Greece is one of the most historically famous nations in the world. Known for its ancient civilization, incredible archaeological wonders, and several natural scenic attractions, Greece has been a favorite destination with tourists for a long time. Located on the northwestern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Greece is often cited as the cradle of Western Civilization. However, it is not only the historical ruins of the Acropolis or the Mediterranean beaches that draw tourists from all across the globe — Greece is also known for its exotic nightlife and partying, especially at iconic Mykonos. In this blog, we list 10 very popular tourist attractions in Greece that must feature in the check list during your trip.
Located in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of the Greece mainland, is the island of Santorini. This volcanic island is part of an archipelago by the same name. Santorini has been ranked as one of the most popular island destinations in the world by several travel magazines and websites. The island is popular for its unique natural beauty, white-washed houses along the slopes, stunning sunsets, and volcanic sand beaches. Take a walk along the cobblestone streets of Oia and Fira, 2 cliff-top towns that overlook the deep blue Aegian Sea and have panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. You can also visit Akrotiri which is popular for its archaeological ruins from the Minoan period.
The island of Rhodes is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Europe. Interestingly, the island is almost 363 km southeast of the Greek mainland, but only 18 km south of Turkish coast. Rhodes is historically famous for the iconic Colossus of Rhodes, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Presently, this historic island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is popular for its auto-free cobblestone streets which have retained some of its ancient charm and architecture. It is nicknamed the Island of the Knights as it was conquered by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem in the 14th century. If you have time, visit the beach of Lindos which is located along the west central coastline of the island.
- Samaira Gorge
The Samaira Gorge is located on the island of Crete, off the southern coast of Greece. It is a National Park and a World Biosphere Reserve. The gorge is a popular attraction for nature lovers and those who love the outdoors. Tourists can go for the 7-hr long 16 km trek at this gorge which stretches from the Omalos plateau to the Agia Roumeli on the coast. During the trek you will pass through the Gates, popularly known as the ‘Iron Gates,’ where the gorge is only 4 m wide and is flanked by steep cliffs rising to 300 m! The trek can be quite strenuous so it is recommended to join an organized tour, several of which are available. During the trek, you can not only swim in the streams, but also camp overnight or have a bonfire. The Samaira Gorge is open only between the months of May and October.
Part of the Cyclades archipelago off the south eastern coast of Greece, the island of Mykonos is considered to be one of the most vibrant nightlife spots in the world. It is especially known for its gay-friendly bars and clubs. Seafood restaurants, live music venues, and boutique hotels are dotted all over the town of Mykonos. The idyllic setting, the unabashed energy, and the historic setting of Mykonos make it one of most popular for domestic as well as foreign tourists.
The ancient sanctuary of Delphi is located about 165 km northwest of the city of Athens. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical significance to the ancient world — the pre-historic Greek civilization believed it to be the center of Mother Earth. The site is on the southwestern slope of Mt. Parnassus and is dotted with the remains and ruins of several ancient monuments and buildings, most notably the Temple of Apollo and an open air theater. Do not forget to visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum located at the base of the complex, which has an impressive collection of ancient documents and artifacts related to Delphi.
- Meteora Monasteries
Located just north of the town of Kalabaka, about 350 km northwest of Athens, is a rugged landscape made up of several sandstone cliffs. However, it is not these cliffs that make it popular with tourists, but the 6 Greek Orthodox monasteries that crown the cliff tops! With the oldest monastery dating back to the 14th century, this is one of the most unusual and visually appealing attractions in Greece. All these monasteries are still inhabited by monks. It takes a bit of an uphill trek to reach each of these monasteries and would take the better part of a whole day to visit all of them.
- Myrtos Beach
Ranked several times as the best beach in Greece and one of the best in Europe, the Myrtos Beach is the most popular beach in Greece. It is located along the northwestern coastline of the island of Kefalonia in western Greece. The beach looks very dramatic as it is flanked by the Kalon Oros and Agia Dynati mountains. There is a spectacular contrast of colors, as the green mountains lead to the white cobblestone beach which opens into the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
Thessaloniki, located in northern Greece, is the second largest city in the country. The city was founded in 316 BC on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Over the centuries it has been occupied and ruled by several empires which is reflected in its culture and cityscape. Thessaloniki, or simply Saloniki, has some stunning architecture ranging from Roman monuments to Byzantine churches and Turkish mosques. Such is the significance of these attractions that some of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The island of Corfu is located in the Ionian Sea, just off the north westernmost coast of Greece. This beautiful island was once one of the most fortified places in Europe, thanks to strategic location. It was ruled by the Venetians for many centuries. The stunning Italian architecture that remain from those days have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Take a walk along the narrow streets of Corfu and get transported to the medieval days. You can also charter yachts at Corfu Town for excursions and sightseeing on the Ionian Sea.
The Acropolis is the most famous landmark of Greece. No trip to Greece is complete without visiting the Acropolis. This ancient citadel, dating back to the 5th century BC, is on a rocky outcrop that rises above the city of Athens. The citadel has several monuments and buildings, the most famous being the Parthenon, which was constructed in 432 BC. Other notable landmarks are the Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheum, Propylaea, and the Theater of Dionysus. Many significant and interesting artifacts from the Acropolis are on display at the Acropolis Museum, located on the southern flank of the site.
Originally posted 2017-03-30 06:50:14.