About Greece

by SmarterTravel Staff
The Parthenon, Athens, Greece (Photo: Adam Crowley)

Greece is a Mediterranean country with plenty of appealing attractions for travelers, whether they want to go back in history, nosh on the foods of the gods, or relax beachside. While the capital of Greece, Athens, provides both ancient ruins and modern hotspots, the Greek islands offer luxurious beaches and adventure activities such as hang-gliding and kayaking.

Many of the popular places to visit in Greece can be found in the city of Athens. The Acropolis attracts millions of visitors every year, and the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, is the largest temple of classical antiquity. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and the National Archaeological Museum are only a few of the must-see historical sites. The city's famed nightlife includes traditional Greek music, dance clubs, and music venues.


There are more than 200 inhabited Greek islands, and the landscapes and activities they provide are varied. Santorini, for example, offers picture-perfect views of its caldera, whitewashed houses, and wineries. Mykonos, meanwhile, has pristine beaches and happening nightlife to entertain guests all day and night.

Flights to Greece may land in Athens International Airport, but some islands also have runways, such as Mykonos Island National Airport and Santorini Island National Airport.

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