The Best Places to Experience Greek Culture in Greece

There is certainly more than just one way to experience the beauty and uniqueness of Greece. Its cultural treasures, its local traditions and customs, the history of every city or village can only be discovered by those who decide to visit different areas around Greece and not just the islands or capital.

1. Peloponnese

This is the southernmost part of mainland Greece and it is a peninsula full of world-renowned historical places and archeological sites, from the Byzantine to the classical times. Among these are ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Mistras, Pylos and ancient Corinth. Peloponnese also features other picture-perfect little towns such as Nafplio, Gythio and Monemvasia, an old castle-city, as well as hidden mountainous villages, medieval castles and magical places full of myths and tales.

2. Thessaloniki

This is the southernmost part of mainland Greece and it is a peninsula full of world-renowned historical places and archeological sites, from the Byzantine to the classical times. Among these are ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Mistras, Pylos and ancient Corinth. Peloponnese also features other picture-perfect little towns such as Nafplio, Gythio and Monemvasia, an old castle-city, as well as hidden mountainous villages, medieval castles and magical places full of myths and tales.

2. Thessaloniki

This is the southernmost part of mainland Greece and it is a peninsula full of world-renowned historical places and archeological sites, from the Byzantine to the classical times. Among these are ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Mistras, Pylos and ancient Corinth. Peloponnese also features other picture-perfect little towns such as Nafplio, Gythio and Monemvasia, an old castle-city, as well as hidden mountainous villages, medieval castles and magical places full of myths and tales.

3. Corfu

The mostly visited island in the Ionian sea, Corfu, is certainly a destination that can please even the most demanding traveler. Apart from the island’s famous beaches, picturesque narrow streets of the capital and beautiful nature, its multicultural traditions and customs are also worth exploring. It is this one-of-a-kind heritage of Corfu that makes it more than just a summer destination and there are many visiting for Greek Orthodox Easter to enjoy truly colorful and authentic celebration.

4. Crete

Crete is probably the most well-known holiday destination for both Greeks and international travelers who seek to enjoy week-long vacations. Due to its size visitors usually rent a car and have the opportunity to explore its many archaeological treasures, like the ruins of the Minoan civilization and age-old landmarks, and to enjoy its spectacular beaches and interesting gastronomy. Crete has many activities to offer for an unforgettable family vacation and a stay that will make you want to come back.

4. Crete

Crete is probably the most well-known holiday destination for both Greeks and international travelers who seek to enjoy week-long vacations. Due to its size visitors usually rent a car and have the opportunity to explore its many archaeological treasures, like the ruins of the Minoan civilization and age-old landmarks, and to enjoy its spectacular beaches and interesting gastronomy. Crete has many activities to offer for an unforgettable family vacation and a stay that will make you want to come back.

5. Chios

This famous Greek island is one of the largest in the Eastern Aegean Sea, known around the world for the production of mastic, an aromatic resin with beneficial properties, harvested since the ancient times and used in gastronomy and medicine. There are even mastic-producing villages, called Mastihochoria, that are definitely worth visiting. What Chios has to offer ranges from breathtaking beaches to medieval castles, Byzantine monasteries, picturesque villages and numerous unique traditions.

6. Ioannina

This stunning city by the lake Pamvotida is the capital of one of the least know regions in Greece, Epirus, home of a highly important natural park and fairytale-like mountain villages. In the beautiful historic center of Ioannina, visitors can see rare landmarks from the Ottoman period or enjoy a boat ride to the lake and its tiny island. Travelers across the world are charmed by the particular flair of this vibrant little town with the many coffee shops and lake-side taverns.

6. Ioannina

This stunning city by the lake Pamvotida is the capital of one of the least know regions in Greece, Epirus, home of a highly important natural park and fairytale-like mountain villages. In the beautiful historic center of Ioannina, visitors can see rare landmarks from the Ottoman period or enjoy a boat ride to the lake and its tiny island. Travelers across the world are charmed by the particular flair of this vibrant little town with the many coffee shops and lake-side taverns.

7. Athens

One can never be indifferent before a city like Athens; people either love it or hate it. Leaving the chaotic pace of a bustling capital aside, visitors can enjoy its landmark-filled historic center and of course antiquities and culture around every corner. From too many theatres and art galleries to numerous coffee shops, bars and restaurants, no one can resist the untamed charm of a city synonymous to the very Greek soul.

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