Arriving in this hospitable, bright, beautiful and such a different country, you understand that Greece really has everything! This country is rich in sights, always glad to see guests and ready to offer a lot of interesting things.
When going to Greece, think about the purpose of your trip. If you just sunbathe on the beach, you can pack your suitcase starting in May. The holiday season in subtropical Greece lasts until October. However, during this period it is too hot in the country, and there are a lot of tourists. So for sightseeing of historical sights and cultural recreation, it is best to choose April or October, when the number of tourists decreases and the temperature is set at the most comfortable level for walking around the city.
First of all, many tourists go to Athens to see the famous Acropolis, local museums and other interesting places. The island of Crete is also rich in sights, with which a lot of legends and myths are associated. This island allows you to combine a beach holiday with a cultural one, which is why it is especially popular among travelers.
What else is worth doing in Greece? Of course, try the local cuisine, rich in meat and seafood, appreciate the taste of Greek fruits and wine, try coffee and sweets. You can not miss such famous places as Mount Olympus and Athos, the ancient Palace of Knossos, the picturesque island of Rhodes and the temple of Poseidon. In fact, it is simply impossible to see everything that Greece is rich in during one trip, so we will try to briefly talk about the most famous sights of this country.
What to see in Greece?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
Ancient Greek city of Delphi
In ancient times, this city was the center of the social and religious life of the country, and even today its ruins make a strong impression. One can only walk and wonder how skillful the ancient Greek builders were, who created such beauty, which, moreover, stood for several millennia!
Medieval city of Rhodes
Previously, one of the seven wonders of the world, the statue of the Colossus of Rhodes, stood in this port city. And now tourists come here to see the Rhodes fortress, which in the Middle Ages served as a safe haven for the Knights Hospitaller. The fortress is perfectly preserved, it looks very impressive and powerful. You can also see the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite, windmills and a number of other interesting objects.
This beach, 25 kilometers from the city of Corfu, is known not only for exceptionally clear water and soft sand, but also for rock caves, which are advised to visit every tourist. The bays in this area are incredibly picturesque, and the infrastructure is well developed, so the beach will be a good place for a family vacation.
Palace of the Grand Masters (Rhodes)
This palace-castle has 205 halls and rooms, each of which is interesting in its own way. Tourists are advised to see the inner mosaic courtyard, the Hall of Music, Dance and Waiting, the Hall of Receptions, and the Hall of Byzantine Icons. A special impression is made by the rich interior decoration of the rooms, among the decorations of which there are many antique vases, Greek amphoras and statues.
This hill in Athens is a must visit for every tourist. Indeed, how can you miss one of the most famous buildings of antiquity! The main objects of the acropolis are the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Nike, however, it will take more than one day to see all the historical monuments of this place without exception.
Venetian harbor of Chania
Very cute and cozy place. During the Venetian rule, a harbor was built in the old town of Chania, which today is replete with cafes and fish taverns. Here you can ride a horse on paved sidewalks or go on a boat trip on a boat. However, just admiring the beautiful view and historical buildings will not hurt either.
Do you want to feel like a god, Zeus the Thunderer? Then be sure to go to Mount Olympus to look down on the whole world. Climbing will require some physical effort, although campsites and recreation areas for tired tourists are equipped along the way. You can make the ascent easier by taking a taxi for the first part of the journey.
This island is considered to be the most beautiful in the world! Indeed, it is difficult to imagine something more beautiful than its snow-white houses, descending to the sea of incredibly pure azure color! The flow of tourists arrives on the island of Santorini in March and does not dry out until November. The island is considered a great place for a romantic wedding and family vacation.
This is the largest gorge in Europe, which has become a national park. A visit to the Samaria Gorge is possible only as part of a tourist group, the walking route is designed for at least four hours and will require considerable effort. However, the beauty of the untouched nature of this place will be a worthy reward for travelers.
