Top Attractions

Top Attractions In Greece
Abbey of the Ursulines
Cyclades / Tinos

The village of Loutra is more green than others on the island, and hosts the Abbey of the Ursulines, a catholic convent founded in 1862. The convent also hosts the folklore museum and reveals much about this island’s unique history.

Achaia Clauss
Peloponnese / Achaia

A must-visit winery is Achaia-Clauss with its stone buildings and large oak barrels, only 8 kilometres outside the city in green surroundings. The winery was built by the Bavarian Gustav Clauss in 1854 that is today known for its excellent wine. There are daily wine tours in the facility.

Achilleion (south of Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Empress Sissy of Austria built this stunning 19th Century palace as a safe haven after the death of her son. An avid scholar of Greek history and mythology, Sissy commissioned numerous works of art based on Greek mythology and civilization, including statues, murals and paintings for Achilleion.

Acropolis Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This fascinating museum is a must if you’re visiting Athens. Initially, the residents of Athens looked upon the new Acropolis museum under construction with suspicion.

Acropolis of Arkesia, Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

In 1923 excavations in the area of Arkasa discovered the remains of and acropolis at the Church of Agia Sofia (previously Agia Anastasia). Mosaics, a graveyard and some inscriptions from the later period remain, so do ancient columns.

Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Acropolis of the ancient Feres
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

One of Thessaly’s most notable sites, the Acropolis of ancient Feres was inhabited between the neolithic period (around 300 B.C.) and the era of the early Roman Empire (first century A.D.), and again in the Byzantine period during the 13th Century. It was given its name in modern history for being the home of local author, politician and revolutionary Rigas Feraios, who was one of the heroes of the 1821 Greek Revolution. The site has undergone few renovations until the present day although its most vulnerable parts are being maintained.

Aegean Maritime Museum
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Nautical Museum is considered one of the better ones in the Cyclades.

Aghia Anna, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

On the outskirts of the village, Aghia Anna’s frescoes date back to the early 13th century – it is dated 6733, in the old Byzantine calendar, which would place it at 1225 – and are said to be the oldest examples on the island.

Aghia Marina Tower
Cyclades / Kea (Tzia)

There are attempts to restore a rare but relatively unknown ancient monument on the island known as the Aghia Marina tower. The tower lies 6.5 km southwest of the main village, Ioulis, a rare 4th century BC structure which has fallen into neglect and disrepair following a major collapse five years ago. The original square edifice, made of rock and marble, was 10 meters long on each side and 20 meters in height, with four levels and an interior staircase. It may have been part of a larger defensive complex. The tower stands next to the medieval monastery and church of Aghia Marina, strangely deserted since 1837.

Aghios Minas cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

One of Greece’s largest cathedrals the cruciform building has a domed roof, and twin towers. Heavily damaged in the 1866 revolution, it was restored some 30 years later. Located on Aghia Ekaterina square in Herakleion next to the church of that name, which was built in 1555.

Aghios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Eight rooms, covering the period from Neolithic (Around 3,000BC) to Roman, including the so-called ‘Goddess of Myrtos’ jug, which is worth visiting the museum for, alone. There are also finds here from the palace of Mallia, Siteia and the area of Mirabello.

Agia Kyriaki, near Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Not far from Karpathos’ main town, the attractive church of ‘Saint Sunday’ is perched on a rock that offers spectacular views of the nature all around.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.

Agia Theodora of Vasta
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Church of Saint Theodra can be found outside the village of Vasta near Megalopoli. It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. According to tradition the construction of the church is linked with the martyrdom of Theodora who was an 11th century Byzantine citizen born in the area of Ancient Melpiea.

Agia Triada Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios.
Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore.

It’s open everyday except Thursday.

Agiarsali cave church of Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Amfikleia lies yet antoher unique church, that of Agiarsali (short for Saint Jerusalem in Greek), built in the back of a cave.

Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim, Trikorfo
Central Greece / Fokida

The tradition of monasteries continues in modern times with the recent construction of this magnificent masterpiece, the monastery of Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim of Sarof, in the village of Trikorfo. It boasts the largest belfry in the world, with 60 bells and 400 gongs ringing loud and captivating listeners.

Agios Dimitrios Gorge
Evia / Southern Evia

Aside from being one of southern Evia’s most beautiful areas, the gorge of Agios Dimitrios is also known for its rich variety of flowers and trees, which grow in abundance thanks to its many springs and streams that flow year-round. Plane and oak trees cover a large portion of the gorge, while the beautiful rare sawfly orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera) and the common Malcolmia macrocalyx scyria can also be found in bloom throughout the area.

Agios Ioannis Cave
Cyclades / Irakleia

You can explore the cave of Agios Ioannis (or Ai Yannis) with its stalactites, stalagmites and columns near Vourkaria bay to a depth of 120 metres. The cave – in reality two caves opposite each other – also functions as a church. It features spilaiogala (translated as cave milk, which is rare stalagmite material in liquid form). This is one of the largest caves of the Cyclades and certainly one of the most amazing ones. The feast of Saint John takes place here with people coming from surrounding islands as well.

Agios Nikolaos
Evia / Southern Evia

Situated in front of a park within Karystos’ centre, the grand church of Agios Nikolaos is the town’s most-well known. Featuring three blue domes and a triple-arch doorway, this three-storey church honoring the patron saint of sailors has been around for more than half a century.

Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Agios Nikolaos of Molos
Evia / Skyros

Here’s a very unique church built into the rocks near the sea. It is a very different church from all others, almost crude in its construction and finish, but spiritually powerful and significant. Visit the nearby windmill-like lighthouse too!

Agios Nikolaos of Vounenis Church, Kleitso
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a very special church because it features a very rare relic – a silver case about 700 years old that contains the holy hand of the Evangelist Luke.

Agios Stephanos
Cyclades / Syros

Standing on a rock in Galissas high above the sea, this church is more secluded and serene than the city ones, blending in Mediterranean nature and scenery like no other church on the island.

Ainos Mountain
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Standing at 1600 meters, Ainos is the tallest mountain in the islands of the Ionian and constitutes the smallest National Forest in Greece. The thick forest of Kefallonian firs is a one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon and supports a vital eco-system. These Kefalonian firs are non-hybridized and can only be found in Kefalonia, while the forest floor supports the fragile growth of Viola Kefallonica, a rare purple flower that’s carefully protected in the forest, so be sure to look out for them as you hike. The fir forest of Ainos Mountain offers the perfect habitat for wild horses, badgers, eagles, rabbits and foxes.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Alexander The Great International Foundation, Komvos Litochoro
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

The non profit organization was created to further the study of Alexander The Great.The foundation’s chief goals include the promotion of health and education, and support for institutions that contribute to the improvement of social, cultural and friendly relations between Greece and other nations. The foundation also aims to maintain the language, history, culture, national identity and traditions of Greeks via the organization of conferences, symposiums, seminars, art and sculpture exhibitions, books and other forms of artistic and intellectual subjects.

Alieis
Peloponnese / Argolida

Also known as the Fishermen’s Citadel, part of Alies has sunk underwater. The walls were 186 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, reinforced with circular and square towers. The foundations of these walls and towers are from porous rock, while the top part is made with river stones, bricks and tiles. There was also a religious centre inside the citadel, with an altar from the 4th century BC and ruins from the 5th and 6th. Evidence of workshops and residences can also be seen at the site.

Aliki/Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

The beach of Aliki in Egio, despite being a formal beach, is also an important aquatic ecosystem and partly a lagoon, lying to the northeast of the beach. There are about 120 bird species that visit plus significant aquatic life. The rich flora of the area is also noteworthy.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Ambracian Gulf (Amvrakikos)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known in English literature and history as the Ambracian Gulf, this 400-square-kilometre body of water represents one of the largest wetlands in the region, and is linked to the Ionian sea by a small opening.

Amphipolis, 62 km south of Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

Originally called ‘Nine Roads’ for the nine roads leading out of it, Amphipolis was where the Persian king Xerxes buried alive 9 youths and another 9 maidens to appease the gods after his defeat at the Battle of Salamis.

Amyklaion and Sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios
Peloponnese / Laconia

This site flourished as far back as the prehistoric era and well into the Roman period. Spartan festivals were held there. The sanctuary was excavated in 1890, while barts of the Throne of Bathykles were retrieved from there as well.

Anavros Park
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Anavros Park offers a wonderful walk by the sea featuring an aquarium and many sculptures done by well-known Greek and foreign artists. It emerged from the 1st international Sculpture Meeting in 1988. The nearby stream of Anavros was mentioned in Homer’s epic.

Ancient Agora of Kos (Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

Dating back to the 4thC BC, the ancient Agora in Kos constituted the political, commercial, religious and social hub of the island and was one of the most important Agoras in the world. Walk through the arcades, admire the temples and columns, meander through the sanctuaries and you’ll get a glimpse of the bustling center that once defined this island.

Ancient Alos at Kefalosi, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the plain between Mount Othrys and Chalkodonio lie remains of the Hellenistic town of Alos. Findings such as vessels, tools, jewellery and remains of houses attest to the importance of this city once upon a time.

Ancient Basilica and Kiln in Lefkos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Remains of an early Christian church emerged during excavations at Lefkos some 50 years ago, complete with mosaics and parts of a large apse, indicating a flourishing civilization between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.

Ancient City of Nirikos (Kaligoni, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Nirikos was Lefkada’s capital, it was founded in 2000 BC and experienced significant economic prosperity due to its strategic location off the western coast of mainland Greece. One of Dörpfeld’s famous archaeological digs, you can still see the remains of a pre-Roman theater, towers, outer walls, a cemetery and aqueducts.

Ancient cypress tree in Prassia
Central Greece / Evrytania

No one knows exactly how old this tree is, towering over the village of Prassia, but it has a diameter of 7 meters and is 35 meters tall. It is designated as a protected natural monument.

Ancient Dodona
Epirus / Ioannina

In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC. It was dedicated to an early deity representing the Earth Mother similar to Gaia or Rhea.

Ancient Figaleia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition. Roman travel writer Pausanias mentioned the existence of priests at the Temple of Artemis, writing about Dionysus Evroinomis, a gymnasium and agora, as well as statues of Hermes and of Olympic champion, Arachiona. The latter was found in the ancient agora of the town.

Ancient Gomfoi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The site of the ancient city of Gomfoi (pronounced Gomfi) is located 2 km northwest of Episkopi within the region of Mouzaki. The ruins of Gomfoi include a fortified wall, part of which was recently excavated.
In 48 B.C., Gomfoi initially took the side of Pompey following the policy of the Commons of Thessaly. The Gomfians refused to open their gates to the army of Caesar, and after a lengthy siege Caesar overtook the city. In the sixth century AD during the reign of Justinian, the fortifications of the city were strengthened and during the Byzantine era it became the seat of a Bishopric.

Ancient Greek Theater (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This stunning Ancient Greek theater dates back to the Hellenistic age and is thought to be as important and beautiful as the Ancient Theater of Epidavros. Fits up to 15,000 people, it is an archaeological gem Lesvos is proud of. Admire the 24-m circular orchestra pit. Explore the theater and then hike through the surrounding pine forest.

Ancient Ialyssos
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

The green pine forested 267m Mount Philerimos, on the west side of the island, approximately 15kms from Rhodes town, is the site of the ancient acropolis of Ialysos.

Ancient Kassopi
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of this ancient city stand silently just below Mount Zalongou. Here the Epirote tribe of the Kassopians built their capital city in an attempt to unify neighbouring villages to thwart a possible attack by the Helian tribe. Fragments of the city’s walls and gates still remain as well as the remnants of some private residences. The beautiful views of the Ionian Sea and Amvrakikos Gulf below are an added plus.

Ancient Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The city of Lamia was built over ancient remains from the 4th century BC, and sections of the old walls surrounding the city have been uncovered. The walls began at the hill of Akrolamia or the castle hill, ending at the hill of Agios Loukas. There are remains of the ancient city all over, including under the National Bank of Greece which are still visible in some of the underground parts of the buildings.

Ancient Lilea or Lilaia
Central Greece / Fokida

The modern village of Lilaia near Polidrossos is built on the ancient city by the same name, inhabited from the early Helladic period (2800-2100 BC). The fortification walls at the citadel summit indicate traces of a constructional phase before the city was destroyed by Phillip II. Another part of the fortress dates back to the rebuilding phase after the reign of Phillip II. In 200 BC the city was under siege by King Phillip V but it revolted and gained its liberty. The city was also mentioned often in the accounts of Strabo, Ptolemy, Pliny and Pausanias, who noted an agora, theatre, baths, sanctuary to Apollo and one to Artemis. Both temples featured marble statues of the gods in standing posture, made by Athenian sculptors. Lilaia was constantly inhabited until the Byzantine era but soon thereafter fell into decay and was abandoned. Today, walls from antiquity and remains of a castle that are still visible.

Ancient Lindos and Acropolis
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

The ancient city state protected by its strong acropolis was a major maritime power, the birthplace of Kleoboulos (a moderate tyrant, one of the seven sages of the ancient world known for his “everything in moderation”).

Ancient Lousoi
Peloponnese / Achaia

It was the Austrian Archaeological Institute and its work around this site that have revealed the remains of an important Arcadian city, lying in the Municipality of Kalavrita in the village of Soudena or Lousoi. Notable among the finds is the Temple of Artemis, dating back from the third century BC. Remains of the parliament, entrance and fountain, as well as a notable house with its courtyard are also visible. The location of the acropolis has also been determined, but not yet excavated.

Ancient Megalopolis, Megalopolis
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Having gathered settlers from all over Arkadia, Megalopolis offered temples to many gods such as Zeus, Asclepius, the Mother of the Gods and more. Its ruins include the Stoa of Philippos, Sanctuary of Zeus Soter, Stoa of Myropolis and a Bouleterion. There was also an ancient theatre which seats for than 20,000 people and considered the largest in Greece. Its good acoustics have made it a place for drama revivals in recent times.

Ancient Messene
Peloponnese / Messinia

The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.

Ancient Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of ancient Nikopolis (victory city) can be found just 7 kilometres north of the city of Preveza. It was built to commemorate Octavian’s great naval victory at Aktion over the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC.At its height, more than 150,000 people resided here, most of which were forced to re-locate there from surrounding villages. The apostle Paul visited Nikopolis briefly and the philosopher Epictetus opened a school here. The city was sacked in 267 AD by the Goths and in 540 AD the Byzantine ruler Justinian re-fortified the walls. Many archaeologists and other researchers believe that modern day Preveza grew out of an extension of Nikopolis. The site is quite extensive, and many of its components are well –preserved, particularly the Roman Odeon. The remains of walls, theatres, temples to Poseidon and Ares, aqueducts, and baths can still be seen.

Ancient Odeion of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Odeion of Patras was constructed just before that of Herod Atticus in Athens, in 161 AD. Twelve rows of seats render this theatre impressive, along with the wall of its stage, stairways, parapet and more. It was unearthed only in 1889 and redressed in marble to host many concerts and shows in summer.

Ancient Oinoe, Kambos
North Aegean / Ikaria

The well-known city of Oinoe was once the island’s most important city and has been associated throughout the ages with the worship of Dionysus. Today, the ruins of ancient Oinoe include the area around the mouth of the river Voutside in the northern part of the island near the present-day village of Kambos.

Ancient quarries of Styria Lithos
Evia / Southern Evia

Sitting atop of Mt. Myteri, the ancient quarries of Styra look over today’s city and out to sea. There are still ancient roads leading up to where marble was transferred down the mountain and onto ships or other means of transport.

Ancient Quarry of Vria
Macedonia & Thrace / Pieria & Mount Olympus

At a challenging road at a distance of 11km from the center of the Vria settlement you will find the ancient quarry, where giant carved marble slabs and columns are scattered in a beech forest. It remains a mystery how these vast, cumbersome pieces were transported to the port from this location.

Ancient Rhodes and its Acropolis
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

The ancient city was surrounded by walls encompassing a much greater area than that delineated by the existing medieval walls. Ruins of ancient walls are still visible throughout the Old Town.

Ancient Temple of Klopedi (Agia Paraskevi Village)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Dating back to the 6th C, this beautiful temple is unique in terms of archaeological importance as it’s the only example of Aeolian architecture in Greece. It once held the Altar of Lesvos and was one of the most significant religious temples in Lesvos.

Ancient Therma, Katafygi
North Aegean / Ikaria

At a short distance just east of the present village of Therma, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Thermai, once well-known for its numerous hot springs and baths.

Ancient Walls of Samos
North Aegean / Samos

The walls linining the hills of Ambelou (Kastri) in Kasteli, at a total length of 6430m with a circumference of 1,2km squared, in which a city was set up. Carved, rectangular blocks, weighing several tons each were the main materials used for construction. Parts of the walls from various eras can be found here; in some places there are parts that are attributed to the era of Polycrates (second half of the 6th century BC), while other parts are dated around 300 BC (Hellenistic period) and after a series of wars culminating in the defeat of Samos by the Athenians in 439 BC there was a need for new, more modern fortifications. The most impressive attribute of the walls is their sheer volume and the scope that went into creating them. Unfortunately, the condition of the walls has deteriorated significantly due to neglect and abuse by visitors. Only one sign on the roadside informs of the existence of ancient walls.

