The Best Cities In Greece For The First Time Visitor
This country in the south-eastern Europe encompasses thousands of islands in it throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. It’s often called the cradle of Western civilization due to its influence in the Ancient times. In modern times there are some cities in Greece which are on top many travelers bucketlist.
The capital of the country, Athens retains some prominent landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Also known for its beaches, diversifying from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos, Greece attracts everyone from backpacker to honeymooners.
So without much ado lets take a look at the most visited cities in Greece.
This capital of Greece was once the heart of the powerful civilization of the Ancient Greece. Some of the prominent landmarks here date back to the 5th-century BC and includes the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple.
Kept preserved are the sculptures, vases, jewellery and more from Ancient Greece at the Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum. Also present are the iconic ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus set on an ancient site.
This largest and a well-known island of Crete has a varied terrain ranging from sunny beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. According to Greek mythology, Mt. Ida, the tallest of the range, is home to Ideon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus. Having the renowned Minoan artefacts, and Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement at display in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the capital, Heraklion.
This little town Meteora, is famous for the harmony that exists between the rare formations of huge rock pillars coexisting with the ancient monastic community. The place attracts a huge number of tourists every year for it’s not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also an archaeological site and a holy place declared officially.
Some of the sites that top the list of every traveler include the castles, byzantine churches, monasteries, and beautiful bridges of Trikala, old ruins of monasteries, the mountain ranges of Pindos and the awe inspiring natural views.
Sprawling on the land of Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece is the town of Delphi. Today the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo was once home to a legendary oracle.
Remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium can be seen as one travels through this mountainside archaeological complex. Named after the nymph Corycia is the Corycian Cave located on the Mount Parnassus. Endured are the ruins of Greek Sanctuary at the Athena Pronea Temple.
Zagori, a region in the Pindus Mountains in Epirus, in north-western Greece has a unique shape of an upturned equilateral triangle. It is one of the cities in Greece untamed by the modern bustling life is full of gorges, rivers, dense forests, steep slopes, natural pools and rocky peaks.
In short, it has all a person seeks to treat their adrenaline rush. Some of the top sights include Vikos Gorge, war museum of Kalpaki, Perama Cave and the pristine Lake Ionnina.
Reminiscence of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history remain are seen all through this Greek port city of Thessaloniki on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Rising by the waterfront of the city is the White Tower of Thessaloniki, a monument cum museum.
Other iconic monuments from the history include The Arch of Galerius or Kamara and the Rotunda. Still standing is one of the oldest Church and an archaeological site, The Hagia Sophia.
Greece turns out to be a site full of romantic gateways for honeymooners, archaeological ruins for the history lovers, magical nature like the Ionian Island for the peace lover and public squares for the shopaholics and foodies. Whatever you love, you will love Greece.