Πέμπτη, 10 Οκτωβρίου 2019

12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Greece

12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Greece

Written by Jane Foster

Feb 26, 2019

Home to some of the world's most important historical sites, along with some 6,000 islands, Greece is known for its natural beauty and fascinating culture. Ancient archaeological sites, cliffs tumbling into sparkling blue water, sand and pebble beaches, and a balmy Mediterranean climate make Greece one of Europe's prime tourist destinations.
Besides the capital, Athens, top things to see on the mainland include Ancient Delphi and the monasteries of Meteora. But most people come here to catch a ferry to the islands; Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Corfu, and Crete are the most popular. Plan your trip with our list of the top attractions in Greece.

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1. Acropolis, Athens

Acropolis, Athens

Acropolis, Athens
Considered the symbol of Athens and Greece, and indeed of Western civilization, the Acropolis is a rocky mound rising in the heart of modern Athens, crowned by three magnificent temples dating from the 5th century BC. The best known and most distinctive is the Parthenon, originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof and decorated by ornate pediments and a frieze.
Skirting the foot of the Acropolis and connecting it to the city's other major ancient attractions — the Ancient Agora , the Roman ForumKerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus — is a 2.5-kilometer walking path known as the Archaeological Promenade.

  • 2. Acropolis Museum, Athens

Acropolis Museum, Athens

Acropolis Museum, Athens | Maarten / photo modified
The Acropolis Museum is one of Athens' most-visited tourist attractions. Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, it is an ultra-modern glass and steel structure with light and airy exhibition spaces, built specifically to display ancient finds from the Acropolis.
Top things to see here include the 6th-century-BC Moschophoros (statue of a young man carrying a calf on his shoulders), the Caryatids (sculptures of female figures that held up the Erechtheion), and the highly controversial Parthenon marbles. From the museum's cafe-restaurant terrace, you can enjoy amazing views of the Acropolis itself.

3. Santorini


Stunning Santorini is the most dramatic of all the Greek isles. It is best known for the west coast cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, which appear to hang over a deep, blue sea-filled caldera. Made up of typical Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels with infinity pools, both Fira and Oia are considered romantic destinations, popular for weddings and honeymoons.
Things to do in Santorini include sunbathing and swimming at the black volcanic-sand beaches on the south and east coasts and visiting the archaeological site of Akrotiri, an Ancient Minoan settlement buried below lava following the volcanic eruption that created the caldera, some 3,600 years ago. The island has an airport and is served by ferries and catamarans from Athens' port, Piraeus.

    4. Mykonos


    Greece's most glamorous island destination is Mykonos. After-dark activities center on Mykonos Town, noted for its chic boutique hotels, classy seafood restaurants, and live music venues. Other attractions include Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and numerous sandy beaches along the island's south coast (served both by bus and taxi-boat from Mykonos Town). The island is particularly popular with international celebrities. Mykonos has an airport and is connected by ferry and catamaran to Athens' port, Piraeus, and Rafina.

    5. Delphi


    On the Greek mainland, Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was sacred to the ancients, who came here on pilgrimages to worship Apollo (god of light, prophecy, music, and healing) and to ask advice from the mythical Oracle. It is made up of the crumbling ruins of numerous temples, a theater, and stadium, dating from between the 8th century BC and the 2nd century AD. Nearby, stands the Delphi Archaeological Museum, displaying an impressive collection of finds from the site. Delphi lies 180 kilometers northwest of Athens.

    • 6. Corfu

    Beach view on Corfu Island

    One of Greece's top tourist destinations, Corfu sits in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the mainland. The capital, Corfu Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant Italianate architecture — it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. Explore its romantic pedestrian-only streets to discover two 16th-century fortresses and the arcaded Liston, lined by old-fashioned cafes.
    Away from the main town, the island is lushly beautiful, with rugged limestone rocks tumbling into the sea in its north and velvety green hills in its south. The most popular beach area is Paleokastritsa, on the west coast, about 25-kilometers from Corfu Town. Here, you'll find a collection of deep, curving bays sheltering sand and pebble beaches stretching into a clear blue sea. Corfu is served by an airport and ferries from Igoumenitsa and Patras on the Greek mainland. In summer, ferries sailing from Ancona and Venice also stop here.

      7. Metéora Monasteries

      Meteora Monasteries

      Metéora Monasteries
      One of the most unusual things to see in Greece has to be the Thessaly Plain, where bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries-old monasteries of Metéora. On the UNESCO World Heritage list, six of the monasteries are open to the public. You need to climb up several flights of stone steps carved into the rocks to reach each monastery, and inside, you'll find flickering candles, religious icons, Byzantine frescoes, and burning incense. Opening hours vary, and to see all six monasteries, you need to spend at least one day in the area. The nearest town is Kalambaka.

