Taking a Closer Look at 3 of Greeks Most Spectacular Mainland Destinations
Millions of travelers opt to head off-shore and explore the over 6,000 Greek islands located in the Ionian and Aegean Seas and for good reason. Steeped in history and filled with sites of natural and historic significance, they are an amazing way to learn more about the Greek culture while off the mainland. Unfortunately, many forget that the mainland of Greece offers just as much diversity, beauty and history as these other destinations. Bill Bailey Travel heads to mainland Greece for a closer look at 3 of its many spectacular destinations.
Piraeus – the biggest port of Greece, this historic and amazing city is steeped in history and surrounded by the sea. The main port of Athens, Piraeus is part of Attica and is just 7 miles from the city center of Athens along the Saronic Gulf. Home to just over 160,000 people, it is the one of the largest urban areas in Greece and has a history which dates back to the 5th century BC. Chief port of Greece, it welcomes over 20 million passengers annually in fact, Piraeus roughly translates to “the place over the passage”, signifying its long history and significance to travelers thousands of years ago. Today, visitors can enjoy traditional food, cultural events, museums or even begin a journey. Don’t miss the ruins of the ancient wall and the archaeological museum.
Thrace – known for its stunning natural beauty, Thrace is a land rich in legend and lore. Famous for its countryside, this is a nature lovers paradise. Mountains and rivers, lakes and forests, beaches and monuments dating back thousands of years all abound. A fairly large region bounded by the Balkan Mountains, Thrace was once part of a much larger region including Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. Thrace is considered the Northern Mainland.
Thessaloniki – last on the list of our top 3 today is the city of Thessaloniki. Second largest city of Greece it is north of Athens and one of the most significant cities in the region. A major metropolitan area it is know both for its history as well as its urban appeal. Visitors to this ancient city should not miss the ancient archeological sites such as the ancient forum which is almost 2,000 years old as well as the Triumphal Arch of Galerius. The Old City, Museum of Byzantine Culture and the waterfront are also must visit destinations.
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