Malia on Crete
Learn ancient history while Greek island hopping? Yes, you can truly experience structures that are over three thousand years old within a few minutes’ walk from full service tourist beaches with deck chairs, umbrellas and water sports.
Those with an academic bent or who want to justify the trip expense as educational can include visits to sites they have studied in school and view the still standing architecture of ancient Greece. These sites include the historical foundation of our western culture: art, literature, democracy, you name it and you can see its early development in Greece.
Throughout Greece it is easy to get to the major sites such as Delphi, Corinth and Olympia. An excellent web site that details each location with photos, maps and diagrams is www.Visit-Ancient-Greece.com
It is on the Greek islands that the concept of “something for everyone” reaches its zenith. The ferry hub of Paros in the Cyclades is a perfect example. It is popular with island hoppers for the combination of that true Greek experience and many sandy beaches. Its central location made it a focal point of ancient civilization as well. There are remains from the Minoan and Mycenaean periods that pre-date those in Athens by many centuries. The Visit Ancient Greece site has three pages on the ancient history and antiquities of Paros.
Recent travelers to Greece have found that it is easy to bypass the turmoil around the capital in Athens. The local Greek people are making genuine effort to give visitors their “best vacation ever”. Learn about the birth place of western civilization while enjoying sandy beaches.
Nike temple, Athens