Sweet home to some of the world’s most important historical sites, along with around 6000 islands, Greece is known for its natural captivating beauty and fascinating culture. Attractions in Greece include Cliffs tumbling into sparkling blue water, ancient archaeological sites and calm beaches of sand and pebbles make Greece one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations.
The country’s capital Athens is one of the best attractions. But besides this, other attractions include Ancient Delphi and the monasteries of Meteora. But most people visit the country to pay a visit to the islands; Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Corfu, and Crete. You can plan your trip with our list of the best attractions in Greece.
I personally recommend some of the holiday attractions in Greece that you can add in your sightseeing attraction list.
1. Acropolis, Athens
Acropolis is a rocky mound rising in the heart of Athens. It is considered the symbol of Western Civilization that took place in the ancient era. The most renowned and most distinctive is the Parthenon which is originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof and decorated by ornate pediments and a frieze.
Acropolis is an attraction which is connected to the other attractions of the country including – the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a 2.5-kilometre walking path known as the Archaeological Promenade.
2. Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis Museum is one of Athens’ most-searched and visited tourist sites in Greece. It is designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi. It is built of an ultra-modern glass and steel structure with beautiful lights and airy exhibition spaces, which showcases ancient finds from the town.
You can see a statue of a young man carrying a calf on his shoulders (built in 6th-century-BC Moschophoros, sculptures of female figures that held up the Erechtheion which are known as Caryatids, and the highly controversial Parthenon marbles. You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the town by sipping the hot espresso at the museum’s terrace cafe-restaurant.
The most well-known place in the world, Santorini is best known for the west coast cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, which appear to hang over a deep, blue sea-filled caldera. Dream honeymoon and wedding destination for many couples, it is made up of typical Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels with infinity pools, both Fira and Oia.
You can actually enjoy sunbathing and swimming (if you like to) at the black volcanic sand beaches on the south and east coasts.
You can also pay a visit to Akrotiri, an Ancient Minoan settlement buried below lava following the volcanic eruption that created the caldera, some 3,600 years ago. Imagine, relaxing in the private pool and watching out the enthralling view, can actually provide you serenity.
Mykonos became Greece’s most glamorous island destination as it is well known for after-dark activities centre on Mykonos Town. It is also renowned for its chic boutique hotels, classy seafood restaurants, and live music venues.
Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and sandy beaches (served both by bus and taxi-boat from Mykonos Town) are the other attractions. The island is specifically popular with international celebrities.
Corfu is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. It is located in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the mainland. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, Corfu has elegant Italianate architecture and it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. You can explore its romantic pedestrian-only streets to discover two 16th-century fortresses and the arcaded Liston, lined by old-fashioned cafes.
The island is located away from the main town and is lushly beautiful, with rugged limestone rocks tumbling into the sea in its north and velvety green hills in its south. Paleokastritsa is the most popular beach area on the west coast, about 25-kilometres from Corfu Town. You’ll surely be able to find a collection of deep curving bays sheltering sand and pebble beaches along with a view of the clear blue sea.
6. Rhodes Town
Located on the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Its capital is UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town and is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. Enclosed by an impressive fortification system, it includes monumental towers and gates built by the Knights of St. John after they took over the island in the 14th century.
You can freely explore the car-free cobbled streets of the old town on foot. Pretty hillside coastal towns of Lindos and Marmaris on the Turkish coast are some nearby attractions which can be visited by excursion boats.
These were the most popular attractions of Greece and if you ever plan to visit Greece, make sure you have these attractions on your sightseeing list!