      • 8. Rhodes Town

      Rhodes Town

      Rhodes Town
      Lying on the Aegean Sea, close to Turkey, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Its capital, UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town, is one of Greece's top tourist destinations. It is enclosed by an impressive fortification system, including monumental towers and gates built by the Knights of St. John after they took control of the island in the 14th century.
      The car-free cobbled streets of the old town are a joy to explore on foot. Nearby attractions include the pretty hillside coastal town of Lindos, and Marmaris on the Turkish coast, which can be visited by excursion boat. Rhodes is served by an airport, as well as regular ferries from Athens' port, Piraeus.

      9. Zákynthos

      The blue caves of Zákynthos

      Home to gorgeous scenery both above and under the sea surrounding it, Zákynthos (Zante) island is another top tourist destination in Greece. It is also easy to access, with a locale just 16 kilometers off Peloponnese's west coast in the Ionian Sea.
      Two of the biggest boasts on this geographically intriguing island are its pebble and sand beaches — Shipwreck Beach is the most famous — and stunning sea caves like the Blue Caves, off the island's northern tip. Inside, the sparkling water reflects the color of the blue sky on the cave walls to create a magical glow. The Blue Caves are only one of the many watery attractions around this island. There is also excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.

      • 10. Samaria Gorge

      Samaria Gorge

      Samaria Gorge
      On the island of Crete, the Samaria Gorge is a top attraction for lovers of the great outdoors. Measuring 16 kilometers in length and, at its narrowest point, only four meters wide, it runs from Omalos (1,250 meters) in the White Mountains down to Agia Roumeli, on the Libyan Sea.
      Depending on your level of fitness, it will take five to seven hours to walk. It is steep in parts and rocky, so you should wear good hiking shoes and carry plenty of water. The gorge lies within the Samaria National Park, and is on the UNESCO tentative list. Through summer, organized tours depart from 

        11. Nafplio


        Often cited as Greece's most beautiful city, Nafplio is a popular weekend destination for wealthy Athenians. Built on a small peninsular on the east coast of the Peloponnese, it became the first capital of modern Greece in 1828 before Athens took over in 1834. The car-free old town is filled with Neoclassical mansions and proud churches and overlooked by the 18th-century Palamidi Fortress. Nearby attractions include TirynsEpidaurus Theater, and Ancient Corinth.
        Accommodation: Where to Stay in Nafplio

        12. Thessaloniki


        Overlooking the Aegean Sea in northern Greece, Thessaloniki (Salonica) is the country's second biggest city after Athens. Founded in 316 BC due to its position close to both Bulgaria and Turkey, it has always been a crossroads of various cultures and religions. Its main sightseeing attractions are its UNESCO-listed Byzantine churches, but there are also several Roman monuments (including the Triumphal Arch of Galerius and the 4th-century Rotunda), the 15th-century White Tower on the seafront, and an excellent Byzantine Museum.
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        Τρίτη, 8 Οκτωβρίου 2019

        10 Reasons to visit Thessaloniki to the Greek Macedonia

        10 Awesome Reasons to visit Thessaloniki 
        The White Tower 

        Dotted with historic sights but resolutely modern, Greece’s second city is a destination worth visiting – the New York Times named it one of their top destinations for 2016. The laid-back yet vibrant atmosphere of the city is its calling card, but in case you need more reasons to visit, here is a list of why Thessaloniki deserves to be on your bucket list.

        The City Is Walkable
        Sprawling around the coastline of the Thermaic Gulf, Thessaloniki is filled with unique landmarks. The shore spans from the ferry harbour to the White Tower, and the many Byzantine churches and vestiges of past life sprinkled throughout the city and its historical districts make it ideal for sightseeing.
        Thessaloniki waterfront

        There Are Plenty Of Sights To See

        With ancient ruins rooted in the middle of the city (from UNESCO sites including the Roman Agora, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotonda, the Byzantine Baths and the Crypt of Agios Demetrios), a plethora of museums – such as the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Archeological museum and the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki, built for the city’s status as Cultural Capital of Europe in 1997 – as well as astonishing churches (make sure to visit Aghia Sofia), you won’t have time to see and experience it all in one go. The city offers plenty of affordable accommodations and great eats to make your visit even more enjoyable.

        It’s a Culinary Paradise

        Thessaloniki’s cuisine is known across the country for its quality and variety. Because of its historical past, the city’s gastronomy boasts flavors from Pontus, Asia Minor, and Constantinople as well as Arab and Armenian influences that infuse traditional dishes with exotic nuances. You may easily find yourself eager to order the entire menu, but relax, the city is also perfect for long walks so you can burn off the extra calories later.

