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Must-Visit Ancient Cities in Greece


Greece is known the world-over for its beautiful beaches and picturesque white-washed villages, each with their own distinct charm. Yet, beyond the sun-kissed coastlines, Greece's ancient cities are equally worth a visit during your holiday, resembling vibrant living museums with historic ruins and a rich cultural heritage. Read on to discover the ancient cities that are must-visit stops on your Greek holiday.
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No visit to Greece is complete without experiencing the allure of its historic capital, Athens. The city’s fascinating history intertwines seamlessly with its modern edge. It has undergone an extensive transformation, with numerous restaurants, bars, and street art injecting new life into its diverse neighbourhoods. Exploring Athens feels like encountering two different cities in one place.

Be sure to visit the renowned Acropolis, a symbol of Greece’s ancient heritage, where you’ll see beautiful sculptures and masterpieces of Greek art. At the foot of the Acropolis lies Dionysus, Europe’s oldest theatre. Combine these ancient marvels with a visit to the Temple of Zeus and the Gate of Hadrian for a day filled with historical wonders. After immersing yourself in the city’s history, venture to the charming Plaka district where you’ll find yourself in a labyrinth of charming streets with traditional houses, quaint garden and numerous restaurants serving up classic Greek dishes and new culinary inventions.

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For a deeper dive into Greek mythology, embark on a journey to Delphi. Uncover the mysteries of the Delphic Oracle, considered the centre of the earth by the supreme god, Zeus. Explore ancient ruins and follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who once sought guidance from the oracle. If you’re an early riser, you might even witness the mist slowly dissipating above the towering pillars.


To explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games, journey to Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula. Here, life moves at a more leisurely pace, so you can take in the sights but also have time for some relaxation during your Greece holiday. Visit the 3,000-year-old Olympic Stadium, taking advantage of the shaded areas to escape the heat as you imagine what those first Olympic Games were like all those years ago.

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Once the favoured seaside resort of Athens’ elite, Nafplion exudes an opulent charm, showcasing the elegance of the past. It’s a city with influences from Italy and Turkey, characterised by colourful Italian-style buildings juxtaposed with Turkish mosques and fountains. Nafplion is also home to one of the oldest Ouzo factories in Greece, where you can partake in a tasting and try some Greek snacks. Cheers!

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