Your Guide to Greece

Greece offers a variety of travel experiences, whether you are looking for culture, history, beaches or nightlife. We hope this Greece travel guide can help you find the right destination.

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The Greek Islands is a favorite travel destination for tourists, offering beautiful beaches in combination with both romantic getaways and nightclubs, depending on the island. Mykonos has more beaches per square kilometer than anywhere else in Greece, and among the most cosmopolitan nightlife in Europe. Santorini is by many considered the most beautiful Greek island, with steep cliffs and dark volcanic beaches, all the result of a gigantic volcanic explosion 3600 years ago, which might be the origin of the Atlantis myth. Rhodes was in ancient times the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and its medieval old town is today a World Heritage Site.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the southernmost Greek region, yet it also has its own distinct culture and dialect. The island was the seat of the earliest advanced European civilization, the Minoans (3000 BC - 1200 BC), as evidenced by the capital of the Minoan empire, Knossos, which is where legend says the labyrinth with the minotaur was situated. The northern coast has plenty of hotels and beach resorts of all price ranges, and the Cretan towns range from party-town Malllia, via the sophisticated city of Agios Nikolaos, to Chania, which is as typical Cretan as it gets. Inland there's natural wonders like the Samaria Gorge.

Athens, the Greek capital, is a metropolis of the present as well as the past. The skyline is dominated by one of the most famous sights in the world, the Acropolis rock with the Parthenon temple. The city also has world-class historical museums, as well as numerous other archeological sites. This is only half the story though, as Athens can match any city when it comes to great food, charming restaurant cafes and a pulsating nightlife. It can also be used as the base for day-trips to places like Delfi, Sounion and Hydra.

The rest of the Greek mainland is often overlooked by tourists and superficial Greece travel agencies alike, but you will be rewarded if you take the time to travel outside of the most popular spots. In the northern part of the country lies Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, which is both a major orthodox religious centre, as well as a modern, cosmopolitan city with more cafes and designer shops per capita than any other place in the nation. Southeast of Thessaloniki lie the beaches of Chalkidi, with their azure blue water. Meteora lies in central Greece, and offers spectacular views, with monasteries seemingly precariously perched on mountain tops. People would travel Greece and further to have their questions answered by Pythia, the oracle at Delphi. On the isthmus between the central and southern part (the Peloponnese) lies Corinth. the remains of the largest Roman settlement in Greece. And on the Peloponnese proper are the ruins of well known historical places such as Sparta and Olympia, where the original Olympic games were held. And everywhere is something special during Easter celebrations, when the people of Greece travel back to their villages.

Greece Travel Web wishes you all the best in planning your dream vacation.