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  • 1 Temple of Athena Nike Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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.

  • 2 Athens National Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    44 r. Patission

    Boasting one of the finest collections anywhere, this museum was founded in 1834. Devoted to ancient art from the Neolithic to the Roman era, its revamped interior displays the main works of art from the major Greek archaeological sites. Admire the f..

  • 3 Sanctuary of Apollo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    A visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo begins with the Agora, a small rectangular esplanade. Four steps lead up to the main entrance of the temenos, the sacred precinct of the sanctuary. With its nine doors, it gives visitors access, via the Sacred Way, ..

  • 4 Delphi Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    The museum displays the works of art excavated at Delphi. A must-see: the winged sphinx, which stood atop the column of the Naxians, in the Treasury of the Siphnians; two colossal statues of Ephebos from the 6C BC, in the Kouri room; the " dance..

  • 5 Eagles' Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 6 Pérama Cave Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Cave of Perama, formed under Goritsa Hill 1.4 million years ago, was discovered during the Second World War. An 850m-long footpath and 163-step stairway lead down into a strange forest of multi-coloured limestone concretions. The lighting lends m..

  • 7 Heraion of Perachora Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    After passing Perachora and skirting the shores of Lake Vouliagmeni, the road leads you to the Heraion of Perachora, which is located in a wild site at the bottom of a valley presided over by an acropolis. Here, you will see the remains of a Hellenis..

  • 8 Archaeological Museum of Thessalonica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 r. Manoli-Andronikou

    The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki boasts one of Greece's richest collections. Built in 1962 by Patroclos Karantinos, the architecture of the building reflects the introspection of Ancient Greek houses. The permanent collections present the hi..

  • 9 Lion Gate Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

  • 10 Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which houses almost all of the artefacts discovered on the site, is one of the country's finest. Among the masterpieces of Classical art, don't miss the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. Sculpted in Parian marble (4C ..

  • 11 Archeological Museum of Iraklion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. Xanthoudidou

    The Heraklion Archaeology Museum has an extraordinary collection of objects discovered on Crete's Minoan sites, and proves to be an excellent introduction to a visit here. There are some real masterpieces, revealing art of a great finesse. Don't miss..

  • 12 Isle of Dílos: Mount Kynthos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Dominating the ancient city of marble that lies at its feet, Mt Cynthus, 113m high, is the only relief on the island of Delos. Climbing to the summit is worthwhile less to see the vestiges scattered about than for the views over Delos and the Cyclade..

  • 13 Theatre District, Delos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Head to Delos' Theatre district to see the ruins of a theatre that was built in the 3C BC and had the capacity for around 5 000 spectators. It also has a magnificent ensemble of private houses (2C and 1C BC), the ground floor of which was given over ..

  • 14 Santorini Caldera Boat Trip Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    If you take a boat trip through the waters of Santorini caldera, the immensity of the scenery won't fail to bowl you over. On the small island of Nea Kameni a cinder path leads to the collapsed top of the volcano. Here and there, wisps of sulphurous ..

  • 15 Ancient Thera Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    On a magnificent site high above the Aegean Sea, Thira was once a Hellenistic garrison town. Founded in the 9C BC, it reached the height of its importance under the Egyptian Ptolemies (305-30 BC), who had established a naval base here. Ancient Thera ..

  • 16 Sanctuary of Asklepios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Four terraces cut into a hillside overlooking the Kos plain mark the site of this sizeable sanctuary, which was consecrated to Asklepios, the god of healing and son of Apollo. Built in the late 4C BC to commemorate the skills of Hippocrates, the Askl..

  • 17 St John's Monastery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The imposing walls of St John the Baptist's Monastery (Agios Ioannis Theologos) dominate the town's white houses and the island of Patmos, as well as the surrounding archipelago. The circuit wall was built from the 11C and its massive canted buttress..

  • 18 Knights' Quarter, Rhodes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Kleovoulou

    Responsible for defending against the Turkish threat (1306), the Knights Hospitaller lived in this fortified part of the city called Collachium. A visit to the Palati Megalon Magistron (Palace of the Grand Masters), in the northwest corner of the ram..

  • 19 Monastery of Ósios Loukás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Built at the edge of a majestic cirque surrounded by mountains, Hosios Loukas is in a suitably grand setting. This Byzantine monastery is among the most beautiful in Greece, as much in terms of its original architecture and its fabulous mosaics on go..

  • 20 Santorini Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

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