More than a thousand islands combine to make a beautiful nation that is Greece, complete with historical artifacts and architecture, and beautiful and amazing beaches and sceneries. The birthplace for democracy and the creator of the Modern Olympics, Greece is any history buff’s delight. And if you’re not one of those who love to get their nose deep in historical literature, you don’t need to worry about Greece being only a land of historical ruins because it is much more.
A few places in Greece have slowly gained popularity among tourists and travelers, and some remain less explored.
Best Greece Attractions
So, we bring to you a list of the most delightful and amazing places in Greece, those that you can go and have the best time of your lives.
The capital comes in the first place as the to-do list for this place is almost endless. With over 3,000 years of history, this city was the heart of the Ancient Greece civilization, and which is why you should discover all the landmarks during your days. Your list should include the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Parthenon temple among others. The nightlife at Kolonaki, Psiri, and Gazi are sure to make you fall in love. Not only this, the pedestrian-only areas have to be explored.
A city in Northern Greece, it is as popular for its Byzantine churches as it is for its beautiful seaside. So, these experiences should not be missed. Not only this, but Thessaloniki is also famous for its Aristotelous Square with its mansions and cafés. Other than the churches, the museums and the iconic monuments- all make it the best in Northern Greece.
A place in Central Greece, Meteora has breathtaking landscapes with surreal rock formations, and monasteries were built on them. This place was used by hermits and ascetics since the 10th century and slowly it started to be known as a place to become closer to God. Monks in the 14th century came here to escape the Ottoman Empire and built about 24 monasteries, and some out of them are still functional and open for public today. The beauty and the landscapes of solace and tranquility are sure to calm you on your trip.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Olympia, the venue for the first Olympic games has been inhabited for as long as men can remember. This valley in Peloponnese is where the Olympic torch is lit every two years and the site of Ancient Olympia Festival which includes open-air performances at the ancient theaters. There are various things to do for entertainment in Olympia, and an equal number of historical sites to visit if you’re ready to fascinate by the Greek history.
If you’re one of those who love to visit serene places and have as many interactions as you can have with the natives to get a taste of their culture, you should head to Zagorohoria- a cluster of 46 villages known as the Zagori villages. Not only are there spots to go rafting and mountain climbing in Vikos Gorge and Vikos National Park, but you can also go on nature trails at Tymfi or relax at the Lake Ioannina.
A seaside port in Peloponnese that has amazing beaches, castles, landmarks and more. It has an interesting royal history and equally interesting places to visit. The Palamidi, an 18th-century citadel is not to be missed, as is the Acronauplia, the Bourtzi Castle, the Arvanitia beach and the Archaeological Museum. It is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Athens.
One of the most romantic destinations in the world, Santorini is a beautiful place to be whether you’re traveling with or without your significant other. This island has got red-black sand beaches due to the severe volcanic eruption that once took place here. The villages in Santorini and so is the wine production scene. If you really wanna enjoy the best places in Greece, do visit Santorini.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi was the Greek religious center in the 6th century BC. It lies between the towering rocks of Mt. Phaidriades and is one of the best archaeological sites in the country. And the best part is not the ancient monuments as much it is the fact that all sites in Delphi have undergone little to no restoration, making it one of the most authentic archaeological sites.
A little country in itself is what you will say when you go to the Crete, the largest island in Greece. It has everything you need for a complete experience from amazingly beautiful beaches to scenic landscapes, archaeological sites and lovely places to eat. The food here is absolutely fantastic that your palette is sure going to love.
Home to the Ancient Epidaurus Theatre, Epidaurus in Greece sure has an interesting history. Among the favorite sightseeing spots are the ancient theatre, the Sanctuary of Asklepios, the ancient stadium and the Archaeological Museum. An ideal place to go for hikes and walks, you’re sure to come across the tiny chapel, old settlements, secluded beaches, and hilltops with amazing views. And this is what makes the best experience.
A Christian Pilgrimage site, Patmos is where St. John the Theologian is said to have written the Book of Revelations, and a monastery in his name also runs there. Patmos has, other than that, various interesting places and equally enjoyable nightlife. Three beautiful beaches, all with their own specialties welcome you on your visit to Patmos and the best thing is the fact that you can rent water sports equipment and let the adrenaline rush.
One of the Ionian islands, Zakynthos is known for its parties, beaches, landscapes, and waters. The main town also has a lot of archaeological sites you can visit before you go to the beaches and enjoy to the fullest. Navagio beach is probably the most popular attraction. And there are others waiting for you to enjoy them.
An open-air museum, Delos is an archaeological site and the birthplace of the mythical twins Artemis and Apollo after their mother, Leto, escaped Zeus’s wife. This island was considered a sacred place during ancient times after it underwent a purification process. It was destroyed in 88 BC and the history of the island remains unknown to this day.
14. Prespa Lakes
The Prespa Lakes are favorite of the migratory birds as well as the visitors who love seeing amazing birds that travel here often. With the overlooking mountains in distance, Prespa Lakes are beautiful spots. They are located about 850 meters above sea level and are located in the Florina region.
Another Greek island that lives up to the hype, Corfu is an anyone’s dream holiday with little streets, beautiful architecture and many sights. The amazing beaches and the charming villages all make the trip better. And if you’re looking for a complete package, you can go island hopping from Corfu to some other Ionian islands.
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These are the list of best places to visit in Greece, and you’re sure to have a good time at any one of these. Do share your experiences with us after traveling to Greece.