Step into history: the best Greek islands for culture lovers
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Step into history: the best Greek islands for culture lovers

Crete ● Kos ● Naxos ● Patmos ● Rhodes ● 08 October 2017
 

Are you in search of the new destination you will explore? Before booking your accommodation in Greece, check these amazing islands, which have rich culture and long history. Thus, they are ideal for culture lovers and those, who want to discover historical and archaeological sites during their vacations.

Rhodes

Rhodes is worldwide famous for its Medieval Town. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities, and thereat, Unesco inscribed it on its World Heritage List. During the Byzantine Period, Rhodes was an important trading post between Alexandria and Istanbul. In the 7th century A.D., the Arabs captured Rhodes, and the Knights Period started in the 14th and continued until the 16th century. Walking around the Old Town of Rhodes is a unique experience of medieval beauty and multicultural character between the East and West.

In Rhodes,you can also admire ancient sites, such as Acropolis of Lindos, where you will see the Doric temple of Athena Lindia, the Propylaea of the Sanctuary, the Hellenistic Stoa, or ancient Kamiros.


Kos

Kos is the hometown of Hippocrates and ancient medicine. In the front of the Castle of the Knights, in the centre of Kos Town, there is a plane tree, under which, according to the myth, Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, used to teach his students, while you can also visit Asklepieion. In the antiquity, Asklepieion was a medical centre, and it was built to honour the God of Medicine and Health, Asklepios. It was built during the 5th century B.C., and Hippokrates had taught also there his students, the doctors of the antiquity.


Patmos

Patmos is the most important religious destination in Greece with two significant Christian monuments, the Monaster of St. John and the Cave of Apocalypse.

Constructed on the top of a hill above Chora, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian belongs to the most important religious centres in Greece and Europe. It looks like a fortress, but inside, you will visit a monastery, which is built on the site of an ancient temple. You can also see a Byzantine church and the museum.

The Cave of Apocalypse is an UNESCO World Heritage Site too. There, you can learn about the story of Saint John and the revelation he received from God in 95 AD.


Naxos

Naxos is a Cycladic island that has a long history and can offer to its visitors important archaeological sites to discover. Portara is the symbol of Naxos and the first thing you will see on the cliff above the port as the boat approaches the island. Portara is a gate, which is the only remain of the ancient Temple of Apollo that was constructed on the island in the 6th century B.C.

In the 6th century B.C., it was also constructed the ancient Temple of Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture. It is located in a short walking distance from the village of Ano Sangri, and it is an ideal place to explore the history and ancient culture of Naxos.

Outside the village of Melanes, in the countryside of Naxos, can be seen the remarkable statue of Kouros. It lies on the ground, at the exact position, where it was found by the archaeologists. It is 6 meters long and dates back to the 7th century B.C. Historians believe that this huge statues represents either a god or a local hero. Another Kouros statue is located 200 m from the first, and there is also a third statue in the village of Apollonas.


Crete

Crete is the hometown of Minoan civilisation, one of the oldest cultures in Europe. Crete is a big island and has numerous archaeological sites, but the most important of them are Knossos and Faistos.

In Knossos, you will explore the Palace of Knossos that is a magnificent testament of the Minoan Civilisation. The most brilliant centre of Minoan Times is a perfect opportunity to learn the history of Crete from the beginning and see also traces of the Neolithic settlement that dates back to 6,000 B.C. Just 5 km from Heraklion, Knossos will impress you, and it is among the best things to do in Heraklion.

In Phaistos, there are also ruins of a Minoan Palace, but the place is not as crowded as Knossos. Visit the central courtyard, the royal apartments and the location where the famous Phaistos Disc was uncovered in 1903. Phaistos was the second cultural and commercial centre during the Minoan Times, and it was of great importance for this civilisation. It is also located in a close distance to Heraklion.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Lesvos, Greece Kipos
Kipos
Míthimna, 81108 Lesvos, Greece

Kipos is located in Mithimna, Lesvos, just a few meters away from the sea and the centre of the village. Mytilene, the capital and port of Lesvos, is 50 km away. Mytilene International Airport is 65.8 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.

Hotel in Delphi, Greece Arion Hotel
8.9 10
Arion Hotel
29, Syggrou str., 33054 Delphi, Greece

Arion Hotel is situated in the picturesque village of Delphi, a 15-minute walk from the archaeological site. Arachova village is at 11 km, while Parnassus ski center is approximately 20 km away. Delphi can be reached within a 2,5 hour drive from Athens. Seaside towns Itea and Galaxidi can be reached within a 20-minute drive.


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