Discover the natural and historical beauties of the cradle of western civilization
Cradle of one of the oldest civilizations of humanity and largely responsible for all western culture, visiting the Greece is to come across some of the most beautiful heritage of humanity and be dazzled by rich natural landscapes. Among the contributions of the Greeks are much of our philosophy, arts, sculptures and even the Olympic Games. Today, part of the European Union, the Greece is one of the most sought after destinations on the Mediterranean Sea, with beaches and Islands of intense geographical and architectural beauty.
Throughout history the country went from a great Empire, becoming part of the Roman Empire, being one of the main regions of the Byzantine Empire, ended up being occupied by the Ottoman Empire for centuries, until its independence in 1830. So many different phases impacted the architecture and resulted in beautiful historical sites, which are spread across the country, mainly in its capital, Athens and in the various Islands that make up the nation.
But don't worry, it's possible to plan a trip that shows you the main attractions of Greece and the Greek islands. Starting with the trip to the capital, as there is no direct flight from Brazil to the city, the tip is to take a flight that has a stopover and then go to Athens. Arriving there, you may find it a little strange that the country's alphabet is very different from ours. For those who do not speak any Greek, and as in the country not everyone speaks English (let alone Portuguese), the suggestion is to try to find a tourist guide, which you can get at the information desk at the airport, how to hire a guide who speaks Portuguese and helps you get around the city better.
Among the sights worth visiting, we start by highlighting the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, a monument erected in the 5th century BC to the Greek gods. Representing the illuminated beacon of classical civilization, the site is home to famous buildings such as the Parthenon and the Erechtheion and are perched on top of a rock 490 meters above the sea. From there it is possible to have a panoramic view of the entire region.
The Paternon, a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, was built by Pericles, ruler of the city, and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. An emblem of Greek architecture, the building has survived over the centuries and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the West.
Southeast of the Acropolis, within a 15-minute walk, the visitor can appreciate the temple dedicated to the Olympian God, Zeus. Considered the biggest Greece ancient, its construction began in 515 AD and was completed during the Roman occupation of the country. Of the original 104 columns, 15 still stand, showing some of the temple's splendor in the past. Each marble column is over 17 meters high. To the northwest of the temple, it is still possible to appreciate the Arch of Hadrian, 18 meters high, erected in honor of Emperor Hadrian in 131 BC.
Located in the center of Athens, the city's most famous square is named after the constitution that King Otto I was forced to accept, Syntagma. Nowadays it has an important political role, being one of the main destinations for protests by the Athenian population. A mandatory stop as it is surrounded by the city's main monuments, shops, restaurants and cafes. From the Temple of Zeus, Syntagma square is just 2.5 km away, a 15-minute walk.
Considered the best view of Athens, Mount Lycabettus, a limestone formation that rises 277 meters above sea level, the tour is ideal to end the day with a beautiful sunset. It is 30 minutes away from Syntagma Square on foot, at a distance of 3.5 km, but can also be accessed by a funicular ride.
Where to eat in Athens
A good option to try Greek and Mediterranean food is the Aleria restaurant. With à la carte and tasting menus, located in Metaxourgeio, it is considered one of the best restaurants in the Greek capital. It combines a luxurious atmosphere with homemade and traditional food, always made with fresh ingredients.
Prioritizing seasonal ingredients, Tudor Hall is the epitome of modern and creative Greek cuisine. The restaurant specializes in recipes using vegetables and has a capacity for 40 people inside and 30 outside. The restaurant is located near Syntagma square in the King George Hotel.
Dinner In The Sky
The restaurant’s proposal – suspended in the air – has everything to do with its name, in Portuguese Jantar no Céu, is located in the center of Athens and offers, in addition to the menu that mixes modern and traditional dishes of Greek cuisine, a view from a height of 50 meters from the city. The menu consists of five courses, and, through a platform, the tables slowly rotate, providing different views of Athens, including the illuminated Acropolis, during the nights.
where to stay
Very well located, more specifically 200m from Syntagma square, the hotel offers spa services, an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and is recognized for its excellence in 5-star service.
Royal Olympic Hotel
For a unique experience, the Royal Olympic is a family hotel, opposite the National Park and the Temple of Zeus. At the top of the hotel is the main attraction, the Roof Garden, a space with a restaurant and bar with a privileged view of the main attractions of the city. In addition, the pool bar is an oasis reserved for guests, with a relaxing atmosphere.
St George Lycabettus
Boutique hotel located in the Kolonaki district, close to the center and metro station. It is recognized for its personalized service and for its themed floors, with varied exposures of Greek culture. There are eight categories between apartments and suites, and most accommodations have a balcony.
Including the Greek Islands
After enjoying the story of Athens, the more than six thousand islands of the Greek coast is a good choice to fall in love with the charms of Mediterranean nature. With beaches, bays and coves, whoever leaves Athens You can choose to take boats, ferries or cruises to get to know some of the main islands. In addition, it is possible to stay in some, and take a day to travel by ferry between the other islands.
It is the largest and most populous Greek island and one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. In Greek mythology it is the home of Zeus and the Minotaur. In the mosaic of the island's architecture it is possible to find traces of various periods in the country's history. In the western part, the White Mountains and the National Park are worth your visit.
The Santorini island complex is located on a still active volcano whose crater is in the sea. But don't worry, the eruptions happen every 20,000 years and the last one happened 3,600 years ago. Considered a romantic getaway, it is much sought after by couples who want to celebrate their union in an environment that mixes colorful buildings bathed by a magnificent blue sea. The island is also famous for its restaurants with traditional dishes.
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan and famous islands in Greece, Mykonos is a paradise full of white buildings, in the city of Cyclades. On site it is possible to visit the Panagia Paraportiani Church, the Town Hall and the Archaeological and Folkloric Museum. During the summer, from June to August, the island's beaches are filled with tourists and young people looking for fun along the crystalline waters.
This small green island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that fill the landscape in shades of emerald green. Located in the Ionian Sea, it is one of the largest islands in the region, with a rich cultural tradition. Full of mountains with preserved green vegetation, there is still space for plantations of vineyards and olive trees. The place is one of the most sought after diving spots.
With impressive mountains, fertile valleys and traditional Greek villages, the island is still full of ancient churches, monasteries and even old Venetian castles from the Italian occupation period. In addition to the beaches and the sea, you can still visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in an old Venetian-style building.
To facilitate the visit to all the islands, it is recommended to pick up a hotel on one of the islands of choice, such as Crete, and transfer between the islands by ferry. If you're looking for something more romantic, you can buy tickets on cruises that stop in the main islands of Greece.
THE Greece uses the Euro as its currency and the official language of the country is Greek. The difference between Athens and Brasilia is six hours ahead of us between April and September, five hours more between March and October, and 4 hours more between November and February.
Address: Meg. Alexandrou 57, Athina 104 35, Greece
Phone: +30 21 0522 2633
Address: Vasileos Georgiou A 3, Athina 105 64, Greece
Phone: +30 21 0322 2210
Dinner in the Sky
Address: Voutadon ke Iakchou 2, Athina 118 54, Greece
Phone: +30 694 539 6509
Hotel Electra Metropolis
Address: Mitropoleos 15, Athina 105 57, Greece
Royal Olympic Hotel
Address: Athanasiou Diakou 28, Athens, Greece 117 43, Greece
Hotel St George Lycabettus
Address: Kleomenous 2, Athina 106 75, Greece
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