20 Wonders To Discover In Greece

Greece is a place of many wonders. Its beauty comes from the fact that it was the epicenter of culture in the ancient world. Ruins and modern architecture embrace each other in this wonderful place. But let’s not forget its paradise-like beaches and its incredible food. You’ll never want to leave once you try out the native olives, the fresh fish and above all the different local dishes that are filled with colors and distinctive flavors. The following list will make you lust for a trip to Greece!

#20. Our Lady Of Tinos Church

Our Lady of Tinos Church can be found on the island of Tinos and it was opened to the public in 1830. From an architectural standpoint, the place was built with a Renaissance style that might mesmerize you. But apart from this, a fascinating thing happens at certain times of the year.

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The church was built around an Icon, and according to the Greek Orthodox Church, this icon is sacred and is supposed to be the source of many miracles. This icon is now encased in silver, gold, and jewels, and many people travel a long distance to see as well as to kiss it. Thus, this is the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Greece.

#19. First Olympic Stadium

As the name suggests, this was the first Olympic stadium to have been built in the whole world. It’s amazing to think about the origins of these worldwide games, and the fact that people have been doing it for over 3000 years. The main difference was that during ancient times, the games were meant to honor the Greek god Zeus.

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For those of you who are sports fans and history geeks, a visit to the ruins is highly recommended. If you close your eyes, you can even imagine yourself playing the first Olympic Games. However, be sure to visit the place on a sunny day to make the most out of the outing, since this will give you the chance to enjoy the natural surrounding.

#18. Film Festivals At Syros

The island of Syros is a great place to visit. Unlike other more tourist-friendly places in Greece, nightlife and other activities remain constant along the seasons. This island is lined with incredible mansions that are awe-inspiring, so we recommend you explore the port and admire the buildings’ beautiful architectural style. Nearby beaches like Kini are also quite attractive. However, locals know there is one thing you simply can’t miss.

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The island organizes an incredible film festival that attracts people of all kinds, but it takes place only during summer, so that’s when you should visit. The whole experience of going to the movies, checking out some avant-guard films, and going for long walks through the streets afterward is something you won’t regret. Plus, you’re sure to meet exciting people along the way. For another interesting experience, go to the next slide.

#17. The Flavours Of Kavouras Tsipouradhiko

Every local knows that one of the best places to try the local cuisine is Kavouras Tsipouradhiko. Here you won’t only get quality but also quantity. With surprisingly good prices, get ready to enjoy multiple glasses of wine and abundant food. This place is particularly a hit amongst men, but it gives a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to enjoy the food and ambiance.

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This fantastic restaurant is located in Volos and is said to be the oldest place to serve local food and snacks. Amongst the dishes, you will find an exquisite selection of grilled octopus and plenty of wine to go with it. Don’t miss it, and enjoy the abundance of food!

#16. The Ammos Hotel In Crete

Crete is one of Greece’s most amazing islands. But even though tourists that wish to relax fully tend to head directly towards the big resorts, we recommend you stay at the Ammos Hotel. The most touristy resorts tend to be quite pricy and packed with visitors, so this alternative is definitely what you need.

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The inside of the hotel is decorated with contemporary art, and the suites are beautiful. On top of that, the place looks out on the beach and has an outdoor pool you can make use of whenever you feel like it. The location is the best out there and the service will pamper you. Above all, remember to relax and enjoy the beauty of Crete.

#15. Great Art Galleries In Athens

Athens is the place to visit if you’re into contemporary art. While it is not a fact that is greatly publicized, the city has been part of a flourishing art scene. Today, young artists swarm the city and the vibrant new energy is contagious. Plus, it’s the perfect distraction if you get tired of seeing so many ancient ruins.

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In 2017 the city of Athens hosted an art exhibition named “Documenta”. This incredible exhibition attracted artists from all around the globe, showing that the city is going through an important cultural transformation. Be sure not to miss great galleries like Rebecca Camhi or The Breeder.

