Santorini is an island that is considered the pearl of the Greek islands . It is actually a seething volcano that is inhabited.
Here you will find the classic motifs that adorn the numerous postcards. You have to see Oia , because here are the white houses with the round, blue domes. Also go to the capital Fira , where breathtaking views await you. Cozy taverns, Greek delicacies and hotels on the edge of the cliff with infinity pools make Santorini a very special sight in Greece. An absolute must on Santorini: experience a sunset! It is said that in Oia you can see the most beautiful sunsets in the world!
Info and tips:
- Place / Location:in the southern Aegean Sea
- Guru tip:If you want to enjoy the beauty of Santorini, you should settle here for a few days. Because during the day the tourists come from other parts of Greece. In the evening they leave again so that you have the island to yourself. You can find more Santorini tips with lots of inspiration and excursions in my travel magazine.
The Oylmp Mountains, the historical site of Olympia – the only thing missing in this row is Olympieion , the Temple of Zeus in Athens. The remains of the temple are near the Acropolis. So if you visit the buildings on the highest point of the city of Athens , you can also visit the Olympieion.
So you can visit many sights of Greece without detours. From the temple, which was considered to be one of the most powerful of ancient Greece, some of the pillars are still today. Standing in front of them, you can guess why the Olympieion was one of the most powerful temples. The columns soar an incredible 17 meters high.
Info and tips:
- Place / Location:east of the Acropolis in Athens, approx. 500 meters away
- Entrance fee:€ 20, reduced € 10 (includes the Acropolis and the surrounding slopes)
- Opening times:daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (April-September) / daily 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (November-March)
- Guru tip:If you want to see the other sights in Athens in addition to the Olympieion, you can buy a combination ticket for a total of 30 €. It includes entry to many other Athens
Those who prefer the naturally created sights in Greece should head for the Vikos Gorge .
According to franciscogardening, it is the deepest gorge in the world (measured by the ratio of width and length) and therefore a must for every hiking enthusiast. The wonder of nature is located in the Pindos Mountains , which in turn are located in northwestern Greece. You can look forward to almost untouched nature here, as not many tourists have discovered the beauty of this gorge for themselves. Here you will find wonderful hiking trails and routes that will reward you with an unforgettable view at the end. With a little luck you can spot vultures and eagles here. But be careful: The Vikos Gorge is a total of ten kilometers long, 1,000 meters deep and certainly not that easy to conquer! The Vikos-Aoos National Park , the Veli rock and Paraskevi Monastery are popular hiking destinations in the area.
Info and tips:
- Place / Location:in the Pindos Mountains, southwest of Greece
- Guru tip:Do you want an unforgettable hiking experience? Then the best time to travel to the Vikos Gorge is summer . During this time the temperatures are moderate and are around 20 degrees Celsius or a little higher. In winter I advise against a hike. It’s too cold and winter is very rainy in this region.
Athos monk island
Athos is the third finger of the Chalkidiki peninsula . The holy mountain of the same name, from which Athos takes its name, is a fabulous 2,033 meters high. But the specialty lies in the uniqueness. Athos is an autonomous monastic republic that does not exist anywhere else in the world. However, there is a catch:
most holidaymakers can only see the beautiful monasteries from a boat. Because only those who have applied for a visa well in advance that have been approved can enter Athos. But not everyone can get a visa. Women are strictly prohibited from entering Athos.
Info and tips:
- Place / Location:easternmost finger of Chalkidiki
- Price for a boat tour:around € 20
- Duration of the trip:5-3.5 hours
- Guru tip: take plenty of sunscreen and a hat with you. Because if you don’t get a shady spot on the boat, you should protect yourself well from the Greek sun.
Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes is a bronze statue in honor of the Greek sun and city god Helios. It towered over 30 meters in height. It took around twelve years to build this huge statue. In 227/226 BC the statue collapsed in an earthquake. What remains are myths and the question of where exactly the Colossus of Rhodes was. A trip to the Mandraki port in Rhodes Town is definitely worth it. After all, the colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world , is said to have stood here. Here you can also guess how the colossal statue with wide legs stood over the port entrance.