The land of the gods, the birthplace of philosophy, theatre and the Olympic Games. Of course, this is all about Greece, about this amazing land and its people, which formed the basis of European culture.
If you like Mediterranean, have already traveled through the cities of southern France and have seen many beautiful cities of Spain, now you may want to experience the atmosphere of the cradle of European civilization. Then go to Greece and visit the most interesting places of its islands.
Here are 10 most beautiful tourist destinations in Greece you should explore in this country.
Athos is not only the point on the map of the Earth, but also the spiritual state like the Vatican, a sacred place for Orthodox pilgrims. Male monastic Republic, it is home to 1,400 monks in 20 Orthodox monasteries. It is impossible to swim, sunbathe and take video here, the entrance to this Holy mountain is strictly controlled, the entrance for women is forbidden. But none of that matters, because the mother of God herself ruled the island and she will take care of cleansing your mind and heart.
Lindos village in Rhodes
The little village of Lindos located in the East of the island of Rhodes. There is an ancient Acropolis, you can see the medieval Venetian walls. The architecture of the village is the example of unique architecture of traditional Greece, with white houses and cobbled streets. Above the town rises the Acropolis of Lindos, offering spectacular views of the surrounding harbour and coastline. Lindos beach is just a short walk from the centre.
The Samaria gorge is in southwest Crete. Samaria is the longest gorge in Europe, its length is more than 16 km. A real paradise for those who are fond of hiking. The gorge is a national nature reserve. More than a quarter of a million tourists are traveling this valley every year. This walk takes 4 to 7 hours and passes through the forest of ancient cypress and pine trees, then between the cliffs and out to the Libyan sea.
Myrtos beach has gained its worldwide fame thanks to the magic color of the water. Myrtos is called the hallmark of Greece. This is the paradise on the shores of the Ionian sea, in the North-West of Kefalonia. Besides water, the beach is famous for its unusually bright white sand and pebbles, which contrasts with the turquoise and blue water. Small caves facing the sea, only adds beauty to the beach.
Theatre Of Delphi
One of the main attractions of ancient Delphi is the ancient theatre of Delphi, located on the legendary mount Parnassus. This temple of art was built in the 5th century BC and may accomodate nearly seven thousand spectators. Tourists are showcased according to the traditions of ancient Greek theatre. In ancient times Delphi was the most important religious place, as according to history, the spacious sanctuary belonged to Apollo. The theatre was built on the hill, giving the audience views of the breathtaking landscape below.
Monasteries Of Meteora
The monastic complex of Meteora is located on the tops of the rocks in the mountains of Thessaly, and its name is translated as “hanging in the air.” The first hermits settled here in the 10th century, first monasteries were set in the 14th century. Access to the monasteries was deliberately difficult, to raise up long ladders or large nets for lifting up products and essential commodities and things were needed.
Mykonos is not just another Greek island, but one of the main tourist attractions of Greece. Mykonos is in the Aegean sea. Part of the Cyclades, a beautiful place inhabited by gods. The island has charming symbols, that attract tourists: windmills, pelicans and white houses with blue shutters. This is a popular holiday destination for celebrities and wealthy people.
Mykonos town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of streets and intense nightlife with a huge number of bars and nightclubs.
The Parthenon on top of Akropolis
The Parthenon was built in 447 BC to honor the goddess Athena Parthenos. Even its ruins still amaze tourists. A beautiful example of the Doric temple of white Greek marble. Parthenon atop the Athenian Akropolis. To be near the walls of the Parthenon means to touch the deep layers of world history.
The Parthenon is one of the most famous attractions of Greece and a visit to Athens will be not complete without visiting this temple. During its long life the Parthenon served as a temple, fortress, church, mosque and even as a powder magazine.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful Islands of volcanic origin in the Aegean sea. Actually this whole group of Islands of the Cyclades, which resembles a ring. Tourists can see the ruins of the Minoan time, and over 300 Christian churches. In Santorini you will see the drop dead sunsets, amazing white houses and even the active volcano.
Fira, the Santorini’s capital, has absorbed Venetian and Cycladic architecture, with the vanity of cobbled streets, shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes.
Lacedaemon, which is another Sparta’s name, is another attraction of the Peloponnese. The ancient history preserved in this amazing specimen of an aristocratic state, described in the Iliad. Tourists delight to visit the Temple of Athena Halcyone, Rotunda and a Theater that dates back to the times of the ancient Spartans.
Spartan army glorified not only this place but also the style of upbringing of the rising generation and their physical maturation. And hence came the name — the Spartan education, that is, hardening and endurance, the main sense of this approach to the formation of future warriors.
Extant monuments of spiritual and material culture of Ancient Greece prove the truth of its high position in the world-historical process. Even the ruins of ancient architecture are striking in their beauty and grandeur. Today Greece, despite all the economic problems in the country, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world you should cover.