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  • 1 Corfu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    By making Corfu a World Heritage Site on account of its "exceptional" character, UNESCO fetes its mosaic of cultures. The island's Greek and Byzantine heritages were enriched, from the 14C, by the mark of the Lion of Venice, the French in t..

  • 2 Monastery of Hozoviotissa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This thousand-year-old monastery literally clings to a cliff-face, in an extraordinary site. Dazzling white against the sombre rock, the building appears halfway up a sheer cliff, 300m above the water. Visiting this holy place is an other-worldly exp..

  • 3 Lycabettos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Aristipou

    The Lycabettus, or Wolves' Hill, 278 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: Hymetu..

  • 4 Acropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissiou-Areopagitou

    An enormous stone vessel dominating the plain, the Acropolis, whose name means "upper city", occupies an exceptional site. Its flat summit, nearly 300m by 156m, forms a vast esplanade covering 3ha, looming 115m over the lower city. The firs..

  • 5 Parthenon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Parthenon, a Doric temple, was built in the era of Pericles by Iktinos, under the direction of Phidias. His statue, dedicated to Athena, decorated the sanctuary. In Byzantine times this statue, having been taken to Constantinople, was destroyed d..

  • 6 Erechtheion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Jewel of the Acropolis and masterpiece of Ionic art (406 BC), the Erechtheion served various cults before becoming a church, a palace, a harem and then a military magazine. The famous Porch of the Kores is named "Porch of the Caryatids" bec..

  • 7 Acropolis Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. Dionysiou-Aeropagitou

    Constructed using steel, glass and cement, the museum is situated at the foot of the Acropolis and brilliantly showcases the 4 000 artefacts discovered on the site. The glass flooring of the ground floor allows visitors to see the ruins of Ancient At..

  • 8 Theatre of Epidauros Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Built in the 4C BC by Polykleitos the Younger, the Epidaurus Theatre is doubtless the most accomplished theatre of the ancient world due to its magnificent lines, harmonious proportions and beautiful setting. The cavea can hold close to 12 000 specta..

  • 9 Samaria Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The road up to the gorge (16km long) crosses the Omalos Plateau (1 050m). After passing through Omalos, the road ends in Xiloskalo on the edge of the gorge. First a flight of wooden steps and then a twisting path lead down into the depths of the gorg..

  • 10 Metéora Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    At the edge of the Pindus Mountains and the Plain of Thessaly, a group of sandstone pillars stands out against a backdrop of green, like a "forest of rocks", forming fantastical shapes, with smooth, vertiginous faces. Since the 11C, the fam..

  • 11 Kiriotissa District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This old quarter of the Macedonian city of Veria has some 50 churches, built between the 12C and 15C. Agios Hristos, the Church of the Resurrection, is decorated with frescoes by Giorgos Kaliergis (early 14C); Agios Kirikos, within a larger building,..

  • 12 Ano Syros Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Catholic stronghold of Ermoupoli and the Cyclades, the medieval city of Ano Syros, with its steep narrow streets, is made up of whitewashed houses, alleyways, little squares and tiny gardens. Visit the small Markos Vamvakaris museum, dedicated to..

  • 13 Cephalonian Mounts Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From Sami, the Argostoli road crosses the island over the mountain. Walkers will enjoy tackling Mt Aenos (1 628m), a giant by Greek island standards. Within a protected national park, it rises from a thick forest of dark Cephalonian firs. The road le..

  • 14 Sithonia Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Sithonia is rich in natural beauty: umbrella pinewoods fringing long sandy beaches nestling in isolated bays and inlets, some of which jut fjord-like deep into this jagged coastline (perfect for spear-fishing). Often hugging the shore, the coast road..

  • 15 Beaches and Palm Grove of Vai Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    At the eastern end of Crete's desert landscape, Vai's beach is renowned for its natural palm grove (the only one in Europe), white sand, ochre rocks and clear waters, sadly overrun by holidaymakers. To the north, near an ancient Minoan settlement, It..

  • 16 Folegandros Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The wild, harsh island of Folegandros, one of the smallest of the western Cyclades, has its own special charm. Explore its wind-buffeted hamlets of white houses and arid, austere landscapes. Beach lovers will have to walk along dirt tracks or take a ..

  • 17 Mikonos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mykonos combines great natural beauty and the nefarious reputation lent it by the Greek and international jet set. But the island invariably returns to the limelight, doubtless thanks to the simplicity of the ingredients that add up to its success: a..

  • 18 Sarakiniko Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The north coast of Milos offers some unique scenery. East of Plaka lies a beautiful natural landscape: bright white volcanic tufa carved by the sea into cones, domes and terraces, all lapped by turquoise waters. Swimming is feasible on calm days (in ..

  • 19 Naxos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades, is renowned for its magnificent beaches, wild coastline, little valleys with fragrant trees, imposing mountains and lovely villages. Naxos Town is known for its old citadel: built on a hilltop, its narrow st..

  • 20 Vathi Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The most beautiful beach on Sifnos and its little fishing port lie in a bay ringed by hills where olives and scrub predominate. On the shoreline, the 16C Taxiarch monastery is an all-white building topped by two domes standing on a jetty. The beach i..

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