Overlooking from the top of Ancient theater of Epidaurus

Culture

In the footsteps of tradition and modern culture: from the mythical age, to the birth of democracy, drama and the Olympic Games

Culture

In the footsteps of tradition and modern culture: from the mythical age, to the birth of democracy, drama and the Olympic Games

A journey through history

To visit Greece is to enjoy an epic tale that goes back at least 5,000 years, where the dividing line between myth and history become beautifully blurred. The ‘300’ is not just a movie, the Odyssey is not just a book. They are instead milestones on the course of human history and the development of civilization. This story will guide and inspire you as you travel through the islands and the mainland of Greece.

Greek Culture

You might start with the home of ancient civilization: the Acropolis of Athens and the surrounding archaeological sites and then move on to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Afterward, you might head for ancient Olympia, home of the Olympic Games in antiquity, or Delphi, the site of the famous oracle and thought by the ancients to be the navel of the world, or to the ancient theatre at Epidaurus with its pitch-perfect acoustics.

Other places you might visit, as you delve deeper into antiquity and the beginnings of Western civilization, are the Minoan palaces of Knossos on Crete and the sanctuaries of the great gods on Samothrace and Limnos as well as the tombs at Vergina, to name just a few.  Every ancient site in Greece is blessed with wonderful natural settings that enhance the energy of temples, stadiums, theatres, and their compelling statues and timeless works of art.

Traditions in Greece

The Greeks have learned to honor their heritage and today the imprint of these past times lives on in time-honored traditions. You, too, can experience them in rural parts of the country by participating in village feasts or the Dionysian traditions still practiced for carnival or in the moving and deeply religious celebration of Easter.

Modern culture and the arts

Greece is not just the past. You will also be delighted by its modern culture and arts, to be found in the country’s museums, concert halls and art galleries of the major cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as the thousands of cultural events,  held all-year-round at open-air theatres, castles, and squares around the country.

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