Greek Cultural Heritage and Islands

Parthenon ©linz_ellinas/flickr

Parthenon ©linz_ellinas/flickr

The iconic places that are world famous are in many parts of Greece. In the capital, Athens, you should see the Parthenon and Delphi. This is where the emperors at the ancient times sought prophecies of the oracle in the Greek world. Next place you need to visit is the Bassae and the old city of Rhodes. In Bassae, it is the temple of Apollo while in Rhodes, to see the Colossus of Rhodes.

Meteora and Olympia

Olympia, the birthplace of our modern Olympic Games and where the Olympic flame starts to be passed from one country to the next around the world. For the stunning looking Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Meteora built on those natural sandstone rock pillars. For ancient sites, the small little town of Vergina is worth to mention here as well. Agai has many valuable artifacts found in those untouched tombs, for example one is of the father of Alexander the Great (Philip II of Macedon). You need to go to the Mt. Taygetos, the ancient town of Mystras very close in proximity to Sparta.

Island of Delos

Mykonos is the ever so popular destination in Greece, but not too far from Mykonos is the island of Delos which is amazing. It used to be the main Panhellenic sanctuary but now it has lots of archaelogical remains. What’s more, in the mythical beliefs, it is where Artemis and Apollo’s birth place.

Major Sights

Fine beaches on the Greek Islands are great places for resting and relaxing. Rejuvenate at the Patmos that has a wonderful historic centre called the Chora. Also you must try the dining experience at the sea side restaurants that has very breathtaking views. The other two sights to catch here is the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse.

Corfu and Samos

Samos ©angelsgermain/flickr

Samos ©angelsgermain/flickr

Corfu is a not to be missed, it is popular and has several good beaches and a very impressive historic town centre. The beach town Samos which is very near the Turkish mainland has the most famous local wine of the ancient world. That means you must go there and try it too. For world heritage hunters the Temple of Hera and the remains of the fortified port of Pythagoreion is a must see. Last but not least, go to the famous Tunnel of Eupalinos to see the one kilometer long of subterranean aqueduct which dates back to the 6th century BC.

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