Angelocastro – Castle Michel Angelo (near Paleokastritsa)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

This Byzantine castle majestically reigns above the Paleokastritsa area. Hike up a path to explore this 13th Century site where you’ll find the quaint church of Taxiarchi-Archangelou Michail and the intriguing Chapel of St. Kyriaki housed inside a cave boasting beautiful 18th Century murals.

Antiparos Cave
Cyclades / Paros & Antiparos

The most renowned cave in this part of the Aegean is on Antiparos, on a hill that’s 250 meters high in the southern part of the island. Next to the entrance of the cave is the small church of Agios Ioannis. The cave itself contains three large halls and is more than 100 meters deep with huge stalactites and stalagmites, many of which contain ancient inscriptions.

Aoos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Making its way through the Aoos Gorge, this river comprises an important natural environment for numerous types of plants and animals. As part of the Vikos Aoos National park, the delicate ecosystem found along its banks is protected from hunters and fishers. It’s also one of the favoured rivers among experienced rafters, offering a difficulty level of five, one of the highest throughout the country.

Apoikia
Cyclades / Andros

Located north of Hora, this green settlement is famous for its waters and its source Sariza. Its water is supposed to have diuretic properties and is recommended for kidney and stomach diseases.

Aptera
Crete / Hania

Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views. A very important archaeological site on Crete, Aptera is now run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

Archaelogical Museum
Cyclades / Andros

Walk through a number of fascinating finds such as the statue of Hermes of Andros, found in Palaeopolis, dating from the first century BC. There are sculptures from Arcahic, Classical and Hellenistic times, as well as Roman, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Study the impressive scale models from the ancient settlement of Zagora (10th-8th centuries BC) and much more…

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Santorini

The Archaeological Museum has an extensive collection of vases from the 7th and 6th centures BC. It also boasts some pieces from the archaic and classical period, as well as Hellenistic and Roman sculptures.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Syros

From prehistoric findings to weapons and artwork, this museum contains a vibrant collection of artefacts and objects from Syros and other Cycladic islands, such as Hellenistic inscriptions and sculptures.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Ios

The archaeological museum of Ios was founded in 1998 and reflects modern museum philosophy. It is situated on the ground floor of the Amiradakio Town Hall. It exhibits findings dating from prehistoric to Roman times.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Serifos

Serifos was inhabited by the Mycenaeans, and the Archaeological Museum stands witness to this civilization with its exhibits from that era. There are some relics from the Mycenaean era which are rare, as most have been stolen around the country over the centuries.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Tinos

In the centre of Hora, this museum boasts Tinian findings including ancient household objects, vases from the Geometric era, archaic amphorae, dating to the 5th century BC,coins, mosaics and part of the frieze from the altar of Poseidon.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Archaeological Museum of Aidipsos
Evia / Northern Evia

This small yet interesting exhibit is housed in the same building as the public baths of the municipality. Some noteworthy artefacts include a marble depiction of Hercules and a Roman statue of the demigod. Marble columns from nearby Gialtra dating back to the 4th century are also available for viewing.

Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
Cyclades / Amorgos

Located in Hora, at the Pyrgos or else called Sala tou Gavra (Gavra’s Mansion), it features a wide range of archaeological findings from the whole island, dating from the early Bronze Age until the end of the ancient world.

Archaeological Museum of Chaironeia
Central Greece / Viotia

Important sculptures from Livadia and Chaironia such as Demeter, Kyveli, a portrait of emperor Hadrian, a stone sphere with reliefs of the sun and moon, and Athena Kranaia can be seen at the museum. There are also ceramics from pre-historic locales around the area, including Mycenaean murals from Orchomenos, weapons and coins from Macedonia and a Theban tomb from the area. Recently more findings from roman, classical and Hellenic times have enriched the museum’s solid collection. Note the fine inscriptions and headstones from the area, and a tomb with a mosaic floor and many other interesting finds.

Archaeological Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Wander through Roman exhibits in 3 special showrooms and around the museum’s courtyard. The museum highlights the long history of Corinth starting from the Neolithic era until the Middle Ages.

Archaeological Museum of Delphi
Central Greece / Fokida

One of the most important museums in the country, displaying the history of Delphi and its powerful oracle. Stunning statues, architectural sculpture and gifts to the sanctuary are exhibited. They reflect the political, religious and artistic values of people around Ancient Greece and beyond from the 8th century BC until the late antique period. The greatest finds in this museum include the bronze charioteer from the 5th century BC, the gold and ivory heads of Artemis and Apollo, and the Roman copy of the Navel of the World (another name for Delphi).

Archaeological museum of Dilos
Cyclades / Dilos

The archaeological museum of Delos, was built in 1904 is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It includes nine rooms with sculptures, bas-reliefs,  mosaics, vessels, jewels, objects of daily use, etc. Noteworthy are the statue of Apollo, the trunk of a Kouros from the temple of Apollo, the marble cluster of Voreas, the statues of Dioskouridis and his spouse Cleopatra, as well as the copper mask of Dionysus.

Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
Peloponnese / Argolida

While some of the sculptures originally here were moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and replaced by plaster versions, there’s still a lot to see. The museum houses healing inscriptions, hymns and votive sculptures, as well as several architectural parts of monuments from the sanctuary of Asclepius.

Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This new museum will take you on a journey of Kalymnos’ history from its earliest Prehistoric evidence right through to the Byzantium. Amongst the many artifacts, make it a point to admire the famed Kore of Kalymnou statue. The folds of her dress drape to make her seem real and alive. Also admire the Kouros statue.

Archaeological Museum of Karystos – Giokalio Institute
Evia / Southern Evia

Karystos’ Archaeological Museum as well as the Giokalio Institute are housed within the same building along the coastal road of Karystos.

Archaeological Museum of Kimolos
Cyclades / Kimolos

The archaeological museum of Kimolos hosts many interesting find from the ancient town of Ellinika. There are spectacular ceramics from the Geometric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Archaeological Museum of Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Archaeological Museum of Milos
Cyclades / Milos

Housed in a 19th-century neoclassical building that was designed by German Architect Ernst Ziller, the Archaeological Museum of Milos focuses on two great eras. Relics date from the 3rd millennium BC to the first century AD. Contents include obsidian remains, a replica of Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos), and many prehistoric artefacts from the geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman times.

Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Cyclades / Mykonos

The Archaeological Museum features finds from tombs on the nearby islands of Rineia or Rhenia, along with sculptures, vases and figurines. The town’s Folklore Museum displays interesting collections of icons, furniture, musical instruments and sculptures, among other items of interest.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Archaeological Museum of Pythagoreion
North Aegean / Samos

Statues, columns, sarchophagus, and beautiful pottery are just a few of the finds exhibited at the museum, located in the city centre of Pythagorion, next to the site of the ancient town of Samos. The museum presents the historical course of the island, from the 5th millennium BC until the 7th century AD. Major exhibits include a seated statue dedicated Aiakos Hera (540 BC), the 2.7m tall statue of Emperor, and large marble sarcophagus’ from the second half of the 6th century BC, as well as a marble portrait of Augustus and one of Claudius from the Roman era.

Archaeological Museum of Skyros
Evia / Skyros

The island is rich with finds dating from 2,800 BC to the 1st Century AD. Amazing pottery from the Helladic, Mycenaean, Protogeometric and Geometric periods are on display. Ancient jewellery, vases and statues are also impressive. Many artefacts are from the site of Palamari.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

The archaeological museum of Sparta features important exhibits from ancient times with exhibits from the sacred temples of Chalkiikou Athena and Orthia Artemida, as well as ancient Spartan frescoes.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Archaeological site of Dimini
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Just 5 km west of Volos and close to the village of Dimini lies a grand Neolithic settlement with a high level of urban sophistication dating from the 5th century BC.

Archeological Museum, Avdera
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

The first level of this historic museum focuses on the history of the city and relics excavated nearby. Another section covers mythology, research and books written by ancient writers from Xanthi. There are old maps too. Ancient artifacts of public and private life in Xanthi as well as grave sites.

Area of Ancient Krannon, Krannonas Larisa region
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Ancient Krannon near modern-day Krannonas was an important city from Pelasgian times, flourishing between the 6th-4th centuries BC. The site reveals pyramidal tombs, as well as pottery workshops and kilns. Tombs from the classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods have also been found in the area, including a cemetery from the Early Iron Age built on a prehistoric settlement. Higher up there are remains of an acropolis, while lower elevations feature remains of its agora.
Source: Diazoma

Aristeon Ecological Olive Press
Ionian Islands / Zakynthos (Zante)

Aristeon means excellence in Greek, and the Aristeon Ecological Olive Press certainly lives up to its name, complete with an olive oil museum, a tasting section and olive soap.

Arsani monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to the village of Pangalochori, in the east of the province, Arsani monastery’s foundations can be traced back to the end of the second Byzantine period (probably the 12th century BC). What we see now, is mostly of 16th century origin and later. There are some fine examples of icon painting here, from all over the Rethymnon district. There’s a small museum here.

Art Space Gallery & Winery
Cyclades / Santorini

The Art Space Gallery and Winery (built in 1830) in Exo Gonia features the work of local artists. There is also a museum owned by the same family, with installations for raki (an aniseed liqueur like ouzo) and tomato juice.

Ascension Holy Monastery of Paggeo, Proti
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

With a view of the Serres plain, high on Mt Paggeo, this monastery is famous for its Catholicon, built as a rotunda like that of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Saints’ relics include St Chrysostomos and Arsenios of Cappadocia.

Asklipion Trikkis Archaeological Park, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Remains of a temple dedicated to Asklipion Trikkis can be found here, and is thought to be a hospital founded by Asklipion.
Other important sites in the park include a building with gorgeous floor mosaics about Amvrosia who was a nurse-nymph and Lykourgos the Thracean King. Admire the Roman baths, as well as the remains of a 10thC Byzantine church.

The archaeological site is accessible after applying permission from the archaeological authorities.

Asklipios Sanctuary (outside Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

One of the most important archaeological sites in the world, this sanctuary dates to the 4thC BC and is found at the top of a lush hill surrounded by pine forests. It was the most important healing center in Ancient Greece and is extremely well-preserved. Built on three levels, you’ll explore the altar, temples and baths as well as where the priests and patients lived.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Krania, Petrilo
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The historic village of Petrilo is situated 30 km southwest of Mouzaki at an altitude of 1200 metres. Nearby, the church or the Assumption of the Holy Virgin built in 1884 in Krania has a cross-beamed dome and is worth discovering.

Athanasakeio Archaeological Museum, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

This is the most important in the region, dating from 1909. It features collections from prehistory to Roman years, such as ceramics, statues, bone tools and weapons. A collection of Neolithic figurines, clay models and vases, as well as gold jewellery are on display. Coins from Thessaly and other parts of the ancient Greek world are on display. A Mycenaean model of a chariot from the 13th Century BC, a gold necklace from ancient Pelinneon (3rd century BC) and representation of a tomb from the Protogeometric period (1050-900 BC) are also on display.

Avgo Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

A relatively young monastery that looks quite mysterious is that of Avgo dating from the 17th century and perched against the cliffs in the municipality of Kranidi.

Avlemona Castle (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean. Explore this site and you’ll be transported to another world – which is why it’s a beloved highlight for all visitors. Lord Elgin’s ship, transporting the Parthenon marbles, sank close to the castle.

Banknote Museum (Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Greece’s banknotes reflect its geopolitical history as you’ll see in this interesting museum. Here you’ll also admire the country’s first banknote, early bank documents and one of the world’s first banknotes from 14th Century China. And you can find out how money is printed.

Barbagiannis Museum of Ouzo (Plomari Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This museum is a must-see for any ouzo lover. You’ll get a peek into the distillation process for this famous Greek drink which is a trademark product of Lesvos. Find out how it impacted the local economy, and get a deeper appreciation of the fine art of spices and their uses in ouzo.

Bardouniotes, Mavromihalis and Kapetanakis Towers
Peloponnese / Laconia

At Vasilakio in the municipality of Krokees, there are remains of the towers of the Bardouniotes Turks dating from Ottoman rule. Mavromihalis Tower and Kapetanakis Tower in Areopolis are other landmarks of interest which have been restored. The Mavromihalis Tower is now a four-star hotel.

Beehive/Tholos Tomb (near Tzanata village, close to Poros village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

One of the most recent discoveries, this tomb housed Mycenaen kings in their afterlife and dates back to 1300 BC. One of the biggest beehive-type tombs reserved for Ancient Greek royalty in the region, it measures almost 7 meters in diameter, and is thought to be the grave of Odysseus himself. Gold jewelry which resembles Odysseus’ gold brooch as described in Homer’s poem was also found here.

Bembo Fountain and Ottoman pumping house
Crete / Herakleion

On Plateia Kornarou (Kornaros Square) a Venetian fountain can be found the Bembo Fountain which predates the Morosini fountain by some 40 years. Built by Zuanne Bembo in 1588 (though some sources have it as being built 66 years earlier than this). It is adorned with columns, Venetian coats-of-arms and a statue of a figure, lacking a head and feet, which dates back to Roman times, and was brought here from Ierapetra on the south coast. The whole is surrounded by columns and a plinth, and by where the statue’s feet would be, a tap in the shape of a lion’s head. There’s an Ottoman hexagonal “pumping house” adjacent, which is now a coffee shop.

Bezesteni Archaeological Museum, Serres
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

In operation since 1970 in the old 15-century six-domed Turkish textile market, the museum has finds from the Neolithic, Bronze, Hellenistic and Roman eras and Byzantium. One of only two remaining Ottoman-era “bezesteni” (textile) markets in Greece.

Botanical Park of Crete, Fournes
Crete / Hania

Situated on almost 20 hectares of land in the village of Fournes (also famous for its stunning orange groves) is this gorgeous park. The park showcases over 150 different varietals of plants, trees and herbs where visitors can spend a couple hours winding their way through the gardens. Lemon, lime, almond, cherry plum, pecan, quince and carob are just some of the species of trees visitors will come into contact with. The lush surroundings and blooming trees make for an unforgettable experience with nature and offer a window into the island’s exceptional biodiversity.

Boulevard of Palms (Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This beautiful stone bridge lined by centuries’ old palm trees crosses what used to be a moat as it links the town to the Castle of the Knights of the Order of St. John.

Bourtzi
Evia / Southern Evia

Karystos’ coastal fortress lies just at the edge of the city along the waterfront. It remains in such well-preserved condition that it’s hard to believe the structure dates back more than 700 years.

Bourtzi, Nafplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

Attractively obvious from the lovely town of Nafplion, this is a fortified little island in the town’s gulf built by the Venetians somewhere between 1390 and 1540. The architecture was updated during the renaissance period and eventually occupied by the Ottomans in 1715. In the 50s it actually functioned as a hotel. It can be reached by boats from the harbour of Nauplion, and sometimes hosts concerts.

Bramiana Lake
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Nestling a few kilometres to the North West of Ierapetra in South East Crete sits the reservoir of Bramiana, one of Crete’s biggest wetlands. This Europa 2000 Nature Reserve, known primarily for its bird life, is also a botanical wonderland.

Bridge of Katafili, Ardanovo River
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Bridge of Katafili on the Ardanovo River was built in 1910 by an Italian engineer employing the locally renowned stonemasons from the Tzoumerka Mountains. The bridge has five arches (with a large central one) and spans a length of 50 meters, built from select local stone.

Brooke Square
Evia / Skyros

This airy square is dedicated to the English poet Rupert Brooke who was a philhellene. In 1915 as he was aboard a ship and on his deathbed, he expressed his wish to be buried on Skyros. His grave lies in Treis Boukies.

Bull of Oreoi
Evia / Northern Evia

This large statue of a bull was found buried at the beach of the modern day village of Oreoi in 1965. The large monument with a height surpassing 3 metres dates back to 290 – 280 BC. Today it is housed in a wooden and glass structure in Oreoi’s village square and is has remained remarkably well-preserved aside from its missing limbs and horns.

Byzantine castle at Fanari
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The only remaining Byzantine castle of the region is in the beautiful village of Fanari, located on a forested hill at an altitude of 450 meters, 15 km northwest of Karditsa. This is the best preserved fortress in all of Western Thessaly and dates from the 12th century. Note the lovely stone-built cottages of the area too.

Byzantine Church of St Nicholas
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

This beautiful example of a Byzantine church was fully restored in 1937 and sits in the northeast corner of the acropolis citadel overlooking the city of Serres. Its rich decoration and murals are now in the city’s Ecclesiastical Museum.

Byzantine Museum (in Antivouniotissa Church in Mouragia)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

A beautiful 15th Century basilica boasts interesting religious icons from the 15th-19th Century. The church is an excellent example of Corfu’s unique religious architecture, while artifacts showcase the role Corfu played in preserving the field of religious art as many Cretan artists fled to Corfu.

