Deciding which country to visit is not an easy task and the things don’t get any easier after either. So, once you’ve circled Greece on your map, it’s time to make some more hard decisions regarding things to see in Greece. It sure is a beautiful country with a very, very, veeeery long history and that, my ladies, means that there will be a lot of cool stuff to see regardless of the part of Greece you decide to visit. I think Greece is amazing and, in order to help you see everything and start sharing my feelings about it, I’ve made a list of 10 most important Things to See in Greece:
A perfect destination for an unforgettable honeymoon or even a romantic vacation, Santorini is one of Greece’s most famous islands and, believe me, there is a good reason for it! If money is no issue I strongly suggest a room with a huge balcony and a great view because, although these don’t come cheap, the experience is well worth it. Traditional white houses with roofs, doors and windows painted blue will take your breath away and the same goes for the caldera view and the sunset which is, as I’ve mentioned many times before, said to be the second most beautiful one in the world.
If Greece’s capital, Athens, is more of your style, definitely check out Acropolis as well as the complex surrounding it. This amazing ancient construction is made of marble, marble and nothing but marble and used to hold a huge statue of Athena who was, as you’re probably guessing, the city’s patron. Visit The New Acropolis Museum for more marble blocks, ancient writings, statues and practical stuff like utensils and pottery.
Visiting Meteora was one of my best travel-related experiences so, whenever someone asks me what things to see in Greece, I always suggest this one. Why? Because the landscape alone is enough to make you go “Wooow”! You shouldn’t let the very inaccessible entrance stop you from seeing the complex of religious constructions hidden in and between the stones as that can be a pretty cool experience as well.
4. Epidaurus Theater
It’s huge, breathtaking and the acoustics is really as good as they say so if an organized tour through Greece is how you’d like to spend your vacation, definitely make sure Epidaurus is on the list of sights you’ll be taken to see.
I’ve been to Delphi, seen the ruins of what used to bare a very flattering name of “the navel of the world” and I have to tell you this – if you’re even a tiny bit interested in historic facts, myths, legends or all of the above, you simply must check it out. Make sure you have a knowledgeable tourist guide who could tell you more about the famous Oracle as well as this place in general and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.
Visiting a museum is one of the best ways to make sure you’ve covered everything so add at least one of them on your list of things to see in Greece. I was pretty happy with the National museum in Athens but my fiancé says all the good stuff are in Thessaloniki, so if you’re a fan of Alexander the Great, take his advise and head north. Not all museums will let you use your camera which is a total bummer although the whole experience and the great memories you’ll get to take with you greatly exceed the initial disappointment.
7. Mycenae Ruins
Ah, the times of glory and power! But seriously, ladies, this ancient place is sure worth visiting and I bet you’ll love it even if you’re not into stone and broken colons. The old Mycenae town still stands strong, representing Greece and its power during the Bronze Age and there is a pretty interesting story too, so make sure you have a tourist guide with you! I’ve given you the short version in one of my previous posts but he/she will be able to tell you all the interesting bits and pieces that will make the whole experience even better.
8. Olympus Mountain
A mystical magical place such as this one is definitely worth seeing and since the mountain is not very far from Thessaloniki, you might want to plan an extra day when you decide to visit this second biggest city in Greece. Traditional mountain villages paved with stone blocks, great taverns and small shops are just some of many things to see here and, if you don’t mind hiking, you can go more up and enjoy in the natural beauty this mountain has to offer.
This Cycladic isle is very famous for its nightlife, which doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a party animal to enjoy it. Cyclades islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Ios are low in natural greens which really brings out that lovely, island architecture. The sea is great and there is always something to do or some place to go to so you can drop by in July and August for a “swim all day, party all night” wild vacation or in September, for a more relaxed, jet-set like fun. Some Hollywood celebrities have houses here so don’t be surprised if you happen to run into your favorite actor.
10. Athos Mountain
All three so-called “legs” (or fingers) of Khalkidhiki (Chalcidice) are worth checking out but the third (or first, depending on the viewpoint) one is something I simply must include in my list of things to see in Greece. Why? The answer is: Athos, a place of great historic and spiritual importance. Some people even say this place has changed their lives and some even choose to stay there and live with the monks and, although I agree visiting Athos should be on your list of priorities, the trip might not be worth it if you are a woman, as women are not allowed here!
The list of all things to see in Greece is, of course, much, much longer so feel free to add some interesting places that might be interesting for tourists. Have you ever visited lakes and rivers here and is there something I forgot to include in my list of Things to See in Greece?
Top Photo Credit: archer10 (Dennis)