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Things To Do On Your Greek Holiday
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Europe tours might just be, if they aren’t already, the most popular product in the tourist industry. Such a tour will typically include visits to most European countries and destinations that a casual traveller might want to visit, but for a serious adventurer, it also has its pitfalls. Rather than visit Spain, Greece, France and Germany on one single tour, it makes sense to visit each country in isolation, or to at least spend more time there than a conventional European tour package will allow. Take Greece, for example. There is so much to see and do in Greece that a mere week within the country will leave many feeling dissatisfied at not having explored more of the country. Taking Greece as the first stop on your European holiday, here are a few places you might like to visit once you are there.
If you are familiar with the legend of Oedipus Rex, or Sophocles’ theatrical interpretations of the same, you would also be familiar with the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle’s real name was Pythia, and her Apollonian prophecies are spoken of even today. The Oracle finds mention in the writings of several influential philosophers, from Socrates to Plato to Diogenes, Plutarch and Xenophon. The town of Delphi is also the site of the Temple of Apollo, as well as several other ruins from ancient Greece, such as the Athenian Treasury and the Tholos, located at the foot of Mount Parnassus.
Olympia is another well known Greek city, containing several prominent ruins such as the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera. The Olympia Stadium, which has now been fully restored, is the famed site of the ancient Olympic Games, a tradition which continues even to this day. The lands of Olympia were sacred to the ancient Greeks, particularly because they believed it to be under the controlling influence of the almighty Zeus, of whom a huge gold and ivory statue once stood in Olmpia, sculpted by Phidias. While this statue no longer exists, it was once pronounced as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
No Greek tour is complete without an Athens holiday! Not only is Athens one of Greece’s most popular cities, but is also the nation’s capital, being home also to one of Greece’s most famous ruins: the Acropolis. The tourist infrastructure in Greece is highly developed, too, and getting around won’t be a problem. There are also plenty of parks to unwind in after a whole day of sightseeing, and restaurants where you can sample some of the local cuisine. Athens is an interesting juxtaposition of old ruins and modern suburbia, and must visit for every tourist in Greece.
Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, mainly for its rich history, great food and Mediterranean beaches. If you’re planning to sign up for one of those Europe tours, do so by all means, but remember to allot enough time to Greece (and every other destination!).
Ninad Chaudhari works as a Web UI Designer / Developer with Cox & Kings. In his spare time, Ninad is an ardent photographer and loves the opportunities that tour packages to Europe give him time to pursue his passion. His albums are replete with pictures of his recent holiday in Greek.
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