Inspiration comes from many sources. But nothing can beat ancient wonders, picturesque scenes, abundant nature and stunning weather. Greece offers it all in abundance. And while there may be more exciting places to travel in the world, Greece will keep you coming back again and again. Here are some of the nicest places you and your family can visit this year.
On the Greek mainland resides the ancient archeological site of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage for old Greek kings who would come seeking the help of the priests and the oracle, who the gods were said to communicate through. If you’ve ever been there you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking there was some truth in the tale, as the place is purely magical. If you can watch a sunrise from Delphi, do it, it’s simply stunning. It can be enjoyed as an excursion from any of the major Greek hotels on the mainland or you can rent a car and get up there yourself.
The picturesque blue roofs strike a chord with many visitors to santorini. From impossible villages built upon sloping hills to the stunning volcanic beaches and a sunset to die for the island offers a trove of wonderful activities and sites to keep you going all holiday. The island was once ripped apart by a volcanic eruption which turned many a beach ash black. It is why there is a strange water filled crater in the middle of the island. There are many stunning Santorini Villas to hire out, luxury bases from which to take in the islands strange geography and wonderful history.
Knossos was the centre of the mythical Minoan civilisation based upon Crete. The archeological site offers up wonderful finds, such as the palace proper, the museum and some great frescoes and wall paintings. The civilisation was wiped out after a natural disaster but stuck in the minds of the Greeks and gave birth to myths such as Theseus and the Minotaur. The site is a must for history buffs and can be visited as part of an island tour, there are many other wonders on the isle of crete, mountaintop ruins and medieval castles all dominate the history drenched island.
Literally meaning the high city, the acropolis is a byword for all things ancient Greek. Located in one of the oldest cities on Earth, the acropolis is a wonder that needs to be seen. Vast stone pillars support a huge temple roof, as other buildings and nearby monuments all evoke a great feeling of wonder. A nearby odeon allows you to see how the Greeks passed their time and the views from the top are stunning. You can even join an expert tour to learn the real history of ancient Athens. The nearby acropolis museum is one of the best museums around and houses some stunning finds from the ancient city of Athens. If you’re visiting the Greek mainland your trip is not complete until you have visited the acropolis.