Greece is unique. Each corner of this country is not like the other. On the one hand, ancient history makes it unique, on the other - in any resort in Greece there are places for noisy crowded parties and secluded corners. Have you heard the saying "guest in the house, God in the house"? So in Greece these words are not an empty phrase. You will surely be amazed by the warm hospitality of the Greeks. Greeks live by the sea, for them it is the most valuable treasure, therefore it is carefully guarded. To some citizens the sea helped to put together really huge fortunes (remember at least the shipowner Aristotle Onassis), but also to ordinary fishermen it helps not to be poor. Greece and its religious landmarks can not be recognized, having visited here only once. Each city has its own peculiarities, to get to know each one one must come to Hellas again and again. The best time to visit Greece is considered to be spring and winter, since at this time tourists are less than usual and there is no such noise and fuss as the holiday season.
Athens is a city with a thousand-year history
Visit to Greece can be called reala journey through historical epochs. It closely intertwines antiquity and the Middle Ages, the times of Turkish domination and modernity. Greece is so beautiful that it's hard not to fall in love with it. Sights of Greece - a real paradise for connoisseurs and connoisseurs of art. Athens is the capital of the state, named after the Greek goddess of wisdom. The history of this city can be studied for years, and for hours to talk about its features, and to leave home, from here do not want to. Thanks to the Olympic Games the city has acquired a modern infrastructure. In each hotel there is a water park with a lot of slides, swimming pools, jacuzzi, saunas - everything you need for fun and relaxation. Athens is a modern noisy and very temperamental city. The most visited place is the Acropolis, which rises majestically above the city. And over the Acropolis - the ancient district of Plaka - this is a real treasure: there are many churches, traditional taverns, shops and cafes. Also in the capital it will be interesting to visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathina Stadium.
It is believed that not just temples and museums, but themselvesthe city of Greece and attractions that reveal the spirit of different times. These include, for example, Heraklion. It is the largest city on the island of Crete, its economic center. In the historical center of the city to this day are preserved picturesque streets, and in them traditional Greek coffee houses. The fortress wall with three main entrances encircles the old city. The fourth entrance is the Venetian port. The lighthouse of the fortress has long been destroyed, but the symbol of Venice, the image of a lion, has been preserved. Inside the fortress wall we go towards Nikifor Foki square, and further to Venizelos - another square famous for its Morosini fountain. The pool of this fountain is built in the form of an eight-leafed one, it is crowned with four lions and decorated with sculptures from mythological plots. The Church of St. Catherine is very popular with tourists, it houses the Museum of Icons - a bit unusual place. Be sure to visit the bastion of Martinning. Along the fortress wall there is a staircase. Having risen on it, you will appear at one more well-known sight of Greece - at a tomb of one of the most favorite Greek writers Nikos Kazantzakisa. Also from this hill you will have an unforgettable view of the mountains of Ida and Yuhtas and a breathtaking panorama of all of Heraklion.
A little more about Crete
Perhaps the main attractions of Greece -this is her island. They are, indeed, many, but each in its own way is unique in terms of recreation, and in terms of history. Let's start with, perhaps, the most famous and beloved island - with Crete. Here you will not suffer from the heat, as the breeze blows from the sea, and the mountains give a cool. Crete is the southernmost point of Europe, at the same time, the largest of all Greek islands. From here to mainland Greece about 100 kilometers. The Cretan city of Chania is much older than Rome itself, although this is hard to believe. But, unfortunately, there are very few traces of antiquity here, and from the sea the city is similar to Venice, only to Venice, restored and sunny, without poets and gondolas, but with sirtaki and a warm embankment. The style of the city is determined by the Middle Ages. In the XIV century, Venetian merchants built here fortresses and palazzo. For example, one of them - rectangular with toothed walls of Frangokastello - miraculously survived to the present day. But, it should be noted that inside the fortress is absolutely empty, because it was not a refuge for the civilian population, but was built for purely military purposes. And, nevertheless, this fortress remains in Greece a very popular attraction due to an unusual phenomenon that occurs once a year. In mid-April, the road to the fortress becomes practically impassable, people want to witness a mysterious spectacle: before dawn, white ghosts can be seen in the sky - these are horsemen, gradually leaving for the sea. Another attraction of Greece, and in particular Crete, are the White Mountains and the Samarin Gorge between them. You walk along a path between two sheer cliffs, and in parallel the river runs. The landscape and the sensations are fantastic. Guides on the sights of Greece are full of references to the goats of the Crees Cree, and it is believed that they are found right here, but they are rarely met by any tourist.
