If you are into ancient mythology, Greece might already be your favourite place in the world. The land is filled with archaeology, history, art, and philosophy and if you are into it, a trip to this fascinating country is a must this year. Apart from the history, culture and art, there is the dramatic effect caused by the sea and mountain that pulls everything in the region into the upbeat light of the Mediterranean sun. Either you are endless party types or you are looking for a quiet affair, the whole country smells like an invitation.
Planning a trip to Greece
I love the simple pleasures of Greece, like the smells of thyme and lavender and the beautiful little shops tucked away on tiny island streets. Then there are the always welcoming people, the undiscovered beaches, the elegant food, and the grand history are there to make you want to plan your next visit over and over again. If you are looking for cheap flights to head to Greece this year, get in touch with Dream World Travel Agency. Here, you can get affordable and secure airline tickets as I did for my last trip.
Things to do and places to visit in Greece
Made up of a series of tranquil islands, surrounded by blue seas and graceful white buildings, Greece is about collapsing ruins, attractive museums, and appealing coastal towns. However, the most important place to see in Greece is its throbbing city Athens. Then, there are the rich landscapes, the world’s largest open-air museums, some of the world’s most important historical sites and almost 6,000 islands. All of these archaeological sites, the cliffs dipping down to the glistening blue water, sand and pebble beaches, and the pleasant Mediterranean climate makes the natural beauty of Greece. Here are some of the most fascinating things to do and places to visit in Greece to help you out on your next trip.
Acropolis is a rocky mound rising in the heart of the modern Athens, standing tall and proud as the symbol of Athens and Greece, as well as the Western civilization. It is topped by three splendid temples dating from the 5th century BC and its most important and distinctive part is the Parthenon. This is made up of 58 columns backup by a roof. The columns are also decorated by ornate pediments and a fresco. Walking down from it, you will notice that it is connected to Athens’ other major ancient attractions, such as the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. This is the 2.5-kilometer walking path known as the Archaeological Promenade connecting Acropolis to these famous attractions.
Climb Mount Olympus
I love climbing mountains and if you are into hiking and trekking, Climb Mount Olympus is your dream already. You only have to travel to Litochoro from where you can trek your way up to the top. Obviously, this depends on your fitness and health issues. Climb Mount Olympus is one of the most well-known mountains in the world. This is also a very famous Greek mythology as the spot where Zeus sat on his throne. It is also the place where Hades ruled the Underworld.
Santorini is one of the most dramatic of all the Greek isles which is also well-known for the west coast cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia. These stunning towns appear to hang over the gorgeous blue sea-filled caldera. This is made up of Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings. Many of these buildings are converted into hotels with infinity pools. Both the towns of Fira and Oia are known as romantic destinations and are quite popular for weddings and honeymoons. On your trip, you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming at the black volcanic-sand beaches, plus checking out the archaeological site of Akrotiri and an Ancient Minoan settlement. This settlement is buried below lava next to the volcanic eruption. It is known for the creation of the caldera around 3,600 years ago.
Discover Lake Plastira
Lake Plastira is a lake, quite unusual, but known for being blessed with an overabundance of natural beauty and an impression of tranquillity. The lake is surrounded by oak and chestnut trees, which you will notice during rafting, canoeing, horse riding or hiking along the trails around the lake.
Visit the Delphi
Delphi is known for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top attractions in Greece. It is located on the sides of Mount Parnassus, quite known for being a pilgrimage spot. It’s known for being Apollo’s, the ancient Greek god of healing, music, light, and prophecy, homage spot. People would come here to search for guidance from the Oracle at Delphi. Today, there are temples, a stadium, a theatre, and delightful ancient ruins in place.
Mykonos is Greece’s most glamorous island destination known for after-dark activities in the Mykonos Town. There, you can head to the chic boutique hotels, elegant seafood restaurants, and live music venues. You can also check out Paraportiani which is a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town, as well as the number of sandy beaches along the island’s south coast.
Heading to Corfu
Corfu is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations, sitting in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the mainland. Its capital is Corfu Town a UNESCO World Heritage site. The whole town is all about elegant Italianate architecture, built probably when it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. You can walk on the romantic pedestrian-only streets and discover two 16th-century fortresses and the arcaded Liston.
Wowing the Metéora Monasteries
Metéora Monasteries is one of the most unusual things to see in Greece. The Thessaly Plain is where these bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries-old monasteries of Metéora. To reach each monastery, you can climb up several flights of stone steps carved into the rocks. There are a total of six monasteries, and inside each, you will find flickering candles, religious icons and Byzantine frescoes.