Travelling to distant places is the best way to fight off stress. If your desire is to recharge your strength, then start visiting popular travel destinations in Greece. It will surely make you feel younger and enjoy your life to the fullest. Besides, it can forge stronger bonding relationship with your spouse and children if you have a family to bring along with you.
Many people have included this country on their travel schedules for being one of the favorites of many tourists. There are island destinations that offer unique environments like white pristine beaches, long mountain ranges and steep cliffs. You’ll feel reinvigorated with the fresh and clean air, while the serene and quiet places are good for your solitary meditation. A taste of the delicious and nutritious food that the local communities offer is a great challenge for a change. You’ll appreciate the customs of the places which could be in great variance with your country.
Its Ancient Historical Backgrounds
Greece is well-known around the world for its ancient histories. A country located in southern Europe with a land area of 50,502 square miles, is home to an almost 11 million people.
At around 2000 B.C., Greece already exists where the Indo-Europeans and Mycenaeans began migrating and set up sophisticated civilization therein. By 1200 B.C., it was conquered by the Dorians, another group of Indo-Europeans and thereafter the Dark Age followed. Around 750 B.C., Greece began to develop as a center for maritime trade and pioneered in politics and philosophy, as well as in arts and literature. It has reached its peak of accomplishments in the 5th century B.C. However, during the Peloponnesian War in 431-404 B.C., Greece suffered tremendously and became weak, so that Phillip II together with his son Alexander the Great of Macedonia conquered it. Greece further declined by the middle of 2nd century B.C. and became a Roman province. Until 1204 when Constantinople fell to the Crusaders, Greece remained under the eastern Roman Empire.
The Turks seized Constantinople in 1453 and by 1460 Greece became a province under the Ottoman Empire. The Greeks waged their war for independence in 1821 and won it in 1827 with sovereignty. It was guaranteed by Britain, France and Russia. Most of the popular travel attractions in Greece show its rich historical backgrounds. The wonderful edifices that still remained standing today are the living testimonies of the past.
Must See in Greece
When visiting Greece, your itinerary should include the following places that are some of the main attractions to tourists. Your travel to this part of the globe is incomplete if you miss them.
- Athens. This City has been the center of the arts, philosophy, history, culture and mythology for thousands of years of the world. It holds the distinction as one of the oldest cities in the entire universe. Places like the Acropolis are largely referred to as the birthplace of modern civilization. You’ll come to appreciate how the Parthenon, the Erectheon, Agora, Athena, Dionysus, temples of Zeus and sites like the National Archeological Museum and the Harbor of Piraeus attest to this. The City of Athens carries the reflection of Europe for the past millennia where humanities started.
- Mykonos. A close second in terms of tourists’ attraction to Athens, is Mykonos. This place is located at the corner of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s teeming with many beautiful beaches to accommodate the thousands of visitors flocking it, so there’s no problem about overcrowding. Mykonos is popular for its white washed buildings with rugged mosaic pathways that draw visitors to walk around this elegant community. You can spend a whole day tanning under the sun at Agrari Beach or indulge in windsurfing and ride the waves at Fetelia Beach. And for the night, you can relax listening to music or join the fun of endless beach parties at the Tropicana Beach Bar of Paradise Beach.
- Rhodes. This place has been in existence since the Neolithic times; and its history dates back to thousands of years. Rhodes is considered as one of the most influential cultural centers in Greece, specifically about Roman and Greek history for several years. Many medieval ruins exist in Rhodes that makes it attractive to visitors who want to imagine and feel the ancient past. You’ll note that Rhodes is the biggest island among the Dodecanese islands that lies off the coast of Turkey. So that after a few days walking around its ancient edifices, spending time on its beaches would complete the fun.
There are other interesting places aside from the above to see while in Greece depending on your time and budget. You can go over your research about these wonderful ancient sites and add them to the list. You’ll never feel sorry to spend your trip in Greece. It’s the place where what most people enjoy today started. That’s the difference!