The ancient Greek civilization and its ruins are an integral part of the Greek cultural identity. These marvels are the ones linking the past with the future. They are a very important element of Greece’s culture, a main reason of pride for the locals who love to share the knowledge about their heritage with the […]
The ancient Greek civilization and its ruins are an integral part of the Greek cultural identity. These marvels are the ones linking the past with the future. They are a very important element of Greece’s culture, a main reason of pride for the locals who love to share the knowledge about their heritage with the world. Beyond a few brilliant exceptions, the 5,000 years of Greece’s history has plenty to showcase. There are many archaeological sites and sites of historical interest in the Greek territory that really deserve the visitor’s attention. In an effort to offer you another way of enriching your Greek holidays this year, it would be intriguing to turn the spotlight from the impressive New Acropolis Museum to the least striking remnants of the ancient Greek civilization which you can find scattered around the Greek islands. There are many places of distinguished defensive, administrative infrastructure, etc. places that truly you deserve to be acknowledged. If you find yourself on these islands it would be great to visit these ancient works of art in order to understand more about Greece and its history.
Naxos: Amazing Statues and Ancient Temples
The first inhabitants of the island dating from the 5th millennium BC, one can easily suspect the great archaeological interest that the island of Naxos presents. According to mythology, Zeus, the father of the gods, was raised on this island. Naxos deserves a visit even to each remotest peak. In the northeast of the island, at the bay of Apollo, there is a temple devoted to the god of light. The village of Melanes is also a must-see destination since this is the place where you will find archaeological ruins from the Mycenaean and Geometric eras, as well as the famous Kouros statues which are supernatural in size. A visit to Portara is definitely worth your trouble. This spot becomes even more captivating when sunset time arrives. Portara welcomes you when your ferry enters the port of Naxos. It is the gate of the Archaic temple of Apollo, the building of which began in the middle of the 6th century. B.C. and it has never been completed. The islet of Palatia, on which Portara is located, has been linked to the tragic story of Ariadne since it is said that Theseus abandoned her and Dionysus kidnapped her from there in order to make her his wife. Centuries of cultural heritage, beautiful beaches, scenic mountain villages and an imposing castle will take you to different times. As you walk uphill in its paths that are covered with secret passages you will enjoy one of the most relaxing strolling experiences. This is Naxos, a generously endowed island that invites you to live your unforgettable holidays under the Greek sun.
Delos Island – A Living Monument
Delos is a unique testimony of the Aegean civilization since the 3rd millennium BC. It is one of the most important sanctuaries in whole Greece. According to mythology, Apollo, the god of light, poetry and music, was born in Delos. So was his twin sister Artemis, goddess of the moon. That’s why the island was named Delos (which means “obvious” in Greek) and for this reason, it has evolved into one of the greatest religious centres of antiquity. Therefore, it is said that the surrounding islands were called the Cyclades since they are theoretically circling around the island of Delos. Now everything starts to make more sense. The archaeological site οφ Delos is the largest, best preserved, and most ancient outdoors site of Europe. However, the tour of Delos ruins is not a simple matter. It is worth visiting the island in order to admire the monuments of various periods of the second millennium BC. until the Roman times. You will be captivated by the altar of Apollo and its three temples, the Theophrastos’ Market and, of course, the famous Lions, the oldest monumental animal figures of Greek art. In case you are wondering how you can get to Delos, you can simply take a boat ride from the nearby islands. There are trips to Delos almost every day. Do check the schedules as for example on Monday the archaeological site is closed so there is no reason to get to the island. Provided that the weather allows it (it should be understood here that during the winter or during the strong winds of the summer, things are very difficult). You can get to Delos from Mykonos throughout the whole year. You can also get to Delos from other islands of the Cyclades , but only during the peak period (from Tinos and Naxos mainly).
Kos – Hippocrates’ Island
The archaeological findings are rich in Kos. This is also an island worth visiting as it is one of the most beautiful in Greece. Set in the Dodecanese complex, it has plenty to offer to its visitors both in beauty as well as in terms of history. The Archaeological Site of the Asklepieion is only 4 km away from the centre of the island. It is in a verdant area which dates back to 4 BC. and is considered to be the most important attraction of the island since this is where the father of medicine, Hippocrates, did his lectures. It was a place of worship, hospitalization and education. Do not leave the island if you are haven’t visited Casa Romana, a Roman house of the 3rd century AD. which looks similar to those of Pompeii. You should also enjoy the dew from the plane tree of Hippocrates, which according to tradition was planted by Hippocrates himself. Tradition also has it that he used to teach under its shadow. Today, Kos it is a pole of attraction for Greek and foreign tourists for many reasons. The third largest island in the Dodecanese has a number of beauties and sights that are not easy to find. In Kos, you can find evidence from many different influences. From ancient Greek, Venetian even Ottoman civilisations. The natural beauty of Kos will win your heart with its wonderful beaches and unique waters which guarantee that your dives will be unforgettable.
Samos – Under the Protection of Goddess Hera
Ancient Samos, known as Pythagorion in the ancient years, was considered to be one of the most important cities of antiquity, as the island’s position was a crossroads of the sea routes connecting central Greece to the East and Africa. Due to its location, merchant and naval wealth were great for this island. Both in Pythagorion and Heraion, the oldest archaeological finds are placed in the 4th millennium BC, while there are not few of them from the city’s peak in the 6th century BC. One of the most important works of that era that the visitor will see is the great temple of the goddess Hera with the only pillar standing up to the present half of its original height, the Tunnel of Eupalinos and all the ruins of the formerly organized city that came to light in recent years after excavations. Peaceful forests that emerge in emerald waters, the Temple of Hera and the cave of Pythagoras, historical monasteries and wine celebrations are only some of the reasons making Samos one of the greatest islands to visit in the Aegean Sea. The delights in Samos are endless whether you are looking for absolute peace or even if you like to dance until dawn. The beautiful neoclassic and fishing boats give colour to the bay, while the evening lights on the waterfront make everything more iconic. It is worthwhile to visit Karlovassi for your stay on the island, not only for the wide variety of rooms and hotels you will find here, but also for nearby areas such as Potami with the beach and its cool forest.