The Hellenic Republic, the land of gods, the cradle of civilization—these are some the many names used to describe Greece, a country in southeastern Europe.

Many firsts are associated with this ancient country—it’s the birthplace of democracy, where the very first Olympic games took place, where theatre was born, where Western philosophy originated, and ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (the father of medicine) was the first person who concluded that diseases are caused by nature, not by the gods.

If it’s your first time in Greece, you will most likely have a difficult time which places to visit, because the whole country is a must-see. Below are some spots that should be at the top of your list.

Rhodes

This island is a great place to do some sightseeing—there are lots of ancient structures of the medieval period. Visit the medieval town and see structures that have been standing for centuries. One of the many highlights is the Street of Knights, a well-preserved stretch that used to be the home of knights.

Mykonos

The Greek island of Mykonos is also a must-see. Anyone who’s ever been here will tell you that there is something in this place for every visitor, and that you should extend your stay if you can because you’ll have so much fun here. Aside from the fantastic beach, you will also enjoy the many restaurants, cafés, and bars. This place is known to have a vibrant nightlife, so save some energy for some serious dancing and drinking!

Santorini

This is where you’ll find a mixture of both old and new, as well as great architecture juxtposed within a natural setting. There are beaches at the towns of Kamari and Perissa. You can also catch a glimpse of ancient ruins at Akrotiri and marvel at how the structures are still standing. Interested in the myth of Atlantis? Some have speculated that this could be the lost city that archaeologists and scientists have been looking for. It’s also worth mentioning that the sunrise here is like no other, so you might want to get a little bit more early too see it.

Paros

This is another city you should not miss. Greece is known for its beaches, and you’ll find many of them in Paros, an island located at the central Aegean Sea. One must-see is the fabulous Kolymbithres Beach.

Athens

A trip to Greece would not be complete without visiting Athens, where you’ll find the magnificent Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this site stand the ruins of the Parthenon—a structure so perfect that even the most advanced technology cannot figure out how the ancient Greeks built it. While in Athens, you could also visit The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and The National Archaeological Museum. You could also shop at the Monastiraki Flea Market and the he Agora-Athens Central Market.

Greece simply doesn’t get tired of impressing people by coming up with new ideas, and surely they will not stop anytime soon. Visiting this country will surely be nothing short of amazing!

 

 

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