The third most important city of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople & Thessaloniki
Veria was the second most significant town, after Aigai, during the blooming ancient Macedonian years. The city is built on the foothills of Mt. Vermion and crossed by the River Tripotamo. From the 11th to the 14th century it was the third most important city of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople and Thessaloniki. The impressively large number of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches gave the city the nickname “Little Jerusalem”. Today, 48 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches are preserved in the city centre.
Follow our footsteps and discover this magnificent historic, yet modern city.
Aigai – Vergina
Aigai, today’s Vergina, was the first capital of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom. The excavations in 1977, by professor Manolis Andronikos, revealed the 20th century greatest discovery on Greek land. The treasures found were of great archaeological and historic significance and the territory of the ancient Macedonian Kings was proclaimed as a World Heritage Site in 1996 by UNESCO.
At the Royal Tombs Museum, you can admire portable findings and wall paintings in an impressive underground construction.
Here’s a BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE TO ATHENS, GREECE! With sample itinerary, breakdown of expenses, hotel and tour recommendations, tourist spots to visit, visa application guide, and more travel tips!
The Athenians are proud of their city.
Not in a bragging way. They’re proud, but I mean it in the most positive sense of the word. We could tell by the words they chose to describe it. We could tell by the way their eyes shimmered when they shared tales from their history and mythology. We could tell when our cab driver took a detour to what he said they call “the Balcony of Athens” for the most wonderful view of the city, and he did it at no additional cost. We could tell when we tried to tip our guide and he refused profusely. “My friends,” he said, “It’s enough for me to know that my home is appreciated.”
The Athenians are proud of their city. I would be too if I were in their shoes.
Tired of the generic and repetitive trip to Greece? Discover 10 recommended and less-known destinations in Greece.
Greece is known to be the birthplace of democracy and the Olympics, and some will even say of the entire civilization, but today it is mainly known as a popular tourist destination thanks to known sites like Athens. Santorini Islands, Rhodes, Mykonos and more. While the same sites are highly recommended for visiting, it is also worth to know some lesser known places around Greece that are considered cheaper and more authentic, which also provide a glimpse into the real Greece. From the town of Kavala to the fascinating island of Patmos, you are invited to get to know 10 destinations in Greece that you probably missed until today, and you should definitely remember the next time you travel to Greece.
1. Naxos Island
The island of Naxos is the largest Cycladic Island, yet is still visited by fewer people than places like Santorini or Mykonos.
Physical proof of Greece’s impressive past, visible through several archaeological sites, buildings, and monuments is the rich list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Greece, as the cradle of the occidental civilization, has left a deep imprint in the history of the world not only with concepts and ideas but also with its language. However, there is also physical proof of its impressive past still visible through several archaeological sites, buildings, and monuments. It should not come as a surprise that the country boasts a rich list of World Heritage Sites.
Greece currently counts with 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 16 of them are inscribed on the list according to cultural criteria while the other two are included due to their natural richness as well; Meteora and Mount Athos.
A few of the sites are located on the islands, while majority of them belong to mainland. This first site to be inscribed on the list was Temple of Apollo Epicurius.
Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece during this Mycenae and Epidaurus day trip from Athens. See the Tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the outstanding theatre of Epidaurus and more as you journey back into Ancient Greece.
The Birthplace of Ancient Greece
Mycenae was once the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Greek world. Rising to prominence in 1300 BC, this was the city from where King Agamemnon launched his war against Troy. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its most famous features being the Lion’s Gate and the magnificent tombs. If you are only staying in Athens for a few days, it might be difficult to reach Mycenae by yourself. My suggestion is that you might want to consider an organised day trip from Athens. This way, you can also see Epidaurus, Corinth Canal and Nafplio.
Visit the centre of the Ancient Greek world during a Delphi day trip from Athens. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is a must see for anyone with a passion for history, archaeology and Greek Mythology!
Once known as the navel of the world and home to the Oracle, Delphi makes a great day trip from Athens. I’ve been fortunate to have visited twice now, and I wouldn’t say no to a third time! There are basically two ways you can do the Delphi day trip from Athens. You can take an organised tour, or you can do it yourself.
If you are planning a Greek road trip, then you should definitely visit under your own steam. If you are just staying in Athens for a few days, I would suggest an organised day trip is a better option.
The story of the fall of a republic in one horrible day
If you are following my account of a recent ten day cruise my husband Bill and I took last month, you will know we started from Grand Rapids Gerald Ford International Airport, to Detroit, to Amsterdam to Rome and from there had a day at sea. We chose this trip because all but one day featured a stop in the Mediterranean. Our first stop at a port was the Greek city of Mykonos, and we chose to start with a day trip to the island ruin of Delos.
Delos is both an island and, according to some Internet accounts, unsurpassed on the planet as a natural insular archeological site in size and importance as well as the world’s premier source of monumental antiquities. We had a guide of Delos.
Are you still undecided on where to take your next vacation? Look no further than Greece! This Mediterranean country has it all – Great beaches, wonderful food, friendly people, history and culture. Here’s 10 reasons to visit Greece this year… Or any year for that matter!
Why Visit Greece?
Ok, so I might be biased (having lived in Athens for nearly 3 years now), but Greece really is the ideal holiday destination. Whether you want to soak up the sun on a quiet beach, explore the remains of an ancient civilisation, or enjoy the great outdoors, Greece has something for everyone. Here 10 reasons why I think you should visit Greece this year.
1. Great Weather
Due to its reasonably southern location on the Mediterranean, Greece is blessed with wonderful weather during the spring, summer,and autumn months. Between June and September, rain can be a rare occurrence.
2018 will see the inauguration of Dolihos, another majestic Greek race covering the holy Greek ancient cites of Delfi and Olympia.
Any runner with a desire to run a long distance race in Greece has a range of choices (Athens Marathon, Spartathlon), all with historic roots, and 2018 will see the inauguration of another majestic race covering the holy Greek ancient cites of Delphi and Olympia.
The Dolihos race combines the ancient sites of Delphi and Olympia, and with a length of 255 kilometres, is even longer than its more established counterpart, the Spartathlon.
While places in the Spartathlon are always in short supply because of its international reputation, entries are still available for the Dolihos, which will take place from the 27th to 29th April. The race is set among attractive and varied scenery, with 60% on dirt roads and footpaths.
Silhouetted against the azure skies, the black crags topped by the monasteries of Meteora in Thessaly, central Greece, rise out of the fertile plains like ghostly sentinels. Framed by the picturesque Pindus Mountains in the distance, Meteora – a Greek word that means “suspended in the air” – is a bizarre landscape of finger-like sandstone pillars, believed to be formed millions of years ago by violent tectonic movements.
The first inhabitants were thought to be 9th-century monks, who lived in the holes and fissures of the pillars, and only met to pray on Sundays and other holy days. In the 14th century, three monks sought refuge from the Turkish invasions in the area, and settled on a pillar, building a small wooden hut. Later, they scaled a gargantuan rock rising above the town of Kalambaka and built the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron.