How to make your Greek vacation awesome.
With the mesmerizing islands, lush-green mountains, turquoise sea and sparkling white beaches, Greece is well-known for its enchanting beauty. Rich with a variety of landscapes as well as ancient ruins and temples, there is no shortage of things to do in Greece, which makes it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The unique and sensational experience of a yacht charter in Greece alone has been tempting and drawing vast numbers of tourists every year to this beautiful country.
Excited to plan out the perfect vacation in the country with thousands of islands and the longest coastline in Europe? Here are the top 10 unforgettable experiences to revel in when in Greece:
- Romantic sunset in Santorini
One of the most beautiful Cyclades islands of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is arguably among the most popular tourist destinations of the country. The island was destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 16th century BC. Known for the famous white-washed, cubiform houses, dazzling panorama and romantic sunsets, it has emerged perfect honeymoon destination for couples. Enjoy a cruise, archeology tours, winery visits and wine-tasting but save the golden hours solely for admiring the sunset from the infinity pool of your hotel. Walk through the island to marvel at the beautiful architecture as well as the spectacular landscape around.
- Climb the Mountain of Gods
Believed to the home of the Greek Gods, the Twelve Olympians, according to the Greek Mythology, Mt. Olympus is a popular tourist attraction in Greece. The ancient Greeks believed Olympus to be the throne of Zeus. Known for its rich biodiversity, especially flora, Olympus has been declared as a National Park and World Biosphere Reserve. It is the tallest mountain of Greece and houses the highest peak of Europe, Mytikas. Put on your hiking shoes and climb to the top of the famous Mountain of Gods.
- Visit the Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis in Greek means “top of the city” or “high city”. It was basically a rocky hill at the center of the capital Athens, where the ancient kings would build important temples, buildings or monuments and could also be used for retreat in case of an attack. If you admire ancient architecture and history, take a tour through the Acropolis of Athens and marvel at the world-famous Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Doric columns, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Stroll through the pathways and explore the remains of ancient temples, buildings and theaters.
- A stroll through Delphi
One of the most famous attractions of Greece, Delphi is the Panhellenic sanctuary that used to be home to the famous oracle of Apollo. Located at the Mt. Parnassus, Delphi was considered as the center of the world by the ancient Greeks and it was defined by the circular stone monument The Omphalos (naval). It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its significant influence in the ancient world. Check out the ruins and remains of the Temple of Apollo, Amphictyonic Council, Altar of the Chians, Sibyl rock, Treasuries, Theatre, Stoa of the Athenians, Gymnasium, Stadium, Hippodrome etc.
- Explore Europe’s Oldest City
Knossos on Crete island, known as Europe’s Oldest City, is the largest Bronze Age Archaeological site which was dominated by the Minoan Civilization around 5000 years ago. The civilization was destroyed by the volcanic eruption in Santorini and the tsunami that followed. Excavation of Knossos began in 1900 by the British Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and his team which lasted for around 35 years. Take a guided tour through the site and learn about the history of the advanced civilization of the great King Minos.
- A day in the National Archaeological Museum
You’ll need, if not an entire day, at least half a day to cover and truly admire the huge collection of important archaeological artifacts from various locations of Greece. It is the largest museum in Greece and is considered one of the greatest museums in the world. Take a guided tour and learn about the history behind the Poseidon of Artemision, Mycenaean collection, Kora and Kouros, the mask of Agamemnon etc.
- Visit the grand Epidaurus Theatre
Do not forget the world famous, open-air ancient theatre at Asclepius of Epidaurus. Epidaurus Theatre that dates back to about the 4th century BC, was used for religious ceremonies to worship Asclepius, the God of medicine. There was a healing center for people just a few steps away. The incredible architecture with perfect symmetry and acoustic is considered a masterpiece of Greek civilization.
- Walk around Olympia
The birthplace of the historic Olympic Games, Olympia was one of the major religious sanctuaries of ancient Greece which was dedicated to Zeus. Make it a point to visit the Temple of Hera, where even today the flame of every Olympic Games is lit before it travels across to the hosting country. Olympia used to be home to the grand statue of Zeus, sculpted by Phidias, which was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
- Party like there’s no tomorrow
Known as the Ibiza of the country, Mykonos attracts thousands of tourists every year including Hollywood A-listers and wealthy socialites. The luxurious hotels and beach clubs host pool or beach parties featuring world famous DJs. As the sun goes down, Mykonos transforms into a party paradise where the music goes on all night long.
- Sail through the beautiful turquoise water on a private yacht
While preparing your itinerary for the perfect vacation in this beautiful country, make sure not to miss out on the one-of-a-kind sailing experience across the Aegean Sea. You’ll find many yacht charters in Greece, which makes it easier to find one that best suits you in terms of your budget and requirements. If you are completely new to sailing, you will be joined by a qualified skipper who will handle the controls and teach you to use the ropes. If you already have a certified skipper or an experienced sailor in your group, then you can choose the bareboat option. A few of the most spectacular places to go sailing are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Thasos, Sporades islands, Ionian islands etc.
One thing is for sure; a trip to Greece promises to leave you coming back for more. So, how about heading there for you next holiday!
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