You can talk endlessly about the sights of Greece, but there are places that you should definitely visit. Greece is one of those countries where your trip will be very contrasting and intense: from a beach holiday to a rich cultural program.
The Greek land is steeped in ancient mythology and if you love history, art and philosophy then a trip to this amazing country is not to be missed. Greece is made up of islands surrounded by bright blue seas and covered in white buildings with blue roofs, picturesque nature, ruins, buildings and museums.
Below is a selection of 23 places to visit in Greece. Surely everyone will find what he likes. And in this country you can make very rich and exciting routes.
What to see in Greece
The majestic acropolis rises above the skyline of Athens, the capital of Greece.
This attraction in Greece is number one to visit. The Acropolis is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is one of the most visited places in the world.
Architecture lovers will be able to admire the ancient columns and stunning temples as they walk along the paths of the ancient Greek city, which rises on a hill 156 meters high.
Address: Athens city.
Climbing Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus is one of the most famous in the world and if you are a fan of Greek mythology then this place should not be missed from your itinerary.
Mount Olympus is famous in Greek mythology as the place where Zeus sat on his throne, as well as the place where Hades ruled the underworld, so as you climb you can imagine the legends associated with this mountain.
Olympus is not one mountain, but a mountain range with several peaks, which are located approximately 700-800 meters apart from each other.
The height of the mountain above sea level: 2917 meters.
Address: northeast of the periphery of Thessaly, 90 km from Thessaloniki.
The romantic island of Santorini can be called one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Santorini is famous for its traditional Cycladic houses that sparkle white under the bright Greek sun and blend beautifully with the blue of the rooftops and the sea.
There is something for everyone in Santorini. Every tourist should get acquainted with ancient churches, look into museums, and lovers of history and archeology should go to excavations and find out how people lived here 4 millennia ago, and divers will find places to dive off the coast.
The ancient Greek city on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, surrounded by gorgeous nature.
In ancient times, Delphi was a popular pilgrimage destination for those who came here to pay their respects to the ancient Greek god of healing, music, light – Apollo.
Address: about 180 kilometers from the capital of Athens.
An ancient temple, which was built in the 5th century BC. in honor of the goddess Athena. You will be fascinated by the ruins that have been left on the site of the once majestic structure.
Address: Center of the Acropolis, Athens.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
The largest temple in Greece, the construction of which lasted several centuries. Only a small part of this great structure has survived to this day. Despite the great destruction, the ruins of the temple still attract tourists.
Address: Acropolis, Athens.
On the stunning island of Crete, the Samaria Gorge stretches for 16 kilometers. For lovers of nature and mountains, this is a must-see place to see in Greece.
The tourist route stretches along forest paths and stairs. It originates in the southwest of the island, in the center of the Lefka Ori mountain range, and descends almost to the very shore of the Libyan Sea.
One of the most popular modern places in Athens is the Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009.
The building is made of cutting-edge glass and steel. The museum houses several famous artifacts of Greece. Exhibits of a thousand years ago are placed here: statues, parts of friezes with bas-reliefs, religious objects, dishes, and much more.
Address: Athens city.
Theater in Epidaurus
The theater in Epidaurus is one of the most ancient on the planet. This building was dedicated to the famous god of medicine Asclepius.
The theater dates from the 4th century. Sitting on the stone tiers, you can imagine that you are watching a performance in the old days.
Address: Epidaurus, northeastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula.
Monasteries of Meteora
The monastery complex, located on the tops of rock formations at a height of 600 m above sea level. There are 6 monasteries in Meteora, although there would have been more than 20 at one point. The monks living in the area are Eastern Orthodox and fled to the place as a result of the invading Turkish army.
The rock formations offer some of the most breathtaking and beautiful scenery in all of Europe.
Crowded with ancient boulders and monolithic columns, Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address: Kalambaka town, mountains of Thessaly.
Not far from Karavomilo lies the rocky cave of Melissani, famous for its incomparable beauty.
