Tourist Attractions in Greece
The European country of Greece is a part of the world that is rich with ancient heritage and culture that spans many thousands of years. Greece and its islands possesses a mystic and magical allure that is hard to find anywhere else in the modern world, particularly across the continent of Europe. Here are a selection of some of the must see tourist attractions and locations worthy of a visit when travelling to Greece.
Mount Athos is commonly referred to as holy mountain and has been inhabited since the ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D.
Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece alongside numerous and many other Eastern Orthodox countries, such as Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, that is completely isolated from the rest of the world. The Athonite monasteries at Mount Athos feature a rich collection of well preserved artefacts, rare manuscripts and books, along with ancient documents, and artworks of immense historical value from across Greek heritage.
The Greek city of Mystras acted as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, during this time Mystras experienced a period of prosperity and cultural development. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by numerous Western travellers for ancient Sparta. Msytras was abandoned in the 1830s and the new Greek town of Sparti was constructed, which is located approximately eight kilometres to the east of the old city of Mystras.
The ancient Greek city of Lindos was founded by the Dorians who arrived in the area in roughly about the 10th century BC. It was one of six Dorian cities in the area that collectively became known as the Dorian Hexapolis.
The eastern location of Rhodes made it a natural meeting place between the Greeks and the Phoenicians, and by the 8th century Lindos was a major trading and commerce centre. In the 6th century the city of Lindos was governed by Cleobulus, being one of the Seven Sages of Greece. The significance of Lindos retracted after the construction and growth of the city of Rhodes in the late 5th century.
Samaria Gorge is located on the Greek island of Crete. In fact the village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the nature park. The village and the gorge take their names from the village’s ancient church, that name being Óssia María.
A must visit for visitors to Crete is to actually complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Sougia or Hora Sfakion, in this nearby village visitors may spend a night or return back to Chania.
The walk through the Samaria Gorge takes five to seven hours and can be tough going, especially at the peak of summer, hence ensure that water and food is in good supply as the hot Crete summer can be exceedingly tough.
Myrtos beach with its glaringly white stones has been described as “one of the most dramatic beaches in Greece”, with its “mile-and-a-half long arc of dazzling white pebbles.
These ancient ruins are both an archaeological site and additionally a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In ancient Grecian myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece (510-323 BC), the site of Delphi was considered to be set by Zeus when he looked to discover the centre of his “Grandmother Earth.”
Meteora are Greek monasteries but finding the exact date of the establishment of these monasteries is unknown. By the time of the late 11th and early 12th centuries, a basic monastic state had come together known as the Skete of Stagoi and was centred around the still standing church of Theotokos (mother of God).
Mykonos is a Greek island, the island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an above sea level elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast of this stunning Greek island.
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.
Santorini is an island belonging to Greece located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) south east of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago of islands that bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera or super volcano.
All of these must see tourist attractions in Greece and destinations should provide any visitor to Greece or its wealth of islands with a remarkable set of ideas about how to make good use of time exploring the country.