• The Acropolis, Athens

Greece

Greece offers sunshine, seafood, whitewashed houses with bright-blue shutters, and a relaxed, Zorba-the-Greek lifestyle. As the cradle of Western civilization, it has some of the world's greatest ancient monuments. While it's a late bloomer in the modern age and retains echoes of a simpler, time-passed world, contemporary Greece has one of Europe's fastest-changing cultural landscapes. With its classical past, hang-loose present, and edgy future, Greece offers something for every traveler.

Places

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Athens Greece's capital, featuring the ancient world's most magnificent sight — the Acropolis — a pair of world-class museums, an atmospheric Old Town, and funky neighborhoods bursting with avant-garde nightlife.

▲▲▲ Hydra Idyllic island getaway, convenient to Athens and the Peloponnese, with picturesque harbor, casual beaches, enticing coastal hikes, and no cars (but plenty of donkeys).

▲▲▲ Santorini Romantic island destination built on the remains of a volcano crater, renowned for cliff-clinging white villages punctuated by blue-domed churches, volcanic black-sand beaches, and spectacular sunsets.

▲▲ Nafplio Greece's first capital and finest midsized town, with a cozy port, an elegant Old Town, a cliff-topping fortress, and energetic street life; handy to nearby ancient sites (Mycenae and Epidavros).

▲▲ Olympia Birthplace of the Olympic Games, with stunning temple ruins, a still-functional stadium, and an intimate museum of ancient masterpieces.

▲▲ Kardamyli Cozy, unspoiled beach town, providing a handy jumping-off point for the Mani Peninsula.

▲▲ Monemvasia Greece's Gibraltar-like fortress on an imposing rock peninsula jutting out into the sea, blending Venetian and Byzantine charm, traffic-free cobbled lanes, and million-dollar views.

▲▲ Delphi Mountainside draped with the Sanctuary of Apollo and other once-grandiose structures, where ancients came to consult the oracle.

▲▲ Mykonos Quintessential (and very popular) Greek isle with postcard-perfect whitewashed village, old-fashioned windmills, and pulsating nightlife; ruins on nearby Delos mark the birthplace of Apollo and a once-mighty shipping center.

Epidavros Best-preserved theater of the ancient world, with unbelievable acoustics.

Mycenae Legendary mountaintop palace/fortress with iconic Lion Gate, massive beehive tomb, and mythic links to the Trojan War.

Mani Peninsula Remote, rustic region with dramatic hill towns, spectacular caves (Pyrgos Dirou), and breathtaking jagged coastlines.

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  • Rick Drinking Ouzo, Hydra, Greece
  • Vathia, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Parthenon Crowd, Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Agora and Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
  • Vathia, Mani Peninsula, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Tour Group Runners, Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Theater, Delphi, Greece
  • Theater, Epidavros, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Modern Toilets, Greece
  • Old Woman on Motorcycle, Exarchia, Athens, Greece
  • Cafe at Night, Psyrri District, Athens, Greece
  • Sunbathers on Beach, Mykonos, Greece
  • Windmills on Mykonos, Greece
  • Wheelchairs on Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Parthenon Exterior, Athens, Greece
  • Stairs and View, Santorini, Greece
  • Amphitheater of Epidavros, Peloponnese, Greece
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