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  • 1 Mount Athos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mt Athos (2 030m), where some 20 monasteries cling to the slopes, is the site of Orthodox monasticism at its purest. These timeless strongholds of Byzantine art make up a unique site - a UNESCO World Heritage Site -, the treasures and atmosphere of w..

  • 2 Vikos Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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. The viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the Voidomatis takes in a wild natural landscap..

  • 3 Cape Sounion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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

    Cape Tenaro, or Matapan, is the southernmost point of the Peloponnese. Between Alika and Lagia, the road crosses the ridge of Máni. Beyond Lagia, the itinerary offers fantastic views of Máni's east coast.

  • 5 The Cyclades Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 Achla Beach Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    On the island of Andros, Achla beach is accessible only by caique from Hora or along a footpath follows the course of a gorge. Crystal-clear water and an enchanting backdrop await lovers of unspoilt beauty.

  • 7 Delos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A windswept desert island, once the site of the Aegean's greatest ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: this is Delos, the home of Apollo, god of beauty and light. In ancient times, the island played a leading commercial and religious role: ..

  • 8 Patmos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The northernmost island of the Dodecanese is an important place of Christendom: St John the Apostle wrote the Apocalypse here, and an 11C monastery dedicated to him vies with Mt Athos as the centre of Greek Orthodoxy. At it feet, there lies Hora, arc..

  • 9 Island of Rhodes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The island of Rhodes stretches out over 70km to the south of the modern capital. Its varied landscape makes it look something like a miniature continent. On the coastline, rocks alternate with beaches, gravel, pebbles or fine sand, running into a sea..

  • 10 Shipwreck Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 11 Terrace of the Lions Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Looking towards the Sacred Lake, the famous ancient lions of Delos, 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 Arsenal of Venice..

  • 12 Katholikon, Hosias Loukas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    On entering the huge church (11C) of the Monastery of Hosias Loukas, you firstly come upon the narthex and an initial group of mosaics. You can only marvel at the extraordinary mosaics on a gold background embellishing the vaulting, tympanums and pil..

  • 13 Panagía Ekatondapiliania Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Panagia Ekatontapiliani, a Byzantine sanctuary, is thought to have been built in the 4C by Constantine, in line with his mother's wish. As for the current building, it dates from the 10C. The "Church of a Hundred Doors" blends a three-nave ..

  • 14 Delphi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Above the Pleistos ravine, laid out on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi was once a mystical hotspot, when the Sanctuary of Apollo attracted pilgrims, fascinated by the oracle. The ruins of the ancient site, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Sit..

  • 15 Mycenae Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    On an arid hilltop encircled by mountains are the ruins of Mycenae, the town described by Homer as "rich in gold". This fortified settlement saw an original civilisation flourish in the second millennium BC and go on to influence Greek civi..

  • 16 Olympos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The cradle of Olympism has a special place in the history of Greek sanctuaries and indeed history full stop: it is the only one, after 2 700 years, to have managed to perpetuate the spirit behind it. At the stadium, you can imagine the excitement tha..

  • 17 Temple of Vassaes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Temple at Bassae, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands utterly alone in the middle of a plateau surrounded by mountain peaks. Built in the 5C BC by the residents of Figalia to honour Apollo Epicurius, who had protected them from the pl..

  • 18 Vergina, ancient city of Aigai Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The ancient city of Aigai overlooks the plain through which the Haliacmon winds. Today a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first capital of Macedonia has yielded a wealth of information on the splendour of Macedonian civilisation and one of ..

  • 19 Phaestos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    In a site dominating the Messara plain, on a spur of the Mount Ida range, stand the remains of the Minoan palace of Phaestos, built, according to legend, by Rhadamanthus. Excavations have revealed two sequential buildings, the first dating from 1900-..

  • 20 Mystras Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Built in tiers below the citadel, Mystras has Byzantine monasteries and churches, palaces and houses lying in decay on the steep slope of a spur of Mt Taigetos. Nowadays it seems sleepy, but has lost none of its grandeur, and its ruins, a Unesco Worl..

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