What to see in Greece

Greece Attractions

For an all-in-one sightseeing, culture-rich, cosmopolitan, metropolitan and historic country destination, Greece is the word. Every facet of Greek society is an attraction in itself, from food to fashion to architecture; it's a big fat Greek tourism magnet. Most visitors head right for the capital of Athens, where ancient civilisations are preserved in the famous Parthenon and Acropolis structures and there are many great museums to be explored. The more modern part of Athens is located in and around the Syntagma Square, where the Greek parliament is housed.

From Athens, most tourists will set about a cruise to one or more of the multitude of smaller Greek isles. Mountainous Crete is the most popular, hosting sparkling beaches, spectacular green outcroppings, ancient Minoan and other historic sites as well as the jaw-dropping (and back-breaking) Samaria Gorge Trail. Other popular island destinations include: Corfu, for its mythic significance; Santorini, for its volcanic history and vibrant nightlife; and Rhodes Island which once held a Wonder of the Ancient World - the Colossus of Rhodes - and is today a World Heritage Site. While the boat gets you between islands, the most effective way to travel on the islands themselves is by scooter, bus or taxi.

For the historical sightseers and those fascinated by the ancient culture of the Greeks the Peloponnese Peninsula is one of the best regions to explore for its plentiful ancient battlefields and ruins.


Those on holiday in Athens for the first time generally head immediately for the Acropolis. There are very few visitors…

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Ancient Agora

Clustered below the Acropolis is the remains of the Agora, ancient Athens' commercial and civic centre, where once walked…

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Benaki Museum

Established in 1930, the Benaki Museum is one of the most famous museums in Greece and houses artefacts ranging from…

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In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world,…

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Kolonaki/Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill juts a steep 984 feet (300m) right up from the centre of the city of Athens, and is a great vantage point…

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About 26 miles (42km) northeast of Athens, between the villages of Nea Makri and Marathona, is the site of the great…

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This ancient site, 31 miles (50km) south of Corinth, bears the remains of the ancient palace and citadel of Mycenae,…

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National Archaeological Museum

This is the largest and most popular of Athens' many museums, and is usually very crowded. Its vast collection includes…

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Among shady pine, olive and oak trees, in a valley between Mount Kronos and the Alfios River on the Peloponnese Peninsula,…

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Plaka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis,…

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Made popular again by the 2006 film 300, the ancient city of Sparta sits in the middle of the Plains of Laconia…

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The Palace of Knossos

The Minoan palace at Knossos, covering an area of 215,278 square feet (20,000 sq metres), is one of the world's greatest…

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The White Tower

The city of Thessaloniki's most famous landmark, the White Tower was originally built as part of the city walls to fortify…

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Vergina, known in ancient times as Aigai, is the most important of a cluster of three archaeological sites in the area…

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