#14. Epidaurus Theater

The theater is a universal and ancient practice. However, the Greeks were once the masters of the art of entertainment. If you’re a fanatic of plays or just want to enjoy yourself, a visit to the Epidaurus Theater is a must. It was built in the 4th century B.C. and it is said that the people in those days thought the place had the best acoustics. In those times, this was fundamental since microphones didn’t exist.

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Believe it or not, even today the acoustics are incredibly good. That is why every summer, the city organizes a festival that attracts tourists from all around the globe. The shows get packed though, so be sure to book way ahead of your visit in order to enjoy the experience.

#13. The Center Of The Universe At Delphi

At Delphi, you’re guaranteed to experience one of the most breathtaking views Greece has to offer. Surprisingly enough, this place was once considered the center of the universe. Because of this, multiple ceremonies were carried out here, and various rich monuments were built in this site by most of the important ancient Greek city-states.

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While flocks of tourists visit Greece every year, only quite a few of them actually stray from the mainstream path to visit this mesmerizing spot. Not only is Delphi one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, but it also offers amazing views, as it is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

#12. Paradise In Sithonia

A trip to Greece isn’t complete without diving into the unbelievably turquoise, see-through waters of the Aegean Sea. Visit the beaches in Sithonia for an experience you’ll treasure for all your life. When looking upon the sea in real life, you’ll understand that the image below doesn’t make it justice.

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If you’re into more of the party scene, then head out to Kassandra. This beach is the destination of choice for many young college students on holiday, and there are plenty of resorts to choose from. Any all-inclusive hotels here are sure to pamper you. The if you get sick of the crowds, then explore the vast shore and you’ll find places of solitude.

#11. Selene And Its Food

Greece is the kind of place that has innumerable gastronomical spots where local food is served. While trying out the different traditional dishes is definitely a must, there are a number of excellent spots that offer a selection of foods that combine local flavors with modern recipes.

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In Santorini, you will find Selene. This restaurant is highly recommended and the mix of ingredients they work with just works fantastically. Try out the squid or their take on traditional risotto and get ready to be blown away. The food is not only tasty but highly photogenic, so don’t forget your camera!

#10. Zagori And Its Landscapes

One thing that is absolutely Great about Greece is the plethora of landscapes you can see in such a small country, ranging from gorgeous beaches and charming towns to mountainous scenes. Wherever you go, it’s highly unlikely you’ll get bored. Just look at the picturesque photo below, taken in the mountainous region of Zagori: the rugged mountainside and the sheer size takes my breath away.

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UNESCO seems to agree, and this place is actually listed as a World Heritage Site, so don’t wait any longer. Lying in the Zagori region is Vikos Gorge, a true hiker paradise. You can adapt the visit to your needs and wants: from extreme hiking to slow walks along the canyons and hidden stone villages, this place is a must-visit.

#9. Agora Ruins

Athens has plenty of ruins that might attract your attention, and while most of them have something special that makes them unique, we recommend you pay special notice to the Agora Ruins. While they might not dazzle the average tourist, believe it or not, this structure was the place where all the action happened back in ancient times.

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The place had both an artistic and a political function and was thus the epicenter of life in ancient times. The city center was also used to carry out the first democratic elections the world has ever known. Mind you, their democracy wasn’t exactly the same as the one we know today, but in spite of that, we owe a lot of our contemporary political systems to this great civilization.

#8. Hidden Apollo Coast

If you’re already having a hard time around your trip’s budget, then pay close attention. Greece has numerous photo-worthy beaches and seasides, but to be honest, most of them are resorts that can easily exceed your contemplated budget. However, locals know that between Varkiza and Vouliagmeni lies some incredible budget sites like the one depicted in this picture.

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The hidden “Apollo Coast” is the perfect place to go with friends, a partner or even alone. The beautiful water induces any visitor to stay hours swimming, and the rock formation is the right spot where you can jump into the water. Pay close attention to the next slides for more mind-blowing scenery.

