Best places to visit in Greece
Greece holidays are very popular all over the world, from teenagers that are looking for a fun time to party to adults that enjoy exploring the history of the country. It has its own share of sunny beaches, ancient history, and outstanding landscapes; it ranks as one of the best places to visit in Europe. If you are looking for a city break in the countries capital or looking to get away on one of Greece's many islands. Here are some of the best places to visit and see in Greece:
The spectacular sandstone cliffs that rise more than 1,200 feet into the sky, towering over the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki, the amazing thing about these rock towers are the monasteries that are located at the summit of them. You are able to hike and climb to visit these, making it a fascinating place for tourists to come and visit. They were originally built by "Hermit monks" looking for Isolation, also created for the monks to follow teaching of the Greek Orthodox Church. The monasteries are included in the UNESCO World heritage list, and the whole Meteora region is declared a Natura 2000 Ecological Zone by the Greek Ministry of Environment, to protect its Wildlife.
The Ionian Islands are made up of 6 different islands, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas. Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zante. The most famous of these islands are Corfu and Zante, these two islands are famous for the Nightlife, and in 2012 Corfu's airport was ranked sixth in the world by number of arrivals. Each of these Islands are a perfect place for a holiday destination with it's beautiful beaches, water sports, 5 star hotels, historical monuments and a range of wonderful sights. In the summer the island has a very warm and mild climate, and in the winter the mountains of central Greece stop the cold winds from reaching these Islands.
Mount lycabettus (Athens)
Rising up above sea level at 277 metres (745 ft) is the limestone hill called Mount Lycabettus. Located in Athens it is a great way to get a great panoramic view of the Countries capital. It has two peaks that contain a 19th Century Chapel of St. George and a restaurant, also has an open top theatre which has housed many different concerts for many famous artists such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Moby, James Brown and many more. There are two ways you can make your way to the summit of this hill you can either take a hike to the top, or you can opt to get the Lycabettus Funicular which is a railway that will ascend you up the hill. The stations are located on Aristippou Street in Kolonaki, the other one is situated at the St. George chapel at the top of the hill.
Attica zoological park (Spata)
The zoo is located in the suburb of Athens, Spata, It is home to over 350 different species and 2000 different animals. The zoo is open 365 days a year, and spreads across 20 Hectares; it is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. When the zoo originally opened in 2000 it was initially a Bird park and had over 1,100 birds from 300 different species this was the 3rd largest bird collection in the world. And throughout the years since it opened the Zoo expanded into having more and more different animals, such as Lions, camels, reptiles and primates and many more to see and enjoy. The zoo is a perfect place for a Family day out in Greece, with a hand on farm section where the kids or even the adults wanted to pet some animals.
Acropolis of Athens (Athens)
The Acropolis of Athens is a citadel situated high up on a rocky hill, overlooking the capital of Greece. It contains several remains and ruins of ancient buildings with great historical significance; it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most famous of is the Parthenon, it is an ancient temple built in dedication of the goddess Athena. Built between 477 — 438BC it is the most iconic and important building of Ancient Greece and it's also known to be one of the world's greatest monuments.
Olympic Stadium (Athens)
The Olympic stadium of Athens was built in 1979-1982, and was then renovated in time for the 2004 summer Olympics. It has hosted some major events over the years, most obviously used for the athletics, football and the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics. The 2007 champions league final between AC Milan and Liverpool, this ended in a 2-1 victory to the Italian side. The stadium has also been used various times as a home ground for the biggest clubs in Greece, such as Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens, with the record attendance of 75,263 in a match between Olympiacos and Hamburg in 1983. It has been home to concerts by some of the biggest artists like Madonna, U2, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Guns and Roses.
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