Any person who loves traveling has Greece somewhere near the top of their holiday bucket list. The very thought of the country conjures up images of the sun's rays sparkling like diamonds over crystal-clear blue-green waters while further inland, white-washed houses bask in the sun. Pick your Greece accommodation
in central locations like Crete (Aegean Sea) or Athens (mainland Greece) to pack as much as you can into your itinerary.
Crete, the largest of the greek islands
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and has a glorious coastline stretching over a thousand kilometers. Crete consists of four prefectures, of which Chania is the largest; it has plenty of museums and flowering gardens. Heraklion is the economical center of Crete and the hub for festivities and exciting nightlife. In contrast, it also contains the archaeological sites of Knossos
, Gortys and Phaistos which are a testimony to the Minoan era in Greece. The quaint colorful houses, Byzantine churches and a Venetian fortress in Rethymno's Old Town make a charming visit back in time. Lassithi has lovely beaches dotted with numerous coves, gorges and bays looking out to the blue Mediterranean Sea. If legends are to be believed, this is the birthplace of Zeus. All these diverse attractions make Crete without doubt one of Europe's top holiday spots.
athens, the birth place of the olympic games
Athens has achieved international fame for so many reasons. It is one of the oldest civilizations, top contributor to philosophy and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The ancient Acropolis
stands proud in the modern world and has been called the symbol of World Heritage by the UNESCO. The site has twenty-one monuments, each deserving a visit. The Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum contain artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. Mount Lycabettus towers over Athens and offers great views of the city below; memories of attending a summer concert here will last you a lifetime. To rest your weary feet, sit in one of the cafes along Syntagma Square or under the trees in the National Garden and watch the Greek Parliament across the street. The Syntagma metro station offers cheap and fast public transportation to other places in Athens.
Once you get a taste of Greece, the magic of this island chain is bound to have you longing for more. So while you get a chance, plan to stay at least for a couple of weeks. You can rent spacious Greece apartments and enjoy the privacy and comfort of a home away from home.