Greece is one of the go-to destinations for seekers of an archaeological adventure. This country located in Europe is full of history, rich culture, and so many interesting things that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Travelers in Greece should pay attention to these things as they are unique only to this historic country.
Santorini is a surreal destination in Greece that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This island is one of luxury and extreme scenery. Some of the most beautiful hotels in the world are located on this island and many of them are positioned on cliffs presenting an unparalleled view of the caldera and the mesmerizing waters surrounding the island.
8 Acropolis Of Athens
The acropolis of Athens is not just a mere sight of several buildings standing on top of a hill in Athens; it is also one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. What is known in the world today as Democracy and philosophy began in this acropolis. It is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world and many visitors come to Greece mainly to see this important site and explore the buildings, many of which lie in ruin as they were built thousands of years ago.
7 White-Painted Houses
If there’s one thing Greece is known for, it is its love for white-painted houses. For many years, the reason for the country’s love for white paint has been debated. Some claim white paint may be cheaper while others believe the color was enforced all over the country during the military dictatorship in the 1960s. Regardless of why this color of purity is used all over the country, one fact remains - it blends perfectly with the blue skies, doors, and windows, and makes the island unique and beautiful.
6 A City Named After A Goddess
Athens is the only city in the world named after a goddess. This unique name came after the goddess Athena won the title of the patroness of the city after the duel with Poseidon. According to the story, the goddess won the duel after she offered the city an olive tree which was enticing because of the things it offered - oil, wood, and fruit. After the victory, the city was named Athens after the goddess’s name and a temple was built in her honor.
5 The Best Olive Oil In The World
Greece is one of the largest producers and exporters of olive oil and this has placed it on the world map. The olive oil produced in the country is unique and the best in the world. Its high vitamin level and low or zero cholesterol level make it pure and healthy. The country has seen the production of olive oil as far back as 3,500 years ago according to archaeological evidence. The food item has also been a part of the Greek diet as well as the economy of the country since its first discovery. It also had many other uses including - healing, fuel, cosmetics, and also for lubrication. Many attribute the olive oil to Athena who offered the tree as a gift to the city of Athens during her duel with Poseidon for control over the city.
Meteora is famous for hosting some of the most unique Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world. While the region's rocky landscape and the magical blue skies are some of its unique features, the monasteries situated on top of the rocks rising to 600 m make it more unique. Most of the monasteries were built in the 13th and 14th centuries and within the halls of the buildings are candles and colorful paintings, as well as other artifacts of monks preserved over the centuries. As expected from such a unique place, the monasteries can only be accessed by several steps engraved onto the rocks.
3 Myrtos Beach
Myrtos beach is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Besides being beautiful, the beach is also unique and part of what makes it unique is its positioning at the foot of two towering mountains. The beach’s beautiful white sand, crystal clear sapphire waters, surrounding towering mountains, and remoteness also combine to make it one of the top-rated attractions to visit in Greece.
2 Mount Olympus - The Home Of The Gods
Greek gods were popular in Greece and the popularity even spread through different parts of the world. But nowhere on earth can one find the home of the Greek Gods except in Greece. According to Greek mythology, these deities dwelled on top of Mount Olympus which happens to be a physical mountain on earth that one can climb. At the top of the mountain, one will be standing at the highest point in Greece and also get to see the throne of the god Zeus himself.
1 The Oldest Analogue Computer In The World
The Ancient Greeks were popular for creating some interesting devices and the Antikythera mechanism is one of the most popular. This device was discovered in 1901 in a shipwreck and archaeologists date it back to a period between 205 BC and 87 BC. Its unique and complex design has earned it the title of the oldest analog computer in the world. This device served one purpose - to make astronomical predictions. The device can be found in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.