10 Best Places to Visit in Greece

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Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion is a very popular tourist destination for its stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the islands of Crete and the Cyclades. This picturesque coastal location is in a bay between Cape Siga and Cape Vila. Sounion is best known as the birthplace of Pythagoras, a philosopher, mathematician, and scientist who also founded one of the first Western temples. His peripaetic school was based in Sounion on the northern end of the cape and scholars often referred to it as Pythagoreion. The most important surviving structure of this site is a Roman temple to Artemis, which was given to the city of Athens by Strabo. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the area is the cable car which takes people up the very steep hill to the top of the cape while providing them with stunning views of the surrounding area. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Greece, you can see the cable car from miles away on approach to the cape.

The area of Sounion is particularly beautiful during the spring and summer months. This is because the summer months in northern Greece are known for their warm temperatures and clear skies, which are the main factors for the dolomite trees to begin to bloom. During the fall season, the temperatures drop and the leaves on the dolomite trees turn golden brown.

Thessaloniki

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Next to Athens and Mykonos , Thessaloniki is one of the most popular sea ports for tourists in Greece. Because of its important place in the history of Greece, Thessaloniki is a very historical and cultural city and a perfect place to see the history of the country.

It also has a lot of historical sights and museums. The city holds a number of museums of great importance, such as the regional art museum and the mural museum, which is said to be the largest of its kind in the world.

One of the most impressive organizations in Thessaloniki are the monumental fountains of the International Society for Dios Dioses, which are 20 meters high and create pools of water from 14 windmills.

Thessaloniki is also an important educational center and the second largest university city in Greece. The city offers some of the best universities in Greece, which attracts students and tourists to Thessaloniki.

A lot of Greece’s essential institutions have their headquarters in the city. The city is also known for its Science Arena. This introduction complex built in 2002, has become the first site for high-grade international events, such as the International Congress on Marine Biology, in 2004.

Zagori

Zagori is an area in the northwestern part of the “Albania” Republic. It is on the “Lacik” Plateau, which is one of the highest points in the country. It is a known for its untouched nature and its caves, which is ideal for people that enjoy hiking and camping.

The area was declared a national park in 2007, which means that you are allowed to visit and enjoy Nature in its purest form. It is now a protected zone and a haven for worldwide visitors.

Other than hiking and camping, you can spend time at the many hot springs. According to the Atlas Travel of Greece, there are many hot springs located in Zagori, which range in height from 15 to 40 meters deep. They also say that many of them have mineral and thermal waters and small streams. You can also make the trip to beautiful Lake Prespa, which is at the center of the plateau.

Halkidiki

Visit the archaeological excavations in Halkidiki, site of the ancient city of Solos and Lake Kardamyli, which is a perfect focal point for leisure and recreation.

The monastery of Vlatades is one of the most impressive of its kind in Greece. It was founded in the 15th century and is located in the Historical Prespa Valley, where the Tomb of Alexander the Great is located. The monastery complex incorporates churches, chapels, oratories, cells, and a refectory, among other buildings. The monastery is also characterized by its superb frescoes, which most likely were painted by the monks. The monastery was destroyed during the Turkish occupation, and its frescoes are in a very poor condition. The monastery is located at the entrance of the monastery of Filipos.

The Byzantine monasteries of Kordelioi and Pavlos Melas stand on elevated rock, offering magnificent views of Kardamili Lake. Guests of Kordelioi Melas find their way by means of a zigzag staircase, characteristic of the domed churches of this area.

The Byzantines in Pontica, especially in the coastal areas, developed a special type of churches (kastra) with a tall dome covered in tiles, which give the decoration of these churches their unique beauty.

Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is an area perched on the southwesternmost part of the Greek mainland. It is surrounded by the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea; the Aegean Sea is located to the north and the Corinthian Gulf to the east. This area is a part of the traditional region of Argolis. It clocks a total area of 25,221 square miles

The Peloponnese is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, full of history and breathtaking nature. Here are some attractions you have to visit.

Metropolis Museum

The Metropolis museum has the biggest private collection of statues and vases in the world. It contains the largest collection of Ancient Greek sculpture, from Odysseus, Athena and Agamemnon to Archaic and Classical pieces.

The museum includes a number of breathtaking pieces, such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace which is a representation of the Nike in Roman mythology, in order to show the victory of the Emperor.