Absolutely not similar to each other buildings andruins create the inimitable beauty of this island, because what is connected here, it would seem, is not subject to a connection at all. Warm sea air mixed with the intoxicating aroma of orange and cypress groves, rocky mountains with coniferous forests - all this creates a real health cocktail, which normalizes the respiratory system. The capital of Corfu - the city of Corfu, is a must see. Few where else you can enjoy the ancient Italian architecture. And here it is preserved, even after the terrible earthquake of 1953. Since the school years, we know that the main building in the medieval cities was the fortress. And in Kerkir they are two. Old (Marine), it was built by the Venetians, and New (Beregovaya) - to protect against the Turks. An unforgettable experience will bring you a tour of the Palace of the Archaeon - another state attraction in Greece. It was built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. She also performed the basic work in decorating the interior. It is very pleasant to stroll in the palace park. Elizabeth installed there statues of muses made of marble, as well as two statues of Achilles. And, of course, such a woman could not forget about her beloved, therefore at the main entrance tourists can see the marble twin of the empress. If you feel that the magnificent architectural masterpieces are already boring, take a course on the monastery Zoduhu Pigis in Paliokastritsa. In this citadel of wisdom, located in Greece, the sights have been preserved since the XIII century, here it is good to reflect on the eternal and beautiful.
Isle of Siim is an ideal place for lovers
Greece, whose attractions are hidden in itselfmany secrets, is famous for another unique place - the island of Siim. There is silence and peace here. It is difficult to imagine, but in this seemingly small space, there are about five hundred churches and temples. A favorite place for locals and tourists is the Monastery of Taxiarxes. He keeps the icon of the patron saint of the Archangel Michael. It is to this church that for a long time girls were brought to be extradited, looking after their suitors. Under the icon of Michael specially built an unusual altar, where pilgrims leave the offerings as a token of gratitude for the desires that have come true. There is a belief that if a couple in love leaves their photo here, their marriage will be long and happy.
Pearl of the Mediterranean
Rhodes Island, another attractionGreece. Such a beautiful name he deserved not only natural beauties, but also numerous archaeological monuments. It is not for nothing that UNESCO itself inscribed the island in the list of world cultural heritage. According to legend, the Sun God Helios decided to leave Olympus for the sake of this island, and, according to tourists, he clearly did not miss. For a long time already the island of Rhodes is considered the most popular resort in Greece. Therefore, there is a powerful industry of recreation and entertainment, complemented by a network of restaurants, taverns and cafes with traditional Greek cuisine of European class. Symbols of the island of Rhodes are statues of deer and deer on the columns located at the entrance to the ancient port. According to legend, it was at this place that once stood the famous bronze Colossus, who portrayed the God of Helios with a torch in one hand. A little above the port, the Palace of the Grand Masters of Rhodes Knights was built, recognized as the most striking medieval structure. It was built in the 16th century, but during the Turkish rule it was destroyed. It was restored by the Italians only in 1939. Not far from this palace is the very ancient city, where on the street Ippoton once lived the knights. On the island there is the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. Here you can see the exhibits of world significance - the statue of Aphrodite of Rhodes, and also the head of the sun god Helios. On Mount Montre there is an ancient acropolis. This place will not leave anyone indifferent, because there are remains of the temples of Athens, Zeus, Apollo, as well as the ancient stadium of the Olympic Games. Few where else you can touch the monuments of all eras, and in Rhodes they still live. Greece is, of course, a dynamic and prosperous state with a strong economy. Here, in a modern way, life quickly flows, the industry develops, shopping centers and beauty salons are crowded. But in some parts of Hellas, life seems to have stopped, and here we can recall the huge role that this small state played in the history of Europe. It is impossible to comprehend Greece, having visited it only once. But the beauty is that after the first time it will be very difficult for you to stop. We advise you to read: