15 most beautiful places to visit in Greece

The 15 most beautiful places in Greece

There are more than 1,500 islands in Greece and about 230 are inhabited. We present the amazing and beautiful sights of some of the islands, as well as the special places of mainland Greece.

Rhodes

An island with astonishing history and culture. It is a must-see place for children.

The Valley of the Butterflies

In Greek, this nature reserve is called the Valley of Petaludes. It is located in a gorge and below there is a river. There are wooden decks for tourists. When you come here, at first you see only gray trunks of trees, but suddenly, as if by magic, all the air becomes red. This flew up simultaneously a few thousand butterflies, which flock here from all over Europe.

The cost of a visit is 5 euros.

Epta Piges. 7 springs

Another sanctuary. Here, in a cool forest, a spring springs out of the ground, dividing into 7 parts coming to the surface. The water collects into a small river. The river flows into the tunnel built before World War II by the Italians who occupied the island. It is 150 meters long.

It’s dark inside and only one person can walk through. If you plan to look in it, wear rubber shoes, as you have to walk ankle-deep in water.

The river flows into an artificial lake and has a small waterfall.

Entrance to the reserve is free.

Prassonisi

A small peninsula on the southwestern tip of Rhodes, called Prassonisi is where the two seas meet. The peninsula becomes an island from time to time. In summer the view from the top of the hill, before reaching the isthmus, is breathtaking. On one side of the hundred meters wide shore the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and on the other side the huge waves of the Aegean Sea rise up. In this part of the island there is plenty of room for surfers.

We recommend it as a beach for families.

Lindos

There are many temples in Greece, in addition to the Parthenon, dedicated to the ancient Greek gods. One of them is in the Rhodesian city of Lindos.

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The architectural creation, reminiscent of the Acropolis of Athens, stands atop a hill that you can walk or ride a donkey up.

If you go up on foot, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Admission tickets cost 6 euros for adults, children under 18 are free.

The Palace of the Grand Master

The capital city of Rhodes. The old part of the city is located inside the Venetian fortress. The main attraction is the palace of the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller Order.

Entrance fee is 8 Euros, children under 18 years old are free.

Tourists can walk along the fortress wall. Note that the ascent and descent from it are 2 km away. There are no other exits in between.

Tsambika Monastery.

It is located on top of the mountain. There are 300 steps leading up to the monastery from the parking lot. At the top of the church there is an icon of the Mother of God, to which childless and single men and women bring offerings. During the ascent the scenery in front of you is breathtaking.

Since it’s a long walk, be sure to stock up on water, comfortable shoes, and hats to protect you from the sun.

Mainland Greece and the Peloponnese Peninsula

Half of Greece is not located on islands, but on the south of the Balkan Peninsula and includes several regions. Here are some of the attractions of the mainland.

Monasteries of Meteora

In the center of the plain, near Mount Olympus, there are stone pillars on top of which are monasteries built by hermit monks. Meteora, in Greek, means “soaring in the air.

You can reach them by climbing the stone steps inside the caves or by crossing the gorge on a stone bridge.

There are only six active monasteries today. One female and five male monasteries: the Great Meteora (the largest), Rusanu, St. Stephen, St. Nicholas, the Holy Trinity and Barlaam.

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Going to the monasteries and churches – dress appropriately.

The Cave of Petralona

In the center of the peninsula of Halkidiki is one of the attractions of the country – Petralona Cave, where the Anthropological Museum was created. The remains of the oldest man on earth have been found there. It is cool in the cave, we recommend taking sweatshirts or sweaters.

The entrance fee to the cave and the Museum of Anthropology is 7 Euros.

Aristotle Park

On the peninsula of Halkidiki the ancient Greek scientist Aristotle was born and lived in the city of Stagira. Here is a small park named after him, where you can freely explore and touch his inventions.

Entrance fee is 1 euro.

Monemvasia

In the south of the Peloponnese peninsula there is a place that is connected to the land by a small dam. It is the rock-island of Monemvasia, with the fortress city of the same name, which is accessed by a single road only. Now most of the houses on the narrow streets, turned into hotels and restaurants.

Here you can feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. From the viewpoints you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the Peloponnese.

Santorini

The most recognizable island of Greece is Santorini, which is considered part of the sunken Atlantis. It attracts many tourists with its white and blue houses hanging from the caldera. But few people know that the island has several other attractions as well.

The capital city of Tira and the town of Oia (Iya)

Two of the island’s most famous towns are its capital city, Tira, and its most popular town, Oia. The capital is situated on the top of a hill. To get there you can walk up a specially built staircase or take a cable car. But the most exotic way to climb the rock on donkeys.

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In Tyre there are several museums and temples of different denominations, which are worth visiting.

In the north of the island is the city of Iya, where there are temples with bright blue roofs. It is considered that in Iya is the most beautiful sunset in Greece.

Akrotiri Archaeological Reserve

On the southern tip of the island of Santorini is the Akrotiri Archaeological Reserve. The excavations are covered by a huge hood. Once inside, you enter an ancient city with streets and houses, some of which have been restored. The movement here is not on the ground but on special suspended planking at a height of 3 floors.

The entrance ticket costs 5 euros.

The Island of Crete

The island of Crete is famous for its architectural monuments of the Minoan civilization.

The Palace of Knossos

The famous legend of the Minotaur was born here in the great palace of King Minos. It is located on at least three floors and has perfectly preserved ancient colored frescoes.

The entrance fee for adults is 15 Euros, children up to 18 years old are free.

Museum of Man

The Lassithi Plateau, with its huge number of windmills pumping water, has a Museum of Man at its center, which shows the life of people from cave time to the present day. Inside you can grind flour and visit an ancient cave. And also see exhibits related to Russia. It tells about the first flight of man and animals into space. It is interesting to visit the museum with children.

Milos Island

Many of those who have been to the Louvre, saw the statue of Venus of Milos. She came to the Paris Museum from the Greek island of Milos, which is part of the Cyclades islands. The island is also interesting with its colorful little fishing villages, small caves, delicious seafood cuisine.

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Chios Island

Chios is one of the eastern islands of Greece. There are archaeological reserves, beautiful natural areas. But many people are attracted to one agricultural crop that is grown on an industrial scale only in this place. It is the mastic tree. Much of the island is covered with mastic tree plantings. It is exported to all countries. Mastic is used to make candy and medicine, and is added to food and drinks.

The island has a free museum dedicated to the production of mastic.

The island of Samos

Who doesn’t know the ancient Greek scholar Pythagoras? He lived here. And one of the cities is named after him – Pythagoreion. Nearby is the cave monastery of Spilianis and the aqueduct of Evpalinos, built by ancient scholars. There is also a temple dedicated to the goddess Hera.

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