Greece is the cradle of classical civilization, so those who visit the country must always take into consideration its history and its archaeological beauties. Tourist attractions of Greece that are found mainly in the acropolis of Athens and in the Parthenon, but also in the remains of the Cretan civilization with the sumptuous palaces of Knossos and Phaistos, and in what remains of the Mycenaean civilization that left ruins in Mycenae, with the suggestive gate of the lions, Tiryns and Thebes.
The places of the ancient sanctuaries of the Greek gods, such as Olympia, Delphi and Delos are still fascinating archaeological destinations today. As well as other monuments of classical antiquity such as the theater of Epidaurus, which attract tourists from all over the world. Greece has traces of all the populations that dominated it by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Turks, the Venetians.
Byzantine art is another fascinating aspect of a trip to Greece. The most beautiful centers are in Macedonia, especially in Thessaloniki and Kastoria. And then in the Peloponnese, where the most interesting destination are the ruins of the city of Mistrà, home of the Despotate of the Morea, but where there are also a myriad of other small interesting towns. In central Greece, among the most beautiful places to visit are the Meteors with their monasteries, an artistic-natural wonder that today is one of the symbols of the country.
The Venetian castles and fortresses along the coasts of the country and in almost every island are another testimony of the varied Greek history. Among the most beautiful are those along the Peloponnese coasts and in Crete. As well as the remains of the Ottoman domination. Another curiosity of Greece is the monastic republic which is located on the easternmost peninsula of the Chalkidiki peninsula, Mount Athos.
THE GREEK ISLANDS
Greece, however, is today known mainly for its wonderful sea and for the hundreds of islands that make it a unique country. To the west we find the green Ionian islands where the Venetian influence is visible in the historic centers of the towns and in the fortresses that dominate them.
But it is in the Aegean Sea that most of the islands are located. Here are the Cyclades islands, among the main tourist attractions of Greece. The most famous of which are Mykonos and Santorini, worldly destinations and unbridled fun. Towards Turkey there is the Dodecanese archipelago with the island of Rhodes, which was an Italian possession until the end of the Second World War. Just north of the Turkish coasts are the islands of Chios, Lesbos and Samos, ancient Genoese possessions. At the southern end of the Aegean Sea closes the arch of the Greek islands, the island of Crete, the seat of the Minoan civilization.