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Cities of Mainland Greece

Athens, the capital of Greece, is of the most established centers of tourism in Europe thanks to its classical legacy. The city is one of the longest inhabited cities dating back 3,000 years, the historical gem of Europe, home to some of the most important cultural and historical attractions and the essence of all of Greece. Every step you take and every street you go to leads to a fantastic monument, or a reminder of the grandeur of its ancient heritage and the transformations the city has gone through.

Delphi is one that simply can`t be missed out of any list about mainland Greece. Built around a sacred spring, Delphi was considered to be the omphalos – the center (literally navel) of the world and is an ancient city, home to one of the most famous sights in all of Greece, The Oracle at Delphi. Besides history, Delphi attracts tourists due to its splendid location, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; offering the most magnificent views.

Do you want to party a bit while in Greece? Then this is the location for you. With an entire district devoted to nightlife, picturesque restaurants and wonderful food, you`ll be able to take in all your indulgences with a visit to Thessaloniki. The city is also 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. It has some of the finest hotels, gorgeous beaches and best restaurants in northern Greece, you will feel as if you are living the life of luxury here.

Olympia offered to the world one of the most important ancient Greeks heritages: the Olympic Games that took place at the athletic complex for a 1,000 years. Fifteen minutes from the ancient site is the modern village, filled with many shops of jewelry and reproductions of antiquities. 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 are preserved at the archaeological museum.

The mountaintop monasteries at Meteora (it means `suspended in the air`) are a marvel of human creativity. Located in the central region of Greece, Meteora was originally home to 24 monasteries, of which 6 are still inhabited and welcome visitors and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kalambaka and Kastrika sit at the bottom of these rocks with an array of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes and a nightlife to be enjoyed by all who visit here. This may be one of the most visually spectacular places you’ll ever come across.

Geographically only 2 hours drive from Athens, Nafplio is widely considered one of the prettiest and most romantic towns in Greece. The Old Town is a marvel to walk around with elegant neoclassical mansions and large squares, while on the hill above the Old Town is a fortress castle dating from the Venetian ages. There are some incredible beaches located nearby and the Old Town is host to plenty of fabulous restaurants, tavernas, cafés, art galleries and museums.

Corinth, a town that is considered the gateway to the Peloponnese Peninsula, where ancient meets modern. It was one of the largest and wealthiest city-states in Greece, with two major port: one on the Corinthian Gulf and one on the Saronic Gulf. Today, the site where Ancient Corinth once stood has been excavated by archaeologists and the extensive remains are dominated by top-rated attractions like the ruins of the Temple of Apollo.
The Greek Islands
Cyclades Islands
The Cyclades Islands (meaning `circular islands`) are the most famous island group in the Aegean Sea that comprise some of the most stunning islands in the world!
Ionian Islands
The Ionian Islands is a cluster of six isles that are linked in a chain down the west coast of Greece. It is not only stunningly scenic but also has a character of its own that is set apart from other Greek islands.
Dodecanese Islands
Only a short distance from Turkey`s Turquoise Coast in the southeastern Aegean, the Dodecanese chain of islands lies in what is called the sunniest corner of Greece. With twelve larger islands and numerous smaller uninhabited islands and islets, the Dodecanese Islands have the right mix of tourism and tradition, a fascinating history, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and stunning landscapes.
Saronic Islands
The Saronic islands, which include Hydra and Aegina, are the islands closest to Athens in Greece. This group of islands is a small, relatively sheltered gulf between Attica and the Peloponnese. You could describe them as “the islands off Athens”. There are a total of about 20 islands and islets in the Saronic Gulf, of which only 6 are inhabited. These islands are best known for their rich history, wealthy captains, neoclassical architecture and cosmopolitan character.
Crete Island
The cradle of European Civilization, Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea with remnants of brilliant civilizations, rugged mountains, endless beaches and turquoise seas, charming towns and villages, and stunning countryside. Crete is the place where myths look like history and history is like a myth. Dry-stone farm buildings, villages perching on high plateaus, monasteries, isolated castles and chapels dot the countryside. Old cities hide behind walls, their complicated narrow alleys winding past squares, churches, and the ruins of palaces.
More to Explore

Europe is home to hundreds of breathtaking islands scattered within and around the continent that range from long established celebrity hotspots to lesser-known hidden gems. While your first thought is probably resorts and beaches, don’t forget the many islands that boast rugged cliffs, hiking, adventure sports, and even skiing. With such diversity, history, and culture, you'll always find somewhere intriguing to explore in the Idyllic Islands of Europe.

The coastlines of southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa are shaped by the Mediterranean Sea. Not only does the Mediterranean have beautiful resorts and beaches on the mainland, there are literally thousands of islands to explore, each with their own beauty, over 2,500 miles from Spain east to Turkey. The cultural and culinary experiences of each Mediterranean country are unique and delightful.

Southern Europe is made up of all the countries close to the Mediterranean. Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Montenegro are some of the most visited destinations in the region. It`s known for its incredible sailing, natural wonders, and ancient history.
Experiences & Adventures
Greek Cuisine
Food is a huge part of Greek culture. The cuisine offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods and beverages that are the culmination of thousands of years of living, cooking, and eating. Overall, the food always incorporates much more than just flavors and dishes. It’s all about the fresh ingredients, the lengthy procedure involved in preparing the food, and the culture of sharing dishes with others.
Greek Wine Region
The country is a bit of a mystery to many wine drinkers, who may be limited by their knowledge of the region, grape varieties, or simply the pronunciation. However, one visit to Greece, sipping dry white wine of Santorini Island, sampling rosé on a Peloponnese road trip, indulging in sparkling wines in the mountainous north, or discovering the reds of Crete: there is something for every taste.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Greece
Western civilization was born in Greece over 4,000 years ago. It therefore comes as no surprise that this ancient land is home to 18 amazingly unique UNESCO Sites to visit. From Bronze Age citadels and the sacred Acropolis of Athens (on which stands the Parthenon, chosen by UNESCO as its official emblem), to Byzantine monasteries and Venetian fortresses, Greece’s ongoing efforts to protect and curate its sites and monuments is testament to the tireless work of archaeologists, conservators and heritage managers across the country.
City and Beach Holidays in Greece
Greece is a country where historic ruins, volcanic cliffs, and friendly locals meet the blue Mediterranean Sea. It`s the whole package spread out amongst thousands of gorgeous islands. Discover the historical heritage on a major European capital in Athens before taking in the whitewashed villages of the islands where you`ll find ample opportunities to enjoy swimming, eating and gazing at the deep-blue Aegean.
Cities in Greece
WHY MAINLAND GREECE?

Because of its geographical position, Greece was a crossroad of civilizations that had left their traces everywhere: the architecture of the museums and settlements, daily life, food customs, art, and the amazing scenery in the various cities the mainland has to offer. Discover the interesting cities of the mainland such as Athens, a modern city that thrives in the shadow of the Acropolis. And not to forget the ruins of Delphi, Olympia and Meteora, all reminders of the great civilization that once existed in Greece.

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