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The Most Famous Tourist Places in Greece

July 14, 2024 6 min read.

Cradle of History and mythology, present-day Greece attracts visitors from all over the world ready to recognize landscapes read and recreated before in the imagination, and also, to enjoy its beaches and laze around. Here in this blog, Greca Travel offers you a list of the most popular tourist places in the Greek country.

Athens

Spending just one afternoon in Athens, it is possible to visit some of the places of greatest interest: the Acropolis is the maximum attraction, along with the agora. Starting with the Acropolis would be a very good decision. There, once the propylaea have passed, the majestic entrance to the enclosure, you traveler will feel fascinated by the Parthenon. Other temples include the Erechtheum and the temple of Athena Nike. You should also take a walk through the National Archaeological Museum, which treasures numerous finds from both venues in its invaluable collection of ancient art, and through Plaka and the Monastiraki market.

Santorini

Santorini is the southernmost of the Greek Cyclades islands, and shaped like a crescent moon is the edge of an ancient submerged volcano that erupted around 1500 BC. Only the splendid views of the caldera would be worth it if it did not also have archaeological museums, magnificent excavations, villages with radiant white, ancient palaces, and monasteries. The city Fira, the capital of the island, is located, with its typical buildings, on a cliff from which it dominates the bay and you can see a magnificent panorama of the volcano, especially at sunset. A trip to Santorini is unique, and even more so when you know that there has been much speculation about the possible identification of this island with the mythical Atlantis, mentioned in Egyptian papyri and with which, thousands of years ago, also dealt with Plato. But the matter is still under discussion.

Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the center of the Minoan civilization, the oldest in Europe. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea not far from Egypt, it has a pleasant climate, typical of a Mediterranean island. Today it is one of the best-known tourist places in Greece for having: the Palace of Knossos in its capital Heraklion, the cradle of the Minoan civilization, and the oldest city in Europe; it is also known by Rethymnon, another city founded during the Minoan civilization, its beach of Elafonisi, a beautiful little island, a protected nature reserve that belongs to Crete and the captivating city of Chania.

Rodhes

The city of Rhodes has been inhabited for more than 2400 years. The first city was built in 408 B.C. and when the Knights of Saint John arrived in 1309, they erected their citadel on the remains of it. The medieval citadel, presided over by the towers of the Palace of the Grand Masters, forms the center of the old town. The new part is beyond the primitive walls. These have 11 gates, of which the one in Koskinou, which faces the Bourg neighborhood, offers the best views of the city's defenses. Dressed in sandy beaches, packed with good for excursions, and with a lively nightlife, this island attracts thousands of tourists a year.

Mykonos

Mykonos, one of the stars of the Greek islands, has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the Hellenic country, both for its enormous beauty and the charm of its beaches, and for being the right place to take the obligatory escape to the little, desert and beautiful Delos archaeological site. In Mykonos, the whitewashed houses huddle to protect themselves from the meltemi (the strong and characteristic dry wind that some days, or for periods, mitigates the hot Greek summer) and backpackers rub shoulders with millionaires in their labyrinth streets. The degree of refinement of the island is remarkable, the beaches are excellent, it has the most varied shops, and a very active nightlife.

Corfú

Corfu Island is one of the most attractive, fascinating, and suggestive islands in Greece. Tourists from all over the world choose it as a destination for its beaches, its benevolent climate, its welcoming nature, and its lively nightlife. In addition to beaches, Corfu is worth visiting for art, history, and culture. In addition to touring its ancient city with its architectural value, you will have to bathe in its beautiful beaches and take a walk through the Palace of Princess Sissi, through Sidari, the channel of love in Corfu, the Vlacherna and Pontikonissi Monastery in Corfu, and the little town of Pelekas.

Delphi

This city is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus, near the place where the famous Greek sanctuary was located, which is currently one of the most important archaeological sites, Delphi, which belongs to the region of Sterea Elada and the province of Fokida, was considered a sacred place since ancient times and various divinities succeeded each other in the worship of its sanctuary. On a trip to Delphi, you can discover that it was a place of consultation with the gods, a sacred temple dedicated mainly to the god Apollo.

Zante

The transparent sea, huge white cliffs that enclose idyllic beaches, placid Mediterranean climate, and charming villages with red roofs. For all of this, Zante, another of the Ionian islands of Greece. Also known as Zakynthos, is an island that features the typical Ionian geography, with a rugged mountainous area (to the west and north) and a flat and fertile one (to the south). The beautiful beaches of Navagio, Laganas, Argasi, Keri, and Vassiliko stand out.

Meteora

It corresponds to an area located north of Kalambaka (precisely, it is in the Thessalia region and the province of Trikala) whose relief is formed by gigantic greyish rocks that rise as pillars next to the Peneo river valley. At the tops of these almost inaccessible rocks, approximately 600 meters high, there are, since the 14th century, several monasteries (See packages to Meteora on trips to Greece).

Olympia

It is an archaeological site located on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, whose origins date back to the 8th century BC and where the original Olympic Games were held in ancient times. Its extensive ruins encompass sports training areas, a stadium, and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus. In the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the objects found on the site are exhibited, such as a statue of Hermes attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles. (See packages to Olympia on trips to Greece).

Discover Greece

As you can see, Greece offers wonderful experiences for everyone. Book your trip to Greece and have an amazing adventure!

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What makes Greece a unique travel destination?

Greece stands out as a travel destination due to its rich historical heritage, encompassing ancient sites like the Acropolis and Olympia, which offer a glimpse into ancient Greek civilization. The country's picturesque islands, such as Santorini and Mykonos, provide stunning landscapes and vibrant cultural experiences. Greece's blend of mythology, archaeological wonders, and scenic beauty make it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking history and relaxation.

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What are some recommended activities for first-time visitors to Greece?

For first-time visitors to Greece, exploring Athens to see the Acropolis and its museums is essential. Visiting Santorini for its iconic caldera views and whitewashed villages offers a picturesque escape. Discovering Crete's ancient ruins and vibrant cities like Chania provides a deeper understanding of Greek history and culture. Additionally, enjoying local cuisine, relaxing on beautiful beaches, and experiencing the nightlife in places like Mykonos add to Greece's memorable experiences.

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