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Greece Popular Places to Visit

Blue Caves

Blue Caves, Stunning sea caves in Zákynthos 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.

Zakynthos, Greece

Paleokastritsa

The most popular beach area in Corfu 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.

Corfu, Greece

Akrotiri

An Ancient Minoan settlement buried below lava following the volcanic eruption that created the caldera, some 3,600 years ago. 

Santorini, Greece

Parthenon

The best known and most distinctive temple in Acropolis is the Parthenon, originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof and decorated by ornate pediments and a frieze.

Athens, Greece

Delos

Delos is a mythical place where the twins Apollo and Artemis were born. One of the best greek islands is Delos which holds some absolute spiritual significance. There is some amazing legend associated with Delos related to Leto, the mother of the twins who was apparently seduced by Zeus. For such reasons, Delos is considered truly sacred even after its destruction in 88 BC. The island after that has gone through purification and today serves as an amazing historical site. This is what makes Delos one of the best places in Greece for historians and archaeologists.

Island, Greece

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.

Thessaloniki, Greece

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. 

Crete, Greece

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. 

Zakynthos, Greece

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.

Meteora, Greece

Acropolis Museum

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.

Athens, Greece