• 1 January 2020

Travellers have loved Greece for ages. It is a country that is an exciting mix of old and new and it is just waiting to be explored!

Mainland Greece offers many attractions for travellers. There are 6 mainland regions that include Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Meteora. Here, you’ll find some of the most important ruins and sites in Europe (perhaps even the world). Greek culture and traditions have been well preserved. You can’t miss all the Greek traditions. Musicians play on street corners and festivals are all around. Greek restaurants make fresh and authentic Greek food. You can expect Greek salads, tzatziki (yoghurt dip) and tiropira (layered pastry pie with feta filling). Yum!

Small cosy street with antique shops in Athens, Greece
A small cosy street home to antique shops in Athens, Greece

Greece offers ancient wonders, landscapes, delicious cuisine and culture. Making it a popular European country to visit! Greece has something for everyone. Here are our top 5 must-see locations in this amazing country:

1. The Acropolis, a large stone fortress above Athens

The Acropolis is an impressive symbol of Greece’s classical spirit and history. Acropolis in Greek means, “the highest point of the town”. Standing above the city, the large stone fortress dates back to the 5th century BC and was designed by Pericles. These monuments represent centuries of thought, art, philosophy and democracy. A definite highlight of Athens – we declare it a must-see!

Famous Acropolis Hill, main landmark of Athens
The famous Acropolis Hill, the main landmark of Athens
2. Nafplion, the most beautiful seaport town in Greece

One of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic places. This small port town is nestled beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. Narrow streets, cafés, boutiques and beautiful homes. Nafplion is a definite stop on any tour of Greece!

Nafplion beautiful port town in Greece
Nafplion is a beautiful port town in Greece
3. Delphi, Greek town and most famous oracle temple in Greece

Found on a cliff with a view of the surrounding countryside. Delphi was called the ‘navel of the earth’ by the Greeks. Here, the Sanctuary of Apollo was built. It is an important part of ancient Greece. According to classic Greek mythology, Apollo is the son of Zeus and is the Greek god of music, art, poetry, archery, healing and prophecy.

The Treasury of Athens or Athenian Treasure in Delphi
The Treasury of Athens or Athenian Treasure in Delphi
4. The Holy Monastery of Great Meteora

Another one of our favourites is Meteora! It’s known for its sheer cliff faces and the monasteries built at their summit. These cliff faces are ancient, but they could be mistaken for the set of a modern science-fiction tale. It’s a strange and beautiful landscape. It is quite different from what one normally thinks of when imagining travelling around Greece.

Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Meteora, Greece
Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Meteora, Greece
5. Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea

Santorini was built on the rim of a caldera (volcano). The island is well known for its ocean views, streets filled with white-washed buildings and blue domes, and the multi-coloured cliffs rising 300m out of the ocean. You can also find artists, wineries, breweries and some of the best cuisine in the Greek Islands on Santorini. Don’t miss the sunsets that the island is famous for!

Did you know? Greece has over 6,000 islands. They are spread out over the Aegean and Ionian seas. Only 227 of the islands have people inhabiting them. Over 22 million people travel to Greece each year! This number includes the islands and mainland Greece (known as the Hellenic Republic). Certain Greek islands have perfect climates and clear blue water. Mainly over spring and summer (mid-April to mid-June), islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Samos offer an amazing Greece beach holiday. This weather is perfect for outdoor activities. You can go snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing, hiking and sunbathing!

Great evening view of Santorini island
Great evening views of Santorini island

The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores and expanded my whole being. – Henry Miller

Honour the island hopper inside you and take a look at our Athens, Mykonos and SantoniriBest of Greece and Taste of Greece tours.

Questions & Comments

  1. Farideh Aflatooni says:

    Is this 7 days Greece will include Santorini too

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Farideh,

      Thank you for having a look at our tours.

      One of our agents will contact you with more information.

      Hope to see you on one of our Expat tours soon!

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