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Polular resorts and attractions
Greece is a multifaceted and diverse country. Its coasts are washed by the four seas. Its scattered islands represent a rich cultural and historical heritage of the country. What are the best holiday destinations in Greece you should necessarily visit to see its landmarks?
Right in the heart of the Aegean Sea, you can find the island of Crete, one of the most popular destinations with travellers of all ages and countries. Furthermore, it is one of the biggest and best holiday islands in Greece. The best time for visiting this spot is from May up till October. The signs of the Minoan civilization existence are hidden among the ruins of the Knossos Palace. It will be exciting for everyone to find himself in the spot, shrouded with mysteries. According to one of the researchers’ versions, it is exactly the place which hosted the famous labyrinth, which served as home for Minotaur. To date, nothing remained from it but the ruins. Nonetheless, you can still see the intricate system of its rooms in details.
The ancient ruins are located almost in the centre of Crete and close to the city of Heraklion. The most convenient way to get here is by private vehicle. The site is open for visiting from 8:00 till 19:00 on weekdays, and from 08:00 till 15:00 on weekends. Those travellers who come during the period from 1 November till 31 March can explore this enchanting landmark from 9:00 until 15:00.
The fans of ancient history can continue their acquaintance with local history and culture in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. It is one of the biggest museums in Greece, preserving priceless artifacts of different epochs. It exhibits a unique collection of the Minoan civilization artifacts which is of great historical significance for Crete. The museum comprises three halls, which allow its visitors to get a full idea about the life of people over a thousand years ago.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum stands in Heraklion city centre. It is open from 10:00 to 19:00 on Mondays, and from 09:00 until 16:00 on the rest of the weekdays. A vacationer can purchase the entire ticket for visiting the museum and Knossos Palace. This will help you save some money.
The Monastery of Arkadi is one of the most beautiful landmarks on the island. Its walls preserve the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. In different times, it was the home for scribe-monks, operated as a school and a library; later on, it turned into a gold embroidery workshop. As of today, the monastery stopped its functioning as a religious building. It was tuned into a museum complex, preserving priceless holy objects. Its doors are open for visitors all year through. You have to pay attention that the time for visiting shifts depending on the season of the year: in April, May and October, it operates from 9:00 to 19:00; in the summer and in September, it welcomes visitors from 9:00 until 20:00; in November, you can visit it from 9:00 till 17:00; and in winter and March, it is open from 9:00 until 16:00.
During a holiday in Greece, you should necessarily visit the island of Spinalonga. Centuries ago, it served as a leper colony for the exclusion of seriously ill people. After the scientists found the cure from their illness, the island turned out to be abandoned. At present, local picturesque beaches and bays attract crowds of vacationers with their turquoise waters and sandy beaches. When visiting the island, you should necessarily visit the ruins of the ancient acropolis and the Venetian fortress. Spinalonga is accessible by sea only. It will cost you about €8-15 to get there. It all depends on whether your speedboat will depart from Elounda or Plaka.
The former Santorini Volcano is famous for its snow-white, almost toy-like houses, and stunning sunsets. It is well worth a day trip to see its perfect and the world’s best sunrises and sunsets. It has become quite popular in recent years to celebrate weddings and spend honeymoons in Santorini and hold photo sessions for beloveds.
The island’s capital – Thira – is situated on a crater. Local beaches are covered with volcanic sand and beckon travelers with unusual colours: Kamari and Perissa – with the shades of black, Akrotiri boast red colours, and Aspri Paralia beckons with a dazzling white. Visiting these places is like a trip into a fairy tale.
The city of Rhodes is the capital of the same-named island. It has winding streets and sharp spires of the minarets, the Turkish houses and the Christian temples. Mandraki Port is famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The statue has not survived to this day. Nonetheless, on the two big parts (the remains of the legs), there are two bronze deer – the symbols of the island. The port itself today gives most of its area to the New Market, built in the Oriental style. Three windmills and beautiful sunsets provide this place with a special atmosphere that can be enjoyed forever.
The beautiful Greek city of Lindos preserves the walls of the Fortress of the Knights and Lindos Acropolis. This destination also preserved the ruins of the Pythian Temple of Apollo, the Amphitheater, and the Stadium. The road on the hilltop is challenging but worth a trip. The hilltop provides a wonderful opportunity to admire the exquisite landscapes of the area. You can visit Lindos Acropolis all year through: in the winter – from 8:15 to 14:40, in the summer – from 8:00 to 19:40 on all days except for Monday, when the site operates only till 14:40.
Valley of the Butterflies is an amazing place with gurgling waterfalls and flocks of multi-winged butterflies. This wonderful spot is located almost in the heart of the island. The admission price is 5 euros. Those visitors who do not want to explore it on foot can take a ride on a road-train. The cost of a one-way trip is 4 euros. The Valley of the Butterflies is open daily from 8:00 until 17:00.
Anyone will like visiting Prasonisi – a place of confluence of the two seas – the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Prasonisi Beach is especially popular in the summer when the water level lowers and forms a sandbar. To find oneself standing in two seas at the same time is a thrilling feeling. To experience all magic of this place, you should visit the southernmost point.
The paradise nook of Zakynthos is covered with olive and pine groves, buried in fruit orchards, and washed by warm and clear azure waters. Its sandy and pebbled bays are separated by the rocks, forming grottos and caves, which can aesthetically stun any visitor. Some of them feature springs with healing hydrogen-sulphide waters. When it comes to nature lovers, they can admire a variety of rare bird and animal species from all over the world, as well as meet the representatives of endangered species of seals and tortoises.
One of the most expensive resorts in Greece – Mykonos – offers a wide range of entertainment facilities to suit all tastes. While seeking an upscale place to spend their holidays, even showbiz stars and actors come here to recreate on the resort’s fashionable beaches. The island features all types of open-air activities. Its nightclubs are ready to entertain you 24/7. Local bars and taverns are adjacent to branded clothing shops, jewellery shops, and art galleries. Thus, you will not have time to get bored here.
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