Greece is a popular holiday destination for many while visiting Europe. It has ancient historical sites, cultural hubs, fantastic beaches, and stunning islands like no other. While everyone visiting wants to see the touristy spots while visiting, and for good reason, there are a few people who might be interesting in some sites that nobody else has on their list. So when you’re on your Greece Holidays with Elegant Resorts, and you’re ready to switch things up a bit, try adding any of these place to your itinerary.
Just an hour out of Thessaloniki, is Vergina. This spot holds the burial site of the Macedonian Kings. There are mound-shaped tombs, known as tumuli scattered about a green plain surrounded by mountains. These tombs date back as far as the 8th century and as ‘recent’ as the 11th century B.C. After wandering around the sites, take yourself to the Royal Tombs Museum where 300 B.C. tombs are located and housed in a protected and preserved state behind glass. The wall paintings and wood artefacts on display are interesting and beautiful. The tomb of Philip II, Alexander the Great’s father, is also here. There are some hunting painting which are a unique find as this type of painting is the only example of this ancient Greek art.
Diros Caves are an hour and half away from Gythion. This is possibly one of the most amazing natural sites in the entire country. These underground waterways hold the fossils of various mammals such as the largest hippopotamus bones found on the continent. This cave is about 14 kilometers long, although only a small position is accessible for visitors. Since this is an underground lake, it’s only available to be seen by boat. Explore the sometimes narrow (cautious claustrophobes!), passageways and admire the huge stalactites and stalagmites.
You will probably see the Parthenon, Apollos Temples, and other famous ancient Greek sites, but this one is often left off the tourist list. The archeological sites of Epidaurus are just as magnificent and deserve more recognition. This is the temple that was used by the Greeks to pay tribute the gods of medicine and healing. The people would come here to aid their illnesses, but the part of the site that steals the show is the impressive 14,000 seat amphitheatre made of limestone.
For a beach break, you could head to any of the famous and popular islands like Mykonos or Santorini, but you could also go to Stavros. Rocky hills that give off a wild herb aroma with fruits and olive groves lining the volcanic coastlines are what you will see here. It’s about 30 minutes away from the town of Chania. The turquoise waters are very inviting and for a mere few Euros you can relax on a beach chair with umbrella for hours. Be sure to have a seafood feast of fresh fish with a glass of retsina before leaving.