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  • 1 Ancient Epidauros: Theatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 210 52 Asklipieío

    The theatre, built in the 4C BC by Polykleitos the Younger, was the most outstanding in the ancient world due to its magnificent lines, harmonious proportions and beautiful setting. The cavea could accommodate up to 14 000 spectators. It is worth cli..

  • 2 National Archeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Xanthoudidou GR - 71202 Irákleio

    The exhibits are arranged in chronological order and are devoted to Minoan civilisation. They are mainly the product of excavations complemented by reconstructions (models and watercolours) of the main palaces. Don't miss the remarkable Kamáres ware,..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Samariás Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 73005 Omalós

    The road up to the gorge (16km long) crosses the Omalós Plateau (1 050m). After passing through Omalós, the road ends in Xilóskalo 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..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Metéora Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 42200 Kalampáka

    North of the Piniós Valley and the town of Kalambáka, a group of sandstone columns rises up from the surrounding green plain like a rock forest with fantastic shapes and smooth, breathtakingly high walls. Perched on top of these huge rocky pillars ar..

  • 12 Knossós Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Knossos GR - 71410 Irákleio

    The oldest city in Greece is set among arid hills in the southeast of the Herakleion plain. With its chequerboard of courtyards, corridors, stairways, upper floors, chambers, royal apartments and shrines, the mythical lair of the terrible Minotaur is..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 The Kiriotissa District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - Véroia

    This old quarter of the Macedonian city of Véria has around sixty churches (12C-15C). Ágios Hristos, the church of the Resurrection, is decorated with frescoes by Giorgos Kaliergis (early 14C); Saint Savvas of Kiriotissa has a decorative ceramic exte..

  • 15 Áno Siros Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - Ermoúpoli

    This medieval settlement of steep little streets is the Catholic district of Ermoupoli, comprising houses, alleys, little squares and tiny gardens. The main entrance, Portara, leads to the Plaka quarter with shops and tavernas. Note the memorial to t..

  • 16 Mount Ainos, Kefalonia Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 280 80 Sámi

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

  • 17 Sithonia Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 630 88 Toróni

    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..

  • 18 Karathona Bay and Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 21100 Náfplio

    Bordered by eucalyptus tree is a vast beach stretching along the shore of a gently curving bay in which sits a small island. From the heights nearby there are views of Palamedes Fort and Acronauplia.

  • 19 Beaches and Palm Grove of Vai Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 72300 Siteía

    At the eastern end of Crete's desert landscape, Vai's beaches are renowned for their natural palm groves (unique in Europe), white sand, ochre rocks and clear waters. The first beach encountered, covered by parasols and sunbeds in summer, is the larg..

  • 20 Folegandros Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 84011 Folégandros

    A thin rocky island, Folegandros is an austere but much visited destination. It has all the charm of the Cyclades with white houses, high churches, olive terrraces and a small fishing port. Passing below Hora and then from inlet to inlet, the boat tr..

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