Byzantine Museum of Religious Art of Mytilini
North Aegean / Lesvos

Take a tour of the island’s religious past, and admire ancient icons, bishop’s robes, illuminated manuscripts and antique chalices. It’s worth visiting as the island is known for its many monasteries and central churches – religious centers that attract tourists from all over.

Cape Lefkata (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Believed to be the white cliffs mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and the location of the Gates to the Underworld, it is also the place where the poetess Sappho took her own life. Although no remains exist, it is also the location of the Temple of Delfinos/Apollo, where sacrifices to the gods took place and where convicts plunged to their deaths as penance for their crimes.

Casa Romana (Grigoriou the 5th St. Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

You’ll feel like you stepped back in time and into the living room of a home belonging to a Kos official from the Roman period. An exact replica, you’ll walk through the 36 stunningly decorated rooms and into three atriums. There are beautiful and colorful mosaics of dolphins and leopards as well as votive altars adorning the home. Just outside you’ll find the remains of the Roman baths.

Castel Nuovo
Crete / Herakleion

Also known by the Greek words for “new castle”, ‘Kainourio Kastelli’, can be found on the Mesara Plain, close to the Minoan “palace” of Phaistos.

Castello Rosso
Evia / Southern Evia

Standing sentinel above the seaside town of Karystos, Castello Rosso or “red castle” is one of Evia’s most well-known monuments.

Castle / Fortress of Koroni
Peloponnese / Messinia

In the south of the town of Koroni lies the castle of Koroni, which was original a simple structure. It evolved into a Byzantine fort that was consequently invaded by the Franks during the 4th crusade, around 1205. While not much of the castle remains today, there are a couple of significant churches and monuments around from different eras. Tombs, Turkish baths and Venetian reservoirs and magnificent storage domes are still preserved.

Castle and Church of Davlia
Central Greece / Viotia

There is a castle in Davlia with remains of a Byzantine church in the form of some columns. The church was apparently built on the foundations of another ancient temple dedicated to Polias Athena.

Castle of Antimahia (Antimahia village)
Dodecanese / Kos

This 15thC Venetian-Templar Castle can be reached after a hike, but the architecture will reward you. Built in 3 phases using volcanic rocks, it features homes and storage areas inside. Explore the churches of St. Nicholas and St. Paraskevi with beautiful murals and unique masonry.

Castle of Karababas
Evia / Central Evia

Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years. The structure was originally built at the end of the 17th century on behalf of the Turks. Its builder however, was a Venetian deserter and the castle has elements of both Venetian and Turkish architectural heritage. It stands on the Greek mainland directly across from Halkida and offers visitors amazing views over both the northern and southern halves of Evia’s Gulf.

Castle of Livadia
Central Greece / Viotia

Considered one of the four Catalan castles in Greece, the Castle of Livadia on the hill of Agios Elias dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The Catalans occupied the city from 1309 to 1380. A long walls weaves itself steeply around the castle until it joins an important tower. There is a little church inside that was built in later times, purportedly on a site where a temple dedicated to Zeus stood. Take a walk from the castle through the walls to enjoy the magnificent view of the gorge of Krya.

Castle of Mystras
Peloponnese / Laconia

The castles of Mystras should be seen by every visitor to the area. Across the valley from Mystras is the magical Yeraki, where there is a fortress built as early as 1209 by Frankish baron Guy de Nivellet. Yeraki is at a height of 500 meters, and also boasts the well preserved Byzantine church of Saint George. It is reputed that the people of Monemvasia, Yeraki and Mystras kept in contact through smoke signals.

Castle of Mytilini (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

Built in the 5thC by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and then fortified by the Genoese and Venetians, it’s still so well preserved history and architecture buffs will be astounded. Admire the threshold’s tall wrought-iron gates and explore the many beautiful stone-built inner walls, traces of Roman, Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman fortifications, turret and admirable Byzantine reservoir – enormous for its time.

Castle of Roumeli, Antirio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Antirio castle, also known as the Castle of Roumeli, was built by the Ottomans on the foundations of a Venetian castle, and is in very good condition. It lies at the base of the Rio-Antirio bridge on the side of Aetoloakarnania.

Castle of Selino
Crete / Hania

Found at the southernmost point of Paleochora, there are now only remnants of the castle; a few walls are still barely intact, other stone wall divides and relics also on site.

Castle of Skyros
Evia / Skyros

The castle of Skyros towers above what was once the fortified main town of Chora. While it is not accessible to visitors as it is being renovated due to damage by earthquakes, it is still interesting to learn about this structure and fort around it. A walk up to the nearby courtyard is highly recommended.

Castle of St. George (Travliata, near Argostoli town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Built during the Byzantium and then restored by the Venetians, you’ll be able to explore remains dating back to the 12th-16th Centuries. This castle provided a strategically significant overview of the island and the Ionian and as such was adopted by the Venetians as the island’s medieval capital.

Castle of St. Maura (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.

Castle of the Knights of the Order of St. John (Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

Follow the Boulevard of Palms over the moat and explore this Templar castle that was built in the 15thC. Towers such as Del Caretto’s Bastion, cannon-posts, stone-carved coats of arms, and storage areas still remain, providing history aficionados much to admire. In a hurry to build the castle, the Knights used archaeological remains to finish the walls – keep an eye out for this unusual trait.

Castle of Velika, Larisa region
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Once a fortification lying over 21,000 meters just north of Velika, this castle was strategic in surveying coastal settlements. Its walls are two meters thick and at some points three meters high. Source: Dimosagias

Cathedral of St. Athanasios (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This majestic cathedral was built in the 16thC and hides a number of gems for you to admire. The underground tomb is a must-see as are the relics that belong to St. Theodorou of Byzantiou. Killed by the Ottoman soldiers, he’s the patron saint of Lesvos. Admire the many icons that date to the Byzantium.

Cave of Aphrodite (Lychnos)
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

According to mythology, the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite bathed in a sea cave to the left along the coast from Lychnos Beach. It’s only accessible by boat and inquisitive spelunkers can swim inside once they’ve arrived.

Cave of Halaris (Parathiri), Chrysostomos
Cyclades / Ikaria

The cave of Halaris or Parathiri as it’s also known, can be found near the village of Chrysostomos in the southern part of the island, just a few metres from the riverbed of Halari. The entrance is four metres above ground, and the cave is divided into two parts: the entrance and the main chamber. Getting to the main area involves crawling through the long, narrow entrance. The round open area has a height of 14 metres and is full of multi-coloured stalagmites and stalagtites. Fragments of ancient pottery as well as bones have been found throughout, and the cave is full of archaeological and paleontological interest. According to studies, the bones belonged to large and miniature species of deer, as well as goats and humans, all of which date back to the Neolithic period. Although the cave holds great interest, a special permit must be obtained by anyone wanting to enter it.

Cave of Maniati
Cyclades / Schinoussa

Visit the cave of Maniati in Mersini, with it’s black rocks where legend has it that the thief of the church of Panagia Akathi was killed (Panagia or Saint Akathi is the protector saint of the island).

Cave of the Apocalypse (between Hora and Skala Towns)
Dodecanese / Patmos

Thousands of visitors visit this cave because of its religious significance, but it’s also a good example of the island’s archaeological past. Dating back to 95 AD, this stunning cave offers history buffs insight into one of the most important religious moments in history and the actual conditions that surrounded the creation of the Book of Revelation.

Cave of the Apocalypse (Skala-Hora region)
Dodecanese / Patmos

The cave’s significance in history dates back to 95 AD, when St. John the Theologian fled persecution and sought sanctuary in Patmos. Within this cave St. John received the Book of Revelation and predicted the signs leading to the Apocalypse.

Cave of the Church of Saint Pandeleimonas (Northwest Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint. Locals believe the water dripping from the stalactites can be used as holy water as it is blessed by the saint. In the 18thC, a monk called Gerasimos Gerasimou ran a secret school during the Ottoman occupation.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Children’s Museum and Academy of Xanthi
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

Located in Oikomeni-Sindina. It has a large selection of Children’s dolls and books. The museum is involved in a World Biennale for Children’s Art where 340,000 children participate from 140 countries to win the best art piece.

Chlemoutsi Castle
Peloponnese / Ilia

Considered one of the best preserved castles within the Peloponnese, the Chlemoutsi Castle (also known as the Clermont or Tomese castle) was built sometime around 1220.

Chora Castle (in Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern. Also worth visiting is Pantokrator Church within the castle, and the adjoining Historical Archive of Kythera.

Chrysospilia (Golden Cave)
Cyclades / Folegandros

Arguably one of the largest caves in Greece, Chrysospilia (Golden Cave) remains pretty much unexplored. It lies only 10 meters above the sea on the north-east part of the island, full of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is also exceptional from an archaeological point of view, as human skeletons from Roman times as well as broken vessels have been found there. Also a number of youth in ancient times engraved their names on the walls and roof, establishing the cave as a probable religious site where ceremonies of manhood took place around the 4th century BC.

Church of Agios Loukas, near Volada
Dodecanese / Karpathos

A very interesting little church lies in the heart of a cave outside Volada. Sadly the church is not in the best of shape, but you can still see some impressive old hagiographies (religious paintings) on the walls.

Church of Anastasis
Cyclades / Syros

If you want a great view of nearby Tinos and other close islands, head to Vrodado Hill where the church of the Assumption stands proud. It was constructed in 1870, a recent date compared to other churches in the city.

Church of Christ of Jerusalem, near Chora/Pothia
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This is part of Sanctuary of Delios Apollo. Here you’ll be able to admire the remains of two early Christian basilicas – the basilica of the Church of Christ of Jerusalem and the Church of Saint Sophia.

Church of Panagia (small island) – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small charming church sits on the eponymous island adjacent to Parga and Krioneri Beach. Here a large celebration takes place every 15th of August when the Greek Orthodox Church observes the Dormition of the Virgin. It’s possible to reach the island by boat or swimming, though if you plan on going in the church, proper attire is recommended.

Church of Panagia Tripiti In Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

Carved into rock above the coastal road, the church of Panagia Tripiti is surrounded with miracle giving. Supposedly a castaway lost at sea found his way when he saw a light through a hole in the rock. He headed towards it and found an image painted by Luke the evangelist.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Also known as San Francisco, this catholic church is close to the walls of the Old Town and the Rhodes University, this church has an impressive bell tower and stark statue of a Franciscan monk.

Church of St. Mary (Petra Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This stunning church is one of the most popular on the island. To get there, you’ll need to climb stone-carved steps to reach the church which was built on a very high rock. Admire the views and the beautiful icons and wood carvings in the interior of the church.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Known in Greek as Kimissis tis Theotokou, this is the largest church in Olympos. It is famed for its biblical hagiography and gold-laden elements. An attractive bell towers adds to its charm.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.

Clock Tower in Medieval Frourio, Trikala Town
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

The town’s famous Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1936, but the old-world features that make it a favorite landmark among both locals and visitors will make you a fan. It stands proud in the middle of old and new buildings, and is one of the defining parts of Trikala.

Clock tower of Livadia
Central Greece / Viotia

Although the tower was built during the Frankish era, the clock was donated by Lord Elgin in 1803 in exchange for being able to undertake archaeological excavations in the vicinity to find the mysterious oracle of Trofonios.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Dark past of Distomo
Central Greece / Viotia

In Karakolithos outside the town of Distomo lies a monument alluding to sombre times, where 134 citizens where executed in April 1944 by the Nazis for their resistance to occupation.

De Bosset Bridge (Koutavos Lagoon, Argostoli town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Built in 1813, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the sea-water to connect Argostoli with the shore opposite the lagoon. This 900 meter bridge was designed by a Swiss engineer and is known for its interesting arches.

Defterdar Mosque (Eleftherias Square)
Dodecanese / Kos

Built in the late 1700s by a high-ranking official of the Ottoman Empire, its most striking feature is a beautiful dome at the center of the structure.

Delphi and the Oracle
Central Greece / Fokida

Arguably one of the most important spiritual focal points in antiquity worldwide, Delphi and its famed oracle are visited by thousands of tourists every month and it is well worth it. In summer it is best visited in the afternoon when there are less people and organized tours.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another breathtaking area that’s a must-see for nature-lovers is Dimosari Canyon. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re hiking in the summer, although the waterfalls and thick forest keep the temperatures comfortable. Take a break and drink some spring water – the locals swear it’s the best drinking water in the region. Once you’ve relaxed, continue your trek by climbing the stone steps carved into the mountain. Dimosari Canyon is one of Lefkada’s vital ecosystems, and played an important role throughout Antiquity by powering the island’s waterworks by harnessing the surge of riverwater from Mount Vafkeri. If you enjoy caving, there are a few small caves throughout the canyon for you to enjoy.

Dios or Zeus Cave
Cyclades / Naxos

Rare stalagmite formation adorn the Dios or Zeus Cave on the south-western slopes of the Za or Zas mountain. The church of Zoodochos Pigi was built in the cave, and many prehistoric objects such as objects made with obsidian were found there.

Diros Caves
Peloponnese / Laconia

The caves of Diros are set along a beautiful bay on the south side of Areopoli, down the west side of Mani. Investigated in the 1950s by Ioannis and Ioanna Perochilou, these caves are remarkable both for their natural features and archaeological significance.

Doxa Lake
Peloponnese / Korinthia

If Stymphalia doesn’t have much water, Lake Doxa is full of it. That’s because the lake was created artificially by damming the area. Looking quite natural, the lake is surrounded by pine and other forests against a backdrop of the Chelmos mountaintop (or Aroania). Noteworthy are the churches of Agios Fanourious and the monastery of Saint George which was moved to a higher location as the lake was developed in the 1990s. While there aren’t too many modern roads around it, there are plenty of hiking paths.

Drakano Tower, Faros
North Aegean / Ikaria

The ancient city of Drakano once stood in the area known today as Faros (Fanari) on the eastern edge of the island, and included the acropolis and tower of which, ruins can be seen today. The tower represents the city’s most well-preserved building as it stands at an altitude of 50 metres and affords visitors incredible views of Samos and the Fourni Islands in the distance. Form a construction standpoint, it is considered an impressive work of art and remains as one of the most well-preserved towers throughout the entire Aegean.

Drakospita
Evia / Southern Evia

Some of Evia’s most fascinating archaeological sites are the famous Drakospita located at various locations throughout the southern region of the island.

Drosini Tower
Evia / Northern Evia

The charming village of Gouvies just 15 klm. Northeast of Istiaia is home to what is today referred to as the Drosini Tower.

Ecological – Folklore Museum of Folegandros
Cyclades / Folegandros

The Ecomuseum at Ano Meria, Folegandros, was opened in the summer of 1988. It presents the way of life of a rural homestead in days gone by and its form is best understood by briefly describing its spatial, social and economic context, divorced from the historic past of the island which, in general terms, was much the same as that of the other nearby islands of the Lesser Cyclades. Throughout all periods Folegandros was of marginal importance, a non-participant in the political and cultural developments of Hellenism, a tiny insignificant island lost among the waves of the Aegean. This was largely due to its isolated location and the configuration of its terrain.

Efpalineo Aqueduct
North Aegean / Samos

Impressive both for its progressive technological sophistication and great length (1,036 m), how the Efplaineo aqueduct was constructed so perfectly remains a mystery. The tunnel was excavated by two separate teams advancing in a straight line from both ends, digging through solid limestone using only hammers, chisels and picks. The tunnel is located 700 meters from the City of Pythagorio, at the Monastery of Spiliani.

Ekatontapiliani
Cyclades / Paros & Antiparos

Undoubtedly one of the most significant palaeochristian churches in Greece, the church of Ekatontapiliani (Church of 100 Doors) is reputed to be built in part by emperor and saint Constantine, in fulfilment of a wish to his mother Saint Eleni (Saint Helen). Constantine built the three-aisled basilica in the 4th century AD, with additions and changes in the 6th century AD.

Eleutherna
Crete / Rethymnon

The superb site at Eleutherna (pronounced ‘Eleftherna’) is a must for anybody interested in ancient history and/or archaeology. It is probably the best site in Rethymnon to visit. Situated just south of the village of Margarites, it has yielded Early Minoan artefacts dating back at least 4,000 years, but was at its pomp during Dorian through Byzantine periods (c980 BC – 13th century AD), and continued to be settled under Venetian occupation. The Roman/Byzantine walls here are superb, and there’s a real spirit of place about the site

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Eptastomos Cave
Central Greece / Fokida

The Eptastomos cave (meaning seven-mouthed cave) has seven openings where according to recent study is home to the southern-most glacier in Europe, some 70 meters deep!

Eretria
Evia / Central Evia

The small, unassuming seaside town of Eretria along the coast of the Evian Gulf is the home of one of the most significant and expansive archaeological sites throughout Greece today. Though it played an important role throughout the much of the country’s ancient history, Eretria is best known for its traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period.Stone artefacts and pottery shards dating back to around 3500-3000 BC sparked interest in the site, which also revealed signs of intermittent settlement from 3000 BC until its destruction by the Romans in 87 BC. Today, a theatre, remnants of temples to Ares, Apollo and Dionysus can be seen as well as baths and fragments of walls and gates.

