The many islands slim peninsulas that bunch together in clusters throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, known as Greece, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
There is plenty of variety for destination and sites with more than 2,000 islands from the black sands of Santorini, ancient ruins, active volcanos and the resorts of Mykonos.
A country with an ancient history that has influenced our modern way of life.
Visit the place where the Minotaur that lived under the Knossos palace, home to mythical King Minos, in a complex and dark labyrinth designed by Daedalus, so that no one could ever escape.–the Minotaur is a myth, of course, but the palace…it is real. You can visit Knossos, the most magnificent Minoan monument, on the island of Crete.
Catch a glimpse of life in the Middle Ages with the remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries perched on towering peaks of sandstone pillars with the monasteries of Meteora. The name, in Greek, means “suspended in air”. The oldest and largest is the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. It rises more than 2,000 feet above the valley floor. A climb of more than 300 steps provides incredible views of the landscape and the sacristy where the monastery’s former occupants line of on shelves for display.
Travel to Athens, the birthplace of democracy and view the ancient building that has served as a fortress, temple, church, powder magazine and mosque, the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis. It’s construction dates back to 447 BC.
While in Athens, a visit to Greece’s second most popular archaeological site is Delphi, once revered as the center of the earth by ancient Greeks, and dedicated to the god Apollo.
On the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula, discover the site of the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea. A must-see is a sun setting over the Aegean Sea from the ruins.
Visit the ancient ruins of Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honor of Zeus in Peloponnese in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece.
But Greece isn’t just about the destination. It’s a country where sharing the culture and food is important. Good food is available in restaurants with views of the sea or no-frills downtown taverns. A meal in Greece is the whole sensory experience, try saganaki, souvlaki, and moussaka. Of course, my must try is the baklava!
Greece is the perfect destination for couples–it is the birthplace of Eros whose quiver and arrows have brought love to so many. It’s also a great family vacation, with its beautiful scenery, food and culture.
No matter which island you choose to visit Greece is where adventure awaits.