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Visit the building blocks of Western civilization, swim and sunbathe on beautiful Mediterranean islands and enjoy the lively nightlife scene.

As the birthplace of democracy, Greece has a fascinating history and a colorful and distinct culture. Its famous cuisine, idyllic islands and pristine beaches make it a popular vacation destination. Learn about the country’s rich past through ancient city ruins and old temples dotted along the gorgeous coast.

Get a sense of what it means to be Greek with a trip to Athens, the capital. Among the historic highlights is the cliff-top Acropolis complex that dates back to 500 B.C. View the crumbling Parthenon temple, with imposing marble columns and pediment. Visit the bars in the city center and sample the local cuisine, featuring pita bread and seasoned skewered meats.

Explore the rich tapestry of Ancient Greece with visits to other sites in far-flung parts of the country. One popular attraction is the Delphi ruins near Mount Parnassus. Head inland for the wonderful Meteora monasteries that were constructed atop jagged rock formations for spiritual elevation. Ascend the sets of outdoor steps to reach the viewing platforms for panoramic vistas.

Enjoy a change of scenery with several days on the spectacular beaches of Greece’s Mediterranean Coast. Take boats to some of the islands to relax on pristine stretches of white sand alongside cultural attractions. The countless beaches and resorts of Mykonos make it among the most popular islands for vacationers.

The seaside village of Fira on Santorini island is particularly scenic, with its cliff of houses typified by whitewashed façades surrounding a blue-domed church. Gaze down upon the sea-filled caldera of the island’s active volcano and bask in its thermal waters.

Find this historic country on the northern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the southeastern part of Europe. It is just southeast of Italy and shares borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries. Fly to the Athens International Airport and take domestic flights to other cities or ride boats to the islands.

Greece is Europe’s cultural and historic cornerstone, with culinary delights, awe-inspiring ruins and idyllic island beaches.

Popular cities in Greece

Plaka featuring night scenes, outdoor eating and street scenes
Athens
Known for Museums, Historical Buildings and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • Acropolis Museum
    Acropolis Museum
  • Roman Agora
    Roman Agora
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Ancient Agora of Athens
Rhodes featuring rocky coastline, chateau or palace and heritage architecture
Rhodes
Known for Beaches, Historical Buildings and Family-Friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Tsambika Beach
    Tsambika Beach
  • Lindos Beach
    Lindos Beach
  • Pefkos Beach
    Pefkos Beach
Paleokastritsa Beach which includes general coastal views
Corfu
Known for Beaches, Sea and Islands

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Reasons to visit

  • Port of Corfu
    Port of Corfu
  • Paleokastritsa Beach
    Paleokastritsa Beach
  • D Amour Beach
    D Amour Beach
Mykonos featuring a coastal town and a beach
Mykonos
Known for Beaches, Islands and Bars

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Reasons to visit

  • Mykonos Old Port
    Mykonos Old Port
  • Ornos Beach
    Ornos Beach
  • Windmills of Mykonos
    Windmills of Mykonos
Firá showing a coastal town and general coastal views
Santorini
Known for Islands, Sunsets and Sea

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Reasons to visit

  • Santorini Caldera
    Santorini Caldera
  • Red Beach
    Red Beach
Kefalonia
Known for Islands, Secluded and Sandy Beaches

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Popular places to visit in Greece

Acropolis
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Acropolis

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

Parthenon
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Parthenon

Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.

Acropolis Museum
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Acropolis Museum

This modern museum is labor of love that has taken decades to complete and accommodates millions of visitors each year.

White Tower of Thessaloniki
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White Tower of Thessaloniki

This distinctly shaped tower has evolved alongside Thessaloniki over the centuries and now houses a museum dedicated to the city’s history. 

Temple of Olympian Zeus
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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Stand at the foot of towering columns which honor the father of all Olympic gods at this 1st Century temple.

Meteora
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Meteora

Discover the historic area of Meteora—temples, mountain views, and sights like Monastery of Agia Triada.