With so many archaeological sites in Greece to choose from, it can be hard to pick the best ones to visit. Check out the following list of must-see sites that should make it on everyone’s Greek vacation bucket list.
Considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world, the site of Delphi was once home to an oracle that told fortunes. Situated high on a mountainside, this enormous archaeological site is home to some of the most well-preserved ruins in the country, including the impressive temple of Apollo.
The home of the ancient Olympics, this massive site is one of the largest and well-preserved of its kind. Visitors should plan on spending plenty of time exploring the peaceful grounds, which include an expansive track where foot races once took place.
The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
Pronounced Epidavros in Greek, this outdoor theater was built with an incredible acoustic design guaranteeing every seat in the theater has perfect sound. It’s this algebraic technology that allowed ancient Greek performers to entertain full houses without the use of microphones. The theater is situated in a beautiful stretch of countryside on the Peleponese peninsula, not far from the point where Helen of Troy was believed to be abducted.
The ruins of the ancient palace of Knossos make a trip to the distant Greek island of Crete well-worth the effort. This site was once the center of the Minoan Empire and today gives visitors an opportunity to see the well-preserved architecture and incredible artwork of the ancient Minoans.
Modern Athens radiates from this temple of Athena standing high above the city. Possibly the most-trafficked site in the world, the Acropolis is home to several well-preserved structures and an impressive museum that displays most of the artifacts found at the site.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Recently, Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, located off the West Coast of Grenada, underwent a renovation project to make the Protected Area even better for travelers to explore.
Get ahead of the game and start collecting holiday gifts for your loved ones. With the mayhem of store sales and busy parking lots, check out these gift ideas for the traveler in your family; these can all be purchased from the comfort of your home.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Soneva Fushi in the Maldives unveils its latest offering for adventurous guests. Flying Sauces is the world’s first fine-dining zip line experience.