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As the birthplace of democracy, Greece has a fascinating history and a colorful and distinct culture. Its famous cuisine, idyllic islands and pristine beaches make it a popular vacation destination. Learn about the country’s rich past through ancient city ruins and old temples dotted along the gorgeous coast.
Get a sense of what it means to be Greek with a trip to Athens, the capital. Among the historic highlights is the cliff-top Acropolis complex that dates back to 500 B.C. View the crumbling Parthenon temple, with imposing marble columns and pediment. Visit the bars in the city center and sample the local cuisine, featuring pita bread and seasoned skewered meats.
Explore the rich tapestry of Ancient Greece with visits to other sites in far-flung parts of the country. One popular attraction is the Delphi ruins near Mount Parnassus. Head inland for the wonderful Meteora monasteries that were constructed atop jagged rock formations for spiritual elevation. Ascend the sets of outdoor steps to reach the viewing platforms for panoramic vistas.
Enjoy a change of scenery with several days on the spectacular beaches of Greece’s Mediterranean Coast. Take boats to some of the islands to relax on pristine stretches of white sand alongside cultural attractions. The countless beaches and resorts of Mykonos make it among the most popular islands for vacationers.
The seaside village of Fira on Santorini island is particularly scenic, with its cliff of houses typified by whitewashed façades surrounding a blue-domed church. Gaze down upon the sea-filled caldera of the island’s active volcano and bask in its thermal waters.
Find this historic country on the northern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the southeastern part of Europe. It is just southeast of Italy and shares borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries. Fly to the Athens International Airport and take domestic flights to other cities or ride boats to the islands.
Greece is Europe’s cultural and historic cornerstone, with culinary delights, awe-inspiring ruins and idyllic island beaches.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Metropolitan Expo, Factory Outlet Airport and Attica Zoological Park. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Fira, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Olympian Zeus, Acropolis Museum, and Arch of Hadrian. Roman Agora and Parthenon are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens National Garden, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Jewish Museum of Greece. Benaki Museum and Acropolis Museum are also within 15 minutes.
This hotel is located in Athens (Neos Kosmos), close to National Museum of Contemporary Art, Filopappos Hill and Parthenon. Also nearby are Acropolis Museum and Roman Agora.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Hellenic Parliament, and Roman Agora. Monastiraki Flea Market and Zappeion Hall are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Firostefani, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wall Paintings of Thira Exhibition and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
Located in Fira, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Santo Winery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Archaeological Museum. Wine Museum Santorini Island and Osho Santorini are also within 2 miles (3 km).