• 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).

▲▲▲ 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.

▲▲ 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.

▲▲ 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.

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

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

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