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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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.

  • 4 Delos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 846 00 Dilos

    A windswept deserted island, once the site of the Aegean's greatest ancient city; this is Delos, the home of Apollo, god of beauty and light. In Antiquity, it played a leading commercial and religious role: the whole of the Greek world came through h..

  • 5 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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    GR - Zákynthos

    Onthe northwest side of the island, a little road leads to a remarkableviewpointover 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 the..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Lycabettos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Aristipou GR - 10675 Athína

    The Lycabetus, or Wolves' Hill, 277 m high, is crowned by Saint George's Chapel. From the neighbouring terraces, a wonderful panorama embraces the city of Athens, the Acropolis, and the Piraeus coast, together with the main surrounding peaks: to the ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Sanctuary of Apollo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Amfissis-Livadeias GR - 33054 Delfoí

    The Agora, a small square preceding the Sanctuary of Apollo, is where the visit begins, the same way taken by pilgrims in Antiquity. Four steps lead up to the main entrance of the temenos, the sacred precinct, with a wall dating from the 4C BC. It ha..

  • 15 Eagles' Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 34001 Kárystos

    Between Káristos and Stíra (about 30km) the Eagles' Road runs along a ledge 700-800m above sea level on the southwest coast of Euboia. It goes through stark and empty hillsides, where birds of prey once soared, offering splendid views down over the G..

  • 16 Hydra Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 180 40 Ýdra

    Defended by a few cannon for several hundred years, the little port of Hydra, which is packed with yachts in the season, is hidden in a rounded inlet, bordered by old houses that fan out up the dry and rocky hillside towards the monastery. The lively..

  • 17 Pérama Cave Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 45500 Ioánnina

    The cave, discovered during the Second World War, extends for 1km and covers an area of 14 800m; water streams continuously down its walls. The caverns are artistically lit to show off the splendid limestone concretions in the form of stalagmites, st..

  • 18 Heraion Headland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 203 00 Perachóra

    The Heraion Headland (Akrotírio Iréo) offers magnificent views down to the coast and the Bay of Corinth. Don't miss the town of Perahóra (small archeological museum) and the Limni Heraion road that skirts Lake Vouliagméni. The Heraion is located in a..

  • 19 Lion Gate Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 212 00 Mykínes

    The Lion Gate, which was the main entrance to the Acropolis, takes its name from the two wild animals sculpted on the huge monolithic pediment. Of Asiatic inspiration, they stood watch over the entrance to the upper town and symbolised Mycenaean powe..

  • 20 Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    GR - 270 65 Olympía

    This museum devoted to art from Ancient Greece contains one of the masterpieces of Classical art, the famous Hermes of Praxiteles found in the Temple of Hera. Sculpted in Parian marble (4C BC), Hermes is carrying the infant Dionysos. Traces of the or..

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