Culture, history and sunshine, if you’re looking for the perfect mix between old and new then Greece is a fantastic place to visit. If you have gorgeous Greece on your bucket list, here are just five awesome cities that you won’t want to miss.
Compared to the likes of Paris, Rome and Barcelona, Athens has paled in popularity, until now. The birthplace of philosophy, democracy is fast-becoming the destination of choice for holidaymakers. Athens is of course capital of Greece, and the heart of ancient Greece which was one of the world’s most powerful civilization and empires. You can take a walk through history here since the city is still dominated landmarks dating back to 5BC. However, this city of contrasts also has plenty to offer the modern traveller. Coffee culture in Athens has lead to the explosion of incredible coffee shops, there are rooftop bars, incredible restaurants and stunning boutique hotels. A true combination of old and new, not to be missed.
Chania is a city known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, winding narrow streets and incredible restaurants dotted along the waterfront. There are museums, monasteries and a 16th century lighthouse to explore- each having Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Get around on a boat and utilise the waterways, or you could rent a car in Chania if you’re after complete convenience. As the second largest city in crete, there’s plenty to do and see in Chania, whether it’s as an excursion or for an entire trip.
Ancient Corinth is a city located in south-central Greece, known as a ‘crossroads’ due to it’s position between mainland Greece, the Peloponnese,the Saronic gulf and the Corinthian gulf. It’s named in mythology as the place where Hercules killed his lion, these fertile lands have been used for generations to grow grapes and produce raisins, sultanas and currants. The Corinth canal is used for boat rides and you can travel to Athens on this route.
Patras is known as Greece’s student city, with the University of Patras being the largest educational and research institution of Western Greece. However it’s not just loved by international students, there’s plenty for tourists to do too. Museums, castles and churches again give you a glimpse into Greece’s incredible past. There are incredible restaurants, and the vegetable market of Patras which occupies a massive fifty thousand square meters.
Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese, and is actually considered a bit of a hidden gem. Stated to be one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, it’s less visited by tourists than some of the others, however it’s a popular destination from those living in Athens so does fill up on the high season.With quayside cafes, fancy boutiques and many comfortable hotels and guesthouses it has everything you’d need. This might not be one that instantly jumped out at you when you started researching Greek cities, but do take a look as it really is beautiful. Think attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses and interesting architecture. What more could you want?