Athens was named after Athena the goddess of wisdom. Scented with mythology, Athens is a sociable city enlivened by outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, gardens and urban eccentrics. Almost every house and apartment has a balcony bulging with geraniums, and many of the city's streets and squares are fringed with orange trees. Even though you've probably come here to see the "glory that was Greece," perhaps best symbolized by the Parthenon and the superb statues and vases in the National Archaeological Museum, your best moments may come sitting at a small cafe, sipping a tiny cup of the sweet coffee.
Athens was named after Athena the goddess of wisdom.
This Greek site is full of glorious history from about 3,000 years. The most famous remains is Apollo's sanctuary, where a stone marks the "center of the world", as considered by the ancient Greeks. Apollo's priestess Pythia was known to live here, advising kings before all major actions (like the unfortunate Persian war). Besides history, Delphi attracts tourists due to its splendid location, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; spring offers a magnificent view, combining both wildflowers and snow.
This Greek site is full of glorious history from about 3,000 years.
Olympia offered to the world one of the most important ancient Greeks heritages: the Olympic Games that took place at the athletic complex for 1,000 years. 15 minutes from the ancient site is the modern village, filled with many shops of jewelry and reproductions of antiquities. The main attractions are the Olympic Museum and the Galerie Orphee bookstore. The statue of Zeus in the ancient temple of Olympia was one of the world's seven wonders, unfortunately, it did not survive; still, antique artifacts were preserved at the archaeological museum.
Olympia offered to the world one of the most important ancient Greeks heritages: the Olympic Games that took place at the athletic complex for 1,000 years.
The Meteora ("suspended in the air") is the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. By 1500, there were 24 monasteries here, of which six - the Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou, Ayia Triada, Ayios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, and Ayiou Stefanou - are still inhabited and welcome visitors. These six monasteries, built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Meteora ("suspended in the air") is the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.
Corinth, along with Patras, is one of the two major gateways to the Peloponnese. It makes a pleasant daytrip by bus from Athens. The main attraction is the old town with ruins of the Roman times when Corinth was the capital of Greece. The old Roman market place, the museum and the fountain of Pereine are worth a visit. From the top of the 'Acrocorinth', you can admire the ancient lower town. The Corinth Canal, carrying ship traffic between the western Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, is about 4 km east of the city.
Corinth, along with Patras, is one of the two major gateways to the Peloponnese.
Thessaloniki is Greece's second-largest city and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. This is a city filled with Byzantine churches and chapels, as well as some Ottoman, and Jewish structures, a city with squares built around Roman palaces, whose markets pulse with life. The city is famous for its picturesque restaurants and tavernas as well as for its lively nightlife. Thessaloniki is known for its bougatsa delicacy that can be found in special stores in just about every corner of the city.
Thessaloniki is Greece's second-largest city and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia.
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