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Top Choice Historic Site in Olympia Town

Ancient Olympia

The Olympic Games took place here for at least 1000 years, held every four years until their abolition by Emperor Theodosius I in AD 393. Today, the Olympic flame continues to be lit here for the modern Games. Thank…
Top Choice Museum in Iraklio

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Reopened in 2014 after a long renovation, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is Crete’s outstanding jewel. The two floors of the restored 1930s Bauhaus building make a gleaming showcase for the exhibits that spa…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Argolis

Ancient Mycenae

World Heritage–listed Mycenae is synonymous with the names Homer and Schliemann. In the 9th century BC Homer told in his epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, of ‘well-built Mycenae, rich in gold’. These poems were…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Malia

Palace of Malia

The Palace of Malia, 3km east of Malia, was built at about the same time as the great Minoan palaces of Phaestos and Knossos. The First Palace dates back to around 1900 BC and was rebuilt after the earthquake of 170…
Top Choice Ruins in Mystras

Mystras

Spread over a steep, verdant mountainside of the Taÿgetos ranges, this former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the single most compelling set of medieval ruins in Greece. A classic fortified city, Mystras is surro…
Top Choice Museum in Athens

Acropolis Museum

This dazzling modernist museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope showcases its surviving treasures still in Greek possession. While the collection covers the Archaic and Roman periods, the emphasis is on …
Top Choice Temple in Athens

Parthenon

More than any other monument, the Parthenon epitomises the glory of Ancient Greece. Meaning ‘virgin’s apartment’, it's dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the goddess embodying the power and prestige of the city. The lar…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Phaestos

Phaestos

The site of Phaestos, 63km from Iraklio, was the second-most important Minoan palatial city after Knossos and also enjoys the most awe-inspiring location, with panoramic views of the Messara Plain and Mt Psiloritis.…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Agia Triada

Agia Triada

Pronounced ah-yee-ah trih-ah-dha, Agia Triada, 3km west of Phaestos, was most likely a smaller palace or a royal summer villa and enjoys an enchanting setting on the tree-covered hillside looking out to the Gulf of …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Corinthia

Ancient Corinth

In the centre of a modern village loom the extensive yet compact ruins of this ancient (mostly Roman) city. Home to the legendary Jason of the Argonauts, stealer of the Golden Fleece, the streets of Ancient Cortinth…