It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.
The political leader Alexis Tsipras once said that Greece gave democracy to the world. Greece’s current economical and political situation doesn’t reflect the past and the power of this country, which contributed hugely to European history and culture. European literature, poetry, playwriting, philosophy, architecture, politics and so on have all been influenced by Greece’s culture. This is a country that should never be dismissed, not only because of its historical value but also because it is actually a uniquely beautiful place. As suggested in the quote above, it is very difficult to give a complete list of all the attractions you could see in Greece. You need to customise your holiday, because both the historical places and the great beaches are many and diverse and can be found both on the coastline and on the many islands that surround it. We have selected some of the must-sees that we hope you’ll love.
A Tour of the Temples
Best Islands and Beaches in Greece
Greek Airports and Ports
Greek Culture and Food
Have fun and make sure to make the most of it!
1) Places to Visit in Greece: Athens
The capital of Greece can seem a bit dirty and chaotic, but it is definitely worth a visit. The monuments and museums are plentiful and breath-taking. Athens has been one of the most important cities in Greece for many, many centuries. As you may know, Ancient Greece was divided into many cities and counties. The so-called polis wasn’t just a city – it was an institution. Athens was well-known for being the centre of avant-garde philosophy and politics. Its name comes from the goddess of wisdom and war. The famous Agora is an amazing place from which you can start your tour of the city. This was the centre of public, political and commercial life; the cradle of Western culture. Here, you’ll be able to see the excavations and the remains of temples. Then, of course, you can’t miss the Acropolis. The walk through the olive trees is amazing and, once at the top, you’ll be stunned by the sheer beauty of the temples. The experience will be like an adventure into your old history and art books from school: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon. If you want to know more about the history of the city and the architecture of the Acropolis, you need to visit the Acropolis Museum, from which you’ll have a wonderful view of the Acropolis and a chance to dine at their great restaurant. Prices are very low considering it’s situated in one of the best spots in Athens. Another very famous spot that you may want to see is the National Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find many traces of Ancient Greek life. Don’t forget to walk through Athens on foot to see the amazing markets and spot details that reflect the ancient culture.
2) Things to do in Greece: a Tour of the Temples
Despite knowing that the Parthenon is one of the most important temples to visit, allow us to recommend you a tour of other temple locations in Greece. Book a bus or a rent a car and divide your holiday into different places. The first one could be Delphi, which is a very characteristic town. It is very small and nice, but here you’ll be able to visit one of the best spots in the whole country. The site of Delphi is very famous – people used to go there to consult the oracle. The walk through Delphi’s site is absolutely breath-taking. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be able to see a beautiful ancient stadium, a theatre, and the remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo. There you’ll also find the Athenian Treasury and many other amazing buildings – all, set in the beautiful Greek nature.
The same happens for the Archaeological Site of Olympia. If you’re going to go there in spring, you’ll be able to spot the amazing ancient temples in the middle of beautiful blooming pink flowers. It is a very romantic and moving walk. The temples reflect on the culture and architecture of an ancient, glorious country that currently suffers from a lot of economical problems – despite this, Greek people will give you free leaflets and flyers about the history of the locations, and they will talk about their country with pride. We also recommend you visit the beautiful Corinth; The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth is located in a beautiful spot. The list of great sites to visit is very long. You’ll be amazed by the beauty and pride of the entrance of the Archaeological Site of Mycenae and Tiryns. You’ll never get tired of seeing these beautiful sites.
3) The Best Islands and Beaches in Greece
The island tourists usually look for one of these two experiences: either a relaxed one, or a non-stop clubbing one. The many Greek islands will always provide at least one or the other. If you are more interested in the history of the country and in having a relaxed holiday, there are some isles that could work better for you. Corfu is well known for its nightlife, but also has many facilities and accommodations for families. Santorini is beautiful and tranquil, with views you’ll remember forever; a great island for de-stressing. If you want to enjoy history and ancient Greek architecture, Delos is the isle for you. Crete is particularly renowned for its history and also for the food and wines, which are considered some of the best in Greece.
However, Greek islands are also very famous for their nightlife and every summer millions of tourists from all over the world go there to dance all night and have fun for affordable prices. Mykonos is one of the favourite islands. It is very shabby-chic and bare-foot trendy, and it is particularly famous for its beautiful and luxury hotels. Rhodes is one of the best for the nightlife. Prices of club entrances and drinks are very low, and that’s why this is one of the best-liked destinations for groups of young people. Ios is very well-known for its clubs. Of course, even the islands that are mostly famous for their nightlife are surrounded by the beauty of Greek’s history and architecture. The white houses found on the islands, the calderas, the amazing food that you’ll be able to taste are only some of the many features that will make your experience incredible.
4) How to Travel To and Around Greece: Greek Airports and Ports
There are many ways in which you can travel to Greece. There aren’t many international airports, but the most famous is Athens/Spata. From here, you’ll move around easily since Athens is of course very well connected to most of the towns and sites of the country. There are also airports in some of the single islands such as Corfu or Crete– so choose the best one for your trip.
You can move around within Greece by plane via the several national airports. We recommend you rent a car or book a trip by bus, because it is really the best way to enjoy the beauties of this country. In fact, in doing so, you’ll be able to see the amazing landscapes of Greece which include mountains, hills and sea. You will also see why Greece is so famous for its economic situation. A lot of people there seem quite poor, and it won’t seem like you’re in Europe at all. Stray dogs wonder around and people drive mopeds without wearing a helmet – despite this, we really recommend a moped trip around the narrow streets of Santorini, Ios or other beautiful islands! If you want to enjoy the typical Greek experience, then of course you have to ride a donkey! It will be a fun and original way to travel the small towns. Of course, you can also explore the islands by boat – there are many cruises that lead to the beautiful islands or to Athens. If you do manage to organise a trip to the most interesting Greek islands, we guarantee you will have a lot of fun and witness the most unbelievable views.
5) Greek Culture and Food
Greek culture is recognised all over the world. The country’s past has had a huge impact on European culture – including Ancient Roman culture. Democracy, philosophy, literature and many other important aspects of Western culture started here. A very interesting fact about Greece is that if you’re older than 18, you’re obligated to vote by law!
During your stay in Greece, you’ll be able to purchase ceramic replicas of the most famous sculptures from its ancient civilization – like Hermes and the Infant Dionysus. Greece’s history is ever-present in its culture today. It has many symbols that are many centuries old. There are more than 120 olive trees, and some of them date back to the 13th century – and they still produce olives! Greece is also one of the sunniest countries in the world, and that’s why these trees live so well. To be specific, Greece has 250 sunny days in the year – some serious tanning potential.
Greek culture is interesting because it is also based on a proud sense of family. There are just a few retirement houses because older people generally live with their children until they die.
Greek food is also very well known. Going back to the many olive trees dotted around Greece (mentioned above), did you know that Greece is in fact the third largest olive oil producer in the world, after Italy and Spain? Olives have a strong presence in Greek cui-sine. Everyone must have tasted a Greek salad at least once in his or her life. Its ingredi-ents are super simple: Feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, red onion, oregano, olive oil… easy, light and fresh. Greek Mediterranean cuisine also incorporates a lot of amazing fish and meat. The typical Greek liquor is called Ouzo. We recommend it but must warn that it is very, very strong!
Greece is an amazing country. It has more than 2000 islands, but only 170 are inhabited – so you can imagine that it is a country that leaves a lot of room for exploration! Plan your journey according to your tastes and needs. Greece is a perfect place to learn more about history and culture, do some shopping in its amazing markets, lie on the beach as well as immersing yourself in the amazing nightlife… it’s all up to you!