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10 must-see Greek hotspots

If you’re planning a luxury family holiday to Greece via the likes of http://www.totstoo.com/, there are many places you simply must see. This beautiful part of the world is well known for its historical sights, ancient ruins and stunning cities, so here are ten tourist hotspots that’ll make you want to go back time and time again.

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1. Temple of Poseidon
Built in 444 B.C, the Temple of Poseidon stands on a craggy spur at Cape Sounion and is one of the most picturesque sites in the country. The Greeks certainly know how and where to build their treasured monuments and with slender white columns peering over a 65-metre drop to the sea, this structure is visually impressive to say the least.

2. Acropolis
There are many wonderful ancient sites across the globe, but the Acropolis is arguably one of the best in the Western world. Crowned by the Parthenon – a temple built to honour the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos – this high city offers spectacular views over Athens and is the perfect place for a photo opportunity.

3. Meteora
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora (which means ‘suspended in air') is a collection of six monasteries situated on top of breath-taking rock pillars often referred to as columns of the sky. From the 11th century onwards, monks have taken residence amongst this almost inaccessible region of sandstone peaks which tower over central Greece.

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4. Delphi Theatre
The Delphi Theatre was constructed in the fourth century B.C just northwest from the Sanctuary of Apollo and, thanks to its incredible acoustics, was once home to many dramatic performances, contests and musical shows. Made from limestone it’s a perfect example of open air construction and is a must-see if you’re in the area.

5. Temple of Olympian Zeus
The largest temple in Greece, this magnificent structure is a sight to behold. Dedicated to Zeus Olympus, this building dates back to 515 B.C and wonderfully encapsulates the grandeur of Ancient Greece. Although only 15 of the 104 columns remain, it’s still capable of taking your breath away, so why not see what all the fuss is about for yourself?

6. Syntagma Squar
A major point of interest for anyone travelling to Athens is Syntagma Square. Important Greek events have been celebrated here over the years, and as the military Junta government was overthrown here in 1974, it’s obvious how historically significant this part of Greece is. Tourists flock to see the changing of the guards take place in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the various statues and fountains make this a wonderful area to walk around and take some great snaps.

7. National Archaeological Museum
If you love nothing more than viewing contemporary and ancient artwork, this is the place to be. The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is home to modern works as well as artwork dating back to the Neolithic age and its collection of small vases, working tools, clay vases and other artefacts dating back to the seventh millennium are sure to capture your interest.

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8. Mount Lycabettus
Fancy an adventure? Then head up to Mount Lycabettus. As the highest point in Athens it allows visitors to enjoy spectacular views over the city as well as across the Attica basin and the Aegean Sea. So, whether you feel like an early morning trek or a romantic evening meal to finish off a busy day, Mount Lycabettus provides the perfect setting.

9. National Gardens
Also in Athens, the National Gardens is a peaceful and tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s green, it’s picturesque and if you need some quiet time to reflect on the things you’ve seen in the fascinating country, then this is the place to unwind a little.

10. Simos beach
If downtime is what you need, then why not head to the small Greek island of Elafonisos where you will find the luxurious Simos beach? A place of true beauty, this is the ideal spot to while the time away on a sunbed or splash around in the sea and with sandy beaches to explore and clear skies to enjoy, you won’t want to head home anytime soon.

Greece is full of magnificent sights, but these are certainly ten of the best.

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*This is a collaborative post.
*Temple of Poseidon, Sounion Greece, from Shutterstock.
*Ancient theater in Delphi, Greece from Shutterstock.
*View of Athens and Mount Lycabettus, Greece from Shutterstock.

This article has 43 comments

  1. Jennifer Haden

    Love this! I’ve always wanted to see Greece and this post is definitely making me wish to go there and see these sites ASAP 🙂

  2. Miss Kitty Kaos

    Greece looks amazing! After these tips I really need to try and get there x

  3. Jo Hutchinson

    I would love to see the views from Mount Lycabettus

  4. North East Family Fun

    My friend has moved to Greece for 6 months and I am so envious looking at her photographs every day – always wall to wall sunshine! It is definitely a beautiful country with lots to offer x

  5. The London Mum

    I’m planning our girly getaway for next year with some friends, and Greece is high on the list so I’ll have to remember these places! xx

  6. Miranda (Myrabev)

    I want to visit Acropolis one day, Greece is on my bucketlist for places to visit before I hit 30 in 2 years time.

