For over centuries of time Greece has been making its mark on the world map as a top choice destination for tourism and luxury tourism. With its agreeable climate, beautiful waters and sandy beaches it’s no wonder all sorts of people seek to have a perfect vacation here. From renting mansions in Greece, to sailing in the warm waters to enjoy exquisite dining, this country knows how to show its visitors a good time.
Located in southeast Europe, Greece is a country made up of thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Well known for its place in ancient history, Greece is often called the cradle of Western civilization. The capitol city of Athens contains many famous landmarks including the 5th century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon Temple.
As you plan out your special vacation to Greece here are a few things to do to help you get your awesome itinerary going:
Take in the History
Dominating the sky line in the capital city of Athens, this is one of the top attractions to see. The Acropolis used to be the site of the famous Athena who was the goddess of Athens. If you are even remotely interested in ancient culture, and many a people have found they become much more interested than they thought they would be as they start experiencing the Greek culture, then you can get a chance to marvel at the Doric columns. The Acropolis is lined with pathways so you can take your time strolling through this ancient and famous structure.
If you are feeling ambitious you can stretch your legs with the challenge of climbing Mount Olympus. You will travel to Litochoro and from there you can decide how ambitious you feel and decide to climb either part or all of the way up the mountain. Mount Olympus is one of the most famous mountains in the world. In Greek mythology it is known as the spot where Zeus sat on his thrown as well as the place where Hades ruled the underworld. Now that is a little something to ponder as you stop for your water breaks going up the mountain.
Stay in a Mansion
If you are going all the way to Greece for a holiday this is the place to live it up. Known for embracing and catering to a lavish and luxurious lifestyle, a holiday in Greece is the place to reward yourself with an amazing place to stay. You could be right along the beach, tucked up into the hills or any combination of finding a beautiful private villa to have all to yourself. Honeymooners or those going away for a special vacation have been pleasantly surprised with the modern and stylish amenities of renting your own villa. Families or those traveling as a group may also be pleasantly surprised that the shared cost of renting such nice accommodation may cost less than they have thought. So whether you do this sort of thing all the time or are looking to experience a taste of a different lifestyle, renting a mansion in Greece is the way to go.
Enjoy Santorini Architecture
Many visitors have described Santorini as the place to go if you want to inhale heavenly bliss. This is the place that has graced plenty of magazine covers with its Cycladic white washed homes and blue domed churches. Perched on the cliffs of a volcanic caldera (crater) this place stuns with picturesque views of multicolored cliffs, deep blue waters and spectacular sunsets. Most visitors cannot help but succumb to the drama of the landscape here. If you are looking for a more upscale celebrity atmosphere then choose the west coast and if you are more on a budget choose the east coast. Either way, pack your spare memory cards because this is a place to impress.
Inaccessible rock pillars scattered over a uniquely sculptured landscape make Meteora an interesting place for contemplation. Seeking retreat from the expanding Turkish occupation, Eastern Orthodox monks found asylum here. There used to be more than twenty monasteries perched on the steep rocks however only six remain today. As the name translates, ‘suspended in air,’ the monasteries are only accessible by climbing the steps cut into the rocks.
Visit Little Venice
With a mix of a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, fashionistas and celebrities, Mykonos will be sure to entertain you. With its frantic vibe of hustling streets, this popular Cyclades Island seduces holiday makers with a mix of people watching, music and oiled up bodies. Go for a combination of jostling beaches and bars and then take your time wandering down the streets of Little Venice. Winding streets, colorful balconies and charming hideaways are waiting for you there.
Catch Some Rays on the Beaches of Crete
If you love sun then there is a good chance you will love Crete. Crete has a mix of secluded beaches with the softest white sands to enchanting coves with glistening colored pebbles to rocky coastlines with stretches of sandy gold beaches. There are beaches for playing, swimming, nude bathing and everything in between for all types of every sun loungers dream. If it gets too hot for, you can find reprieve from the sun by taking cover and losing yourself for a while in the labyrinth of the magnificent Knossos Palace.
Go to Delphi Ruins
If you are at all interested in history a visit to Delphi Ruins is a must. Claimed to be the center of the Earth and Universe, Delphi has always been a place of spiritual and historic significance. Considered to be the ‘navel of the world’ this is where the omniscient Oracle was to be advised and this harmonious landscape makes this such a unique area to be in. The eternal flame is no longer burnt inside but a visit to the Temple of Apollo is a must. There are numerous sites around Delphi which could entertain one for hours.
A holiday in Greece can be anything you want it to be. With so many options for high end relaxing to full day history exploration, you will not be short of wanting for anything except perhaps more time to enjoy this wonderful country.