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5 Fascinating Destinations in Greece for History Lovers

Greece is one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations. As well as the mainland peninsula, the country has hundreds of beautiful islands.

Anyone with even a passing interest in history will know that Ancient Greece introduced many ground-breaking advances to the world. Indeed, Greece is often referred to as the Cradle of Western Civilization.

There are many destinations in Greece where you can step back in time and appreciate the skills, knowledge and innovations of the ancient Greeks. From mathematics, astronomy, medicine and science to democracy, architecture, literature and art, the world would surely be a lot different today without the people from Greek’s past.

Greece is a land steeped in legends and myths. It was a place that the world watched in anticipation, with awe and admiration for the numerous developments and ideas. With myriad historical and cultural treasures throughout the country, weekend trips to Greece can be the ideal way to stoke your passion for learning more about the nation’s rich legacies.



The present-day Greek capital of Athens was also the hub of Classical Greece. Today, it is one of the top destinations in Greece for those wanting to discover the country’s ancient secrets. There are also important remains from another great European civilization: the Romans.

Start your weekend break at the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, a citadel from yesteryear. A symbol of free-thinking, democracy, education and insights, the Acropolis is one of Athens’ must-visit spots. Perched above the city, it is home to a significant number of historical sites. Marvel at the Parthenon before continuing your exploration of the extensive complex. Other highlights include the Theatre of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Odeon of Pericles.

For a more recent historical journey, pay a visit to Panathinaiko Stadium. Although the Olympic Games can trace their roots back to ancient times, the stadium hosted the first modern competition in 1896.

Other historical attractions in Athens include the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora and the Roman Forum. And that barely scratches the surface! Stroll along medieval streets, descend into creepy catacombs, see quaint churches and learn more about the city’s development throughout the ages.

Greece acropolis


If you’ve already ticked Athens off your list, a weekend trip to Corinth could be ideal. The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth houses a large number of artifacts and there are many historic ruins to visit.

Corinth is a fairly spiritual Greek destination and there are a number of old temples of interest. Other interesting local attractions include the remains of the public baths and workshops where craftspeople follow traditions of old to create pottery.


One of the most interesting destinations in Greece, ancient people once believed that Delphi was the world’s center. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Oracle of Delphi was Apollo’s major oracle, with people traveling great distances to consult the high priest. You can visit the remains of two sanctuaries, those of Apollo and Athena, as well as learning more at the museum.

Delphi Greece Oracle


The ancient town of Olympia is where the original Olympic Games were founded in 776 BC, and where they were held over subsequent years. The famous Olympic Torch is today still lit at Olympia, following traditions from the past. The area was also a significant place for worshipping Zeus, the god of the skies and thunder and the leader of all of the gods.

You can visit many ancient ruins on a weekend on Olympia, including places that were used for the early sporting events. The area’s Statue of Zeus, destroyed many years ago, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.


Heraklion is the capital of the Greek island of Crete. While the city today is modern, it provides easy access to nearby places of historic interest. The Palace of Knossos is the most significant such site, with its legends about the Minotaur and labyrinth as well as the ill-fated Icarus and his father, Daedalus. The palace dates back to Minoan period (approximately 3650-1400 BC), and it is often said to be the oldest city in Europe.

There are several sites from the medieval era around Heraklion too. See reminders from when the city was under the control of the Venetians, such as the city’s walls and a number of churches. The Historical Museum of Crete is a top spot to learn more about the island’s history.

Other terrific destinations in Greece for lovers of history include Mystras and the islands of Rhodes, Santorini, Kos, Corfu, Zakynthos and Delos. Book your trip to Greece to explore intriguing ruins, relax on scenic beaches, dine on delicious cuisine and appreciate why so many visitors fall in love with the diverse country.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

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