Estuaries of the rivers Halari, Voutside, Mirsona and Haraka
North Aegean / Ikaria

The three estuaries of the Halari, Voutside, and Mirsona rivers are located respectively within the areas of Nas, Kambos, Gialiskari and Armenisti. All four rivers flow year round with brackish water and serve as a natural irrigation system to the small cultivations scattered along the riverbanks. Additionally, these wetlands feature rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna, among them a large number of protected and endemic species. A large variety of trees and bushes can be found here, such as reeds, bushes (oleander and schinous) and trees (alderwood and tamarisk). Several types of birds, amphibians and reptiles also inhabit the estuary. The Halari Gorge is home to several rare and protected species, among which are the Turkish lizard, river otter, a rare type of freshwater crab, and a bottom-dwelling fish of the salaria genus. Most interesting of all is the European eel, a species which migrates from America, crosses the ocean for three years before reaching the rivers of Ikaria. The gorge also provides shelter to dozens of permanent and migratory birds, such as falcons, egrets and bitterns. Overgrazing and extreme draining for agricultural purposes pose the greatest risks to the estuaries’ ecosystem. Recently, increased tourism during the summer months has also had a negative effect, as the estuaries frequently drain into beaches full of tourists.

Exomvourgo
Cyclades / Tinos

On a rocky hill of granite in Exomvourgo or simply Xombourgo (which means “outside the castle”) lie the ruins of an ancient archaeological site, dating between the 11th and 3rd centuries BC. There are remains of a temple of Dimitra from the 8th century BC, as well as a Venetian fort constructed in 1207. The capital of Tinos in medieval times was in this area.

Faneromenis Monastery (Friniou hill, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Dating back to the first Christians on the island, this is Lefkada’s main monastery and church. Refurbished by the Venetians, its architecture is worth admiring. Go to the Religious History Museum on the grounds and walk through the monastery’s small garden featuring beautiful deer.

Farsala Forest
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

South of the city of Farsala lies the scenic Farsala Forest, one of Greece’s 19 officially designated aesthetic forests. It occupies the northern slopes of Prophet Elias hill, covering 345 hectares. It mainly consists of pine and cypress trees as well as islets of natural vegetation. It is characterized as a suburban grove and it is an important recreational area for residents.

Ferekydi Cave
Cyclades / Syros

In Alithini (1 km from Ano Syros) and further north to Plati Vouni (5 km) we find the cave where according to tradition, the philosopher lived on the 6th century B.C.

Festival of Religious Music (near the Cave of the Apocalypse)
Dodecanese / Patmos

This world-class and world-famous festival features the best religious choirs and orchestras from Greece and around the world. It takes place from the end of August to the beginning of September every year, and you’ll enjoy different religious traditions. There are a number of events and visitors from all over the world go to Patmos for this unique festival.

Five-arched stone bridge of Aggista
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

The five-arched stone bridge of Aggista, where the Aggitis Gorge ends, is one of the most picturesque manmade creations in all of Serres. Near the bridge sits the 4th-century-BC ancient Lion of Amphipolis, only unearthed in 1913.

Folk Art Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Folk Art Museum is housed in one of the more venerable buildings in the famed Skagiopouleio neighbourhood known for its wartime orphanage. Embark on a trip into Greek city and country life of decades past, with a vigorous mix of folkloric items that unveil a totally different era in this part of the world.

Folklore Bread Museum, Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Here’s an original museum for bread lovers. The Folklore Bread Museum located in Amfikleia will surprise you with shapes, types and sizes of different breads.

Folklore Institution V. Papantoniou, Nauplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

This Institution has focused on the research, study and preservation of Peloponnesian culture – as well as Greek culture overall. Research results and scientific conclusions relating to culture are revealed at the institution.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Folklore Museum of Vrakadon, Vrakades
North Aegean / Ikaria

The Folklore Museum of Vrakadon can be found in the northwestern area of the island known as Raches, in the village of Vrakades.It was founded by Ikarian scholars from Athens and displays the history and heritage of the island via a wide variety of traditional household wares, as well as old agricultural and bee-keeping tools. Visitors can also examine original documents dating back to the revolutionary period, as well as impressive objects from the church of Profitis Ilias in Vrakades, as well as the Monastery of Evangelismos in Mavrianos. Those wanting to visit the museum need to contact the museum’s board ahead of time.

Achaia Clauss
Peloponnese / Achaia

A must-visit winery is Achaia-Clauss with its stone buildings and large oak barrels, only 8 kilometres outside the city in green surroundings. The winery was built by the Bavarian Gustav Clauss in 1854 that is today known for its excellent wine. There are daily wine tours in the facility.

Aliki/Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

The beach of Aliki in Egio, despite being a formal beach, is also an important aquatic ecosystem and partly a lagoon, lying to the northeast of the beach. There are about 120 bird species that visit plus significant aquatic life. The rich flora of the area is also noteworthy.

Ancient Lousoi
Peloponnese / Achaia

It was the Austrian Archaeological Institute and its work around this site that have revealed the remains of an important Arcadian city, lying in the Municipality of Kalavrita in the village of Soudena or Lousoi. Notable among the finds is the Temple of Artemis, dating back from the third century BC. Remains of the parliament, entrance and fountain, as well as a notable house with its courtyard are also visible. The location of the acropolis has also been determined, but not yet excavated.

Ancient Odeion of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Odeion of Patras was constructed just before that of Herod Atticus in Athens, in 161 AD. Twelve rows of seats render this theatre impressive, along with the wall of its stage, stairways, parapet and more. It was unearthed only in 1889 and redressed in marble to host many concerts and shows in summer.

Church of Panagia Tripiti In Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

Carved into rock above the coastal road, the church of Panagia Tripiti is surrounded with miracle giving. Supposedly a castaway lost at sea found his way when he saw a light through a hole in the rock. He headed towards it and found an image painted by Luke the evangelist.

Folk Art Museum of Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

The Folk Art Museum is housed in one of the more venerable buildings in the famed Skagiopouleio neighbourhood known for its wartime orphanage. Embark on a trip into Greek city and country life of decades past, with a vigorous mix of folkloric items that unveil a totally different era in this part of the world.

Fortress at Rio
Peloponnese / Achaia

This fortress has had an illustrious history and changed hands many times: Ottoman Sultan Bayezit II built the initial fortification at Rio in 1499. It fell to the Spaniards in 1532, but was then reclaimed by the Ottomans. In 1603 the Knights of Malta destroyed parts of it, before the fort was taken over by Venetian nobleman and warlord Francesco Morosini. The latter added new bastions, towers and ramparts, only to have it seized again by the Ottomans in 1715. They eventually surrendered in 1828 to French revolutionist General Nicolas Joseph Maison at the end of the Greek revolution.

Klokos, Barbas & Selinountas
Peloponnese / Achaia

Two opposing mountains, Klokos and Barbas are separated by Selinountas gorge or ravine, and considered a region of European Natural Heritage, as well as part of the Natura 2000 network. Alpine-like meadows dot the mountains at higher elevations above the tree line. Fir tree forests existed in both, though unfortunately the forests of Klokos burnt down. Luckily that of Barbas was untouched by the fire. Oak forests are also present on these two mountains, but systematic lumbering is threatening them. The Selinoudas valley was also home to pine woods which were almost totally burnt by the fires as well. Among the valley’s bushes there are many wild animals that seek shelter. This used to be a valuable shelter for many species including the Golden Eagle and Golden Falcon, as well as mammals like the Bidra civet. The area is considered an ecologically protected one, so care must be taken when visiting.

Lake Tsivlou
Peloponnese / Achaia

The magnificently bluish-green Tsivlou lake near Akrata lies a good 800 meters above sea level, considered very important for the local ecology and culture. Curiously, the lake was formed in 1913 after landfalls and resulting blockage of the Krathis river.

Monastery of Megalo Spileo
Peloponnese / Achaia

Meaning “Monastery of the Big Cave”, this 8-floor centre of worship was carved into the mountain and built at a height of 924 meters. It was originally built by two monks in the 4th century AD, and contains different icons such as Panagia Chrysospiliotissa as well as a special icon by the evangelist Luke. The latter is made of wax, mastic gum and perfume. Valuable manuscripts from the 17th century and captivating murals are also on display. The Monastery was actually destroyed five times since its inception, the most recent being by the Nazis in 1943. There’s a path from the monastery leading up to the cliffs where remains of a castle and some canons can be seen.

Museum of Sacrifice, Kalavrita
Peloponnese / Achaia

Exactly 50 years after the Nazi occupation massacred almost 700 male inhabitants over the age of 12 in Kalavryrta, the Museum of Sacrifice opened its doors to honour the fallen. The massacre happened in December 1943 in retribution for the killing of 81 German soldiers captured by the resistance. Only 13 of the 696 men survived, and the Government of Germany has made some efforts of atoning for the Third Reich’s atrocities. Today the museum stands for world peace. education and cooperation. It houses belongings of those killed, historical documents, photographs, artworks relating to the sad event, creating a unique opportunity to remind us of the unpleasant the not-so-distant past and reflect on how today the Germans and Greeks have cultivated close ties indeed.

Mycenaean Settlement near Chalandritsa
Peloponnese / Achaia

Near the town of Chalandritsa and Agios Georgios, while excavating to build a health centre in 1985, remains from a Mycenaean settlement emerged. Interesting is how the buildings were placed in concentric rings, with the streets emanating from the centre. There are more ruins, tombs and a megaron atop a nearby hill.

Strofilia Forest in Kalogria
Peloponnese / Achaia

Forming an intricate ecosystem alongside the lagoons and Prokopou lake, the Strofilia Forest at Kalogria on the Gulf of Corinth is one of the largest in the Mediterranean. It spreads over 80 kilometres square or 20,000 acres. Cone, pine, myrtle, oak and other trees make up this forest which goes all the way to the coast. This is where the careta careta turtle lays its eggs, beside a natural fish farm. Numerous animal species roam the forest, which is a Ramsar protected area for birds as well.

Zoological Museum, Patras University
Peloponnese / Achaia

Thanks to isolated biotopes, hundreds of islands and a varied topography like no other, the Botanical museum claims it has around 150,000 samples of plant life. To be fair, the sample is both from Greece and from around the Mediterranean region, but mostly Greek. This massive archive representing plant life in the country helps highlight the very rich biodiversity of Greece, straddled between Asia, Europe and Africa.

Temple of Aphaia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This magnificent Doric temple lies just 2 kilometers east of Mesagros on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea. Impressively 24 of its 34 columns remain, making it one of the best preserved ancient sanctuaries in all of Greece. It was built sometime between 500-480 and its pediments contained scenes of the Greek victory in the Trojan War.

The Archaeological Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Greece’s first Archaeological museum was built by Ioannis Kapodistriou in 1828. The current building was built in 1980 and is located near the archaeological site of Kolona. Several items dating back from the neolithic period are on display and were excavated from the site of Kolona, the Temple of Ellanio Zeus and the Temples of Artemis and Apollo.

Ambracian Gulf (Amvrakikos)
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Known in English literature and history as the Ambracian Gulf, this 400-square-kilometre body of water represents one of the largest wetlands in the region, and is linked to the Ionian sea by a small opening.

Archaeological museum of Agrinion
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The museum contains finds from the district of Aitolo-akarnania, ranging from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods. It was erected in 1960 and is a donation of the Papastratos brothers.

Castle of Roumeli, Antirio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Antirio castle, also known as the Castle of Roumeli, was built by the Ottomans on the foundations of a Venetian castle, and is in very good condition. It lies at the base of the Rio-Antirio bridge on the side of Aetoloakarnania.

Fraxos Forest
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Fraxos or Fraxou forest lies close to Lesini, covers almost 58 hectares, and has been declared a Monument of Nature. In reality it is all of what remains of the dense riverside forests that used to cover the Aheloos basin. The forest is replete with laurel and silver birch trees, while creeping plants like Rough Bindweed and Black Bryony climb the tree trunks to create a greener, dreamier landscape. So far, logging has not touched this valuable forest, which is home to the otter, as well as several bird species such as magpies, woodpeckers and others.

Garden of Heroes, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature’s way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.

Lagoon of Mesolongi, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Also known as the sea lake of Mesolongi, this salty-water lagoon offers amazing scenic views and was formed by the sandy ridge rising from the deposits of the Acheloos and Evinos rivers, along with their deltas. A sand ridge called Louros also likes between the lake and the Gulf of Patras. Fishermen in past decades have built reed houses on stilts around the lagoon, almost looking Asian in their originality. Salt farms abound in the area, so do fish farms for eels and trout. The lake is also ideal for bird watching (see relevant section under Aitoloakarnania).

Nafpaktia Mountains
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Small churches around the lagoon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Agia Triada in Kleisova, Agios Sostis on the island by the same name near the Vasiladiou lighthouse and the Virgin of Prokopanistou built on a small island in the middle of the lagoon.

Theatre Of Makyneia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to Paliokastro Mamakou near modern-day Makyneia, there are remains of a small theatre lying at the food of a fortified hill, considered part of Aitolian Makyneia. The theatre is of unusual shape, with originally 14 rows of seats and an adjacent linear wing of 3 rows. It dates back to the late fourth century BC. The ancient theaters of Makyneia, Plevronas, Oiniades and Stratou are still found at the same location where the great namesake cities flourished.

Tower of Botsaris, Nafpaktos, Central Greece
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. There are also displays regarding churches and rulers of medieval times, as well as wall textiles weaved in Belgium. Worth seeing.

Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

There is a splendid Venetian castle gracing the hills of Nafpaktos with all its glory, plus old walls by its harbour. The well-preserved citadel and circular walled harbour, complete with ramparts, are considered among the finest specimens of castle architecture in the country.

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Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
Cyclades / Amorgos

Located in Hora, at the Pyrgos or else called Sala tou Gavra (Gavra’s Mansion), it features a wide range of archaeological findings from the whole island, dating from the early Bronze Age until the end of the ancient world.

Panagia Chozoviotissa Monastery
Cyclades / Amorgos

The most distinct monastery in Amorgos is that of Chozoviotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Located near the Hora (capital) on a steep slope above the sea, Chozoviotissa embodies Virgin Mary the protector of the island.

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Apoikia
Cyclades / Andros

Located north of Hora, this green settlement is famous for its waters and its source Sariza. Its water is supposed to have diuretic properties and is recommended for kidney and stomach diseases.

Archaelogical Museum
Cyclades / Andros

Walk through a number of fascinating finds such as the statue of Hermes of Andros, found in Palaeopolis, dating from the first century BC. There are sculptures from Arcahic, Classical and Hellenistic times, as well as Roman, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Study the impressive scale models from the ancient settlement of Zagora (10th-8th centuries BC) and much more…

Palaeopolis
Cyclades / Andros

Visit Palaeopolis south of Batsi, built on the ancient capital of Andros on the slopes of the mountain Petalo, in the position of the ancient capital of Andros. This coastal settlement features a lot of green and is of great archaeological interest from Classical to Roman times with ruins, temples and streets. Objects from the market, jewellery, vessels, sculptures, etc. have been found, and are exhibited in the archaeological museum of Palaeopolis. The museum also contains ceramic and stone tools from the Geometric settlement of Zagora.

Ypsili
Cyclades / Andros

Discover the archaeological site of Ypsili, which belongs to the Geometric period, at Kato Aprovatou with ruins of a settlement and a fortified citadel. A temple was excavated at the centre of the citadel, dating from the Archaic period (6th century B.C.). The double altar and the discoveries imply that the temple was probably a place of double adoration, perhaps of Dimitra and Persephone. The citadel also reveals evidence from four different phases in history, i.e. from the Geometric to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The
settlement was mostly abandoned by the end of the 8th century B.C., although there was some limited activity after that.

Alieis
Peloponnese / Argolida

Also known as the Fishermen’s Citadel, part of Alies has sunk underwater. The walls were 186 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, reinforced with circular and square towers. The foundations of these walls and towers are from porous rock, while the top part is made with river stones, bricks and tiles. There was also a religious centre inside the citadel, with an altar from the 4th century BC and ruins from the 5th and 6th. Evidence of workshops and residences can also be seen at the site.

Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
Peloponnese / Argolida

While some of the sculptures originally here were moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and replaced by plaster versions, there’s still a lot to see. The museum houses healing inscriptions, hymns and votive sculptures, as well as several architectural parts of monuments from the sanctuary of Asclepius.

Avgo Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

A relatively young monastery that looks quite mysterious is that of Avgo dating from the 17th century and perched against the cliffs in the municipality of Kranidi.

Bourtzi, Nafplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

Attractively obvious from the lovely town of Nafplion, this is a fortified little island in the town’s gulf built by the Venetians somewhere between 1390 and 1540. The architecture was updated during the renaissance period and eventually occupied by the Ottomans in 1715. In the 50s it actually functioned as a hotel. It can be reached by boats from the harbour of Nauplion, and sometimes hosts concerts.

Folklore Institution V. Papantoniou, Nauplio
Peloponnese / Argolida

This Institution has focused on the research, study and preservation of Peloponnesian culture – as well as Greek culture overall. Research results and scientific conclusions relating to culture are revealed at the institution.