The cave is almost 4 kilometers long. It was formed when water eroded soft rocks over the centuries.
Inside the cave is Lake Melissani, discovered in 1951. In ancient times, the cave was dedicated to the nymph Melissani, after whom it bears its name.
Address: Kefalonia island.
Temple of Hephaestus
In the Athenian district of Thissio is the Temple of Hephaestus. Like all temples in Greece, this temple is dedicated to the gods, in this case Hephaestus, who was the god of fire, and Athena, the goddess of pottery and ancient crafts.
The temple dates back to 450 BC and is located on the top of the Agoreao Koronos hill.
The Temple of Hephaestus will surprise you with its majestic columns and decorations made of Pentelic and Para marble.
Address: Athens city, Agora.
One of the most amazing achievements of one engineering genius in Greece is the Corinth Canal. It took centuries to build and was started by Nero, the ancient Roman emperor, before being finally completed in the 19th century.
The channel is cut into the rock and stretches for 6 kilometers in length, and its depth is 8 meters.
The channel is still in working order, so ships can be observed here.
Address: Corinth, Peloponnese.
Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki
If you are in Thessaloniki, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, which belongs to the Ministry of Culture.
The building in which it is located dates from 1962 and is itself a treasure of modern Greece and a fine example of new architecture in Greece. In the museum you will find artifacts from Macedonia, the ancient civilization of Greece.
On the peninsula of Chalkidiki is Mount Athos, which has long been considered a very important place in Greek history.
The mountain is home to 20 monasteries that dot its picturesque slopes, and it is a central point of worship in the Eastern Christian Orthodox faith.
The most amazing thing about the monasteries here is that they are still in full working order, which makes them the oldest monastic community in the modern world.
It should be noted here that due to the ancient laws that govern the area, only male visitors can enter the monastic areas.
Address: Chalkidiki peninsula.
Lake Plastira is located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level and is endowed with an abundance of natural beauties. The lake is surrounded by oak and chestnut trees, and you can go rowing, canoeing or rafting, as well as horseback riding or hiking on the trails around the lake.
An interesting fact is that this is an artificial lake created by man.
Maximum depth: 60 meters.
Address: Larditsa region.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The beach is located in a crescent-shaped bay. A strip of white sand beach is surrounded by a turquoise sea on one side and green rocks on the other.
Address: Argostoli island, 30 km from the capital.
A small secluded beach with azure sea color and white sand, hidden in high cliffs. And right on the coast of the beach there is a ship of smugglers, against which you can take interesting photos.
Address: Zakynthos island.
The sunken city of Olus
An unusual and interesting place in Greece is the city of Olous. Once it was a living city, but one day it disappeared under water. And now this mysterious place is open to tourists.
Tip for tourists: you should visit this place in calm weather, when you can see the walls of Olus under water.
Address: Elounda, Crete.
How to get there: follow the eastern border of Elounda bay. When you see windmills, look for benches on the embankment – this is where you have the opportunity to see the city.
Zoological Park of Attica
This zoo is one of the largest in Europe. About 350 species of animals and birds live here, and some of them are listed in the Red Book.
All animals live in a habitat that is as close to natural as possible.
Website : www.atticapark.com
The island of Crete
Crete is the largest Greek island, where Zeus himself was born and the terrible Minotaur lived.
In Crete, your vacation will be rich: beaches, excursions, local cuisine, many attractions, both natural and built – temples, castles and fortresses.
Rhodes is famous for its extraordinarily beautiful natural landscapes, ancient monuments and clean beaches. It is a tourist gem among the Greek islands. On the
In Rhodes, you will find a vacation to your taste: from a beach holiday to extreme mountain climbing.
A picturesque island with natural wonders: the tunnel of love, olive groves and secluded beaches. In addition to the beaches, the island impresses with its ancient temples of various cultures, churches and monasteries, museums and fortresses.
Enjoy your holiday!
Author of the article Olga Avrakh