explore here, among those Olympia comes on the top. The place where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honor of Zeus. Other sites include Arcadia, Epidaurus, Laconia, Messinia, and Mycenae.
Nafplio is known as the playground of the Athens elite. The seaport town in the Peloponnese is dotted with Citadels and fortresses with the hillsides giving it an enticing charm. The former capital of Greece is often recognized as the most beautiful town in the country. From great restaurants and its beaches, there is a lot to explore in this town.
Located in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, in northwestern Greece, Zagori contains 46 mountain villages. This region is one of the lesser known regions in Greece. With its striking natural beauty, Zagori offers a range of outdoor activities for adventure lovers including hiking, climbing, and trekking and other activities. The must visit of Zagori includes Vikos Gorge and Vikos National Park, Mt Tymphe, Drakolimni, Pindus National Park, Papingo Rock Pools and Plakidas Bridge and others.
8. Thessaloniki And Halkidiki:
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city and it is known for its lively festivals, social events and buzzing nightlife and of course its ancient ruins. The ruins of Roman Emperor and evidence of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history makes it one of the most exciting places to visit in Greece. And near the city of Thessaloniki, you will find Halkidiki. The trident-like peninsula consists of three separate peninsulas- Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. Each of them known for their own unique features.
9. Cape Sounion:
Cape Sounion is renowned as the site of the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of the god of the sea, Poseidon. It is located at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. The ancient remains are surrounded on three sides by the sea roosted on the headland. Must see the spectacular sunset over the Aegean Sea from the ruins.
The mountainous town, Arachova sits in the mountains of Viotia in Southern Greece. This dreamy mountain ski town with fully modern facilities for tourists is a favourite winter getaway for many. This town offers a range of hiking trails and mountain tours and it’s also known for its buzzing nightlife.