These Photos Will Make You Want To Visit Greece


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Greece has it all.

Majestic ruins, gorgeous beaches with translucent water, and cobblestone streets winding past colourful houses.

Whether you’re visiting the mainland or the islands, there is no shortage of things to see, do, and eat.

From a monastery built in the mountains to a volcano, you can literally climb inside, these photos represent just a few examples of what makes Greece worth visiting.

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When you think of Greece, the Parthenon is probably the first picture that comes to mind. A visit to Athens to see the remnants of Greece’s Acropolis is an absolute must.

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Nearby, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an amphitheater that was built in the second century
Nearby, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an amphitheater that was built in the second century, is a stunning relic of the past. Music and theater performances are still held at the venue.

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Athens
While in Athens, make a stop at its Central Market to experience the “agora” (marketplace), an integral part of Greek culture. It’s a place for locals to stock up on fresh fish, meat, and fruit, and catch up on gossip.
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Olympia
Athens isn’t the only place with gorgeous ruins. In Olympia, you can visit the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which date back to 776 B.C. © Zarnell/iStock
 Mani in Greece's Peloponnese
To see an entire region of beautiful old architecture, head to the Mani in Greece’s Peloponnese, where stone houses are staggered across a hilly landscape.
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the ancient city of Sparta, in Laconia
Or marvel at what’s left of the ancient city of Sparta, in Laconia, also in Greece’s Peloponnese.
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the port city of Thessaloniki
For a mixture of crumbling and modern architecture, the port city of Thessaloniki is a fun place to visit. It has a picturesque waterfront, loads of restaurants and bars, and a thriving student population. © kyrsos/iStock
popular islands, Santorini
Each of the Greek islands has its own distinct character. One of the most popular islands, Santorini, is known for its idyllic tiers of white-washed houses and phenomenal ocean views.
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The town of Oia, on Santorini
The town of Oia, on Santorini, has become particularly famous. It has a reputation as the ultimate place to go to watch the sunset. It’s also the dreamy backdrop to Alexis Bledel’s summer romance in “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.” © Freeartist / iStock
Kefalonia was used as the location for "Captain Corelli's Mandolin,"
The Greek islands have appeared in other movies, too. Kefalonia was used as the location for “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” based on the book by Louis de Bernières.
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the ancient town of Lindos.
Rhodes’ Agios Pavlos Beach has some incredible views of the ruins in the ancient town of Lindos. © John_Walker/iStock
Crete's Elafonissi Beach is considered one of the best coastal stretches in Europe.
Crete’s Elafonissi Beach is considered one of the best coastal stretches in Europe. © Constantin Stanciu/Shutterstock
The fishing village of Kouloura on Corfu has a striking seafront.
The fishing village of Kouloura on Corfu has a striking seafront. © Calin Stan/Shutterstock
the town of Corfu
While you’re there, head to the town of Corfu (yes, it has the same name as the island it’s on) for a dose of small town charm.
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The Greek islands - the island of Thassos
The Greek islands are full of natural treasures as well. On the island of Thassos, you can see your toes in the crystal clear water of Giola, a natural rock pool. © SonicN/Shutterstock
On Nisyros, adventurous travelers can literally climb into the crater of an active volcano (it last erupted in 1888).
On Nisyros, adventurous travelers can literally climb into the crater of an active volcano (it last erupted in 1888). © Sandro Pavlov/Shutterstock
Milos
And if you’re really into volcanoes, Milos is the island for you. A build-up of eroded volcanic rock has left parts of its coast looking almost other-worldly.
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If volcanoes are too risky, hike through Butterfly Valley, a nature valley on the island of Rhodes.
If volcanoes are too risky, hike through Butterfly Valley, a nature valley on the island of Rhodes. © naumenkophotographer/iStock
 leisurely lunch at a taverna
Take a leisurely lunch at a taverna, like this one in Crete. Ask locals to find the best seafood taverna, pull up a chair (preferably with an ocean view), fill your plate with kalamari and grilled octopus, and order a Greek coffee to finish.
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loukoumades
And for dessert, pick up some loukoumades, syrupy fried dough balls usually sprinkled with cinnamon and nuts.
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cobblestone streets - on Mykonos
After all that eating, walk down cobblestone streets — like this one on Mykonos — and pass by whitewashed houses with colourful doors. © ZoltanGabor/iStock
 the island's windmills at sunset
While you’re in Mykonos, don’t pass up the ultimate Instagram opportunity: the island’s windmills at sunset.
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 the Monastery of Agios Savvas on Kalymnos.
Many of Greece’s churches and monasteries are well worth visiting — like the Monastery of Agios Savvas on Kalymnos.
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cluster of monasteries 1,300 feet high in Meteora, in mainland Greece
There’s even a cluster of monasteries 1,300 feet high in Meteora, in mainland Greece.
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the tiny island of Spinalonga near Crete
And there are tons of cool castles. This fortress, on the tiny island of Spinalonga near Crete, is just one example.
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hand-painted ceramic plates
If you end up souvenir shopping, try to support local artisans and pick up a handmade memento, like these hand-painted ceramic plates.
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live bouzouki (Greek guitar) performance
To fully immerse yourself in Greek culture, go to a live bouzouki (Greek guitar) performance.
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Greek dancing show, like this one in the town of Pefkohori in mainland Greece
And check out a Greek dancing show, like this one in the town of Pefkohori in mainland Greece. If you’re feeling brave, you could even give it a go. Opa!
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