#7. Most Beautiful Beaches At Papa Nero

For a different kind of scenery, don’t miss Papa Nero. Here you’ll find abundant mountains as well as growing vegetation. The peace and quiet that visitors can enjoy are unlike anything you’ll experience in the rest of the Island. But there’s something else to this site.

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Aside from the forest-like surrounding, in Papa Nero, you will also find isolated beaches. This place is truly heavenly and the best thing is that it isn’t swarming with tourists. If you ever visit, take advantage of everything the place has to offer, including its delicious cuisine. From seafood dishes to Fasolada, the national white bean soup. Don’t miss the next slide for an original experience!

#6. Tinos

In Tinos, find the perfect spot you didn’t know you were looking for. There is a famous seaside restaurant that serves food right on the shore. Both locals, as well as travelers, simply adore the experience. If the night is particularly packed you might end up eating close to the water, to the point where waves might tickle your feet.

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The appealing sound of waves, the fresh air, and the food is a guarantee of a good time. The menu offers exquisite dishes that vary depending on the availability and freshness of the food. If you’re a first-time visitor, many recommend starting with the cuttlefish risotto.

#5. The Crossroads Inn In Tripotamos

Nothing is more important than feeling comfortable when traveling, that is why we recommend you to check into the Crossroads Inn. Here, the family that runs the place cater to your every need. The rooms have been restored, and the architecture will amaze anyone.

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Located in the village of Tripotamos, the Inn is definitely a place you should consider. As you settle in, take in the mesmerizing views the villas have to offer. If you’re tired from your journey, lay back and relax while looking out on the paradise-like water. On top of that, the family also owns a vineyard that offers tours and samples you simply can’t miss.

#4. Mouth Watering Dishes In Ta Karamandlidika Tou Fani

What’s better than a homecooked meal? If you’re looking for a culinary revelation, then don’t hesitate and head directly towards the loved food tavern Ta Karamandlidika Tou Fan. Explore the menu, and order all kinds of meats and cheeses that have flavors unique to Greece.

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This incredibly ranked spot is every foodie’s paradise. Here, you will get a taste of Byzantium and Cappadokia dishes that will make your mouth water. The meats are loaded with spices of all kinds, and the cheeses are to die for. Enjoy the meal with someone special, and remember your favorite dish so you can cook it back home.

#3. Falasarna

If your feet are getting sore from all the exploring and walking, then the beaches at Falasarna are a great way to unwind and relax. The sand looks so soft it invites anyone to walk hours along the shore, and if the sun feels too hot on your back, just walk up to the sea and take a dive in the crystalline water.

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Falasarna is situated northwest of Crete, and the most heavenly beach you will find there is Balos. This place is so well kept and protected from waste and trash that you’ll feel as if you’re in a movie. In the unlikely event you feel as if you’d had enough tranquility, there’s actually an archeological site not far from the shore you can head off to.

#2. Aptera Arqueological Site

If you visit Crete, you can visit the Apteron or Aptera archaeological site. This castle-like structure was once actually a whole city that holds quite the mythical background. In Greek mythology, this place was supposed to have been the battleground between sirens and Muses, and that’s just the start of it. Visit this site to learn more about myths, history, and legends.

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Aside from the ruins, the local government has been investing plenty of resources to make this site a visited place. They have carried out fun activities like full moon concerts and other theatrical shows but this place is still pretty unknown to most. Take advantage and avoid the swarming tourists that are yet to come and visit this ancient city.

#1. Santorini, The Wine Paradise

Ancient civilization wouldn’t have been complete without a good bottle of wine. Greece is actually the oldest wine producer in the world, and while this popular drink tastes fantastic, long ago it had other daily uses. For instance, a particular kind of wine was used to disinfect wounds. You will quickly get a hang of the diverse and unique flavors that are produced here.

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If you want to take a wine tour, then Santorini is the place to go. Don’t miss out on drinking a sip of Vidiano, Assyrtiko or even Marouvas. The island has plenty of wine tasting opportunities, and it’s the perfect excuse to feel sophisticated with your partner while having a great time. You can even buy some to bring back to your loved ones.

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