Kazarma bridge
Peloponnese / Argolida

A bridge from the Mycenaean era has survived the test of time. The bridge of Kazarma lies 15 kilometres from Nafplio on the way to Epidaurus. Characterised by its more crude architecture and Cyclopean elements, the bridge is about 2,300 years old. It is still used today by the inhabitants of the area.

Larissa Acropolis
Peloponnese / Argolida

Not to be confused with the city by the same name, and lying at an elevation of almost 290 metres, Larissa represents the Acropolis of Argos. Not to be confused with the city by the same name, and lying at an elevation of almost 290 metres, Larissa represents the Acropolis of Argos, possibly named after the ancient Pelasgos’ daughter. Protecting the entrance to the plain of Argolis, this natural fort was not surprisingly used by the Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Ottomans. There are four cisterns and a wall from more recent years around the acropolis, which used to be surrounded by older Cyclopean walls. This is where history and mythology start blending. An underground passage some 3,000 steps in length lies under Larissa, with two caves. The church of Agia Marina from 1859 AD was constructed on the remnants of the temple of Zeus of Larissa. Another church on the slopes of Larissa, that of Panagia Katakekrymmeni, is built near where the ancient temples of Athena Oxyderkis and Pythaeus Apollo are. The ancient sanctuary of Acraia Hera is also visible at Larissa, so the temple of Apollo, considered the first to be first built by Pythaeus of Delphi.

Mycenae
Peloponnese / Argolida

Long before the ancient Greek philosophers and the battles of Athens and Sparta ever took place, more than a thousand years before these events, there was another powerful and intriguing civilization of Greece belonging to the Mycenaeans.

Papantonis Winery, Nemea
Peloponnese / Argolida

The fertile land near the village of Malandreni in the Nemea area produces great wines using the Agiorgitiko and Roditis varieties. Try the Meden Agan, Lysimelis and Metron Ariston wines.

Zoodochos Pigi, Kefalari
Peloponnese / Argolida

A visit to the Church of Zoodochos Pigi of Kefalari in the municipality of Argos, with its historic caves and springs, is a must.

Agia Theodora of Vasta
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Church of Saint Theodra can be found outside the village of Vasta near Megalopoli. It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. According to tradition the construction of the church is linked with the martyrdom of Theodora who was an 11th century Byzantine citizen born in the area of Ancient Melpiea.

Ancient Megalopolis, Megalopolis
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Having gathered settlers from all over Arkadia, Megalopolis offered temples to many gods such as Zeus, Asclepius, the Mother of the Gods and more. Its ruins include the Stoa of Philippos, Sanctuary of Zeus Soter, Stoa of Myropolis and a Bouleterion. There was also an ancient theatre which seats for than 20,000 people and considered the largest in Greece. Its good acoustics have made it a place for drama revivals in recent times.

Frankish Castle, Karitena
Peloponnese / Arkadia

In the picturesque village of Karitena lies a Frankish castle since the days when the Franks took over the region from the Byzantines, around 1209. Under the Franks the town was given to Hugo de la Bruyeres, who built the castle on a hilltop in 1245 and gave it to his son Geoffrey. The castle is sometimes referred to as the Toledo of Greece for its strategic location right at the entrance to the Alpheios Gorge. Greek hero Tehodore Kolokotronis made use of this during the revolution against the Ottomans. While the castle is not in the best condition and is not always open to the public, a snoop around its walls can be enchanting.

House of Kolokotroni, Libovissi
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This museum is found in on old stone house built in a traditional style. It is accessible from the village of Chrissovitsi.

Kapsia Cave
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Kapsia Cave (near the village of Kapsia) may not be open to the public yet, but it is certainly one of the important caves in the country. Clay objects and human bones have been found there attesting to ancient civilizations, while the cave itself is a rainbow of colours from green and blue to yellow and red, full of stalactites and stalagmites.

Loussios gorge
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Accessed from the village of Dimitsana, this famous gorge runs along most of the Loussios river and is famous for its beauty. Rare plants and birds found only in the area offer a unique opportunity for hiking, along with stone bridges, old churches and other landmarks. Exit the gorge at the village of Hellenikon.

Open-Air Water Power Museum, Dimitsana
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Dimitsana has an open-air hydraulics museum which has revived the water mills of the town and is a true eco-friendly museum. Its shop sells books on hiking and other subjects of interest to the eco traveller. It has even helped the economic prosperity of this traditional region, and should be visited by all means!

Acropolis Museum
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

This fascinating museum is a must if you’re visiting Athens. Initially, the residents of Athens looked upon the new Acropolis museum under construction with suspicion.

Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Castle of Karababas
Evia / Central Evia

Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years. The structure was originally built at the end of the 17th century on behalf of the Turks. Its builder however, was a Venetian deserter and the castle has elements of both Venetian and Turkish architectural heritage. It stands on the Greek mainland directly across from Halkida and offers visitors amazing views over both the northern and southern halves of Evia’s Gulf.

Eretria
Evia / Central Evia

The small, unassuming seaside town of Eretria along the coast of the Evian Gulf is the home of one of the most significant and expansive archaeological sites throughout Greece today. Though it played an important role throughout the much of the country’s ancient history, Eretria is best known for its traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period.Stone artefacts and pottery shards dating back to around 3500-3000 BC sparked interest in the site, which also revealed signs of intermittent settlement from 3000 BC until its destruction by the Romans in 87 BC. Today, a theatre, remnants of temples to Ares, Apollo and Dionysus can be seen as well as baths and fragments of walls and gates.

Mycenaean tomb of Katakalos
Evia / Central Evia

Within the small village of Katakalos just outside the town of Aliveri, stands the best-preserved Mycenaean tomb throughout all of Evia.

Sanctuary of Artemis at Aulis
Evia / Central Evia

Aulis or “Avlida” as it’s known in Greek was where one of the most dramatic scenes throughout Homer’s Iliad took place. After killing a sacred deer of the Goddess Artemis, the leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon could not set sail for Troy due to a lack of wind.

Venetian Tower at Avlonari
Evia / Central Evia

The most well-preserved Venetian tower throughout all of Evia can be found within the small town of Avlonari , approximately 15 klm. South of Kymi. Renovation took place in 1953 and today it remains a jewel throughout the surrounding area.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Ano Vatheia
Evia / Central Evia

The women’s monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies in the village of Ano Vatheia approximately 5 klm. west of Aliveri. Built on the side of Koutali Hill, the monastery sits at an altitude of 430 m. and is famed for its incredible views out over the south Euboean Gulf. Some claim it was built by monks who were being chased by Turkish forces and founded the church on atop the ruins of an earlier church. Even before that, it seems likely that a sanctuary of Asclepius stood on the site. Today the church has been converted into a women’s monastery.

Achilleion (south of Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Empress Sissy of Austria built this stunning 19th Century palace as a safe haven after the death of her son. An avid scholar of Greek history and mythology, Sissy commissioned numerous works of art based on Greek mythology and civilization, including statues, murals and paintings for Achilleion.

Angelocastro – Castle Michel Angelo (near Paleokastritsa)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

This Byzantine castle majestically reigns above the Paleokastritsa area. Hike up a path to explore this 13th Century site where you’ll find the quaint church of Taxiarchi-Archangelou Michail and the intriguing Chapel of St. Kyriaki housed inside a cave boasting beautiful 18th Century murals.

Banknote Museum (Iroon Kypriakou Agona Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Greece’s banknotes reflect its geopolitical history as you’ll see in this interesting museum. Here you’ll also admire the country’s first banknote, early bank documents and one of the world’s first banknotes from 14th Century China. And you can find out how money is printed.

Byzantine Museum (in Antivouniotissa Church in Mouragia)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

A beautiful 15th Century basilica boasts interesting religious icons from the 15th-19th Century. The church is an excellent example of Corfu’s unique religious architecture, while artifacts showcase the role Corfu played in preserving the field of religious art as many Cretan artists fled to Corfu.

Kapodistria Museum (Evropouli village)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visit the estate that belongs to the family of Ioanni Kapodistria, Greece’s first Prime Minister. Kapodistria’s personal items are on display here.

Lazaretto Islet (off the Old Port)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

This small islet encompasses much of Corfu’s socio-political history and is now a National Monument. Hidden among the islet’s lush green landscape you’ll find a 16th Century monastery, a hospital and a leprosarium. Lazaretto was also used as an execution-place during the Civil War, and you can still see the remains of the wall where prisoners were shot as well as their graves.

Liston (Spianada Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Designed by the French in the 1800s, the tall arcaded buildings now house fashionable restaurants and cafés on the colonnaded ground floor – complete with old-fashioned street lamps adorning each arch. Its name was inspired by the island’s List of Nobility as aristocrats regularly frequented this area.

Old Fortress (Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio in Greek) looms before you as you stroll down Spianada Square, reminding visitors of the many sieges Corfu withstood and the crucial role it played in the Mediterranean’s military defenses.

Palaiopolis Museum (Mon Repos mansion)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Visitors will find exhibits and artifacts found in Palaiopolis, including household, commercial and religious objects that reveal interesting aspects of the private and public lives led by the ancient Corfiots. Only 3 km from Corfu Town, the museum is easily accessible.

Patounis Traditional Soap Factory (Ioannou Theotokou St., Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

This 150 year-old soap factory still uses traditional methods to manufacture hand-made soap. The company’s products are extremely popular exports as the main ingredient consists of locally-grown olive oil.

Pontikonisi (Kanoni)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

This lush green islet off the coast is a trademark of Corfu. In effect, the tiny islet is a tree-covered rock and essentially a unique ecosystem. A 16th Century Byzantine church nestles in the thicket. Pontikonisi is accessible by boat (a 10 minute ride) and only at certain times in order to preserve the phenomenon.

St. James’ Catholic Church – Duomo (3 Montsenigou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Corfu’s significant Catholic community worships in this imposing 16th Century Gothic-Baroque style Cathedral.

St. Spyridon Cathedral (Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

The preserved body of St. Spyridon, Corfu’s patron saint, lies in state in this beautiful and historic 16th Century basilica. The church boasts the island’s tallest belfry as well as important relics and artwork created by famous Greek artists.

Vido Island (off the Old Port)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Make it a point to visit this unique islet. Take a small boat across where you’ll find a lush green landscape with a thriving ecosystem. The forest of pine and palm trees provides an excellent habitat for pheasants, hares, partridges and wild rabbits. Vido’s beautiful beaches complete the backdrop. Explore the Monument to the Fallen Serbian Soldiers who fled the mainland in 1916 and sought refuge in Vido Island. A Mausoleum houses their identified remains. The restored Church of St. Stephen is another attraction. You can also go to the old British watchtower. Make your excursion a day-trip and have lunch or dinner at Vido’s restaurant.

Archaeological museum of Dilos
Cyclades / Dilos

The archaeological museum of Delos, was built in 1904 is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It includes nine rooms with sculptures, bas-reliefs,  mosaics, vessels, jewels, objects of daily use, etc. Noteworthy are the statue of Apollo, the trunk of a Kouros from the temple of Apollo, the marble cluster of Voreas, the statues of Dioskouridis and his spouse Cleopatra, as well as the copper mask of Dionysus.

Temple of Isis
Cyclades / Dilos

The small Dorian temple of Isis is found in Temple of Foreign Gods at the foot of Kynthos hill. It was built in the 2nd century B.C. and repaired by the Athenians in 135 B.C. The statue of the goddess, still in the temple, was worshipped under various names, protecting seafarers as well as bearing good health and luck.

The Theatre
Cyclades / Dilos

The initially wooden theatre was replaced with the current stone made in the beginning of the 3rd century B.C. The lower part of the theatre is separated by a frieze. Behind the first line of seats, which was for the honoured spectators, there are 26 lines of seats on the lower department and another 17 lines on the upper, which are separated by eight staircases in seven departments. It could seat roughly 5.500 spectators. In front of the circular orchestra lie the foundations of the stage.

Agios Nikolaos of Vounenis Church, Kleitso
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a very special church because it features a very rare relic – a silver case about 700 years old that contains the holy hand of the Evangelist Luke.

Ancient cypress tree in Prassia
Central Greece / Evrytania

No one knows exactly how old this tree is, towering over the village of Prassia, but it has a diameter of 7 meters and is 35 meters tall. It is designated as a protected natural monument.

Manoli Bridge
Central Greece / Evrytania

The fact that this bridge is still standing is testament to the wonder of classic architecture, reflecting building wisdom of centuries. It was built early during Ottoman rule, and lies in the municipality of Aperanta, 15 minutes after Krendi at the banks of the Agrafioti river. It can be seen from the bridge at Krioneri.

Megalo Chorio Folklore Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

This museum is home to traditional costumes, old household items and local artistic expression. It lies 14 kilometres away from Karpenissi.

Metamorphosis tou Sotira Monastery, Vraha
Central Greece / Evrytania

Built around the year 1700 in the post-Byzantine era monastery boasts perfectly preserved murals and Byzantine icons. There are no monks sleeping there, but you can still visit.

National Resistance Museum, Koryschades
Central Greece / Evrytania

Located in old school building that has been renovated and declared as a protected monument itself, the museum displays photographs taken by Spyros Meletzis of the National Resistance. There are also remains of ancient fortifications and a gun-smiths’ workshop, as well as an old monastery nearby from 1650.

Proussos Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the few monasteries still standing in Evrytania, the Proussos monastery has frescoes dating back to 1785 as well as some from the 13th century, while the church itself is from the 9th century. The wood-carved iconostasis is from 1810. The monastery was built practically in the wild where weather conditions can get tough. There used to be a crypt which now functions as the church, with an allegedly miraculous icon from the Middle Byzantine period. Relics of saints are guarded here, and the decoration in general is remarkable. Old books and manuscripts are also among the relics. A sword from 1821is said to belong to Greek hero Karaiskakis. The monastery was also set on fire many times through the ages, the last time being by the Nazis in the Second World War, who probably discovered that it was a base for the resistance. The monastery has a museum that boasts religious and historical artefacts, including manuscripts and books from as far back as the 15th century. A sword that supposedly belonged to Greek hero Karaiskakis is also on display.

Stone bridge of Tembla
Central Greece / Evrytania

This strangely interesting and oddly attractive asymmetrical bridge, built by Italian engineers just one year before the start of the Second World War. It is located in the municipality of Aspropotamos (which means White River).

Tatarna Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the two monasteries in operation (the other being Proussos), Tatarna has a very tumultuous history. It was originally built in the 11th century, destroyed 3 centuries later, then rebuilt in 1556. It was again destroyed in 1823 by the Ottomans as it harboured numerous rebels, to be built again under King Otto in the 1840s. Once again it was destroyed completely in 1963 because of a landslide and was rebuilt 500 meters away where it stands today. Despite all this, its valuable relics and holy objects where saved, including a library which holds 633 texts. Some of these were published in Venice, Vienna and elsewhere. The mosaic icon titled ‘King of Glory’, dating from 1350 AD, is also noteworthy. A library with over 600 texts forms part of this museum. Some of these texts were published in Vienna, Venice and other cities during the 16th century. A mosaic-laid icon called ‘King of Glory’ is also on display dating back to 1350 AD.

The ravine of Mavri Spilia (Black Cave)
Central Greece / Evrytania

A little beyond the village of Proussos and near the military bridge of Kastania, you will find the gorge of Mavri Spilia. The hiking path begins with a delightful stone fountain that takes to a wooden bridge and a 10-meter-high waterfall that forms a pond. The gorge or ravine offers many areas with cascading water and ponds that are ideal for swimming, if a little on the fresh and crisp side. The fauna and flora of the area, plus a wooden bridge over the river create a fantastic scene out of a fairytale. Rappelling down the waterfalls is possible as there bolts and anchors that have been drilled into the rocks. The route ceases at the large entrance of Mavri Spilia or cave. During Ottoman domination and subsequent conflicts, the locals used to hide in the cave.

Viniani Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is where the liberated government of Greece convened in 1944 at the end of WWII. The museum, as a result, houses much photography and texts related to the struggle and challenges during the war.

Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim, Trikorfo
Central Greece / Fokida

The tradition of monasteries continues in modern times with the recent construction of this magnificent masterpiece, the monastery of Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim of Sarof, in the village of Trikorfo. It boasts the largest belfry in the world, with 60 bells and 400 gongs ringing loud and captivating listeners.

Ancient Lilea or Lilaia
Central Greece / Fokida

The modern village of Lilaia near Polidrossos is built on the ancient city by the same name, inhabited from the early Helladic period (2800-2100 BC). The fortification walls at the citadel summit indicate traces of a constructional phase before the city was destroyed by Phillip II. Another part of the fortress dates back to the rebuilding phase after the reign of Phillip II. In 200 BC the city was under siege by King Phillip V but it revolted and gained its liberty. The city was also mentioned often in the accounts of Strabo, Ptolemy, Pliny and Pausanias, who noted an agora, theatre, baths, sanctuary to Apollo and one to Artemis. Both temples featured marble statues of the gods in standing posture, made by Athenian sculptors. Lilaia was constantly inhabited until the Byzantine era but soon thereafter fell into decay and was abandoned. Today, walls from antiquity and remains of a castle that are still visible.

