Comprised of a myriad of picture perfect islands that are continuously caressed by the emerald sea and silhouetted against calm azure skies; Greece is a country that beckons to be discovered. Whitewashed houses and traditional coastal taverns sit comfortably alongside mind-blowing ancient ruins and stunning archeological wonders. While many tourists flock to this destination during the summer months, autumn may actually be the perfect time to arrange your visit. The country’s trademark golden hue has transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors found only in autumn’s palette. Although venturing to a land of sun-bleached masonry and architecture that has stood the test of time may seem like it would require a budget only Zeus could manifest, making travel arrangements with Auto Europe is actually quite affordable! We’ve put together a list highlighting some of most alluring reasons to visit Greece, all of which are perfectly accented by a reasonably priced car rental.
Named for the goddess of wisdom, Athens has a lengthy history that spills out onto the streets of the modern city. Widely credited as being the birthplace of democracy, Athens presents a unique blend of historic values and contemporary flair. The city’s vast history is represented most dramatically by the ancient Acropolis that looms over the sugar cube houses that cling to the rocky cliff sides. Considered to be the greatest accomplishment of classical Greece, visitors are able to easily revel in the beauty of the Acropolis from various parts of the city, but only by actually ascending the jagged precipice can you feel the impact of this ancient settlement. Chisel out some time to visit the Acropolis Museum and let yourself enter the glorious world of ancient Athens and admire an array of priceless artifacts that have been discovered around this iconic attraction.
Like dazzling mirrors of pristine natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendor of the varied Greek scenery in their crystal clear waters, and cast a powerful spell over their visitors. Situated just two and a half hours from Athens and built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth is the ancient Delphi Theater. Of all the archaeological sites in the country, the Grecian spirit is most potent here. The site’s allure lies both in its stunning setting and its fascinating ruins, as it was constructed on a hill, giving spectators panoramic views of sprawling olive groves below. Drive your rental car to the border of Thessaly and Macedonia and climb to the top of Mount Olympus. At the top, travelers are able to witness the harmonious mixture of modern life entwined with divine mystery. In mythology, this mountain is where Zeus mounted his throne, Hades mercilessly ruled the underworld and Poseidon governed the sea. It’s hard to feel uninspired when standing on a location that has sparked such profound legends.
Greece is comprised of a multitude of idyllic enclaves that are brimming with gorgeous beaches, each locale providing a unique allure and some of the most breathtaking seascapes on Earth. Embark on an incredible journey from the ancient capital of Athens all the way to the captivating natural wonders of the island of Santorini. This small island, otherwise known as the “Black Pearl of the Aegean” is perhaps the most spectacular of the Greek Islands, boasting black, red and white-sand beaches. Watch the sunset from the charming village of Oia, perched high on the cliffs of the caldera looking out to the sea. One of the most intriguing ways to immerse yourself in island life is to participate in an organized dive in one of the surrounding sea caves, under lit by refracted sunlight and always full of colorful aquatic specifies. The enchanting destination of Corfu is the northernmost point in the Ionian Islands and a truly magical haven to explore.
Local gastronomy embodies all aspects of modern life in Greece, from the arts to old-word traditions and everything in between; culinary culture is at its finest here. Ioannina is internationally renowned for its distinctive agricultural products, innovative dining establishments and cozy taverns offering up traditional cuisine, but delicious meals can be found in practically every corner of the country. It’s interesting that in a country where such strong emphasis is placed on the pleasures of eating that it also has what is considered to be the healthiest diet in the world! Learn more about Greece’s impressive viniculture in Thessaloniki by spending some time strolling through local vineyards and partaking in local wine tastings. Macedonia represents one of the oldest and finest wine-making regions in the country, and a laid-back afternoon touring wineries is best accented by a vibrant evening out on the town.
Rest & Relaxation
If you’re interested in stretching out on a yoga mat in addition to standing in line at local museums, many cities in Greece cater to travelers who are simply looking to indulge in a little R&R by offering yoga, meditation and creative writing retreats. There are many regions that also focus on agritoursim and the manufacturing and sale of organic produce. When renting a car in Central Greece, you will be able to witness the sacred site of Meteora, a collection of rock formations with mountain-top monasteries suspended in the air. These formations represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer.
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