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Greece's best historical holiday spots

22 August 2019 08:18

Explore the ancient wonders of Greece

Explore the ancient wonders of Greece

If it's history you're after, Greece is the ideal destination for you. From ruined temples to ancient arenas, here are some of the most iconic sites to add to your checklist...

1. Athens

You'd be mad to set out on a history tour of Greece and not start off in its white-stoned capital. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens is a historian's playground with thousands of years of history to explore. Beat the crowds by setting off early to explore the Acropolis which looms proudly over the city below. One of the world's most iconic sights, head there early to avoid the crowds and the heat before heading off to explore the city's many other sites . What a perfect start to your historical tour!

2. Ancient Corinth

Take a daytrip out from Athens to explore Ancient Corinth, once one of the largest cities in Greece with roots dating back as early as 6,500 BC. Learn about the gladiators who fought at the city's Ancient Theatre, find inspiration at the mythical Peirene Fountain and wonder at the nearby Corinth canal, a man-made channel stretching 185 nautical miles between the Gulf of Corinth and the Aegean Sea.

3. Olympia

The small town of Olympia is must-visit for anyone looking to learn more about Greece's legendary sporting history. The site of the first Olympic Games back in 776 BC, Olympia is still home to ruins of the ancient stadium, athletic training grounds and temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera. Don't forget your running shoes!

4. Rhodes

As the largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is a popular destination for holidaymakers. However, it's also home to some of Greece's most impressive historical sites. The imposing relic of the Acropolis and the castle of Monolithos which stand over the island make up two of Rhode's greatest attractions but there's more to be discovered on ground level, including the ancient city of Kamiros, which dates back to the 7th Century BC.

5. Delphi

Venture two hours north west from the capital and you'll find the ancient town of Delphi, where you can brush up on your divination skills at the famous Temple of Apollo. The most important structure in the sanctuary of Apollo, this ancient temple was once the site of sacred offerings to the gods as well as divination rituals. You can also find fragments of the temple's original sculptures at the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

Don't forget your insurance!

Before you explore these ancient delights, make sure you've got the right cover for you! At World First we offer Greece travel insurance that'll give you peace of mind when enjoying your Greek adventure.