Archaeological sites in Greece off the Beaten Path
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Archaeological sites in Greece off the Beaten Path

Aegina ● Epirus ● Korinthos ● Macedonia ● Messinia ● Peloponnese ● Samothrace ● Thrace ● 25 November 2016

The Greek history is one of the main reasons that so many travellers visit Greece. The archaeological monuments all over the Greek area are numerous and of significant importance as they are the trace of magnificent eras that influenced the humanity and the European civilisation. For the visitor of Greece or even Athens, it is impossible to explore every archaeological site, so selection is inevitable. In this article, you will read about ancient temples and museums that, in spite of their magnitude, are not as well know as Acropolis or Delos.

Temple of Apollo Epicurius

The temple was dedicated to Apollo Epicurius (Apollo the Healer), and it is located at Bassae, an archaeological site in Messinia, Peloponnese. Bassae was the first Greek site that UNESCO inscribed on its World Heritage List. It combines the Archaic style with the serenity of the Doric style. Pausanias considered it to be among the finest temples in Peloponnese in terms of beauty and harmony.

Ancient Korinthos

Korinthos was a city-state (polis) and one of the largest cities in ancient Greece. In this archaeological site, you can see the well-preserved Temple of Apollo, the ruins of Lerna Theatre, the Pirini Fountain, the archaeological museum and the Acrocorinth, the Acropolis of ancient Korinthos

The Theatre at Dodona

Dodona in Epirus in north-western Greece was the oldest Greek oracle, dating in the second millennium B.C. The Theatre at Dodona, which was built in the third century B.C., is one of the largest in Greece, seating 18.000 persons. Apart from the Theatre, other worthwhile monuments are the Prytaneum, the Acropolis and the Stadium.

Archaeological site of Philippi

It is the most important site of eastern Macedonia with characteristic monuments of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian periods. You should certainly visit the Acropolis, the Theatre, the Agora, the Palaestra and the prison of Apostle Paul.

Samothrace Temple Complex

The Samothrace Temple Complex, known as the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, is one of the principal Pan-Hellenic religious sanctuaries, located on the island of Samothrace in Thrace. The island was a major religious centre for the whole ancient world thanks to the reputation of this sanctuary and the mystical character of the worship of the Great Gods. The temple complex housed once the famous statue of Victory of Samothrace, which is now prominently displayed at the Louvre Museum.

Temple of Aphaea

The Temple of Aphaea is located within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaea on Aegina. This great Doric temple was built in the sixth century B.C. over the remains of an earlier temple.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Astypalaia, Greece Niriides Luxury Studios
Niriides Luxury Studios
Pera Gialos, Astypalaia Town, 85900 Astypalaia, Greece

Niriides Luxury Studios are located just 50 m from Pera Gialos beach in Astypalaia town and 350 m from the port. Astypalaia Island National Airport is 8 km away, while Agios Andreas port is at 5 km. Many shops, restaurants, cafes can be found within a very short walking distance from the studios.

Appartment in Syros, Greece Hotel Smaragdi Apartments
Hotel Smaragdi Apartments
Finikas, 84100 Syros, Greece

Smaragdi hotel is located in the popular coastal resort of Finikas. The main town of the Syros island, Ermoupolis, is 10 km away. Syros National Airport is 9 km away from the property while the main port of the island is at 10 km.

Boutique Hotel in Delphi, Greece Kastalia Boutique Hotel
Kastalia Boutique Hotel
13, Freiderikis & Vasileos Pavlou Str., 33054 Delphi, Greece

Centrally located on Delphi's main road, Kastalia Boutique Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Scenic Arachova village is at 11 km, while Parnassus ski center is 20 km away. Picturesque seaside towns Itea and Galaxidi are at 17km and 33 km. Delphi can be reached from Athens within a 2,5 hour drive.