Word has it that 10% of all the known works of antiquity in the world can be found in the Metropolis Museum. It is operated by the University of Cyprus and it gathers its collection from the late 1880's and since 1999, it has housed more than 100,000 objects. No one has made a similar collection anywhere in the world

Delphi

Delphi was the most important sanctuary in all of Greece. Because of its location at the top of Mount Parnassos, it was considered to be the center of the world by the ancient Greeks. The Temple of Apollo, now known as the remains of the Temple of Apollo were built around the 6th century B.C.

During the third century B.C., it fell into ruin and was restored by Archelaus of Delphi, a Macedonian general. Although the temple has been restored, the original structure still remains.

The Temple of Apollo was once believed to be the center of the world. This was the place where they held the Pythian games which attracted people from all across the ancient world. Soldiers, nobles, and city officials all came to see the games.

Much of what we know about the location comes from Artemidorus. His description of the Pythian games is one of the primary sources for what we know about the location today. He mentions that everything revolved around the temple, and how visiting the temple during the games was the most important thing you could do. He also estimated the temple as being over a hundred feet in height.

There is a massive cistern in the center of the sanctuary that is on the edge of the crest of the mountain. The head of this spring was a statue of Apollo. There was a unique process for drawing water from the spring.

Meteora

Meteora is a plateau with monasteries soaring high above the surrounding area. The overall feeling you get about the place is that of a fairy forest.

The natural beauty of these places is astounding. A place that can still be seen today is the Treugolion Monastery with 16th century frescos, ogives and a myriad of other architectural details.

The history of Meteora is relatively quite interesting, so we will list some interesting facts about the place.

Greek warriors ruled the region of Greece, and the name Meteora may have come from the Greek word Meteora, which means ”monks’.

The area was a refuge for monasteries at a time when religious persecution was prevalent in Europe.

The 15th century Byzantine emperor Basilius Palaiologos opened the monasteries to the public and a small but affluent community flourished around them.

It was not until the 18th century that the Turks put an end to the monasteries and the population of the surrounding villages plummeted.

Meteora became more or less deserted after 1828, when the Meteora region saw the establishment of a Turkish border post.

The monasteries were reopened for hospitality and tourism in 1934.

During World War II, Meteora was bombed several times.

Crete

Greece.

The island of Crete has long been known for its seductive colours and culture, which puts it on par with Greece’s sun-soaked islands. You will find that the history and the people of the island share a lot of similarities with the rest of Greece and the Mediterranean as a whole.

The beautiful history of ancient settlements and the people who worked the fields and herded the animals together has left its imprint on the people of Crete, with an emphasis on being hospitable and kind.

The island is steeped in history and is a melting pot of different cultures. You will find that the history of the island is what makes it a very successful holiday destination.

A trip to Crete offers the opportunity to walk through the crumbling ruins of once-bustling settlements and enjoy the unique views of the Mediterranean Sea you get in a walk around the island.

At the same time, you can also enjoy the warmth of the indigenous people and learn a lot more about the culture themselves.

This ancient population of the island of Crete is something that they have maintained even today. You will see people dressed in handmade clothes and the food they eat is as fresh and homemade as you will find anywhere else in the world.

Athens

Greek Islands

You may not be willing to sacrifice a big part of your yearly travel budget to visit one of the most popular Greek islands, but you can still enjoy the beautiful city of Athens.

It’s only a three-hour ferry ride from Athens to the port of Piraeus on the Greek island of Poros. From there, take a ferry to the smaller Greek islands of Hydra, Aegina, Spetses, and Naxos.

The islands are equally as beautiful as they are expensive, so when you visit Greece, take the opportunity to enjoy the cities of Athens and the islands of Greece.

Map of Greece

Croatia appears because of its amazing coastal majesty and has an array of beaches, islands and landscapes. The Heel Peninsula, Lake Plovdiv, and Zagorje Ski Resort are the main attractions.

Rab with its prehistoric cave paintings, hills, and the quaint old town is another attraction in this country. The main tourist attractions here include Sveti Stefan, the town of Mlinci, and the Velika i Mala Canyon.

Austria is a must in Europe. It has a lot of history, which is depicted in its heritage and in various ceremonial sites including the grounds of Schonbrunn Palace. The Schoenbrunn Palace dates to 1471 and has a spectacular setting.

Urania Astronomical Observatory – The Urania Astronomical Observatory is a transportable observatory that was first established in Vienna under Holy Roman Emperor Franz Josef I. This observatory is a second story room with a drum centered at a 3 meter point and an instrument known as the quadrant designed to check the altitude of the Sun or of stars at dawn or dusk. The observatory is located on the Church of St. Stephen in Vienna’s Volksgarten Park and is accessible to visitors. As this observatory is transportable, one can move it to different locations to take advantage of natural or city lighting conditions.