Known for its ancient mythology, ancient ruins, sunny beaches and tasty cuisine- Greece is considered one of the top destinations of Europe. Tourism flourishes here mainly because of how beautiful the places in Greece actually are. They make for great pictures. You will find beauty in the many islands across the Grecian Peninsula and each one has its own historical relevance, cuisine and overall culture to experience.
With a multitude of places to visit, some to consider are- Kefalonia and Corfu, Santorini, Kos, Mykonos and Rhodes. On the mainland, there is scenery that will make your jaw drop. The capital of Athens and the iconic Parthenon and the ruins of Delphi just to name more out of an endless list.
Here are some places to consider:
- Cape Sounion: It is located at the southernmost tip of the Attica Peninsula. It is known to be home to the ruins of the ancient greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea. The remains lay on the land which is surrounded on three sides by the sea. This is a popular tourist spot to visit because the sunset from this viewpoint is a sight to behold.
- Halkidiki: Halkidiki is a peninsula shaped like a trident near the city of Thessaloniki and has great beaches. The three peninsulas can be summarised as follows: Athos has the monks, Sithonia has the beaches and Kassandra has the nightlife. Since Kassandra is closer to Thessaloniki, it is more developed and Sithonia has hidden caves and still waters. Both are popular tourist sites. Most of the eastern peninsula is home to the monastic community of Mount Athos and is open to male pilgrims only.
- Thessaloniki: Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and is the capital city of the Macedonian region of North Greece. Social events, nightlife and exciting festivals make this city almost like the cultural capital of Greece. Since it is a commercial city and also a historical city, it sports both old and new sites- from White tower and Turkish Baths to food markets, museums and galleries. The nightlife here is amazing and has many nightclubs and entertainment centres.
- Zagori: Zagori is a naturally beautiful place which has two national parks and is situated in northwest Greece. It has thick forests and rough mountains which are sprinkled with many traditional villages and strong-current rivers. There are many stone houses here from the 18th century. The best thing to do here is to hike from village to village using the beaten paths that are in plain sight. It is recommended to visit Vikos Gorge when here.
- Peloponnese: Peloponnese is shaped like a large leaf and was originally called Morea, which translates to mulberry leaf. Located in the most southern part of Greece as well as Europe itself, Peloponnese is a wide peninsula which is connected to the mainland by the Rio Antirrio bridge. It is filled with Byzantine churches, Greek temples and Venetian fortresses and shows us the ancient history that emerged from this land. Here also lies Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honour of Zeus.
- Delphi: Delphi is arguably Greece’s most popular archaeological site. It is 2.5 hours from Athens and is situated along the slope of Mount Parnassus. The ancient Greeks considered this site to be the centre of the earth. This place was an oracle site dedicated to the god Apollo. In the days of old, people would travel from afar to visit the priestess here to ask for advice about anything from politics to general livelihood. Some important structures at Delphi are the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo and the hippodrome that once hosted the ancient Pythian Games.
These are our top places to visit in Greece. We hope you enjoy your trip to this beautiful land and travel safely.