When you think of Greece, it’s likely that you’ll think of the Greek gods, ancient philosophers, incredible architectural buildings, iconic games and even Spartan war. If you want to visit Greece, then you can’t ignore the history of the place- you’ll find it everywhere, from the big cities to the seaside villages. To really get a feel for ancient Greece, then there are a few places that you have to go and experience and marvel at for yourself.
No list of must-see sites in ancient Greece is complete without the Acropolis. This is an ancient citadel and contains remains of buildings, including the famous Parthenon. It is located in Athens on a high outcrop of rock and is home to a range of different buildings including theatres, temples and sanctuaries. A restoration project is slowly restoring the acropolis from damage caused by acts of war, vandalism and pollution. It started in the seventies and continues to this day, so tourist can see the architectural wonder that is the Parthenon. A temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, it has become a symbol of everything Greece stands for.
This was the site of the Delphic oracle, one of the most important oracles in Greek history. Today it is a modern town. It was hailed as the ‘Navel of the Earth’ in ancient times or the centre of the world and is found on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, offering panoramic views of Greek countryside. It was also dedicated to the god Apollo, who spoke through the oracle.
On the island of Crete, Knossos was the ancient capital. This is where the King Minos and his labyrinth were located, as well as his son the Minotaur, according to ancient myth. Archaeological evidence has been found of a palace, or palace complex that stood there in ancient times and you can see the ruins today. Perhaps this complicated palace was the inspiration for the legend of the Minotaur and the labyrinth that kept him from escaping.
Where to Stay
Just because you’re on an ancient Greek tour of Greece doesn’t mean you have to live like one. Instead establish a base at a Greek villa, so at the end of the day when you’re done killing minotaurs and listening to the oracle, you can relax in style. Villas in Greece offer a calming oasis from the day’s adventures.
Greece is a place that spells glory and mystery. It is filled with historical buildings at every corner and offers some of the best visual treats in the world. Plan your trip ahead and get the best of hotel accommodations and guided city tours to make your trip to this splendid land more memorable.