Delphi and the Oracle
Central Greece / Fokida

Arguably one of the most important spiritual focal points in antiquity worldwide, Delphi and its famed oracle are visited by thousands of tourists every month and it is well worth it. In summer it is best visited in the afternoon when there are less people and organized tours.

Eptastomos Cave
Central Greece / Fokida

The Eptastomos cave (meaning seven-mouthed cave) has seven openings where according to recent study is home to the southern-most glacier in Europe, some 70 meters deep!

Kefalogiofyro, Efpalio
Central Greece / Fokida

Kefalogiofyro in Efpalio represents the narrow pass across the Mornopotamos river, considered a unique bridge with impressive architecture. It was used by those who escaped during the exodus of Mesolongi (Prefecture of Aitoloakarnania) in 1826 from the Ottoman siege, sheltering in the Monastery of Varnakova nearby.

Mining Park – Vagonetto
Central Greece / Fokida

More a theme park than a museum, this is a great place to learn about bauxite mining and take an old wagon train into the bowels of the earth to understand how important this mineral was for the people and commercial viability of the area. A great visit for families with children.

Panayia Koutsoufou Monastery, Eratini
Central Greece / Fokida

In the village of Amigdalia (meaning Almond Tree) situated in the hills above Eratini lies the historic monastery of the Panayia Koutsoufou, a more remote religious locale compared to others in the region. The monastery was restored recently, and the view on to the Gulf of Corinth is surreal.

Sikelianos Museum of Delphic Festivals
Central Greece / Fokida

The enchanting brick and stone home that belonged to the poet Angelos Sikelianos and his wife Eva is now the museum that commemorates their work and the couple’s attempts to revive the Pythian Games. They also staged Greek tragedies in Delphi’s theatre in the 30s. The house offers spectacular views too.

Zoodohos Pigi Church, Sykia
Central Greece / Fokida

In Sykia the inspiring little church of Zooodohos Pigi lies in a cave, where a small pond and icons add to the mystique and sacredness of this intriguing place.

Chrysospilia (Golden Cave)
Cyclades / Folegandros

Arguably one of the largest caves in Greece, Chrysospilia (Golden Cave) remains pretty much unexplored. It lies only 10 meters above the sea on the north-east part of the island, full of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is also exceptional from an archaeological point of view, as human skeletons from Roman times as well as broken vessels have been found there. Also a number of youth in ancient times engraved their names on the walls and roof, establishing the cave as a probable religious site where ceremonies of manhood took place around the 4th century BC.

Ecological – Folklore Museum of Folegandros
Cyclades / Folegandros

The Ecomuseum at Ano Meria, Folegandros, was opened in the summer of 1988. It presents the way of life of a rural homestead in days gone by and its form is best understood by briefly describing its spatial, social and economic context, divorced from the historic past of the island which, in general terms, was much the same as that of the other nearby islands of the Lesser Cyclades. Throughout all periods Folegandros was of marginal importance, a non-participant in the political and cultural developments of Hellenism, a tiny insignificant island lost among the waves of the Aegean. This was largely due to its isolated location and the configuration of its terrain.

Agiarsali cave church of Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Amfikleia lies yet antoher unique church, that of Agiarsali (short for Saint Jerusalem in Greek), built in the back of a cave.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Akrolamia Frankish castle, Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Frankish castle in Lamia (Akrolamia) dominates the city among stones from an ancient acropolis. Many parts are intact including bastions and walls. Successive repairs took place in Byzantine and medieval times, and the site was inhabited even during the 5th century BC. There’s an archaeological museum in the castle.

Ancient Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The city of Lamia was built over ancient remains from the 4th century BC, and sections of the old walls surrounding the city have been uncovered. The walls began at the hill of Akrolamia or the castle hill, ending at the hill of Agios Loukas. There are remains of the ancient city all over, including under the National Bank of Greece which are still visible in some of the underground parts of the buildings.

Archaeological Museum of Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Folklore Bread Museum, Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Here’s an original museum for bread lovers. The Folklore Bread Museum located in Amfikleia will surprise you with shapes, types and sizes of different breads.

Larimna in the Municipality of Opountia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Larimna offers an ancient acropolis with remains of old walls and towers. There is also evidence of a breakwater dating back to the 6th century.

Monastery of Damasta
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Damasta the Monastery of Damasta lying on the north slopes of Mount Kalidromo is also historically significant, playing an active role in the Greek Revolution of 1821. Also in nearby Moschohori there are several lovely churches such as Profitis Elias, Agios Giorgios and the Monastery of Taxiarches.

Monastery of Panagia Agathonos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Ypati or Ipati the Monastery of Panagia Agathonos was established in the 14th century, set in amazing nature on the sides of Mount Iti, at an altitude of some 600 meters. In boasts unique frescoes and relics. There is also an animal farm and a Museum of Natural History.

Museum of Oiti Natural History
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Housed in a historic structure itself from the 1830s and built by King Otto, the Archaeological Museum of Lamia will walk you through ancient history from Neolithic times (starting from 6,500 BC) to Helladic/Mycenaean times, then to Geometric, Archaic and Classical/Hellenistic era. Finds from the later include metal objects, pottery, glass, figurines, children’s toys, jewellery, coins and sculptures. This museum is well worth the visit and is the focal point of the city, along with the castle.

Papadia and Asopos bridges
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Papadia Bridge is considered the longest one in the mountains of the country, while the Asopos Bridge is another important bridge in Iti.

Thermopylae
Central Greece / Fthiotida

There is a restricted archaeological site. In 1939 excavations showed evidence of fortifications spanning several eras, including Roman and Byzantine graves, as well as remains of Byzantine buildings.

Aptera
Crete / Hania

Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views. A very important archaeological site on Crete, Aptera is now run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Botanical Park of Crete, Fournes
Crete / Hania

Situated on almost 20 hectares of land in the village of Fournes (also famous for its stunning orange groves) is this gorgeous park. The park showcases over 150 different varietals of plants, trees and herbs where visitors can spend a couple hours winding their way through the gardens. Lemon, lime, almond, cherry plum, pecan, quince and carob are just some of the species of trees visitors will come into contact with. The lush surroundings and blooming trees make for an unforgettable experience with nature and offer a window into the island’s exceptional biodiversity.

Castle of Selino
Crete / Hania

Found at the southernmost point of Paleochora, there are now only remnants of the castle; a few walls are still barely intact, other stone wall divides and relics also on site.

Frangokastello
Crete / Hania

Sitting stoically on the southern shores of Western Crete, Frangokastello is a remarkably well-preserved Venetian fortress built in the 14th century. It boasts four towers connected by its large stone walls with serried battlements. Check out the remnants of smaller rooms inside.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon (The Holy Trinity)
Crete / Hania

One of the most famous and extraordinary monasteries in Crete, Agia Triada was built by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon (both monks and progeny of a prominent Venetian-Cretan family) in 1634 and was finally completed after 1821.

The Naval/Maritime Museum of Crete
Crete / Hania

Once a Turkish prison, the Naval Museum of Hania houses a fantastic assortment of model ships, paintings and other collections dating from the Bronze Age to more recent times including naval instruments used in the Battle of Crete.

The Tower of Loutro/Finix
Crete / Hania

One lonesome stone tower lies secluded between the small coastal village of Loutro and the Bay of Finix. In the past the ancient town and port of Finikas (or Phoenix) lay just west of the promontory in Loutro.

The Typography Museum of Hania
Crete / Hania

Opened in 2005, the typography museum is a very unusual concept. The museum was developed due in large part to the efforts of a local journalist and now houses an interesting collection of various typography devices through the late 19th century to present. Also on display are a variety of rare books, seals, banknotes, stamps, maps and calendars; some dating back as far as the 16th century.

Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Hania

Wine buffs will enjoy a stop at the Dourakis winery near the Alikambos turn-off on the road to Hora Sfakion. Winemaker Andreas Dourakis is happy to show visitors around the stone-built winery and there is a pleasant tasting room upstairs where you can sample some of his 17 excellent wines, including an organic red and his well-known Logari label. Dourakis produces more than 180,000 bottles a year using local and foreign varietals.

Aghios Minas cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

One of Greece’s largest cathedrals the cruciform building has a domed roof, and twin towers. Heavily damaged in the 1866 revolution, it was restored some 30 years later. Located on Aghia Ekaterina square in Herakleion next to the church of that name, which was built in 1555.

Bembo Fountain and Ottoman pumping house
Crete / Herakleion

On Plateia Kornarou (Kornaros Square) a Venetian fountain can be found the Bembo Fountain which predates the Morosini fountain by some 40 years. Built by Zuanne Bembo in 1588 (though some sources have it as being built 66 years earlier than this). It is adorned with columns, Venetian coats-of-arms and a statue of a figure, lacking a head and feet, which dates back to Roman times, and was brought here from Ierapetra on the south coast. The whole is surrounded by columns and a plinth, and by where the statue’s feet would be, a tap in the shape of a lion’s head. There’s an Ottoman hexagonal “pumping house” adjacent, which is now a coffee shop.

Castel Nuovo
Crete / Herakleion

Also known by the Greek words for “new castle”, ‘Kainourio Kastelli’, can be found on the Mesara Plain, close to the Minoan “palace” of Phaistos.

Herakleion Archaeological Museum
Crete / Herakleion

In terms of artefacts, this is one of the world’s great museums, though at the time of writing, it’s housed in a temporary building which is far too small to display the richness of Crete’s extraodinary past.

Kazantzakis Museum
Crete / Herakleion

First editions of Nikos Kazantzakis’ works can be found here, along with newspaper reviews of his books, andsome of his personal belongings. Well worth visiting if you’re a fan of Greece’s most famous novelist.

Knossos
Crete / Herakleion

Excavated by Sir Arthur Evans, for the British School of Archaeology, throughout the early decades of the 20th century, Knossos is amongst the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Neraidospilios Cave
Crete / Herakleion

It is found some 25 km from Herakleion, not far from the village of Myrtia. Situated by a river, with highly mythological associations, for the ancients, who believed this to be the dwelling place of nymphs and fairies.

Phaistos
Crete / Herakleion

This is a wonderful spirit-of-place site situated in the Mesara plain and second behind Knossos in importance in Minoan times, mythologically home of Rhadamanthys, Minos of Knossos’ brother (Sarpedon, another brother in Greek myth, was probably a later addition).

Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This museum houses objects from the Balkan, First and Second World Wars. A gallery featuring oil and water paintings of war ships done by well-known artists can be found on the first floor.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of St. Nicolas can be found in the area of Limnioniza and was built sometime between 1675 and 1724. It features a Byzantine design with an octagonal bell tower and enjoyed a period of great influence following the Greek revolution of 1821. By the 1940s however, the monastery had fallen into disrepair and was eventually abandoned after the last priest, blessed Aresenios Vetimis, passed away. Renovation began under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1983, when it was converted into a woman’s convent, and today it has been completely refurbished.

Rafalias Pharmacy
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This unique pharmacy has kept its original structure and design for the past two generations and still operates as an everyday pharmacy. However, it looks and feels more like a museum, as a step through its door is similar to a step back in time.

Ancient Oinoe, Kambos
North Aegean / Ikaria

The well-known city of Oinoe was once the island’s most important city and has been associated throughout the ages with the worship of Dionysus. Today, the ruins of ancient Oinoe include the area around the mouth of the river Voutside in the northern part of the island near the present-day village of Kambos.

Ancient Therma, Katafygi
North Aegean / Ikaria

At a short distance just east of the present village of Therma, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Thermai, once well-known for its numerous hot springs and baths.

Cave of Halaris (Parathiri), Chrysostomos
Cyclades / Ikaria

The cave of Halaris or Parathiri as it’s also known, can be found near the village of Chrysostomos in the southern part of the island, just a few metres from the riverbed of Halari. The entrance is four metres above ground, and the cave is divided into two parts: the entrance and the main chamber. Getting to the main area involves crawling through the long, narrow entrance. The round open area has a height of 14 metres and is full of multi-coloured stalagmites and stalagtites. Fragments of ancient pottery as well as bones have been found throughout, and the cave is full of archaeological and paleontological interest. According to studies, the bones belonged to large and miniature species of deer, as well as goats and humans, all of which date back to the Neolithic period. Although the cave holds great interest, a special permit must be obtained by anyone wanting to enter it.

Drakano Tower, Faros
North Aegean / Ikaria

The ancient city of Drakano once stood in the area known today as Faros (Fanari) on the eastern edge of the island, and included the acropolis and tower of which, ruins can be seen today. The tower represents the city’s most well-preserved building as it stands at an altitude of 50 metres and affords visitors incredible views of Samos and the Fourni Islands in the distance. Form a construction standpoint, it is considered an impressive work of art and remains as one of the most well-preserved towers throughout the entire Aegean.

Estuaries of the rivers Halari, Voutside, Mirsona and Haraka
North Aegean / Ikaria

The three estuaries of the Halari, Voutside, and Mirsona rivers are located respectively within the areas of Nas, Kambos, Gialiskari and Armenisti. All four rivers flow year round with brackish water and serve as a natural irrigation system to the small cultivations scattered along the riverbanks. Additionally, these wetlands feature rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna, among them a large number of protected and endemic species. A large variety of trees and bushes can be found here, such as reeds, bushes (oleander and schinous) and trees (alderwood and tamarisk). Several types of birds, amphibians and reptiles also inhabit the estuary. The Halari Gorge is home to several rare and protected species, among which are the Turkish lizard, river otter, a rare type of freshwater crab, and a bottom-dwelling fish of the salaria genus. Most interesting of all is the European eel, a species which migrates from America, crosses the ocean for three years before reaching the rivers of Ikaria. The gorge also provides shelter to dozens of permanent and migratory birds, such as falcons, egrets and bitterns. Overgrazing and extreme draining for agricultural purposes pose the greatest risks to the estuaries’ ecosystem. Recently, increased tourism during the summer months has also had a negative effect, as the estuaries frequently drain into beaches full of tourists.

Folklore Museum of Vrakadon, Vrakades
North Aegean / Ikaria

The Folklore Museum of Vrakadon can be found in the northwestern area of the island known as Raches, in the village of Vrakades.It was founded by Ikarian scholars from Athens and displays the history and heritage of the island via a wide variety of traditional household wares, as well as old agricultural and bee-keeping tools. Visitors can also examine original documents dating back to the revolutionary period, as well as impressive objects from the church of Profitis Ilias in Vrakades, as well as the Monastery of Evangelismos in Mavrianos. Those wanting to visit the museum need to contact the museum’s board ahead of time.

Holy Church of Agia Sofia (St. Sofia)
North Aegean / Ikaria

The small chapel of St. Sofia is built on a rock north of the village of Monokambi. According to local tradition, Zacharias Karapetis, a native Ikarian who had immigrated to the U.S., had a vision of an icon in the cavity of the rock on which the church is built today. After painstaking excavations done by the villagers on site, the remains of St. Sofia and her three daughters were found. The are said to have been brought to the island by a monk from Ioannina named Ioannis Muraios, in an effort to save their remains from the Turks. Karapetis managed to build the church on this site. Later, a portion of the bones were stolen, though the rest of the remains can be found on site.

Holy Church of St. Paul, Akamatra
North Aegean / Ikaria

This relatively unknown church near the village of Amamatra, represents one of Ikaria’s prized gems. The small, single-spaced church consists of two marble dividers which separate the inner and outer sanctuaries. As one of the oldest churches on the island, it features several colourful frescoes.

Karimali Family Estate
North Aegean / Ikaria

Built in 199, the estate’s winery continues a legacy of over 1000 years of winemaking on Ikaria. Modern production methods in combination with a passion for wine, create an inviting atmosphere for visitors to learn about one of the island’s oldest traditions. The winery is kept at a constant temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and includes aging and storage units in oak barrels. As a certified organic wine producer, Karimali Family Estate offers guests the unique opportunity to witness  winemaking in its purest, most natural form.

Lighthouse of Cape Papa, Karkinagri
North Aegean / Ikaria

The lighthouse of Cape Papa has been declared a cultural heritage site. Built sometime between 1886 and 1890 by the French Lighthouse Company while the island was still under rule of the Ottoman Empire. The lighthouse illuminates one of the central Aegean’s most treacherous passes – that between Mykonos and Ikaria. It hone for the first time on May 20th, 1890. During the years of WWII, it was turned into an armory by the Italians and remained unlit due to damages it had sustained. It began shining again in 1945 as its damages began being repaired. With a focal height reaching 75 metres, its light can be seen from 2.5 miles away, with a characteristic white blinking light every 20 seconds. The height of its cylindrical tower is 11 metres and contains 32 stone and metal steps leading towards the top.

Museum of Carpentry, Katafygi
North Aegean / Ikaria

This private collection belonging to P. Safou can be found in the village of Katafygi and displays carvings inspired by mythology, religion, and the natural world, such as dolphins and turtles. The wood used is typically either Eucalyptus, Holm Oak, or Holly Oak found throughout the mountains of Ikaria. It stands out as a very unique museum on the island which is worth visiting.

