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Top Sights in Greece

1. Corinth Canal

Are you wondering how a canal can be a sight? The Corinth Canal has what it takes, as many years ago it brought enormous relief to shipping.

The Corinth Canal is only 6.3 kilometers long, but it shortens the sea route by 325 kilometers. The waterway connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. In the past, ships no longer had to sail around the Peloponnese peninsula. Since the canal is not particularly wide (around 24 meters at its widest point) and deep (around eight meters), only smaller ships can pass through it. Because of this, the importance of the Corinth Canal has declined. Nevertheless, you should not miss this sight and see the Corinth Canal from a tour boat.

Corinth Canal

Info and tips:

  • Place / Location:between mainland Greece and the Peloponnese peninsula
  • Duration of the boat trip:around an hour
  • Guru tip:If you suffer from seasickness but have no fear of heights, you can stand on the bridge and get an impression of the Corinth Canal in this way.

2. Olympia

If you are on the Peloponnese peninsula , you will not pass another of Greece’s attractions: Olympia . The ancient city was the site of the Olympic Games . You will also find the Temple of Zeus under the temple ruins .

At that time the temple was the largest in the whole of the Peloponnese, today it is considered a masterpiece of the architecture of that time. You shouldn’t miss the ruins of the Temple of Hera either. It is one of the oldest temples in the country and housed statues of Hera and Zeus in ancient times. By the way: On the Hera Altar near the temple, the Olympic flame is still lit and the torch relay started.

Olympia

Info and tips:

  • Place / Location:Northwest of Peloponnese
  • Entrance fee:€ 12, reduced € 6 (in high season) / € 6 and reduced € 3 (low season)
  • Opening times:daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (April-October) / daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (November-March)
  • Guru tip: You can visit the Olympics for free on a few days: March 6th, April 18th, May 18th, last weekend in September, October 28th, every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st .

3. Athens Agora

According to ezinereligion, Agora means market place . In ancient times, the citizens of Athens gathered on the 2,000-year-old agora to act, discuss, vote, decide or simply to maintain social contacts. All of this makes it clear how important the agora was in the past. If you visit the site, you will immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of times long past.

One of the most important structures that you can see here is the Temple of Hephaestus . It is very well preserved, even the best preserved temple in all of Greece. Column excavations and the Hadrian’s Library , the construction of which was commissioned by the Roman Emperor, are other remains that will bring you closer to antiquity. Visit the former economic, political and social center of Athens and be fascinated.

Athens Agora

Info and tips:

  • Place / Location:northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
  • Entrance fee:€ 8, reduced € 4
  • Opening times:daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (April-October) / daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (November-March)
  • Important info:The agora is closed on January 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, December 25th and 26th.
  • Guru tip: Free admission on March 6th, April 18th, May 18th, the last weekend in September, October 28th, every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st .

4. Palace of the Grand Masters Rhodes

If you are on vacation in Rhodes , the Grand Master’s Palace must be on your list. The building dates back to the 14th century and provides cultural variety for a beach holiday on Rhodes. After completion, the palace served as the seat of the Order of St. John .

In the 19th century the palace was used as a prison. After being destroyed by an explosion, it was renovated in the 20th century and some areas were enlarged. Well-preserved and original remains of the original palace are only the entrance area and the round towers. In the citadel you will find the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes . Inside the palace you can see some of the numerous rooms as well as historical furnishings.

Palace of the Grand Masters Rhodes

Info and tips:

  • Place / Location:in the old town of Rhodes
  • Admission price:€ 6, reduced € 3
  • Opening times:daily 8 a.m.-7.30 p.m.
  • Guru tip: Instead of coming by car and parking in a paid parking lot, ideally you come on foot. Just walk to the end of Ritterstraße in the old town, there you will find the palace.

5. Smugglers’ Bay

The beach of Navagio , also called smugglers ‘ bay , is probably the most visited beach in all of Zakynthos . Why? On the one hand, the location is phenomenal, because the bay is surrounded by imposing rocks.

On the other hand, there is the shipwreck , which is considered the island’s landmark. In addition, there are the thousands of photos that travelers of this bay post on the Internet. In Navagio Bay you can swim a lap in the crystal clear sea, sunbathe in the white sand next to the famous shipwreck and go to the platform to see parts of the bay from a different perspective.

Smugglers' Bay

Info and tips:

  • Place / Location:in the north of Zakynthos
  • Important info:Navagio Bay is a tourist magnet. If you come in the morning or in the afternoon, you avoid the tourist crowds to some extent.
  • Guru tip:For a clear view of the bay with its shipwreck, you should climb the mountain to the right of the bay. You don’t need any climbing or hiking experience and the ascent o