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Learn about the roots of Western civilization and build a nice tan on a Mediterranean island in this ancient southeastern European nation.

Nowhere is classical civilization more alive than in Greece. Ancient temples stand as if they were recent installations. Enjoy thousands of miles of Mediterranean coastline and hundreds of beautiful islands in one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Visit Athens to join the millions of tourists who come each year to see some of the most famous buildings of classical antiquity. The city’s most visible landmark is the Acropolis, a complex from around 500 B.C. that stands atop a rocky bluff within the city. Examine the Parthenon, a Greek temple lined on all four sides by marble pillars. Find additional archaeological sites throughout Greece, like the ruins of Delphi at Mount Parnassus, north of Athens.

Despite the mainland’s long and beautiful coastline, the best way to enjoy the sea in Greece is to visit some of the country’s islands. Make a stop at the gorgeous seaside village of Firá on the island of Santorini. With its blue domed roofs and whitewashed houses clinging to the edge of a steep seaside cliff, Firá is one of the most picturesque villages in the world. Explore the island farther to see that it is actually the cone of an active volcano.

With 1000-foot- (300-meter-) tall cliffs surrounding it, Santorini is not a beach site. Head to the resort island of Mykonos to find one of the best beaches in Greece.

Most people associate Greece with classical civilization and the sea. However, don’t miss one of the country’s best attractions: the Meteora Monasteries. Located in the central mountains of the Greek mainland, these monasteries were built at the top of tall rock pillars to protect them from invaders. When you visit, climb the stairs carved into the pillars and look out from the high vantage points of the rocky bluffs over the rocky lands.

Fly into Greece via the Athens International Airport. Take a boat or a plane from the mainland to any of the hundreds of surrounding islands.

Popular cities in Greece

Kos featuring a castle and a coastal town
Kos
Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Islands

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Reasons to visit

  • Tigaki Beach
    Tigaki Beach
  • Paradise Beach
    Paradise Beach
  • Port of Kos
    Port of Kos
Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos
Known for Beaches, Swimming and Sandy Beaches

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Reasons to visit

  • Lake Voulismeni
    Lake Voulismeni
Parga
Known for Beaches, Sea and Historical Buildings

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Faistos
Known for Mountains, Small Town and Culture

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Serifos
Known for Beaches, Islands and Ports

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Argos-Mykines
Known for Historical Buildings, Archaeology and Temples

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Popular places to visit in Greece

Acropolis
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Acropolis

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

Parthenon
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Parthenon

Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.

Acropolis Museum
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Acropolis Museum

This modern museum is labor of love that has taken decades to complete and accommodates millions of visitors each year.

White Tower of Thessaloniki
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White Tower of Thessaloniki

This distinctly shaped tower has evolved alongside Thessaloniki over the centuries and now houses a museum dedicated to the city’s history. 

Temple of Olympian Zeus
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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Stand at the foot of towering columns which honor the father of all Olympic gods at this 1st Century temple.

Meteora
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Meteora

Discover the historic area of Meteora—temples, mountain views and sights like Monastery of Agia Triada.