Most of us know that Greece is the cradle of Western Civilisation. We’ve all heard of Socrates and Plato and Aristotle, The Acropolis and the Colossus. You probably also know that Greece has some fabulous beaches and that its islands are magnets for holidaymakers in search of sun, sea and laidback vibes. But have you heard of these 5 ancient ruins?
Most visitors to Athens will make a bee-line for the Acropolis and the Parthenon – and why not? These ancient sites are among the most iconic buildings in the world and there’s nowhere better to get a historical selfie. But if you have a little more time and you want to visit somewhere off the beaten track, take a walk along to Kerameikos, an ancient cemetery where you can see graves dating back to 3000BC and the remnants of the old city. A fascinating and little known place.
The Ancient City of Kamiros
When we think of ancient cities that were decimated by natural disasters the first one that springs to mind is probably Pompeii. But the ancient city of Kamiros on the island of Rhodes is one to look out for. It was TWICE destroyed by earthquakes and it still has some incredible ruins to behold. Dating back to the 8th century BC this place has some pretty serious pedigree.
This place is so Indiana Jones it’s not even funny. Located a few hours away from the capital Athens, Mycenae was a powerful city in Bronze Age. The palaces, temples and ruined streets in Mycenae are spectacular examples of ancient architecture.
If you’re super adventurous travel to ancient Limnaia in north western Greece, a site that has been all but forgotten by history. It was once a strategic outpost and has some very interesting military ruins dotted about the place. It’s pretty hard to reach but the reward of getting to these precarious ruins is worth it.
Monolithos Castle Rhodes
Epic castle ruins don’t come much more epic than Monolithos castle, once again on the island of Rhodes. Built on the pinnacle of a huge rock, high up in the landscape, this castle commands stunning views of the island and the ocean. It’s a hike but definitely worth it.
Greece tours are super easy to organise these days- travel companies love them. Feel the wind in your hair and get some dust on your boots on a tour of Greece’s hidden ruins.
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