Going on any international trip is exciting. There is so much out in the world to see and do, so many things to learn and so many wonderful stories to share with your friends and family when you get back. There are people to meet and places to visit that you have only seen pictures of before. Pleasure trips are wonderful breaks from everyday life and trips to Greece—whether as a modern tourist or a student of history, mythology and architecture—are no exception. Greece is full of stories both new and old, but some places have special stories to tell. Here are a few of the places that no voyage to Greece would be complete without.
Trips to Greece usually involve visits to Athens, and with very good reason. Athens, the capital city of Greece, is home to many historical spots that call out to be explored. With a history that dates back before the Classical Age and a mythology known and loved the world over, Athens is one of the most desirable cities in the world to visit. For those wishing to get a taste of Athens’ long, rich history, the National Archaeological Museum is the place to go. Showcasing the history, mythology and culture of Greece both present and long past, the museum is one of the greatest collections of antiquities on the planet. Just an hour’s stroll through its historical collections will leave you with a greater knowledge and deeper appreciation of this nation’s long and colorful history.
For a less urban but no less delightful experience, trips to Greece should include voyages to the island of Crete. Crete is home to many ancient dig sites and ruins that have taught us much of what life was like in the ancient world. The corridors of Knossos are open for exploration and invite travelers to take a step backwards in time, walking where the people of old walked for many, many years. Crete also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so when you have finished your archeological explorations, you can unwind by swimming in the ocean, collecting shells and pebbles or just relaxing in the hot sun, watching the beautiful blue sky.
For trips to Greece that favor a turn toward the romantic, the island destination of Santorini is a must-see. One of the most popular honeymoon spots in Europe, Santorini is so gorgeous that it must be seen to be believed. Visitors to Santorini shouldn’t miss the Caldera: a lagoon of perfect blue seawater that rushed inland after the collapse of an ancient volcano. Many amazing hotels and honeymoon spots can be found along the edges of the Caldera, overlooking the lovely sea and the unique geology created by the still-active volcano. Sitting on the balcony with a refreshing cold drink, taking in the scenery with your loved one… this is what honeymoon trips to Greece are all about!
Trips to Greece should also include time spent in Rhodes, one of the cultural capitols of Greece and, indeed, the whole world. Rhodes is the site of the Acropolis, which houses the ruins of ancient temples to Apollo, Zeus and, perhaps most famously, Athena. The Parthenon, an ancient temple to Athena, is known the world over for its beauty and history. But not all of the Rhodes experience is rooted in the ancient world! Rhodes is home to the Municipal Gallery, which displays the work of Greek artists from the 19th century forward. This showcase of talent is proof that Greece’s splendor and richness didn’t end with the Classical Age, but it has continued right up into the modern day. The ancient and the modern have never co-existed so closely as they do in Rhodes!
Trips to Greece, no matter where in this wonderful country you end up, are always spectacular and fascinating experiences. The old and the new are equally alluring. Next time you plan a trip, have a look at all the wonders Greece has to offer explorers, students and pleasure-seekers alike. Whether you want to explore the vibrant modern culture, cuisine and shopping or take a step back in time to centuries ago, Greece is the place to visit!
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