Greece is an immensely popular European travel destination. Most of the people that go to Greece, go to visit and see the nation’s ancient ruins. As you probably already know, Greece was home to one of Europe’s first major empires. Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle have in many ways played important roles in shaping society as we know it today.
If you are planning a trip to Greece, then it’s a good idea to first do some research and identify the most popular tourist attractions, then figure out whether or not you want to go to them. This post will simplify that research for you, by telling you what they are:
The Acropolis is an ancient citadel, located in Greece’s capital, Athens. The most famous of the structures on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Each year, millions visit the Acropolis. If you do want to visit, then you should know that tickets for the Acropolis and then the Parthenon are sold separately. However, if you book a tour with a licensed Acropolis tours company, then you will be able to get everything included in the cost of your tour ticket. When visiting the Acropolis, be sure to take a camera with you. It is without a doubt one of the most remarkable places in all of Europe. Taking a camera with you will help you to capture memories from your trip there, so you can remember it forever.
The Acropolis Museum is one of the best in all of the Mediterranean. It is a stone’s throw from the Acropolis and has a café. After your trip to the Acropolis, why not then go into the museum to cool down, enjoy the air-conditioning, and see some of the relics and artifacts that were found in the area? You can find some absolutely incredible Greek artifacts in the museum. One of the best things about the museum is the fact that there are various signs dotted around, which teach you about the history of the area.
Mount Olympus was, in Greek mythology, home to the chief gods, the Olympians. Mount Olympus is a huge mountain and takes several days to hike. Up and down the mountain there are temples, bed, and breakfasts, and rest stops. If you are not an experienced hiker, then it is not advised that you travel to the top. If you are, then why not hike all the way up? Going halfway up is still something that’s possible for people not experienced in hiking, though. Going halfway up the mountain will still give people the opportunity to see ancient temples, incredible views, and beautiful churches.
The predominant religion in Greece is Eastern Orthodoxy, a variant of Catholicism. Throughout Greece, you will find Orthodox churches. The Orthodox tradition is very mystical. A very important place in terms of mysticism in the Orthodox Church is Mount Athos, a mountain inhabited almost exclusively by monks. There are lots of different churches and monasteries up and down the mountain. Women are not allowed on, however. There are places you can stay if you want to hike to the top. Consider giving money as a donation to the monks if you will be hiking up.
Epidaurus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best places to visit if Greek history interests you. It is best known for the ancient theatre located there, which was built over 2,300 years ago. The theatre has seating for up to 14,000 people. It is still used to this very day for Greek plays, during the Epidaurus Festival, which you can get tickets for in July and August. There is also a temple there, dedicated to the god Asclepios. You can also find a museum there, which you can visit if you want to learn about the area’s history.
It’s hard to pinpoint a specific island since Greece has hundreds of islands surrounding it. The Greek islands are definitely worth visiting. Try to visit as many as you can on your trip there. You can take a boat island hopping, or you can visit islands and stay on them. Each island has its own unique and distinct culture. Some even have their own unique cuisines. One of the best things about visiting the islands that surround Greece is that, for the most part, they are very affordable to travel to (and stay on).
Greece is an incredibly interesting country, with a rich history. If you have never been before, then the places outlined here are worth a visit. They are the most popular among tourists and for good reason.