You definitely saw this ancient building, if not in photographs, then in the form of numerous buildings that became copies of it. These slender columns cannot be confused with anything! The Parthenon, of course, now cannot boast of its former grandeur, however, it still looks like a vivid example of ancient architecture. Work on its reconstruction continues.
Ancient city of Mistra
Built in the form of an amphitheater around the main fortress, the ancient city of Mystra really looks like the “Wonder of the Seas”. Today it is a picturesque ruins, which are surrounded by no less beautiful nature. This open-air museum is under the protection of UNESCO. The Palaiologos Festival takes place here every year.
Cave Lake Melissani
A stunningly beautiful place. Imagine the mirror-clear surface of the water, the picturesque rocks on the sides and the bright sun that breaks into the cave thanks to the dome destroyed by the earthquake. Boating and swimming in the cave lake Melissani will definitely become one of the highlights of your trip to Greece.
Myrtom Beach has earned a reputation as the best in Greece. Its clean, white sand makes you want to drop everything and just relax, basking in the sun and listening to the sound of the surf. The beach has a half-moon forum and is located in a picturesque bay, so the waves are small. Tourists are offered various services, in particular, rental of umbrellas and sun loungers.
Monasteries of Meteora
Looking at these monasteries, which by some miracle "climbed" on impregnable rocks, you begin to believe in higher powers. The monasteries of Meteora have been active since the tenth century and have never been closed. Now, on rocks up to 600 meters high, there are six active Orthodox monasteries, male and female, for visiting which certain days and hours are set.
Holy Mount Athos
A place where thousands of pilgrims from all over the world flock. Holy Mount Athos is a self-governing community of 20 Orthodox monasteries. Athos is revered as the earthly Lot of the Mother of God. By the way, women are strictly forbidden to enter here! Violators can even face jail time. Men should observe strict dress code and follow the established rules.
Acropolis of Lindos
In this small town on the island of Rhodes is the second most important after the Athenian acropolis of Greece. The Acropolis of Lindos is famous for its unique petroglyph, on which an ancient Greek warship is carved. In addition, here you can see the remains of the temple of Athena Lindia and the residence of the Knights Hospitaller.
A small island in the Aegean Sea is known as a great place to relax. With about 89 kilometers of coastline, Mykonos Island has both cosmopolitan and family-friendly beaches. The most popular of them are Paranga and Agios Ioannis, which offer a beautiful view of the island of Delos.
Navagio Beach is very often depicted on the advertising brochures of tour operators - the place is incredibly beautiful and attractive. It is often referred to as the "Shipwreck Beach" because the wrecked ship Panagiotis, which belonged to smugglers, still stands here. It is noteworthy that it is impossible to get to Navagio Beach, surrounded on all sides by impregnable rocks, by land.
This cape in the south of Attica is mentioned in Homer's Odyssey. People have long lived here, attracted by the favorable location of Sounion. On the cape, the remains of the sanctuary of Poseidon have been preserved, near which an interesting archaeological exposition has been created. In addition, the cape will delight tourists with an amazing view of the sea and the nearest islands from here.
If you want to see Athens as it was many centuries ago, be sure to visit Plaka, the oldest district of the city. Walking along its winding streets with snow-white steps, you can see houses, some of which stand on the foundations of ancient buildings. Plaka is interesting for its taverns, wine cellars and souvenir shops.
This almost uninhabited island in the Aegean Sea is mentioned in many myths and legends. On Delos, the ruins of the temples of Artemis and Apollo, as well as other traces of ancient civilizations, have been preserved. Also of interest are the House of the Dolphins, the terrace of the lions, the preserved market square, as well as the Doric temple of Isis.
This lake has recently become a popular tourist destination, despite the fact that it is located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level. Lake Plastira not only serves as a source of fresh water for the surrounding settlements, but also decorates this area. Clear blue water surrounded by green shores looks especially attractive.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the palace is located near the city of Corfu and attracts tourists with many interesting works of art. Here you can see fancy furniture, as well as many statues of Achilles and paintings with his image. Achillion Palace is surrounded by a beautiful park that descends in steps to the sea.