In a place where the roots can be traced back to 270,000 BC, you can expect to find an abundance of things to see and do. Greece takes pride in being the birthplace of democracy, Western literature, Western drama and the Olympic Games. It has the 11th longest coastline in the world and 80% of the country is mountains. With such a long list, finding the top picks for things to “see” in Greece wasn’t easy, but we came up with a few of our favourites.
- Mount Athos – located in northern Greece, this peninsula is the easternmost leg of the larger Halkidiki peninsula. It is home to around 1400 monks in 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Although it is an autonomous state under Greek sovereignty, in which entry is strictly controlled and only males are allowed entrance; even just a visit to the outskirts is worth it – just to say you did!
- Mystras – Mystras is located near the ancient city of Sparta, and served as the capital of the Peloponnesus in the 14th and 15th The site was abandoned in 1832 and is now a fantastic place to visit to enjoy the medieval ruins and surrounding landscape.
- Old Town in Rhodes – one of the most inspiring places in Greece. Situated in the north-east tip of the island and forming a triangle from north to south, in 1988, the old town of Rhodes was designated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
- Acropolis – considered the most important monuments in the Western World, the Acropolis is located on a high rocky outcrop above Athens and contains the remains of several significant and ancient buildings, the most famous of which is Parthenon.
- Filopappos Hill – opposite of the Acropolis, the hill is also known as the Hill of the Muses, since the myth says it used to be the home of the 9 muses. The hill is covered by pine trees and its top is only accessible by foot. Here you will find incredible panoramic views over Athens, the acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.