Greece is easily considered one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world. Its rich history coupled with amazing Instagram-worthy destinations make it a perfect vacation spot.
Here are 10 must-see places while you are there.
1. The Acropolis
The Acropolis is the highest point in Athens, overlooking the entire city. It is home to the famous monument from ancient times, the most famous being the Parthenon. The Parthenon was originally a temple to the goddess Athena, whom Athens is named after. Parts of the Parthenon that have broken off are now housed in the nearby Acropolis Museum.
We all know Santorini as the island in Greece with the iconic blue and white buildings. Santorini is in the south Aegean sea, southeast of the Greek mainland and is the southernmost member of the Cyclades islands. What you may know is that Santorini is the remains of after an enormous volcanic eruption in its earliest days as a settlement.
The island of Corfu is the northernmost island in the Ionian Sea. The island has been a pivotal landmark in the history of Greece and in Greek mythology. The island was taken over by the Venetians in medieval times, which is reflective of the architecture of the buildings on the island. Even the icons in the churches have a Venetian artistic style.
4. Ancient Olympia
Ever wonder where the ancient Olympic games took place? Olympia was home to the Olympic games every four years from 8th century BC to 4th century AD. The games were a way for all the Hellenistic nations to come together to peacefully compete. The site consists of various facilities used for the games, such as a bath house, gymnasium, and track, in addition to temples to honor the gods. While there, take a lap on the track so you too can feel like an Olympian.
Delphi is known most for the famous “Oracle of Delphi.” The oracle was consulted for difficult decisions by those in the ancient classical world. The site was originally dedicated to the god Apollo and was home to the Pythian Games, the precursor to the Olympic Games. To this day, people from all over the world come to Delphi in the hopes of speaking to the oracle themselves.
Crete is the largest and most populated of the Greek islands. It was once the center of Minoan culture, one of the earliest recorded civilizations in Europe, forming before the city-states of ancient Greece. Crete is also home to the Palace of Knossos, famously known for the myths of Theseus and the Minotaur, Icarus, and Daedalus and King Minos.
Translated to “suspended in the air,” Meteora is just that. It one of the largest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. The area is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills like huge rounded boulders that dominate the area. At their peak in the 16th century, there were 24 active monasteries. Today, six are functioning, housing about 66 monks and nuns.
If you want an island that is a nonstop party, then Mykonos is the place to be. Another island in the Cyclades, the island is a huge tourist destination because of their nightlife. Other than their nightlife, they are known for their iconic windmills, appropriate since the name of the island means “the island of the winds.”
9. Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square is the central square of Athens. It’s the most important place in modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, at the epicenter of activity and Greek politics. What makes this a must-see destination is their version of changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Take the opportunity to take a photo with a Greek evzone while you’re there.
10. Epidaurus Theater
Epidaurus Theater is considered the most perfect ancient Greek theater because of its acoustics and aesthetics. The maximum capacity of the theater was between 13,000 – 14,000, hosting music, singing, and dramatic games. The theater was also used as a means to heal patients, seeing as the theater was dedicated to the god Asclepius. The acoustics are so good, that if you drop a coin from anywhere in the theater, anyone can hear it.
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