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Chios Port Athens is known as the most famous tourist destination in Greece. The city is included in the list of the oldest settlements in the world. It’s a true treasury of historic and archaeological landmarks. Tenths of thousands of tourists come to Athens to see Mount Lycabettus and the Acropolis of Athens as this is where first settlers appeared on the territory of modern Athens 6 thousand years ago. The city was formed around these two landmarks.
Greece is a fairly religious country. Although many modern Greeks have moved away from strict Orthodox rites, religious holidays are celebrated in …
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Aphrodite Temple, better known under the name Parthenon, is considered the main historic landmark of Athens. The building has a miraculous construction from an archaeological point of view. Built in the 5th century BC, Parthenon consists of numerous columns and looks very light weighted at a glance. There is another important landmark nearby – the Erechtheion that was constructed in the 5th century. Many centuries ago a beautiful palace stood on the site of the ancient temple. According to a legend, the dispute between Poseidon and Aphrodite took place at that palace. The territory around the Erechtheion is decorated with beautiful statues, the most famous of which are Caryatid sculptures. One of the statues was brought to the British Museum in order to keep it in safety.
Many tourist destinations are located in the territory of Attica – the capital region of the country. The most famous landmarks of the region include Delphi and the Apollo Temple, the Oracle and the Sybil Stone. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Greece is a country with one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The terrain consists of rocks and mountains separated by densely populated …
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The city of Piraeus is famous for its magnificent nature and rich choice of cultural places of interest. The most famous tourist destinations are open air theatre on a hill, Navy Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and several local villages. The most famous and interesting villages of the region are Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Mati and Daphni. Kaisariani village is famous for its ancient monasteries located in the piedmont region.
Peloponnese Peninsula is an important tourist object of Greece. There are many legends connected with the peninsula. Most of them are about the ancient city of Corinth and its grandiose temples and acropolis. The temples of Athena and Apollo have survived in best condition. Both the temples were constructed in the 6th century BC. Macedonia is another popular tourist destination. This part of Greece is not only rich in historic landmarks, but is also very beautiful. Spectacular waterfalls, ruins of ancient settlements, odea and oases – you will see all these and even more in Macedonia. Crete Island is simply adored by travellers as this is a wonderful place with rich history. The most famous sights of the island include Minotaur Labyrinth, Minos Palace and around a hundred of other ancient monuments that tell more about Greek gods and heroes. Every city and region in Greece can strike visitors with their rich heritage and share many interesting stories about past centuries.
Conditionally, the entire territory of Greece can be divided into three climatic zones. The Mediterranean climate dominates in the south of the …
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Greece is considered as the oldest country in Europe. The western civilization began forming exactly here. The first settlers on the territory of modern Greece were representatives of the Minoan civilization. Their settlements appeared in the 3rd century BC. Already in the prehistoric period, ancient Greek cities called polises were established. Athens was one of such cities. Over hundreds of years, they were conserving military and political power until they fell under the Macedonian Reign.
St Denis church, Zante town,Zakynthos In the 2nd century AD, only Romans were able to overpower the reign that had been unrivaled for hundreds of years. The ancient Greek cities underwent the times of the Byzantine and Ottoman influence. The country gained independence from the Ottoman Empire only in 1830. The culture of this old country has been fostered for thousands of years and now has different embodiments.
Greece has a fairly developed transport infrastructure. There are many airports in the country, most of which are international. Domestic airlines …
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The country is very popular with its picturesque beaches, some of which are perfect for diving and snorkeling. There are no coral reefs in the waters around Greece but you can see here ships sunken hundreds of years ago and admire exotic dwellers of sea depths.
During the year, a lot of interesting national holidays are celebrated in Greece. For instance, the Saint Basil Festival is traditionally held in early January. The main national holiday in the country is the Independence Day celebrated on 25 March. On this day, there are festive military parades, as well as outdoor musical and theatrical performances in all Greek cities. The city where the Wine Festival is annually organized is Rethymno. The themed holiday is celebrated in early autumn.
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Not so many people know that there are excellent ski resorts in Greece. The most famous resorts here are located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The most well-equipped resort from a technical point of view is Pigadia. It is located in the surroundings of Thessaloniki. At the resort, there are powerful snow-making machines, due to which it is possible to ensure excellent conditions for skiing in any season. Greece is also notable for wonderful conditions for shopping. Traditional tours for fur and leather clothes and accessories are still popular. Also, high-quality knitwear is produced in Greece, so you can take part in shopping tours at any time of the year.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Greece
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Limnis Kerkinis' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Oroseiras Rodopis' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Pindou' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Schinia Marathona' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Tzoumerkon-Peristeriou kai charadras Arachthou (Zoni III)' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Greece
♥   Restaurant 'Sushimou' Athens. Type - Asian|Sashimi. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Varoulko' Πειραιάς. Type - Seafood|Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Vezene' Αθήνα. Type - Meats and grills. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Greece
♥   Castle 'Agios Georgios Castle' Preveza. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Amfissa Castle' Amfissa. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Angelokastro' Corfu. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Annunziata Tower' Corfu. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Anthimachia Castle' Kos. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Greece
♥   Palace 'Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George' Corfu. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Polydendri' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Psychiko' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Queen’s Tower' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Greece from our review series

