The picture above is the view you’ll get if you lie down on the sands of Elafonissi Beach. It’s labeled as the ninth most beautiful beach in the world and is a hidden paradise that tourists discover every year. It’s just one of the many reasons why you must take our advice and book a trip to Greece. It’s certainly not the only beach there that will take your breath away. Whether you want to lie down on the sand, catch up on your reading, or paddle in the shallows, my friends, this is the place to be. And, the beautiful beaches with golden sands as well as aquamarine oceans aren’t the only reason to visit Greece this year. So, let’s look at a few of the other reasons why the country should be at the top of any travel wishlist.
Explore Your Myths
We’ve all heard the legend and myth of Atlantis. The ancient civilization, advanced beyond their time, punished by the Gods or perhaps a volcanic eruption that sent their island down beneath the depths. Although, there is the chance that the myth, as is often the case, is just an exaggerated true story. You might certainly find yourself believing this theory if you explore Santorini.
This beautiful island was the victim of a volcanic eruption which occurred over 3000 years ago. The evidence of the devastation that this cause is seen across the landscape with scorched rock and jagged edges across cliff faces. Despite this, the island is still an incredible sight to behold, and it’s definitely worth seeking out. News.nationalgeographic.com has an indepth look as to whether Santorini really could be the mythical Atlantis.
Soar Across The Waves
If you are heading to Greece, most people don’t head to the main city of Athens. Athens, while a wonderful place to visit is not a great place to stay. Instead, most tend to venture to the Greek islands like Kefalonia. There, you’ll discover plenty of gorgeous villas and hotels that offer picturesque views from your balcony of the Greek ocean. With sites such as villasingreece.co.uk, there are over 250 private villas and apartments to choose from on any part on any island that you like.
Of course, if we’re looking at the main benefit of renting a place on one of the greek islands it has to be the fact that you can hire a boat down by one of the beaches. With your choice of hire boat, you’ll be able to drop anchor around hidden areas of the island and explore places that are completely inaccessible by land. We certainly recommend that you do this near to Athena Beach on the island of Kefalonia. You’re sure to find some perfect spots of golden paradise.
Visit The Gods
While you may not want to stay in Athens, you’ll certainly want to take a day trip there. It holds some wonderful artifacts and hidden secrets of time. One example of this would certainly be the Temple Of Olympian Zeus. The remains of these columns are nothing short of legendary and to discover the fact behind the fiction, you’ll certainly have to venture there yourself. It’s not the only ancient remnant to explore in Greece. There are many more, but Athens is definitely the place to start if you’re looking for lost history.
Once you have uncovered everything that Athens has to offer in terms of ancient history, head over to Delos. This artificial site and ancient village is believed to be the birthplace of Apollo, the great Greek God. Whether you believe such a tale is entirely up to you, but the site itself is a wonder to behold.
At The Center Of The Earth
Last but not least, you must visit Sami. This holds Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake, two of the must visit places in Kefalonia. Both are unique places to go, but Melissani Lake is particularly interesting because archeologists found drawings of the ancient god, Pan. It is believed this might have been a place of worship for the ancient Greeks. You can learn more about the greek gods in this video.
As for the Drogarati Cave, you’ll have to take a canoe and venture deep beneath the Earth’s surface to find this incredible site. Filled with incredibly stalagmites and stalactites, this cave has some incredible acoustics, and that’s why concerts are often held here. Perhaps there will be one when you are there? If there is, you’re in for an incredible evening of wonder and music.
As you can see, there are plenty of astounding places to explore and discover in Greece. You might need more than one trip to explore them all.