Traveling to a new country can be quite a thrilling adventure.
If you love all things history, art, philosophy, and archaeology, as well as beautiful views, then Greece is the place for you! Greece is made up of over 6,000 islands and islets and is home to some of the world’s most historical sites.
When most people think of Greece, they automatically think of places like Athens, Santorini, or Mykonos, but there is so much more to see in the country! Keep reading to learn more about some of the top attractions to see while in Greece.
8 of Greece’s Top Sights to See
- Santorini - Known for its cliff-top towns that hang over the blue sea-filled caldera, Santorini is said to be one of the most dramatic and picturesque of all the Greek isles. Here you can find black volcanic-sand beaches or even visit Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan site buried underneath lava after the volcanic eruption that created the caldera over 3,600 years ago.
- The Acropolis - Located in Athens, Greece, the Acropolis is considered to be the symbol of Athens and Greece, as well as Western civilization. This iconic ancient site is one of the most visited in the city. At the Acropolis, you can view the Parthenon, the largest Doric temple in Greece. You can also admire the Roman Forum, the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Olympic Stadium - Originally built during the 4th century and later restored for the European Athletics Championships during the 1980s, the Olympic Stadium, also known as the Panathenaic Stadium, is the largest stadium in Greece, housing over 70,000 seats. Not only is the stadium a cool site to see, the view from the top of the stadium is surreal. The stadium is still used for events today and joggers are welcome at the stadium from 7:30 am to 9 am.
- Mount Olympus - Greece is home to one of the most famous mountains in the world, Mount Olympus. Widely known by fans of Greek mythology, Mount Olympus is quite a stunning view that you won’t want to miss.
Temple of Poseidon - Located on Cape Sounion, Greece, and overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon is quite a sight to see. Built in the 5th century BC to honor the god of the sea, Poseidon, this temple was made of marble from Agrileza. Originally, the temple contained a total of 34 columns, but only 13 survive today. The Temple of Poseidon is one of the most evocative sites of ancient Greece and remains a top visitor attraction to this day.
- Shipwreck Bay - If you are wanting to lie back and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches that Greece has to offer, look no further than Shipwreck Bay (Navagio Beach) on Zakynthos. This beach is home to white sand and beautiful marble cliffs. Acting as the centerpiece to the beach is a long-abandoned freighter, which are the remains of a smuggler’s shipwreck.
Delphi - Located along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites dating all the way back to the 7th century BC. Today, the city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to many ancient sites, including the Sacred Way, polygonal wall, Stoa of the Athenians, Temple of Apollo, and the monument of Platea.
- Chania Town - If you plan to visit Chania Town, a must-see and its main attraction is the Old Venetian Harbor. Home to cobbled streets and very welcoming natives, Chania Town has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood movies and TV series. This town is packed with sites to see, including the Botanical Park, the Chania Venetian Lighthouse, the Church of Agios Nikolaos, Iguana Beach, the Chania Archaeological Museum, and many more.
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