- ++Athens: +++Parthenon, +Erechtheion, +Acropolis & Agora, Aeropagus, Plaka, +Hephaestus temple, +archeological museum, Little metropolic cathedral (1250), +Daphni Monastery's 12th c mosaics, +"Horologion" by Andronikos (first clocktower in the world)
- Daphni (mosaics)
- Archea Korinthos (4th BC - 2nd AD, +Fountain )
- +Epidavros (350 BC, ++theatre)
- Nafplio (18th AD, fort on the hill, fort in the sea, +old town)
- ++Mycenae (14th BC capital of that kingdom)
- +Tiryns (13th BC fortress)
- ++Mistras (15th AD byzantine complex of monasteries and churches,
++Pantanassa church, ++ Vrontokhion monastery, + cathedral, fort)
- ++Olympia (7th BC city, +Temple of Zeus 5th BC, +Heraion 7th BC,
Philippeion 4th BC, Treasuries 6th BC, Stadion 4th BC)
- +++Delphi (6th-4th BC, +Tholos, +++Pythian sanctuary)
- Hosios Lukas (+10th c mosaics)
- ++Meteora (++complex of monasteries on top of steep rocks,
++Megalo 14th AD, +Nikolaj, +Varlaan)
- Vergina (+Royal macedonian tombs 6th-4th BC, Palace of Aegea 6th-4th BC)
- Thessaloniki (+Ayos Yeoryios/Rotunda 4th AD, White Tower 4th AD, Panaya Khalkeon 1028, Panaya Akheiropaietos of 470 with 5th c mosaic, Aya Sophia 8th AD with mosaic of 9th c and mosaic in the cupola, Ayos Dhimitrios 5th AD with 5th c mosaic in the south aisle, Latomos Monastery with 6th c mosaic in Hosios David,
- Platamon (1204 castle/fort)
- ++Rhodos: +Lindos (14th AD castle, 5th BC acropolis, 14th AD Palagya), ++Rhodos (++old town, +walls, +palace, ++Ippocrates square, Martyron Evreon square)
- Nicaea: Church of the Assumption (Byzantine mosaic)
- Mikonos (+old town, Church of Paraportiani)
- ++Dilos (++ancient city 7th BC-2nd BC, +++view from Mt Kynthos,
++terrace of lions 7th BC, ++syrian & egyptian sanctuary 2nd BC)
- +Santorini (probable site of Atlantis, Thira, ++Akrotiri 16th BC, ++Ia)
- ++Creta (+Knossos, +Phaistos disc at the Heraklion Museum, +Hosios Loukas' 11th c mosaics)
Pictures of Greece
Weather: very hot in July-August, mild the rest of the year.
Food: $8-10 per meal, mainly meat and fish, almost exclusively Greek food
(except a few Italian restaurants), vegetarians can order greek salads and
Beaches: a little overrated (very dirty in the Peloponneso, much better
near Salonikka, eg Sithonia)
Island hopping: very often it is better, faster and cheaper to go back to Athens after each island
Ancient civilizations of Greece: 28th BC- 15th BC Minoan & Creta,
20th BC - 15th BC Cyclades,
15th BC - 11th BC Mycenae,
8th BC - 6th BC Lindos,
8th BC - 4th BC Athens,
4th BC - 2nd BC Macedonia,
2nd BC Roma
Money: $1=370 dracmas, but banks rip you off with high commissions
Monuments: normally 1000-1500 dracmas, free for European students
Museums: Terribly boring. Sculptures lose all their appeal once removed
from their original temples. Unfortunately, the deranged ego of archeologists
and bureaucrats has caused massive devastation to the beauties of these sites.
Ruins: Ruins in Greece are ruins. After 2000 years, Greece has not restored
yet the buildings that were destroyed by earthquakes and wars, not even the
temple of Zeus in Olympia, even when all the pieces are lying right there.
Airport: bus E91 goes to Sintagma (in front of post office) and Omonoia
Hotels in Athens: cheaper just north of Omonoia square, more expensive
9and less friendly) in the Plaka. Recommended: Dioskorus (6 Pittakou st)
in the Plaka,
Amal and Zenith (13 Xouthou, 524-4108) near Omonoia. The least friendly hotel in the Plaka must be
Kouros, strategically located but often offensive to its customers.
Hotels in Greece: many houses offer "rooms to let". This are cheaper
and often nicer than hotel rooms. The only catch is that they are always
away from the center, no matter what the owner promises.
Hotels in the islands: at every port you will be met by people who
have "rooms to let". They will promise their rooms are in town but they are
all very far from the center.
Hotels in Rhodos: many "rooms to let" at the beaches, but several kms
from town. When you arrive at the airport, you can walk to Paradisi (exit,
turn right, walk through the parking lot and up the stairs, walk straight 500m)
where there are a few pensions and hotels.
Planes are cheap (Athens-Rhodos $50 each way). Fast ships are expensive.
Slow boats are cheap but take twice the time.
Mount Athos: you can take a boat from Sithonia to take a picture of the
complex from the sea. The main reason this place is famous is because it
doesn't allow women in. Artistically, they are less interesting than other
monasteries in Greece. Magisti Lavra is the best.
Recommended restaurants: Omonoia, Rhodos (Dimokritou St, 024/20767),
Byzantino, Athens (Plaka).
Recommended vegetarian: Papanikolas, Athens (one block from Omonoia square on
Trip difficulty: easy to moderate
Length: 20 days