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  • 1 Knossós: Royal Apartments Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knossos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    The royal apartments occupy four floors of rooms built into the hillside above the river. There are light wells to provide the circulation of air and lighting in the rooms. A flight of steps leads to the apartments, which are linked by a network of p..

  • 2 Theatre District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 84600 Dilos

    Sinikía Theátrou (the Theatre District) was built from the 2C BC onwards. It contained luxurious houses built around courtyards and was decorated with superb mosaics in lively colours. There is the House of the Dolphins decorated with a large mosaic ..

  • 3 Caldera Boat Trip Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 84700 Thíra

    From Skála harbour visitors can take a boat trip (in a caique) over the waters of the caldera (volcanic basin). The gigantic nature of the scenery is very impressive. At Néa Kaméni, a 30min walk up a cinder path leads to the top of the volcano. There..

  • 4 Sanctuary of Asklepios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 85300 Kos

    Four terraces cut into a hillside overlooking the Kos plain mark the site of this important sanctuary, which was consecrated to Asklepios (Aesculapius), the god of healing and son of Apollo. The sanctuary was built in the late 4C BC to commemorate th..

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

    Religious buildings

    GR - 844 00 Skála

    The powerful walls of St John's Monastery (Ágios Ioánis Theólogos) dominate the town's white houses and the island of Pátmos, as well as the surrounding archipelago. The circuit wall was built in the 11C-12C; its massive canted buttresses were added ..

  • 6 Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 84400 Pátmos

    East of Hóra, three windmills overlook the Gríkos road. The view from here is exceptional: to the west, the Hóra and the walls of the monastery; on the hillside, the white cuboid buildings of the School of Pátmos above the Monastery of the Apocalypse..

  • 7 Citadel of Rhodes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Towns and villages

    Kleovoulou GR - 851 00 Ródos

    Responsible for defending against the Turkish threat (1306), the Knights of St John based themselves in this fortified part of the city called the Collachium. A visit to the Paláti Megálon Magístron (Palace of the Grand Masters), built in the 14C in ..

  • 8 Monastery of Ósios Loukás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GR - 32005 Dístomo

    A Unesco World Heritage site, the monastery was founded by a hermit, Luke Stiris, who died in 953 and whose tomb became an object of pilgrimage. The Katholikon, a huge archetypal pilgrimage church with marvellous mosaics, is a masterpiece of Byzantin..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Monastery of Chozoviotissa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GR - Amorgós

    In an extraordinary site, this venerable monastery literally clings to a cliff-face.Sparkling white against the sombre rock, the building appears halfway up a 500m-high vertcal cliff. Visiting this holy place is an other-worldly experience. Accompani..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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 ..

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