  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I would love to visit Greece! There are so many beautiful places to see! I would love to travel more once my kids get a bit older!

  8. Mary Edwards

    Greece is on my list of places I would like to see in 2016. I will keep these great hotspots in mind!

  9. Stella

    Wow great post. I would love to visit Greece. Maybe one day.

  10. Helen Atkins

    I would love to visit Greece, went years ago and fell in love!

  11. Jessica

    These places sound so dreamy! I really want to go to Greece next year x

  12. Erica Brooks

    Greece looks so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit. Thanks for the list of must see attractions.

  13. Rachel

    All of these are right up my street and places I find absolutely fascinating especially the acropolis x

  14. Bex Smith

    I’ve never been to Greece, I would love to go and visit all these places

  15. Camilla

    I’ve never been to Greece but it looks amazing:-)

  16. Heather Haigh

    I’ve never been to Greece, but you may it look and sound amazing. I really want to go now.

  17. ana

    Greece is in my top three on my bucket list of destinations to visit and it is simply gorgeous.From the architecture to the stunning views Greece would be a holiday that I would never forget.

  18. Nayna Kanabar

    Greece is such a beautiful place to visit so many historic sights to see.

  19. Bites for Babies

    I’ve seen #2, #4, and #8…not bad considering I was only in Greece for 5 days!

  20. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    One of the places I really want to visit is Greece and every place on this list I want to visit. I love visiting places that were built so long ago.

  21. Lisa

    I have never been to Greece but I love your choices. The pictures are amazing and I think they would all be worth seeing.

  22. Heather

    I would love to just go anywhere! These look like very historic places and I like to learn about the history of places like these.

  23. Angelic Sinova

    Greece is high on my travel bucket list! I can’t wait to finally get to visit Europe next spring for my birthday (I’m going to Paris and London.)

  24. victoria

    I have never been in greece but i wanted to go there if i have a chance. it was a lovely place to visit

  25. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I would absolutely love to see all of these places, especially the Temple of Poseidon. I’ve never traveled this far away but have always dreamed of it.

  26. Anne Dalzell

    I’ve never been to Greece or any of the Greek islands but it always looks idyllic. My friends husband now works in Athens and, while it is full of smog and poverty, it is a historically breath-taking city. At the weekends they go off to one of the islands and enjoy pure paradise.

  27. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    I have only been to Greece the once butI loved it and I would really love to go again. So many amazing places to visit – such an interesting country with a rich history

  28. Candace

    Never been to mainland Greece only a couple of the holiday islands. I love to visit places of historical interest and some other places I know I’d love.

  29. Chantal

    Oh my goodness I would love to go to all these spots! I better start saving my pennies so I can go to Greece!

  30. Cassie

    Back in high school, I used to be way into Greek mythology. To have the chance to walk through these old temples would be an absolute dream come true!

  31. aaronica (the crunchy mommy)

    i want to go to greece soooooo badly!!!!!

  32. Sally Akins

    So much history, great food and lovely weather – Greece certainly has a lot going for it as a holiday destination!

  33. Aisha Kristine Chong

    This is probably one of my secret dreams haha! Going on a travel in many places searching for those historical places and just to see what it has… this is si wonderful and perfect!

  34. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all amazing places to visit in Greece for sure. Greece would be so amazing to visit and I would love to see the Temple of Olympian Zeus along with the Delphi Theatre. Thanks for sharing the sights.

  35. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    Just beautiful! I would love to visit Greece one day and see history.

  36. Winter White

    Greece is one of my dream destinations! I would totally visit ALL of these places 🙂

  37. BERNIE

    I went to Crete last year and fell in love with the country, the people and the food

  38. Erin

    There are so many lovely things to see in Greece! I would love to visit there one day!

  39. Kali filsell

    This has been very helpful , we were thinking of going to Greece this year

  40. Charlotte Braithwaite

    We plan on visiting Greece hopefully in 2017 so this will come in VERY handy.
    Thanks hun. Pinned it to my travel board 😀
    Charlotte x

  41. Laura Hartley

    I love classics and ancient Greece but have never visited anything like this before! These are all on my bucket list now, maybe I’ll even get to see some next summer – it’s time to start planning!

  42. Tyra

    Greece is high on my visit list! I am fascinated by the Olympians and I also want to visit the Greek Isles. Great sites!

  43. Beverley Cousins

    Went to greece about 23 years ago and the people where absolutely lovely,looking at your ics makes me want to go back 🙂

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