The Islands of Greece
islands of Greece offer tourists with a variety of ways to
From relaxing on the many beautiful beaches, enjoying the sun drenched
climate and outdoor patios to visiting the many archaeological sites
cultural attractions. I visited Santorini, Crete, Paros, Hydra and Ios.
volcanic island of Santorini is my favorite. This island has something
is an island that it is difficult to describe in words. You have to
it to really appreciate it's beauty and your Greek
holidays should include a few days on this ancient and
panoramic island. The volcanic eruption around circa
BC showered the island with pumice and ash leaving a huge caldera in
middle of the island and sheer steep cliffs. This is the reason for
colors of the sediment and rock strata of the cliffs composed of
black and grey striations. You can also take a tour to the caldera
you can still see and smell sulfur coming out from the earth.
top of these sheer cliffs you have small villages such as Thira,
Imerovigli and Oia. Oia is a great place to view sunsets or
have a romantic dinner. While on the island you can see vineyards and
growing various crops such as olives and pistachios.
thrived in Santorini from 3000 BC to around 1500 BC. Remnants of this
civilization can be found at Akrotiri on the south western tip of
The influence of Minoan Crete is evident in this city especially in
colorful frescoes, pottery and customs. This city was buried by the
pumice and ash
from the volcanic eruption. Only a tiny portion of it has been
far revealing 2 and 3 story buildings.
the south eastern coast of the island on a cliff overlooking the sea
find Ancient Thira. It is accessible by a road. The ruins here are
and date from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
relax, you can spend some time on the beach. There are plenty of them
I found the black sand beaches to be very beautiful and different, but
to Greece must include Crete. A few places of interest are the Palace
Knossos, the city of Herakleion and the Herakleion Museum.
most important archaeological site in Create and perhaps all of Greece.
The Minoan site and civilization flourished till around approximately
1450 BC. There are many theories concerning
why Minoan civilization collapsed. One of them surrounding the massive
eruption in Santorini. The site is impressive. It has yielded
incredible artifacts, pottery and beautiful frescoes. The palace itself
was multi-storied, contained running water and has a throne room.
Archaeological Museum of Herakleion is an impressive museum containing
many ancient artifacts from various Minoan cities and periods of Cretan
history. Some of the more memorable finds include the beautiful Minoan
frescoes and the bull's head from the Palace of Knossos and
the Roman finds from Gortyn.
staying in the city you can view the impressive well-preserved Venetian
walls and fortifications still standing. You can also visit the 16th
Venetian castle at the harbor entrance.
at Herakleion Museum, Crete
Palace of Knossos
View of temple complex
at Knossos, Crete
from Herakleion Museum
Coffin from Gortyn,
Herakleion museum, Crete
Venetian Fort, Herakleion
of Heraklion harbour and walls from Venetian fort
Temple of Aphaia,
Island of Aegina
short video on Greece and the Greek Islands