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Ten cultural sites to see in Greece


We’re not telling you anything new when we say that Greece is full of great ancient treasures. But do you really know all the cultural sites Greece has to offer?

To make sure you don’t miss anything, we’ve put together a list of ancient sites you won’t want to miss on your trip. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and you’ll need more than one trip to Greece to see it all.

Greece’s Most Beautiful Cultural Sites

#1 Ancient Olympia

The original site of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia is well worth a visit to immerse yourself in the city where the world’s greatest sporting event has its roots. Located in the center of the Peloponnese, you can then take the opportunity to visit the rest of the region, which is rich in other cultural treasures.



#2 Mycenae

Perched on a hill overlooking the Argolid – the land of the ancestors – Mycenae is the birthplace of a great civilization. Don’t miss: the Circle of Tombs, the Mycenaean Palace and the Lioness Gate.
Epidaurus A world-famous sanctuary, Epidaurus was dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine. Best known for its ancient theater, the best-preserved in the Greek world, don’t forget the temple and the museum where you can learn all about the site’s history.



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#3 Visit the Acropolis

An absolute must, the Acropolis dominates the city of Athens. An important place of assembly and worship in ancient times.

#4 Delphi

Delphi is the second most visited site in Greece after the Acropolis. It was the heart of Greek civilization for nearly a millennium. Allow a full day to explore the site from top to bottom. By car, it takes about 2 hours from Athens. Discover our itinerary ideas for the Delphi region and mainland Greece.



#5 The Monasteries of Meteora

Located in northern Greece, the monasteries of Meteora are a true incongruity in the landscape, yet find perfect harmony perched atop their high rocky peaks. A breathtaking site that’s hard to miss. This place of worship commands admiration and offers a unique setting steeped in magic and history.



#6 The ancient site of Dodona

Dodona is located in northern Greece. This sanctuary dedicated to Zeus features a huge theater where in ancient times oracles were called upon to reveal the future to the many pilgrims seeking answers.

#7 The Archaeological Site of Delos Island

Located in the heart of a small island off the coast of the famous island of Mykonos, this site was an important commercial and religious center in ancient Greece. Here you’ll find beautiful mosaics, numerous ancient temples, statues and ruined houses.



#8 Knossos Palace

Built over 3,000 years ago on the island of Crete, this palace is a major archaeological site of the Minoan civilization. As you walk around, you’ll see beautiful gardens, frescoes and numerous buildings.


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#9 The Corinth Canal

Built in the 19th century, this artificial canal connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. The passage of ships between the two cliffs of this canal is a sight not to be missed!

#10 National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Known as the largest archaeological museum in Athens, its impressive collection of ancient artifacts (around 20,000 pieces) dazzles visitors. Its collection includes the famous statue of Antinous and funerary masks from Mycenae.

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