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World Heritage Sites around Greece

Wow, just doing some updates to the blog and discovered that I really need to get to Samos and Patmos … this way I can complete my list of visits to the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece (it doesn’t count if I’ve been to some of them many times), it looks like the eastern Aegean will be on our travel to do list for 2010.

Acropolis isn't the only World Heritage Site around Athens
Acropolis isn't the only World Heritage Site around Athens


So here’s a list of the sites in Greece

(Boldface are my 4 faves!).

Once you’ve visited the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens, you can actually day trip to several others from your base in the city center:
* Acropolis, Athens
* Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns
* Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
* Archaeological Site of Delphi
* Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios

Further afield, you’ve got to get yourself thinking there is more to Greece than Santorini!

* Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
* Medieval City of Rhodes
* Meteora
* Mount Athos (I’ve checked this one off the list, since technically I made it there. They just don’t let people of my gender in.)
Discover World Heritage Sites around Greece
* Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
* Archaeological Site of Mystras
* Archaeological Site of Olympia
* Delos
* Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
* Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)
* Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint John “the Theologian” and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
* Old Town of Corfu

A complete list of Hellenic World Heritage Sites is available here.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!