Travelers have loved Greece for ages. It is a country ready for exploring and blending the old and new. No need to worry about the economic crisis. Holiday-goers still love this travel hotspot!
Did you know? Greece has over 6,000 islands. They spread over the Aegean and Ionian seas. Only 227 of the islands have people living there. Over 22 million people travel to Greece each year! This number includes the islands and mainland Greece (known as 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. This weather is perfect for outdoor activities. You can go snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing, hiking and sunbathing!
Mainland Greece offers many attractions for travellers. There are 6 mainland regions that include Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Meteora. Here you 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. The Greek restaurants make fresh and authentic Greek food. You can expect Greek salads, tzatziki (yoghurt dip) and tiropira (layered pasty pie with feta filling). Yum!
Greece offers ancient wonders, landscapes, delicious cuisine and culture. Making it a popular European country to visit! Greece has something for everyone. But if we absolutely had to choose 5 must-see locations, this will be it:
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”. The big stone fort dates back to the 5th century BC. Standing high It 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!
Nafplion, the most beautiful seaport town in Greece
One of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic places. This small port town nestles beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. Narrow street, cafes, boutiques and beautiful homes. Nafplion is a definite stop on any tour of Greece!
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. Apollo is the son of Zeus in classical Greek mythology. He is the Greek god of music, art, poetry, archery, healing and prophecy.
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 a little different to what one normally thinks of in Greece.
Santorini, island in the Aegean Sea
Santorini was built on the rim of a caldera (volcano). It must be one of the islands that is most known for its ocean views. It has 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. Don’t miss the sunsets that the island is famous for!
The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores and expanded my whole being. – Henry Miller