        The City Is Conveniently Located

        Set on the coast in northern Greece, Thessaloniki is the ultimate gateway to many destinations for a quick getaway, including the Halkidiki peninsula with its beautiful beaches, the region of Greek Macedonia with its picturesque little villages, or even the islands of Thassos or Limnos – are all nearby. The only thing required is a sense of adventure and a thirst for discovery.

        Don’t Miss Your Chance To Visit The Ladadika District

        This beautiful, walkable area is located off the Thessaloniki harbor and is a hotspot when it comes to eating and drinking. Named after the numerous olive oil shops that use to populate the area, it is the former bazaar and central market of the city under the Ottoman rule, now peppered with charming tiny tavernas, restaurants and bars and clubs that fill this lively historical landmark.

        A street in Ladadika district
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        It Is Ideal For Shopping Addicts

        It may not be as vast as its big sister Athens, but Thessaloniki still has a good selection of high-end boutiques and fast fashion retailers. Although the majority is located on Tsimikis street, the nearby streets of Pavlou Mela and Mitropoleos are home to designer boutiques. Fair warning, you may find yourself actually shopping till you drop.

        It Offers Stunning Views

        Thessaloniki has its own stunning vantage point, known as the Eptapyrgio Castle. This stunning fortress perched on the hilltops overlooking the city offers all-encompassing views that include the Gulf. Whether you visit it by day or at night (a common habit of young people), it is an attraction you shouldn’t miss. On your way back, discover the small little streets and drop by one of the small mezedopoleio to enjoy some local delicacies.

        Downtown Streets Offer Insight Into The City’s Past

        One of the first things that strikes you in Thessaloniki is the juxtaposition of buildings of different styles and influences. Throughout its history, the city was home to Greeks, Jews, Ottomans and refugees from Asia Minor, to name a few. These architectural vestiges are still visible today and are a real sight to marvel at while you’re walking the city. Check out Thessaloniki Walking Tours to find a thematic walk to inspire you.

        It Has Its Own Natural Park

        Nature lovers are not forgotten. Just 10 kilometers away, the Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas National Park – considered to be one of the most important wetland systems in Greece and greater Europe – offers refuge for those looking to commune with nature. Covering an area of 38,800 hectares, it is ideal for any escape into the wild.

        Meet The Bougatsa, Thessaloniki’s Finest

        You may have figured it out already, but Thessaloniki deserves its place on any true foodie’s bucket list. One of the main items that must be tried and adopted is the bougatsa. This (usually) sweet phyllo pie has, like so many other Greek specialties, a long history – but is now considered as the ultimate Thessalonian breakfast. Make sure to pop by Serraikon, one of the oldest bougatsa shops in town to try this local delicacy.
        Bougatsa, a typically Thessalonian treat from Thessaloniki, Greece | © avlxyz/WikiCommons
        Bougatsa, a typically Thessalonian treat from Thessaloniki, Greece | © avlxyz/WikiCommons

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        Κυριακή, 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2019

        The Hellinikon - Urban Development Project, Athens

        The Hellinikon - Urban Development Project, Athens

        The vision of LAMDA for the development of the former Hellinikon airport is the design of a pioneering development for Athens, with emphasis on the creation of a world class Metropolitan Park covering an area of 2,000,000 sq.m., as well as the enhancement of the Coastal Front, both fully accessible to the public.

        The Project consists of an integrated urban development model that will combine the area’s natural beauty and unique inherent characteristics with landmark buildings and state-of-the-art infrastructure. The ‘green’ and ‘smart’ design approach of the Project will offer world-class services and amenities while improve the standard of living of the entire Attica area’s inhabitants.

        The investment will include a diverse range of residential communities, hotels, shopping centers, family entertainment venues, museums and cultural venues, health and wellness centers, significant space for sports and recreation, a modern business park with an educational and R&D hub as well as the total regeneration of the existing marina and the entire Coastal Front that will, along with the Park, will be the major attractions of the site.

        The Project constitutes the largest urban regeneration project in Europe, designed to add significant new investments and uses in the areas of tourism, culture, entrepreneurship, innovation and in the environment. Thus, it is expected to have a positive effect not only on the region of Attica but on the entire country as well.
        The investment amounts to € 8 bn., and is expected to create 10,000 permanent jobs during the construction period and 75,000 jobs (IOBE study, July 2016) during its maturity. Moreover, the Project is expected to substantially contribute to the repositioning of Athens as one of the major world class tourist destinations as it will provide a significant number of new units as well as thematic tourism venues, expected to attract at least 1 mil new tourists while significantly reduce seasonality and at the same time increase the average stay over and spending of tourists in Athens. The Hellinikon Project investment is expected to contribute to the country’s GDP by 2.4% until the development’s completion date, while contributing a total of over € 14 bn. in taxes to the Greek State over the same timeframe.
        For more information please visit Hellinikon’s website: http://www.thehellinikon.com

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