Since the country is well-known for its cultural heritage, ancient mythology, folktales and Greek mysteries, be sure to visit the following places and get the most out of it. Greece certainly is an experience of a lifetime.
Santorini is a group of islands in the Aegean sea consisting of Thira, Aspronissi, Thirassia, Palea, and Nea Kameni. This circular archipelago is situated 200 kilometres away from the southeastern part of the Greece’s mainland. Santorini is mostly popular for its vibrant structure and colourful houses, as well as white buildings built on the edge of a Grecian precipice. Oia village in Santorini is popular for its captivating sunset.
2. Samaria Gorge
The World’s Biosphere Reserves, hiking in Samaria Gorge is a highly recommended activity when in Greece. Located in the southwestern part of the island of Crete and is one of the national parks in Greece, Samaria Gorge offers a spell-binding landscape and forest covers in its 18km-long trek. Kri-kri, an endangered species of wild goat, is endemic in the area.
Home of the Acropolis of Athens, officially recognised by UNESCO as the most exquisite ancient Greek monumental facility that is still existing as of the moment of this writing, Athens serves as the bearer of the timeless Grecian architecture and tradition.
Also known as the Sacred Rock, archeological findings shows that the hill where the Acropolis of Athens is situated has been occupied as far back as fourth millennium BC. Interestingly, this was the birthplace of the concept of freedom and democracy, philosophy, theatre, and most importantly, free speech.
4. Kefalonia Islands
Mostly famous for its Malissani Cave, a lacustrine cave of the Nymphs, Kefalonia Island is the largest island in the Ionian ocean and well-known for its spacious geographical space. It is never populous and is mainly covered in forest and lakes as well as stunning beaches such as Myrtos, Lourdas and Skala. It also features Mount Evmorfia and Mount Agia Dynati in its eastern part. Adding beauty to everything is the presence of the Medieval castles and monasteries in its villages.
A town situated at the north western part of the mythical Corfu, in the Ionian islands, Palaiokastritsa is noted for being one of the most popular spot in the entirety of Greece. It boasts its idyllic scenery, seascapes, and clear crystal waters, as well as endemic trees and plant species. Apartments, hostels, as well as restaurants that serves superior cuisine are all available in the area to cater the needs of the tourists. When in Palaiokastritsa, complete your experience by visiting the Angelokastro, a castle situated on the top of a rocky terrain that offers the panoramic view of the entire island.
Serves as the home of monolithic pillars towering in mid-air, 1,200 feet above the ground (366 meters), Meteora is considered as the largest monastery of Eastern Orthodox in Greece. It offers a panoramic view of the northern villages Kalambaka and Kastraki in the central mainland Greece. Making the place more interesting, the monasteries in Meteora were built by monks in the 14th and 16th century as an attempt to find sanctuary in the midst of political turmoil.
The principal city of Greek Macedonia and the second largest city in the entire Greece, Thessaloniki is the home of the Byzantine, Roman, as well as Ottoman tales. It boasts castles and monuments dating back to the 5th century, and features a hedonistic way of life. For those who are into museum and old ballads and tales of history, Thessaloniki is unquestionably the best place in the world to feast upon. When you find yourself in this place, be sure to dine in one of the pubs surrounding the famous White Tower. Enjoy the music, globally acclaimed cuisine, as well as raging night life.
8. Rhodes Town
A medieval city and Castle of the Knights, Rhodes Town is considered as one of the most fascinating and interesting place in the entire European continent. Ringed and surrounded with high walls, Rhodes Town echoes the historical battles and classical tales of warriors and the by-gone era. When in Rhodes Town, be sure to visit the Palace of the Grandmaster, the Agios Dimitrios church, as well as the Lodge of the Battalion of France, one of the most beautiful work of architecture in the planet.
One of the most well-known islands in Cyclade archipelago, Paros is the home of islets and white marble. Mostly covered with white-washed houses and structure, the architecture of the village ideally suits the romantic and young couples. Beaches in Paros are known for its blue water exotically combined with golden sands. When you find yourself in Paros, be sure not to miss the Agii Anargyri monastery as well as the Tsardakia beach. These two will indubitably stun anyone.
10. Greek Islands
The Greek archipelago all in one place! Sandy beaches, stretch of the bluish coast and pristine way of life in the island. Greek Islands have been given the blue flag award under the Blue Flags of European Program. This means that beaches in this group of islands provides not only swimming to the travellers, but also snorkelling, sailing, scuba diving, as well as windsurfing.