Randi Forest, Central Ikaria
North Aegean / Ikaria

Located just west of the Athera mountain range in the central section of the island, lies the Randi Forest. Estimated to be over 200 years old, it features trees dating back to over 300 years, making it one of the oldest remaining forests throughout the eastern Mediterranean. It’s the home of a rare, protected type of Oak tree (Quercus ilex), which is believed to have evolved around five million years ago. Other species of trees found within the forest include Arbutus and Fyllyrea trees, as well as a variety of bushes, such as yew, heather and cistus. Several animals call the forest home as well, such as the rock badger, marten, (Martes fiona), the hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor) and different types of rodents.

Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.

Ancient Figaleia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition. Roman travel writer Pausanias mentioned the existence of priests at the Temple of Artemis, writing about Dionysus Evroinomis, a gymnasium and agora, as well as statues of Hermes and of Olympic champion, Arachiona. The latter was found in the ancient agora of the town.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches…

Chlemoutsi Castle
Peloponnese / Ilia

Considered one of the best preserved castles within the Peloponnese, the Chlemoutsi Castle (also known as the Clermont or Tomese castle) was built sometime around 1220.

Historical Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games
Peloponnese / Ilia

This museum exhibits pieces mainly from the sacred temple of Dios in Olympia. The most important ones are gold seal-rings depicting the Olympic Games, bronze and terracotta geometric warriors and much more. Among the museum’s collection are chariot idols from Olympia symbolizing the harness racing, objects used by the athletes or related to the Games. Also important are the inscriptions on the bases of the statues of athletes, the stone and bronze signs, the bronze statuettes of athletes as well as the pottery with drawings of the athletes during the Games.

Kotychi & Strofylia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Kotychi–Strofylia lies in Western Peloponnese, shared between the prefectures of Ilia and Achaia. It is a magnificent place for nature, fauna and flaura with many unique characteristics.

Kyllini Lighthouse
Peloponnese / Ilia

The island of Kaukalida is the only uninhabited settlement. The island is rocky and has Kyllini’s lighthouse (20-30 meters tall). It is accessed by a tiny port holding one or two boats and is not used for cars from the port of Kyllini. Interestingly, about 100,000 years ago the island was connected with the mainland.

Monastery of Frangavilla
Peloponnese / Ilia

Constructed sometime in the 11th century, this is a well-known monastery near Amaliada. Its name hints at connections to the Franks. Cypress and other trees surround the monastery giving it a very natural and peaceful presence.

Olympia
Peloponnese / Ilia

Only 10 kilometres from Pyrgos, Olympia stands as one of the most important sites of Greece, where the first Olympics came into being and thereafter became a legend in this part of the world.

Pholoe Environmental Museum, Loutsa, Koumani
Peloponnese / Ilia

This wooden museum unveils the nature, history and culture of Ilia, as well as the oak forest of Pholoe, including its natural wealth, fauna, birds and flowers. It also explores the area’s mythology, eco-tourism and fire protection.

Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Ancient Dodona
Epirus / Ioannina

In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC. It was dedicated to an early deity representing the Earth Mother similar to Gaia or Rhea.

Aoos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Making its way through the Aoos Gorge, this river comprises an important natural environment for numerous types of plants and animals. As part of the Vikos Aoos National park, the delicate ecosystem found along its banks is protected from hunters and fishers. It’s also one of the favoured rivers among experienced rafters, offering a difficulty level of five, one of the highest throughout the country.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Holy Monastery of Kipinas
Epirus / Ioannina

If there were one church throughout all of Ioannina which should be on every traveller’s itinerary, this would be it. Literally chiselled and built into the surrounding rock, the Holy Monastery of Kipinas is one of Greece’s most beautiful and impressive churches.

Ioannina Castle
Epirus / Ioannina

The oldest Byzantine castle in the country also serves as the emblem of the city and acts as a reminder of both the glory and hardship that Ioannina has enjoyed and endured over centuries. A truly impressive structure, it encompasses 200 acres with the perimeter of its walls spanning 2000 square meters. It was first built under the supervision of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in 528 A.D. in an attempt to raise the empire’s defence system in the event of an attack as well as to house the empire’s administration centre.

Island of Ioannina (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s small island sits peacefully across the water and adds to the unique and picturesque charm of the city. The island’s small village is a living monument, full of traditionally-built houses, churches, monasteries and museums. The most famous monastery is that of Agios Panteleimonas, where the Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha was decapitated. Today it houses the museum of Ali Pasha. Boats run frequently, especially during the summer months. The island’s population around 350 are enjoying revenue due to heightened tourist interest.

Kaber Aga (Miliotades Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This bridge crosses the junction of the Varda and Zagoritikou Rivers just outside the village of Miliotades in Eastern Zagori. Its unique appearance is owed to its low arch and two filled arches on either side. Named after its benefactor, this bridge was built in 1875 and crosses the Varda River. As one of the largest bridges in the area, it spans 60 metres.

Kokori Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the older bridges throughout the region is this beautiful stone bridge built in part by Gregoris Kokoris. It was first built in 1750 with money given by Noutsou Kondodimou, (the bridge is also referred to as Kondodimos Bridge). Unfortunately, it collapsed several times and had to be rebuilt. Not to worry, the current example is sturdy and lies between the villages of Kipi, Koukouli and Dilofo.

Lake Vouliasta
Epirus / Ioannina

This lake is the source of the Louros River and a remarkable area of beauty. Thick vegetation and trees surround the lake which is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. A few kilometres to the south lies the hydroelectric plant, powered by the River Louros and providing energy to the country’s electrical company.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

Mount Timfi (Papingos)
Epirus / Ioannina

Dominating the skyline around the Zagorohoria villages is Mt. Timfi or Papingos as locals refer to it. Nature enthusiasts and conservationists are drawn to the area on account of its immense natural beauty but also due to its unique landscape and rare species.

Soulaeiman Mosque (Konitsa)
Epirus / Ioannina

In the southern area of Konitsa, the well-preserved Soulaeiman Mosque was built to honour the Sultan Soulaeiman in 1536. Though it has needed several renovations, it’s unique due to the fact that its minaret is still intact. It stands in a picturesque location on the side of a hill.

Spiliotisa Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Built in 1665 by monks Sophronios and Joakim, this monastery seems to emerge from the steep cliffs that it has virtually been built into. Its unique location along the Voidomatis River as well as the series of trap doors found inside, make it one of the most frequently-visited monasteries in the area.

Stoes (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the city there are several stoes (long alleyways inside buildings) that have changed little over the centuries from when they were first built. Today, they have been tastefully converted into walkways lined with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Adding to the city’s historical charm, a walk down these stoes is parallel to a journey back through time. Some of the most well-known are the stoes of Liabey, Louli and Baratsa.

Vikos Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

For hundreds of years, the inhabitants of the Zagori region have used the long list of plant species which can only be found in the gorge as medicinal remedies for everything from headaches to infertility.

Vlach Village of Aetomilitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Braving the heights of Mount Grammos, the traditional village of Aetomilitsa literally sits at the pinnacle of Ioannina prefecture. Its fame comes not only from its altitude but also due to its prosperity, boasting flocks of over 40,000 sheep and goats at times in the past. For centuries it has been a stopping point along the route of the semi-nomadic ethnic group known as Vlachs.

Archaeological Museum
Cyclades / Ios

The archaeological museum of Ios was founded in 1998 and reflects modern museum philosophy. It is situated on the ground floor of the Amiradakio Town Hall. It exhibits findings dating from prehistoric to Roman times.

Agios Ioannis Cave
Cyclades / Irakleia

You can explore the cave of Agios Ioannis (or Ai Yannis) with its stalactites, stalagmites and columns near Vourkaria bay to a depth of 120 metres. The cave – in reality two caves opposite each other – also functions as a church. It features spilaiogala (translated as cave milk, which is rare stalagmite material in liquid form). This is one of the largest caves of the Cyclades and certainly one of the most amazing ones. The feast of Saint John takes place here with people coming from surrounding islands as well.

Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This new museum will take you on a journey of Kalymnos’ history from its earliest Prehistoric evidence right through to the Byzantium. Amongst the many artifacts, make it a point to admire the famed Kore of Kalymnou statue. The folds of her dress drape to make her seem real and alive. Also admire the Kouros statue.

Cave of the Church of Saint Pandeleimonas (Northwest Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint. Locals believe the water dripping from the stalactites can be used as holy water as it is blessed by the saint. In the 18thC, a monk called Gerasimos Gerasimou ran a secret school during the Ottoman occupation.

Church of Christ of Jerusalem, near Chora/Pothia
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This is part of Sanctuary of Delios Apollo. Here you’ll be able to admire the remains of two early Christian basilicas – the basilica of the Church of Christ of Jerusalem and the Church of Saint Sophia.

Great Castle of the 9 Chapels – Megalo Kastro (Chora)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Built in the Middle Byzantium and rebuilt by the Knights Templar, the ruins of this archaeological site offer you a glimpse all the way back to the 4thC BC through to the 15thC AD. Take the time to admire the wood-carved altar in the Church of Panagia Keharitomeni within the castle grounds.

Mermaid Statue (main harbor, Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

The bronze statue of the mermaid that stands at the main harbor is emblematic and symbolic of the Kalymniotes’ love of the sea and their attraction to its siren-song. It was sculpted by Irini Kokkinou.

Monastery of Saint Savva (near Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Visit this famous monastery close to the island’s capital. It stands perched at the top of a hill, its castle-like white-stone walls guarding the locals. Take the time to admire the beautiful murals and icons inside, including the icon of Saint Savva, and then go outside to get one of the best views of the island.

Museum of Kalymniote Folklore (Vlihadia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This museum, also called The Kalymniote House, is a stunning folklore museum that will help you understand everyday life on the island throughout history.

Saint Nicholas’ Church (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This church is a must-see. Built in honor of the island’s patron saint in the 19thC, it houses stunning artwork and icons crafted by local Kalymniote artists between 1800-1900. Architecture buffs will marvel at the church’s stonework walls, while the marble altar and throne inside can’t be missed.

Sanctuary of Dalios Apollo, near Chora/Pothia
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Dating back to the 10thC BC, this site is the most significant archaeological area in Kalymnos. The remains of the buildings, including political buildings, a theater and statues, echo the religious and political importance of this sanctuary which doubled as the religious and political capital of ancient Kalymnos.

Sponge-processing Workshops (Pothia harbor)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Drop into one of these busy workshops around the main harbor and let the craftsmen walk you through the sponge-processing methods. You’ll be stunned at the detail involved and you’ll also learn a lot of this industry, which led Kalymnos to prosperity. Watching them work will make you understand why technology hasn’t touched these workshops.

Valsamidi Museum of Marine Life (Vlihadia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This private collector gathered a number of artifacts found underwater, including petrified sponges, enormous fish, and other objects recovered from the sea. German weapons and rifles used in other battles are also on display in this stunning museum.

Ancient Gomfoi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The site of the ancient city of Gomfoi (pronounced Gomfi) is located 2 km northwest of Episkopi within the region of Mouzaki. The ruins of Gomfoi include a fortified wall, part of which was recently excavated.
In 48 B.C., Gomfoi initially took the side of Pompey following the policy of the Commons of Thessaly. The Gomfians refused to open their gates to the army of Caesar, and after a lengthy siege Caesar overtook the city. In the sixth century AD during the reign of Justinian, the fortifications of the city were strengthened and during the Byzantine era it became the seat of a Bishopric.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Krania, Petrilo
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The historic village of Petrilo is situated 30 km southwest of Mouzaki at an altitude of 1200 metres. Nearby, the church or the Assumption of the Holy Virgin built in 1884 in Krania has a cross-beamed dome and is worth discovering.

Bridge of Katafili, Ardanovo River
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Bridge of Katafili on the Ardanovo River was built in 1910 by an Italian engineer employing the locally renowned stonemasons from the Tzoumerka Mountains. The bridge has five arches (with a large central one) and spans a length of 50 meters, built from select local stone.

Byzantine castle at Fanari
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The only remaining Byzantine castle of the region is in the beautiful village of Fanari, located on a forested hill at an altitude of 450 meters, 15 km northwest of Karditsa. This is the best preserved fortress in all of Western Thessaly and dates from the 12th century. Note the lovely stone-built cottages of the area too.

Temple of Apollo at Lianokokkalo, Mitropoli
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Mitropoli, the capital of the municipality by the same name, is about 9 km from Kardista. An ancient temple dedicated to Apollo was recently discovered at the area called Lianokokkalo.

The bridge of Mascholouri
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Constructed sometime between the 12th and 15th century, this is one of the oldest in the region and links together the banks of the Sofaditis river. It is a three-arched bridge with, interestingly, Persian influence.

Acropolis of Arkesia, Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

In 1923 excavations in the area of Arkasa discovered the remains of and acropolis at the Church of Agia Sofia (previously Agia Anastasia). Mosaics, a graveyard and some inscriptions from the later period remain, so do ancient columns.

Agia Kyriaki, near Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Not far from Karpathos’ main town, the attractive church of ‘Saint Sunday’ is perched on a rock that offers spectacular views of the nature all around.

Ancient Basilica and Kiln in Lefkos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Remains of an early Christian church emerged during excavations at Lefkos some 50 years ago, complete with mosaics and parts of a large apse, indicating a flourishing civilization between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.

Church of Agios Loukas, near Volada
Dodecanese / Karpathos

A very interesting little church lies in the heart of a cave outside Volada. Sadly the church is not in the best of shape, but you can still see some impressive old hagiographies (religious paintings) on the walls.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Known in Greek as Kimissis tis Theotokou, this is the largest church in Olympos. It is famed for its biblical hagiography and gold-laden elements. An attractive bell towers adds to its charm.

Folklore Museum, Menetes
Dodecanese / Karpathos

The attractive village of Menetes not far from Pigadia unveils a range of household and agricultural paraphernalia, including traditional machines built by old ironmongers and carpenters.

Folklore Museum, Othos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Another tiny museum that is magical in a way, combining mosaic floors with hand embroidered material, woodwork, rugs, furniture, traditional art and household objects. Kids will love it too!

Rural and Agricultural Museum, Pylon
Dodecanese / Karpathos

This tiny village museum in Pylon, a picturesque village with a view, contains interesting handmade clay and straw objects, tools and a variety of items used in everyday rural life across the island.

Saria
Dodecanese / Karpathos

This uninhabited island north of Karpathos is full of ruins from ancient times. It was also a Saracen/Arab base for Pirates dating from the 7th to 10th centuries, with remains of buildings from that era.

Aghia Marina Tower
Cyclades / Kea (Tzia)

There are attempts to restore a rare but relatively unknown ancient monument on the island known as the Aghia Marina tower. The tower lies 6.5 km southwest of the main village, Ioulis, a rare 4th century BC structure which has fallen into neglect and disrepair following a major collapse five years ago. The original square edifice, made of rock and marble, was 10 meters long on each side and 20 meters in height, with four levels and an interior staircase. It may have been part of a larger defensive complex. The tower stands next to the medieval monastery and church of Aghia Marina, strangely deserted since 1837.

Ainos Mountain
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Standing at 1600 meters, Ainos is the tallest mountain in the islands of the Ionian and constitutes the smallest National Forest in Greece. The thick forest of Kefallonian firs is a one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon and supports a vital eco-system. These Kefalonian firs are non-hybridized and can only be found in Kefalonia, while the forest floor supports the fragile growth of Viola Kefallonica, a rare purple flower that’s carefully protected in the forest, so be sure to look out for them as you hike. The fir forest of Ainos Mountain offers the perfect habitat for wild horses, badgers, eagles, rabbits and foxes.

Beehive/Tholos Tomb (near Tzanata village, close to Poros village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

One of the most recent discoveries, this tomb housed Mycenaen kings in their afterlife and dates back to 1300 BC. One of the biggest beehive-type tombs reserved for Ancient Greek royalty in the region, it measures almost 7 meters in diameter, and is thought to be the grave of Odysseus himself. Gold jewelry which resembles Odysseus’ gold brooch as described in Homer’s poem was also found here.

Castle of St. George (Travliata, near Argostoli town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Built during the Byzantium and then restored by the Venetians, you’ll be able to explore remains dating back to the 12th-16th Centuries. This castle provided a strategically significant overview of the island and the Ionian and as such was adopted by the Venetians as the island’s medieval capital.

De Bosset Bridge (Koutavos Lagoon, Argostoli town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Built in 1813, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the sea-water to connect Argostoli with the shore opposite the lagoon. This 900 meter bridge was designed by a Swiss engineer and is known for its interesting arches.

Katavothres (Argostoli harbor)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

If you love odd geological attractions, be sure to wonder at the workings of the Katavothres in Argostoli harbor. Seawater enters through these underground rock formations, traverses the whole island below the mountains, and resurfaces in Melissani cave.

Korgialenio Historical Institute and Museum of Folklore (Argostoli Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this unique museum. Photographs and artifacts provide a record of Kefalonian life before the earthquake, from Venetian times up to 1953. You’ll get a taste of the architecture, domestic and agricultural life, as well as being able to admire 12thC manuscripts.

