7 best cities to visit in Greece

Greece is wonderful, we made our list of 7 best cities to visit in Greece. Cities with history and stories, food, shopping and nice beaches on the Mediterranean coast, mainland and on the islands. there are so much in each of the places and they are unique in their own way.

1. Athens

A historical city, with being capital of Greek civilization, to the capital of Greece. Athens collects historical records over 3000 years. Athens location is in between Saronic gulf and Aegean Sea of Mediterranean Sea, which makes the weather comfortable for longer time, than in rest of Europe in winters.

Acropolis of Athens and Parthenon is on the hill at the center of the city, and several museums and so many other sites around it, all together makes it a perfect vacation hotspot, and hence it’s a destination visited by millions of tourists each year

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2. Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki holds massive importance in the history of Greece. It is second biggest city in the country, and the capital of Northern Greece. city is often overlooked by travelers coming to Greece. There are several impressive sites, historic museums and galleries to spend some quality time.

This is one of the most vibrant and best cities to visit in Greece, best attractions to see here include the majestic White tower. Thessaloniki also has wonderful markets, fantastic restaurants, vibrant culture and Nightlife, with a lot of festivals and cultural events happening all over the year. in addition to that, this city is on the coast of the Gulf of Thessaloniki.

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3. Heraklion

the city also known by many names such as Iraklio or Iraklion, It is a port city and the capital of the Greek island of Crete. history wise it is an important city, and one of the birth places of the Greek civilization.

Heraklion has archaeological sites dates back thousands of years to the early Minoan civilization, It is known for the Palace of Knossos, which is just outside the city. 

As being in the dominant location in the Mediterranean Sea, it was part of Venetians, Romans and Turks kingdoms and rules, some attractions are the 16th-century fortress, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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4. Chania

Chania is on the northwest coast of the Crete Island. With pretty old towns, ancient historical structures, Chania is particularly popular with tourists in summer, there are several dining options, good seafood restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and shopping places.

Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences on architecture here. Some of the attractions are 16th-century lighthouse, Nautical Museum, Archaeological Museum of Chania.

This small coastal town is full of history and culture, cobble streets, prominent architecture the old port and ancient lighthouses, few of the most scenic beaches in Greece. Chania is certainly amongst the spectacular places to visit in Greece

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5. Nafplio

Nafplio is a beautiful seaside city southwest from Athens. it has ancient walls, medieval monuments, castles, statues, and neoclassical buildings with Venetian and Ottoman structures.

It is known as the first capital of Modern Greece and also known as the most romantic city in Greece. there are many lovely beaches, on top of that good food and relax, it’s a perfect vacation spot as well as a getaway destination from Athens.

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6. Patras

Patras is the third largest city in Greece, it’s a vibrant place with a wonderful little town to spend some time in. A sparkling port and university town with lively streets. it has a fabulous archaeological museum, history and culture making it one of the most unique places to visit and explore. some best spots are, Medieval Castle, Roman Odeon, Church of St. Andrew of Patras, Apollon Theatre and others.

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7. Rhodes

Rhodes Town is an ancient city on the island near mainland Turkey. there are several historical sites to visit surrounded by the ancient walls, city was historically under the Greeks and Italian rule, the Byzantine, Ottoman and some Greek castles are on the Rhodes. it is one of the beautiful and best cities to visit in Greece.

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