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  • 1 Mount Athos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 630 75 Ouranópoli

    The Holy Mountain culminates as Mount Athos (2 033m), its steep slopes plunging into the sea. Dedicated to the contemplative life since the 9C, this is Orthodox monasticism at its purest. A timeless place enriched by centuries of heritage, few are ad..

  • 2 Vikos Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - Monodéndri

    The monastery of Agia Paraskevi hangs vertiginously over the gorge, where the Voidomatis flows 1 000m below. From the monastery, a path winds along the cliff. From the viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the Voidomatis, there is an impressive pan..

  • 3 Cape Sounion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - Soúnio

    Traditionally, Cape Sounion is visited from the Apollo Coast, returning to Athens at sunset. An outrider of Attica, watching over the entrance to the Saronic gulf, Homer's "sacred promontory" is admirably situated facing the Aegean and Cycl..

  • 4 Cape Matapan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 66200 Kokkinogeia

    The southernmost point of the Peleponnese was once crowned by a temple to Poseidon, later replaced by the church of the Assumption. Returning from Alinka, take the route to Lagia crossing the Mani ridge. Beyond Lagia, the route drops through a wild l..

  • 5 The Cyclades Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 84100 Ermoúpoli

    Like a sprinkling of white dust on the waves, the Cyclades make up a nome (like a UK county) at the heart of the islands of the Aegean. The capital is Ermoupoli on Siros. These arid islands are beautiful in the purest sense, their whitewashed angular..

  • 6 Achaia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - Káto Achaïa

    Among the beaches near Hora on Andros, Achaia is accessible only by caique or along a footpath through a gorge. Crystal-clear water and an enchanting backdrop for lovers of unspoilt beauty.

  • 7 Patmos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 85500 Pátmos

    The northernmost island of the Dodecanese is an important place of Christian devotion: St John the Apostle wrote the Apocalypse here, and an 11C monastery dedicated to him vies with Mount Athos as the centre of Orthodox Christianity. Around it lies t..

  • 8 Rhodes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 85100 Ródos

    The sunshine island of Rhodes is a seductive mix of gentle climate, varied landscape ideal for walkers, lovely beaches and exceptional history (as typified by its citadel, Lindos and Monolithos Castle). The largest of the Dodecanese is also seat of i..

  • 9 Agios Georgios Bay or Shipwreck Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - Zákynthos

    On the northwest side of the island, a little road leads to a remarkable viewpoint over the famous Agios Georgios Bay, known as Shipwreck Bay ( Navagio; sign "Shipwreck"). Indeed, the sight is quite something: at the foot of the sheer cliff..

  • 10 Terrace of the Lions Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 84600 Dilos

    Looking towards the Sacred Lake, these famous ancient lions carved from Naxos marble numbered at least nine; five have been replaced by copies, a sixth was removed by the Venetians in the 17C and today stands guard over the Arsenale in Venice, the ot..

  • 11 Katholikon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GR - Stíri

    On entering the huge church (11C) of the monastery of St Luke, note firstly the narthex and initial group of remarkable mosaics, embellishing the vaulting, tympanums and pilasters. Those with gold backgrounds, fine examples of the sober yet expressiv..

  • 12 Church of the Panagía Ekatondapiliania Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pros Limani GR - Páros

    On a square, this Byzantine church was founded by St Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine (280-337); the current building is largely 10C. The church of Our Lady of the Hundred Doors blends a thee-nave basilica plan with a Greek cross plan. Note the ..

  • 13 Delphi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 33054 Delfoí

    Above the Pleistos ravine, amid the grandiose scenery of the Parnassus massif, Delphi was in ancient times a mystical place; its sanctuary of Apollo attracted hordes of pilgrims drawn by its oracle. The site is situated by a road, about 1km before th..

  • 14 Mycenae Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 212 00 Mykínes

    On a dry hilltop encircled by mountains are the ruins of Mycenae, described by Homer as "rich in gold". This fortified settlement was in the second millennium BC a distinct civilisation, which greatly influenced later Greek culture. Ruled b..

  • 15 Olympos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 301 10 Olympía

    Intellectual and physical prowess, the spirit of concord and peace: such were the principles of the games which in Antiquity drew all Greeks together at Olympos. 2 800 years later, today's Olympics embody the same ideal. At the heart of the idyllic A..

  • 16 Temple of Vasses Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 27061 Andrítsaina

    In a melancholy spot at altitude (1 130m) on the south flank of Mount Minthi and surrounded by ravines, the temple looks across a sweeping horizon with the mountains of Lakonia and Messenia in the distance. Built around 450-420 BC by the residents of..

  • 17 Vergina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - Vergina

    In an exceptionally beautiful site on the outskirts of the modern village of Vergina stand the ruins of Aigai, the ancient Macedonian capital, unearthed by French archaeologists in 1856. Excavations resumed in the 1930s with a Greek team, and archaeo..

  • 18 Ruins of Phaestos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 70200 Mátala

    In a site dominating the Messara plain, on a spur of the Mount Ida massif, stand the remains of the Minoan palace of Phaestos, built by Rhadamanthus. Excavations by Italian archaeologists revealed two sequential buildings, the first dating to 2000-16..

  • 19 Mystras Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - Mystra

    In a bowl below its citadel, Mystras has Byzantine monasteries and chuches, decayed palaces and houses on its slopes (a spur of Mount Taigetos). Only clerics live here now yet it remains splendid, and its ruins (a Unesco World Heritage site) testify ..

  • 20 Temple of Athena Nike Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This graceful Ionic temple (late 5C B.C.) juts out in front of the Propylaea, overlooking the Sacred Way. According to the legend, Aegeus, the father of Theseus, believing his son to be dead, threw himself from the rock where the temple is built. Reb..

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