Kounopetra (Akrotiri in Paliki)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

This huge boulder sticks out of the shore into the Ionian Sea, where its base is formed in such a way that wind and waves cause the rock to shake. Although this shaking sensation lessened after the quake caused the rock to settle, it’s still evident. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime sensation by standing on this shaking rock.

Koutavos Lagoon (Argostoli Town)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Another ideal location for walkers, cyclists and joggers who want to combine a sports-high with an eco-activity is Koutavos Lagoon. You’ll fall in love with the eucalyptus forest and brightly colored wildflowers that hug the lagoon itself, while birdwatchers will enjoy watching the ducks, geese, and swans that make the lagoon their home. Koutavos Lagoon also plays an important role in the reproductive and breeding habits of Caretta-Caretta sea turtles, while many rare fish also support this important eco-system.

Roman Grave Complex (near Fiskardo village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Dating back to the 2ndC BC up to the 4thC AD, this compound of graves suggests Kefalonia was of vital strategic significance during the Roman era. The most important findings out of the five burial sites that make up the grave complex include a stone sarcophagus and a vaulted tomb, along with gold jewelry. Explore the Roman theater found near the burial complex.

St. Andrea Monastery (Peratata village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Visit this beautiful monastery as you also explore the nearby countryside. Within the monastery itself you’ll be able to admire the many stunning murals and manuscripts the monastery is very proud of.

St. Gerasimos Chapel and Cave (near Lassi village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Ask for directions to this little cave that houses a small chapel commemorating St. Gerasimos’ time in the cave. In an attempt to live an ascetic and spiritual life, he meditated and studied in this cave. If you explore the cave, you’ll get to a tiny gap in the rock wall that will give you beautiful views of the Ionian.

Archaeological Museum of Kimolos
Cyclades / Kimolos

The archaeological museum of Kimolos hosts many interesting find from the ancient town of Ellinika. There are spectacular ceramics from the Geometric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Archaeological Museum of Corinth
Peloponnese / Korinthia

Wander through Roman exhibits in 3 special showrooms and around the museum’s courtyard. The museum highlights the long history of Corinth starting from the Neolithic era until the Middle Ages.

Doxa Lake
Peloponnese / Korinthia

If Stymphalia doesn’t have much water, Lake Doxa is full of it. That’s because the lake was created artificially by damming the area. Looking quite natural, the lake is surrounded by pine and other forests against a backdrop of the Chelmos mountaintop (or Aroania). Noteworthy are the churches of Agios Fanourious and the monastery of Saint George which was moved to a higher location as the lake was developed in the 1990s. While there aren’t too many modern roads around it, there are plenty of hiking paths.

Harlaftis Athanassiadis Wines, Achladia, Nemea
Peloponnese / Korinthia

The Harlaftis estate is one of the more respected Greek Wineries. The family has been in the wine business for 60 years. The Athanassiadi brand is a good everyday wine, while the Chateau Harlaftis is for more sophisticated palates.

Lafazanis Winery, Archaies Kleones, Nemea
Peloponnese / Korinthia

The Lafazanis family has had a love affair with wine since 1946. A modern facility that produces organic wines from the Agiorgitiko grape can be found in Nemea. The wines represent very good value for money.

Nemea and Aidonia
Peloponnese / Korinthia

The region of Nemea, known more for its wine, also contains some ruins, a small sample of what remains of Ancient Nemea. A few columns from the temple of Zeus and some foundations, as well as parts of a palaestra and a stadium for the Pan-Hellenic games can be found. Aidonia near Nemea has remains of a Mycenean cemetery, while 4 kilometers from the village of Derveni there are remains of an ancient theatre.

Ancient Agora of Kos (Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

Dating back to the 4thC BC, the ancient Agora in Kos constituted the political, commercial, religious and social hub of the island and was one of the most important Agoras in the world. Walk through the arcades, admire the temples and columns, meander through the sanctuaries and you’ll get a glimpse of the bustling center that once defined this island.

Asklipios Sanctuary (outside Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

One of the most important archaeological sites in the world, this sanctuary dates to the 4thC BC and is found at the top of a lush hill surrounded by pine forests. It was the most important healing center in Ancient Greece and is extremely well-preserved. Built on three levels, you’ll explore the altar, temples and baths as well as where the priests and patients lived.

Boulevard of Palms (Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This beautiful stone bridge lined by centuries’ old palm trees crosses what used to be a moat as it links the town to the Castle of the Knights of the Order of St. John.

Casa Romana (Grigoriou the 5th St. Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

You’ll feel like you stepped back in time and into the living room of a home belonging to a Kos official from the Roman period. An exact replica, you’ll walk through the 36 stunningly decorated rooms and into three atriums. There are beautiful and colorful mosaics of dolphins and leopards as well as votive altars adorning the home. Just outside you’ll find the remains of the Roman baths.

Castle of Antimahia (Antimahia village)
Dodecanese / Kos

This 15thC Venetian-Templar Castle can be reached after a hike, but the architecture will reward you. Built in 3 phases using volcanic rocks, it features homes and storage areas inside. Explore the churches of St. Nicholas and St. Paraskevi with beautiful murals and unique masonry.

Castle of the Knights of the Order of St. John (Kos town)
Dodecanese / Kos

Follow the Boulevard of Palms over the moat and explore this Templar castle that was built in the 15thC. Towers such as Del Caretto’s Bastion, cannon-posts, stone-carved coats of arms, and storage areas still remain, providing history aficionados much to admire. In a hurry to build the castle, the Knights used archaeological remains to finish the walls – keep an eye out for this unusual trait.

Defterdar Mosque (Eleftherias Square)
Dodecanese / Kos

Built in the late 1700s by a high-ranking official of the Ottoman Empire, its most striking feature is a beautiful dome at the center of the structure.

Hippocrates’ Plane Tree (Platanos Square)
Dodecanese / Kos

Believed to be planted by Hippocrates himself 2500 years ago, it’s the oldest tree in Europe and boasts a 14-meter trunk in diameter. The father of Western medicine also taught his students in the shade of this beautiful plane tree, in the center of Kos.

International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos (outside Kos Town)
Dodecanese / Kos

This living museum is a tribute to the herbal remedies discovered and administered by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine and a native of Kos. Sprawling gardens feature natural herbs to treat everything from colds to mental health problems. Rare species can also be found here. Take a tour of the museum featuring busts of Hippocrates and important texts from the 17thC.

Sotirou Christos Church (at the summit of Mount Dikaiou,near Zia village)
Dodecanese / Kos

Built in 1079, this beautiful church is a one-of-a-kind chapel you really shouldn’t miss. You’ll also be rewarded with stunning views.

St. Nicholas Chapel (Kastri Islet, Kefalos village)
Dodecanese / Kos

You can swim to this beautiful islet and explore a unique chapel.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Avlemona Castle (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean. Explore this site and you’ll be transported to another world – which is why it’s a beloved highlight for all visitors. Lord Elgin’s ship, transporting the Parthenon marbles, sank close to the castle.

Chora Castle (in Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern. Also worth visiting is Pantokrator Church within the castle, and the adjoining Historical Archive of Kythera.

Hytra Islet
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Hytra Islet – a stunning experience. Hydra islet is an experience that will remain indelible in your heart and mind. Off the coast of Kapsali, this islet offers a tapestry of sempreviva flowers – the island’s mascot.
As you explore this area, the sea-cave in the interior will take your breath away with greens and blues that turn the rock walls into a light show. A little beach will top off your trip with a refreshing swim.

Milapidea School (near Ano Livadi and Fatsadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is a stunning example of British architecture. Built in 1825, it features Gothic windows and was built by the British in order to foster education on the island. The locals welcomed this effort .

Paleohora (near Kastri)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

For a glimpse into the island’s Byzantine past, visit this veritable Byzantine ghost town razed in 1536 by Ottoman warrior Barbarossa. Located close to Kakia Lagada canyon, you’ll find the remains of 12thC monasteries, over 20 Byzantine churches and almost 80 homes that made up this former capital.

Paleopoli
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Minoan graves and the remains of an ancient castle are visible at this site. Inquire at the museum for more information.

St. Dimitri in Pourka Church (near Gerakianika village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This church is the only such architectural example in the whole of Greece. A compound consisting of four separate structures consisting of four churches dedicated to four different saints, the church is both domed and shingled. St. Dimitri church is the oldest of the four, was built in the 13th C and features murals from the 13th and 14th centuries.

St. Sophia Church and Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This chapel features 18thC artwork painted on the cave wall which also serves as an altar. Tour the rest of the cave as well.

Zeidoros Theater (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This theater is a replica of Epidavros theater and hosts a number of cultural activities every summer, including plays and concerts.

Kastro Orias
Cyclades / Kythnos

High on a rock above the sea on the northwest end of Kythnos is Kastro Orias, the capital of the island during Byzantine and Venetian rule. Said to be impregnable the town is in ruins now but the ancient walls and streets are still in evidence and there are two of the 100 churches that used to stand here, that have been restored. You can reach Kastro Orias, also known as Kefalikastro, by car or on foot.

Katafyki Cave
Cyclades / Kythnos

Within the locality of Feres near Dryopida is a cave called Katafyki, complete with stalagmites and stalactites. The cave was used for religious rituals as locals celebrated the resurrection there.

Vryokastro
Cyclades / Kythnos

Besides Kastro, the most important archaeological sites of Kythnos include Vryokastro, the ancient 10th century B.C. capital on the norteastern coast. There are the remains of some walls and towers and two Hellenistic temples. Little remains of the ancient site of Kastellas but the site of Maroulas, perhaps the oldest site in the Cyclades, has the remains of some buildings from the 8th and 7th Century B.C.

Amyklaion and Sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios
Peloponnese / Laconia

This site flourished as far back as the prehistoric era and well into the Roman period. Spartan festivals were held there. The sanctuary was excavated in 1890, while barts of the Throne of Bathykles were retrieved from there as well.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

The archaeological museum of Sparta features important exhibits from ancient times with exhibits from the sacred temples of Chalkiikou Athena and Orthia Artemida, as well as ancient Spartan frescoes.

Bardouniotes, Mavromihalis and Kapetanakis Towers
Peloponnese / Laconia

At Vasilakio in the municipality of Krokees, there are remains of the towers of the Bardouniotes Turks dating from Ottoman rule. Mavromihalis Tower and Kapetanakis Tower in Areopolis are other landmarks of interest which have been restored. The Mavromihalis Tower is now a four-star hotel.

Castle of Mystras
Peloponnese / Laconia

The castles of Mystras should be seen by every visitor to the area. Across the valley from Mystras is the magical Yeraki, where there is a fortress built as early as 1209 by Frankish baron Guy de Nivellet. Yeraki is at a height of 500 meters, and also boasts the well preserved Byzantine church of Saint George. It is reputed that the people of Monemvasia, Yeraki and Mystras kept in contact through smoke signals.

Diros Caves
Peloponnese / Laconia

The caves of Diros are set along a beautiful bay on the south side of Areopoli, down the west side of Mani. Investigated in the 1950s by Ioannis and Ioanna Perochilou, these caves are remarkable both for their natural features and archaeological significance.

Mani Lighthouse
Peloponnese / Laconia

Cape Tainaro (or Tenaro) the southernmost point of mainland Europe, also belongs to the Municipality. Its lighthouse was constructed by the French in 1882 in Paris and renovated in 1930. Since 1984 it is powered by solar energy. There is a path leading to the lighthouse (about 20 minutes walk). The lighthouse was recently renovated by the Ekaterini Laskaridis Foundation, in cooperation with the Navy. At Niata the old wind-mills and dozens of stone wells around the village, are really noteworthy.

Menelaion at Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

There is a shrine dedicated to Menelaos (or Menelaus) and Helen, along with evidence of a 5th century BC temple with votive offerings to Helen (now on display at the Archaeological Museum of Sparta).

Monastery of Agioi Tessarakonta at Chrysafa
Peloponnese / Laconia

Built in 1620, this is one of the prime monasteries in Laconia. It also has the church of Zoodochos Pigi (Holy Virgin of the Source of Life). It is currently a convent for monks. The monastery’s frescoes were accomplished by noted painter by Giorgos Moschos.

Monemvasia
Peloponnese / Laconia

A living, breathing fort town is Monemvasia, linked to the Peloponnese mainland by a causeway. Originally it was built in the 6th century, changing hands between Ottomans and Venetians many times with Byzantine churches in its midst. While it is more touristic than other areas on the Peloponnese, it is worth visiting for the beautiful restoration of its medieval buildings and its reputation as a centre of art and culture.

Museum of Olives and Olive Oil, Sparta
Peloponnese / Laconia

From an eco perspective a visit to the Museum of Olives and Olive Oil in Sparta is a must-see. It reveals the history of olive oil production from ancient times to the present.

Panagia Langadiotissa and Feneromeni Monastery
Peloponnese / Laconia

From Parori head to Panagia Langadiotissa, a marvellous church built inside a cave, and to the Monastery of Faneromeni in Anavryti.

Theodorakakos Estate, Dafni Sparti
Peloponnese / Laconia

These wines have gotten very good ratings and offer excellent value for money.

Vatistas Winery, Lahi Lakonias
Peloponnese / Laconia

On the hills of Pantanassa not far from Monemvasia and in the plains of Vion, Yiannis Vatistas produces about 15 wines of excellent quality, thanks to the fantastic microclimate of the area, using both local and foreign grape varieties.

Acropolis of the ancient Feres
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

One of Thessaly’s most notable sites, the Acropolis of ancient Feres was inhabited between the neolithic period (around 300 B.C.) and the era of the early Roman Empire (first century A.D.), and again in the Byzantine period during the 13th Century. It was given its name in modern history for being the home of local author, politician and revolutionary Rigas Feraios, who was one of the heroes of the 1821 Greek Revolution. The site has undergone few renovations until the present day although its most vulnerable parts are being maintained.

Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Archaeological site of Dimini
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Just 5 km west of Volos and close to the village of Dimini lies a grand Neolithic settlement with a high level of urban sophistication dating from the 5th century BC.

Area of Ancient Krannon, Krannonas Larisa region
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Ancient Krannon near modern-day Krannonas was an important city from Pelasgian times, flourishing between the 6th-4th centuries BC. The site reveals pyramidal tombs, as well as pottery workshops and kilns. Tombs from the classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods have also been found in the area, including a cemetery from the Early Iron Age built on a prehistoric settlement. Higher up there are remains of an acropolis, while lower elevations feature remains of its agora.
Source: Diazoma

Athanasakeio Archaeological Museum, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

This is the most important in the region, dating from 1909. It features collections from prehistory to Roman years, such as ceramics, statues, bone tools and weapons. A collection of Neolithic figurines, clay models and vases, as well as gold jewellery are on display. Coins from Thessaly and other parts of the ancient Greek world are on display. A Mycenaean model of a chariot from the 13th Century BC, a gold necklace from ancient Pelinneon (3rd century BC) and representation of a tomb from the Protogeometric period (1050-900 BC) are also on display.

Castle of Velika, Larisa region
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Once a fortification lying over 21,000 meters just north of Velika, this castle was strategic in surveying coastal settlements. Its walls are two meters thick and at some points three meters high. Source: Dimosagias

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Farsala Forest
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

South of the city of Farsala lies the scenic Farsala Forest, one of Greece’s 19 officially designated aesthetic forests. It occupies the northern slopes of Prophet Elias hill, covering 345 hectares. It mainly consists of pine and cypress trees as well as islets of natural vegetation. It is characterized as a suburban grove and it is an important recreational area for residents.

Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

Learn more about the lesser kestrel! An information centre about this wondrous bird funded by the EU LIFE programme (LIFE+ 11 ΝΑΤ/GR/001011) was established beside the local high school in the village of Kanalia, not far from Lake Karla.

Museum of Lake Karla’s Civilization
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

In the village of Kanalia near Lake Karla, the Museum of Lake Karla’s Civilization offers precious insight on life around the lake before it was drained, how the livelihood of the inhabitants was compromised, and what opportunities exist for its future.

Polydendri Forest
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

The forest is the area’s most admirable emblem because of its beauty and rich varieties of flora and fauna. It has been promoted to a national forest by the European Union as it is one the best organized forests in the country, offering a broad range of alternative activities such as hiking, rafting and rappel. On the side that’s near the sea, there are thickly forested slopes, gorges and cliffs. Check out our birdwatching section in Lake Karla to learn about all the bird species flourishing here.

Wine festival (Nea Anchialos)
Thessaly & Sporades / Lake Karla & Mavrovouni

The wine festival in Nea Anchialos, which began in 1960, has become one of the region’s most celebrated traditions. Crowds of locals and visitors gather to enjoy themselves and sample the local wines, honouring the ancient tradition of regional winemaking.

Aghios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Eight rooms, covering the period from Neolithic (Around 3,000BC) to Roman, including the so-called ‘Goddess of Myrtos’ jug, which is worth visiting the museum for, alone. There are also finds here from the palace of Mallia, Siteia and the area of Mirabello.