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Spotlight on Greece

It’s not an overstatement to say that this small Mediterranean country is where Western Civilization as we know it today began.

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It’s not an overstatement to say that this small Mediterranean country is where Western Civilization as we know it today began.

With its rich cultural heritage, amazingly beautiful countryside, stunning islands and great food, Greece has been a favorite European destination for many years and that trend is not about to change.

Pack in your sunscreen, get your travel insurance for Greece sorted, and go visit this 'all time classic' country!

Travel Highlights of Greece:

Athens, the capital of Greece, is where most international travellers will arrive, and is considered by many to be the birthplace of Classical Greece. The one place every visitor has to visit is the Acropolis, which is located on top of a hill and dominates the skyline of Athens. 

To get the best view of the Acropolis, head to Lycabettus Hill in the Kolonaki district. From here you can see the Parthenon with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop, or just enjoy some of the best views of the city.

Athens is unsurprisingly also home to a vast amount of museums, most notably the National Archeological Museum and the New Acropolis Museum. The National Art Gallery has some of the best Greek art from the 19th and 20th century.

 

To the west of Athens lies the region known as the Peloponnese, which is home to many quaint seaside towns as well as lots of historically important sites such as the:

  • Ancient Corinth, where St Paul lived,
  • Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games,
  • The ancient theatre at Epidaurus among many others.
  • Sparta, a city famous for its warrior culture, is also located here and the museum is well worth a visit.

 

Heading south from Athens you enter the Mediterranean Sea and with it Greece's famous and numerous islands.

Many of these islands have tourist attractions, great beaches, good nightlife and best of all they are usually quite accessible.

For the best parties, head to Mykonos or Santorini, both famous for their summertime nightlife.

If you’re more interested in medieval towns and fortresses, Corfu and Rhodes offer those, and both are also known for their beautiful beaches and museums.

Before going island hopping though, organize your Greece travel insurance. 

The biggest Greek island is Crete, where you get the beautifully contrasting landscape of both the seaside and mountains.

Here, you can explore the ruins of the ancient civilizations around the archaeological site of Knossos or by heading straight to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

For intrepid explorers, Crete also has in excess of 3,000 caves, which can be very good fun to explore.

The most interesting way to explore this island is by tree - you can walk around visiting ancient and scared trees, each with a fascinating story and some of them more than 2,000 years old.

The north of Greece is much less explored by tourists, making it at times more difficult for travellers to get around due to a lack of infrastructure.

However, the amazing countryside and great archaeological sites do make it worth your while:

 

  • The remains of the oracle of Delphi, famed for its often unclear predictions of the future in Roman and Greek times.
  • Mount Athos, an important religious site that is closed to women and children.
  • Meteora, which consists of 24 monasteries built on top of sandstone spires - every brick had to be carried up by hand, and it is truly a remarkable site, even though only 6 of these monasteries remain today.
   

Greece is generally a safe country for travellers, but it’s best to ensure you have up-to-date travel insurance for Greece.

The only real concern are Greek drivers - traffic lights and signs are taken more as a suggestion and it’s best to look both ways at least twice before crossing any road.

Greece is truly one of those countries everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime, if only to sit at a gorgeous beach and enjoy a bit of pita bread and tzatziki while thinking about its ancient history

For more information on Greece, visit the Greece Tourism Website.

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