Greece is one of those rare places where ancient history is still very much a part of modern life. Visitors are as much drawn to the country’s epic intellectual history as its beauty and charm. Make time for the iconic features of the Acropolis of Athens, which include the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Mythology buffs will appreciate Crete, Olympia, Samos, and Naxos for their mythological significance. For a peaceful beach vacation, the island of Santorini is perfect.
Culture & History
Greek culture in the present day is a glorious mix of great classical and maritime heritage, music and dance, myth and legend, and a lifestyle that has developed over centuries. Even the ultra-modern, urbanite Athenians are still Greek to the core, and in rural districts and less-touristy islands, the local lifestyle is as laid back as they were at the beginning of the century. Although Greece has been heavily influenced by other cultures, it should be noted that Western cultures were equally influenced by the Classical Greek period, especially in the fields of literature, art, and architecture.
Nowadays, Greece is at a crossroads between East and West, with its contemporary culture taking the best from its old traditions, religion, cuisine, language, and music, and blending it with selected influences from the 21st century.
Whether you have already visited the historical center in the broad daylight or not, we highly suggest you take a night stroll around Athens as well. Without the heat of the sun, but with the beautifully illuminated paved pedestrian street, that almost seems to sparkle instead, it is such picturesque scenery, that it looks like it has been taken straight out of a fairy tale.
If you are in the mood for a cocktail after a long day of wandering, there are various rooftop bars to choose from, which will allow you to sip your drink while enjoying a breathtaking, panoramic view of Athens, including the historical center and, of course, the Acropolis.
Outdoors & Adventure
Feel the exhilaration of diving deep to underwater caves, ghostly shipwrecks, and colorful reefs, from Skiathos to Lefkas, Zakynthos, Santorini, and Corfu. Or go windsurfing and kite-surfing on Crete, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Limnos, Samos, and Lesvos. Water skiing and wakeboarding are excellent along the Athenian Riviera as well as on Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes, Lefkas, Santorini, Halkida, and Crete.
Mountain sports will bring you to another side of Greece’s natural beauty, to lofty peaks, vertical cliffs, white-water gorges, rivers, lakes, forests, and trails running through it all. Also, your trekking options are endless; from the mountain of the gods, Olympus, to the pillars of Meteora; from the Greek part of the European trail network crossing the country from end to end, to the ancient Roman roads of Epirus; and from the paths through the forests of Pelion to the donkey trails of the islands, each will etch itself onto your memory. If mountain biking is your thing you’ll find excellent routes near big cities.
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