10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Greece - With over a thousand islands and a territory that stretches from the south Aegean Sea to the middle of the Balkan peninsula, Greece is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The sun-drenched European country is equally as known for its serene sandy beaches as its astoundingly rich ancient history which has had a huge influence on so many aspects of today’s western society. With such a diverse range of Greek destinations on offer, all tastes are catered for – from history fans to serious clubbers. It’s virtually an impossible task to choose the most beautiful places in Greece but here are ten places that have left a life-long impression on me:
This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world. Spectacular sunsets, traditional whitewashed houses and the breathtaking sights of the ocean is what makes this this island so special. Head to Oia for the iconic village of pastel-washed houses hugging the cliff-face. The majority of shops selling postcards in Greece will have photographs from Santorini and once you visit you’ll realize why.
Parthenon Acropolis, Athens, Greece
There are many breath-taking historical sites in Greece but this is considered to be the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. It’s ruins of an ancient at temple on the Athenian Acropolis dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena and built for a couple of decades starting 447BC.
This island stands out as one of the most beautiful in the Aegean region. Although Mykonos is a popular party island there is still plenty of natural and traditional beauty on offer. Mykonos has a collection of unique Cycladic architecture set around a picturesque fishing-village bay. The square whitewashed buildings sit closely together forming a maze of narrow alley ways and streets and are highly photogenic. The island’s beautiful beaches also make perfect backdrop to watch the sun set.
Meteora, Kalabaka, Greece
This is a monastery founded in the 14th century and now has UNESCO World Heritage site status. The complex of six monasteries are built precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece. The occupants of the buildings located atop vertically steep rocks definitely had a rough time climbing down, but so was their climb up. It is an awesome apparition that has the ability to leave you speechless.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia Island
For all those who wish to know what a beautiful beach looks like, just visit Myrtos. It can be found located in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia island. The sheer contrast of the bright blue waters and the sparkling white beach makes an exhilarating scene especially when viewed from the very steep mountains and cliffs.
Samaria Gorge, Crete Island
It is the most spectacular Greek tourist attraction for many people, little wonder it receives more than half a million people annually. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece on the island of Crete and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. People can take a walk through the gorge and pass by breathtakingly high cliffs along the way before the small coastal village of Agia Roumeli emerges.
Rhodes is another popular holiday island and although its home to some lively resorts there are still many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Here you can find Lindos and St. Pauls Beaches. Lindos is more popular because of its turquoise waters and the view of the raised white painted town from the beach. Both beaches are sandy, white and exceptionally beautiful. Agathi Beach is another pretty beach on the island known for its soft sand and emerald green waters.
Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece
Mystras is a mountainous village close to Sparti, Laconia which are classed as a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO. It is famous for its archaeological site as Mystras used to be a very important medieval town in the Byzantine Era. The archaeological site consists of well-preserved Byzantine churches and a strong Fortress and have impressed even the most discerning of visitors.
This is an island on the southern side of Greece which is home to the myth-surrounded Mt. Zeus. Relatively undiscovered by the tourist masses Naxos is the greenest island in the Cyclades with high mountains and fertile valleys. The beaches here are among the most beautiful in Greece – perfect for swimming, water sports and relaxing. The traditional white painted villages and wine making factory are also another draw.
Delphi Theatre, Phocis, Greece
Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. The Delphi theatre was constructed atop a hill facing the beautiful valley in the 4th century and is now classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Built as the sanctuary and oracle of Apollo, its 35 rows could hold up to 5,000 guests who in ancient times enjoyed plays, poetry readings, and musical events. The sheer beauty of the landscape below easily makes it worth the effort to get to.
Written by Boris Dzhingarov. Boris is experienced traveller and loves writing about his own travel experiences. Aside from Greece one of his favourite destinations is Spain (as his Danish friends say Spanien) and he recommends comparing different trip offers before deciding.