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Acropolis, a rocky mound rising in the center of modern Athens with three magnificent temples dating from 5th Century BC sitting on top of it. The most popular and distinctive attraction is the Parthenon which was originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof. It is connected to the other ancient attractions – the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Roman Forum and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus by the so-called Archaeological Promenade, which is a two and a half kilometer walkway.
Best known for the cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, lying on the west coast and overlooking the deep, blue sea-filled caldera, Santorini is the most dramatic of all Greek Islands. Both Fira and Oia are listed as romantic destination, ideal for weddings and honeymoons. The towns are made up of Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings. A lot of those buildings were converted into hotels with infinity pools and boutiques. Other things that visitors can do include sunbathing and swimming at black volcanic sand beaches, located at the south and east coasts and visiting the Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan settlement buried below the lava after the volcanic eruption some 3600 years ago.
Situated on the Greek mainland is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Delphi. It was built on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus which provides the visitors a view of the whole sanctuary and the valley below. It was a sacred to the ancients who come to the site on pilgrimage to worship Apollo, God of light, prophecy, music and healing, or ask for advices from the Oracle. Delphi is made up of a theater, stadium and the crumbling ruins of many temples dating from between the 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD. Visitors can also visit the Delphi Archeological Museum which is located nearby.
Meteora consists of six monasteries situated at the top of several rock pillars. The first monastery was founded in the 14 century. The name Meteora literally means “suspended in the air”. Going to the monasteries is difficult, since they can only be reached using long ladders or largest to haul goods and people.
Thessaloniki(Salonika) is the second biggest city in Greece after Athens, was founded in 316 BC. Due to being close to Bulgaria and Turkey, Thessaloniki has been a crossroads of different cultures and religions. There are several Roman monuments like the Triumphal Arch of Galerius and the 4th Century Rotunda, but the main attractions are the UNESCO-listed Byzantine churches, the 15th century White Tower, and an ancient Byzantine Museum.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Island, lying on the Aegean Sea, very close to Turkey. Rhodes Town is one of the top tourist destinations in Greece. The town can be explored on foot and visitors could go to other nearby attractions such as the coastal town of Lindos and the Turkish coast of Marmaris.
Mykonos is the most glamorous island destination in Greece. It is famous for its chic boutiques and hotels, elegant seafood restaurants, live music venues and the after-dark activities on Mykonos Town. Other attractions that tourists can visit are the sandy beaches along the south coast and the Paraportiani, a whitewashed church situated in Mykonos Town.
Located on the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of mainland Greece is one of the country’s most visited island destination, Corfu. The Corfu Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its Italianate architecture. Tourists can explore the pedestrian-only streets and discover two 16th century fortresses, Liston and old-fashioned cafes.
Mystras was the capital of the Peloponnesus in the 14th and 15th century and was ruled by the relatives of the Byzantine Emperor. Mystras remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period and was abandoned in 1832, and all that’s left was the medieval ruins situated in the beautiful landscapes.
Crete is the largest Greek Island, its landscapes range from beautiful coastlines to rugged mountains. Crete possesses archeological traces of the many civilizations that used to inhabit the lands. It has bustling metropolitan cities and quiet villages with outdoor coffee shops.
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