Greece is a mesmerizing mediterranean country nuzzled up to a gorgeous turquoise sea. Many travelers deeply desire to visit this mecca of Gods and Goddesses; a culture woven into expansive mythology, the nation’s history is rich with mysticism. Many people find intrigue in the many stories.
Aside from seemingly fantastical myths about the Gods, many people enjoy the natural beauty that this country has to offer. There are incredible islands, offering plenty of opportunities to either relax on the beaches or to be active in the hills. Hiking trails in the beautiful island of Santorini allow you to trek, possibly catching a breathtaking sunset.
The first stop for many is the capital of Greece, Athens. It is one of the oldest cities, with settlement dating back at least 3000 years. Known to many as the beginning of western civilization, it is also considered the birthplace of democracy.
The city’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Acropolis of Athens, consists of the Pantheon ruins which are perched atop the city. It is visible from most vantage points within the city, reminding its residents and visitors of its long-spanning, magnificent history. Take time to educate yourself on the unique Greek history at the Acropolis museum, located at the foot of the hill.
Megalo Meteoro Monastery
Founded in the 14th century, the stunning Megalo Meteoro Monastery is an easy downhill then uphill hike. Once atop, a museum, a chapel, cellar, kitchen and magnificent views await you! Just a simple ferry ride away, on the islands, there is the Lindos town in Rhodes, Old Town in Naxos, Art workshops in Paros. You might opt to attend the Mykonos Biennale for a contemporary, evolving art scene.
The gorgeous region, Halkidiki, is renowned for its wine and endless vineyards. Grow your vino collection here, while enjoying the fresh breath from this wise wine country. A short drive from the sea, you can go to the coast for a relaxing day with wine and a good book, enjoy the sun and beautiful waters.
If you like to hike, you will love Ikaria. A minimally known Grecian gem, it is one for nature admirers and hikers, alike. A lush, mountainous region, its earthly beauty stumbles into rock formations falling into crystal waters. During one of your hikes, you might cross one of the famous hot springs; take a bath and make the most of its natural hydro-therapy benefits. Why not?