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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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.

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Santorini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 84700 Thíra

    Santorini is the most spectacular of the Cyclades; arriving by boat in its ancient crater overwhelmed by the sea thousands of years ago is an unforgettable experience. The natural circle is surrounded by giant cliffs in a variety of hues resulting fr..

  • 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 Corfu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 49100 Kérkyra

    Lying between the Greek world and the Italian peninsula, the jewel of the Ionian islands charms visitors with its green hills carpeted by olive groves, sandy beaches, old town and lovely climate, making it a popular destination all year round. Popula..

  • 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 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 Acropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissiou-Areopagitou GR - 11851 Athína

    In this focal point of civilization you will discover the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and the Parthenon, masterpieces of the 5th century B.C. At a relatively late period, the hole which Poseidon made on a rock with a blow of ..

  • 19 Erechtheion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This elegant 5C B.C. temple, with many places of worship, was a church, a palace, a harem and then a military magazine. The famous portico of the kores was named the «Caryatids tribune» because 6 statues of young women, clad in tunics with parallel f..

  • 20 Acropolis Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. Dionysiou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    After entering this place, how will you leave it? You will certainly be enchanted by the celebrated kores with their mischievous smiles, the famous "pensive Athena", the remarkable kore of Antenor, the winged statue of Nike and the kore wit..

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