Saint Theoktisti Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
The Greek island of Lesvos can boast the charming old town of Molyvos. Its central street is one of the most beautiful places not only in the country but in the world. The main decoration of this ancient cobbled street are wisterias. Because of them, the street shines with dozens of purple shades. When wisteria is in bloom, its magnificent trusses with flowers give pleasant shade. The cobbled street looks like a real fairytale tunnel.

Even on the hottest days, it's nice to walk along this street. There you can see many beautiful old buildings. Amazing shops and restaurants are on the first floors of some houses. They make a trip even more exciting. Molyvos is considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities of Lesvos. There, the old architecture was preserved as much as … Read all

Santorini Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and traps that changed the face of the planet”
Located on the Greek island of the same name, Santorini is one of the oldest and most powerful volcanoes of our planet. According to the researchers, it could cause the disappearance of the Minoan civilization. As scientists suggest, its most powerful eruption happened in the 17th century BC. The explosion, which took place during the eruption, was so strong that it could be compared with the one-time explosion of several hundred nuclear bombs.

It’s needless to say that such a destructive element led not only to breaking the landscape, but also to serious climate changes. The eruption of the Santorini volcano triggered a series of tsunamis. Clouds of ash and smoke were thrown to the air.  For a long time, the Earth was concealed from sunrays, so the global cooling has came. However, … Read all

Acropolis of Athens

From the series “Top 15 UNESCO sites In Europe”
The Acropolis of Athens can be called the most famous and recognizable landmark of Greece without a share of doubt. That’s the rocky fort that is 156 meters high. Unique ancient structures are set on the top of a flat hill. The first fortifications were built there during the reign of the first king of Athens, Cecrops, after whom it was named. Later, in the Mycenaean period, the Acropolis became a royal residence. In that time, its scale has been significantly expanded and the construction was fortified as much as possible.

Construction on the territory of the acropolis has being conducted continuously for hundreds of years. The ancient monument drawn the special attention of historians and specialists in cultural studies in the 19th century, after the proclamation of the independence … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Greece

Athens
Emperor Adrian made an order to build a Greek temple to praise Zeus. According to his order a huge statue of Zeus was placed in the temple. The statue of Zeus was decorated with gold and ivory. By the way, there was a statue of the emperor near the statue of Zeus. Both the statues had the same height. The 18 meter tall marble arch of Adrian is located in immediate proximity to the temple. The arch is the symbol of the power of the emperor. The arch of Adrian divides the New Rome and the Ancient … Read more
Naxos
The village of Filoti located in a very beautiful mountain area offers a variety of interesting attractions as well. The town's busiest place is the central square surrounded by magnificent age-old plane trees. The village is notable for its religious buildings, such as Church of Panagia Filotitissa dating back to 1718 and Holy Trinity Church that was erected more than 300 years ago. In the vicinity of the village, there is a great choice of interesting places for walking. In the … Read more
Chania
In the center of the historical district of Chania, there is the Cathedral of the Three Martyrs that is the main cathedral in the city. The history of the temple is very interesting. In the 14th century, the St. Blessed Virgin Church was built at its site. Its main relic was the ancient icon. In the middle of the 17th century, the city was conquered by the Turks. They reconstructed the old church and opened the soap factory here. The main relic of the church has been preserved and stored in a … Read more
Rethymno
On the coast, one can see a beautiful old lighthouse built in the first half of the 19th century. Although the height of the lighthouse is only 9 meters, it is one of the highest on Crete. At present, it isn't used for its intended purpose. They give guided tours there. There is an observation deck on the top of the tower, as well. In one of the beautiful streets leading to the old town, is located the church of St. Francis, which is considered one of the city's most beautiful architectural … Read more
Mykonos City
The most visited cultural center on the island is the Ethnographic Museum, located in the historical ​​Kastro. The museum is housed in an old two-storey building, with six halls for its exhibits. The visitors of the museum can see collections of antique ceramics, national clothes and furniture, which local craftsmen made by hand hundreds of years ago. The museum contains a very interesting collection of archaeological finds brought from the nearby Rinia Island, including beautifully … Read more
Thessaloniki
The Museum of Byzantine Culture will be a wonderful place for family holidays. Despite the fact that it was founded in 1913, the official opening of the museum was held only recently, in 1994. Nowadays, unique antique sculptures, ceramic products, ancient weapons, and ornaments are available to visitors. All of them date back to the reign of the Byzantine Empire. During world wars, the museum collection has already been incredibly large. In order to maintain unique artifacts, they repeatedly … Read more

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