Top ten places to visit in Greece By http://www.travel-memories.com
Top ten places to visit in Greece• Top ten places to visit in Greece presented below give you great ideas for your next holiday destination. Each of the ten suggestions is interesting and equally worth visiting. So don’t wait, check out my ideas and run to the nearest travel office to book the holidays of your dreams in sunny Greece!
1. Athens • Athens is the capital of Greece. It was in this city that famous philosophers, mathematicians, politicians and other classical Greek intellectuals lived and created their great work. No wonder that Athens is regarded as a cradle of Western civilization and democracy. Modern city of Athens has a lot to offer to international tourists. It is the political, cultural, and economic center of Greece and it houses the greatest remains of the classical world. Among the most interesting places for sightseeing are the following: • -Acropolis with the great Parthenon -Acropolis museum -Plaka with Roman Agora -The temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch -Monastiraki Flea Market -National Archaeological Museum
2. Meteora • Meteora means “suspended rocks” and it describes a group of large rock pillars made of sandstone located near Kalambaka. The same name describes also a complex of monasteries built on the top of them. There are 24 monasteries out of which only six are currently in use. Those amazing buildings make an impression even on a most picky tourist, while a view from the top can take your breath away. In the past, visitors had to climb to monasteries on a ladder attached to the rocks and the supplies were hauled up on the ropes. Today, each monastery has got stairs curved into rocks or bridges which makes visiting them much easier. Also the supplies are delivered through mini lifts.
3. Kastoria • Kastoria is a city in the north-west of Greece at the lake Orestiada (or Kastoria). The city is well known for its fur industry and it doesn’t bear any resemblance to a regular Greek city, due to its purely north European elements. The temperature resembles the one of a central Europe, dropping down to few degrees below zero at winter time. The best time of the year to visit Kastoria is autumn. A walk in the park by a lake, among colorful leaves is an amazing experience.
4. Monemvasia • Monemvasia is a town in Laconia, situated in a small peninsula in Peloponnese. The peninsula is connected to the mainland Greece through a short 200 meters long causeway. In the medieval times the town had a role of a powerful fortress. Its name comes from words moni emvasis which means one entrance for you enter it only through one gate. The town is divided into the Upper Town with its picturesque abysses and a Lower Part located on the sea coast.
5. Efafonisos • Whoever once gets to Elafonisos, he will never forget the light blue color of the sea, sandy beaches and marvelous food at local taverns is the main port.
6. Santorini • Santorini is the member of the Cyclades group of islands on the Aegean Sea. In reality the island constitutes the top of the immersed in the sea active volcano. Santorini enchants tourists with the contrasts of white houses with black volcanic slopes in the background. The severity of landscapes, magnificent panoramas, multicolored beaches formed by lava, and deep blue sea create a picture of impressive beauty.
7. Paksos and Antipaksos • Two twin islands on the archipelago of the Ionian Sea with crystal clear waters are ideal destination for all those who long for peaceful holidays, away from hordes of tourists, noise and traffic.
8. Crete • Crete, especially its west part with the best beaches of Balos, Elafonisi, and wonderfull Chania. However the truth is that all Crete is marvelous. Rethymno offers rich nightlife with variety of cafeterias and clubs, Heraklion houses the second biggest Archeological Museum in Greece. In Matala you will find mini caves in which hippies created their houses at the end of the 60′s. In Spinalonga you can explore the ruins of the old lepper colony. Nevertheless, If you are planning holidays in Crete, make sure you rent a car and explore as much of this island as possilbe.
9. Leukada • Leukada is yet another island located on the Ionian Sea. Its famous beaches of Porto Katsiki, Agios Nikitas, Pefkoulia, Milos bay, Vassiliki, Mikros Gialos and Kathisma can surely compete with their Caribbean counterparts.
10. Mykonos • Mykonos may be the one of the best known Greek islands, especially among its younger tourists due to its cosmopolitan character and well developed recreational network of hotels, restaurants, and clubs.