Greece is one of the top travel destinations on the planet. With over sixty populated islands, historic sites that extend four millennia, pleasant beaches and overlooking mountain ranges there is a large variety of tourist attractions in Greece to explore. Greece is famous for its natural wonder and inspiring history. Ancient archaeological sites, beautiful islands, sandy beaches, and a soothing Mediterranean climate make Greece one of Europe’s top travel destinations during the winter. Apart from the capital, Athens, Ancient Delphi contributes equally to the mainland attractions. But most people also come here to enjoy a vacation on a beautiful island like Santorini. Here is the list of top travel destinations in Greece.
The most magnificent symbol of Western Civilization, Athens boasts a glorious history that draws back more than 3,000 years. The city thrived during classical archaism and was the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, and Sophocles. More than just a remains of its magnificent past, today Athens is a bustling and trendy capital city. A quite different vacation experience from the pleasant Greek islands, Athens can feel excited and crowded but pays with marvelous cultural attractions. The Acropolis is one of the world’s most outstanding ancient ruins, and the city’s extraordinary archaeology museums display captivating artifacts revealed at local sites. Other hidden attractions anticipating discovery are the dazzling Byzantine churches located all over the city and the village-like neighborhoods north of the Acropolis. Travelers will enjoy getting lost in the Plaka district’s narrow pedestrian streets, filled with quaint bougainvillea-draped houses and welcoming restaurant terraces.
The most exciting of all the Greek islands, Santorini is famous for the cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, which lie on the west coast, facing the deep, blue sea-filled caldera. Made up of standard Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings, many of which have been transformed into boutique hotels with infinity pools, both Fira and Oia are regarded romantic destinations, famous for weddings and honeymoons. There are many things to do here. Some of the exciting activities include sunbathing and swimming at the black volcanic sand beaches on the south and east coasts. And visiting the archaeological site of Akrotiri. This is an Ancient Minoan town embedded below lava following the volcanic eruption that formed the caldera, some 3,600 years ago. The island owns an airport and is communicated by ferries and catamarans from Athens’ port, Piraeus.
Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Greek mainland. Located on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was holy to the ancients, who came here on pilgrimages to worship Apollo (god of light, prophecy, music, and healing) and to request help from the mythical Oracle. It is made up of the collapsing ruins of various temples, a theater, and stadium, dating from between the 8th century BC and the 2nd century AD. Nearby, stands the Delphi Museum Archaeological Museum, exhibiting a grand collection of finds from the site. Delphi lies 180 kilometers northwest of Athens.