16 photos that will make you want to explore Mainland Greece

When I decided to explore Greece, I chose not to head straight to the picturesque Islands with the whitewashed walls and blue-domed roofs that everyone thinks of when they think of Greece. Instead, I wanted to dive back into the history classes of my youth and explore the sites of Ancient Greek mythology. I’m so glad I did. Greece has so much more than gorgeous islands and stunning sunsets (you can find those on the mainland as well). Although I have much more to write on the subject, here is just a quick taste of why I believe everyone should explore Greece’s history-rich mainland. I hope after viewing these photographs you’ll agree!

The Erechtheion at the Acropolis
Beautiful Athens sunset
Stunning town of Arachova
Views from the top of Mycenae
Colorful tavernas in Nafplio
Greek Vineyards at Nemea
Consulting the Oracle at Delphi
Watching the sun set over Athens
Stunning Cape Sounion
Ancient Greek Theatre at Epidaurus
Cafes with a view in Athens
Beautiful streets of Old Nafplio
Exploring the Plaka in Athens
Wondering at the hilltop Monasteries of Meteora
Mainland Greece has beaches too – and stunning bridges!
Exploring the colorful streets of Ionnina

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22 thoughts on “16 photos that will make you want to explore Mainland Greece

  1. Though the greek islands have their own charm to entice the travelers and tourists. The history wound around the Acropolis in Athens is incredible and the colossal buildings speak of more than ruins. We did a trip to Mycenae, Nafplion and Epidaurus which was an unforgettable experience. Though Delphi still remains on the list.

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  2. As a art history major, Athens and the Ancient Greek structures are definitely more interesting to me than the islands!!! Last time I was in Europe, unfortunately I couldn’t visit Greece as the flight tickets were too high. Hope I’ll get a chance again!

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  3. The ancient mythological part of Greece seems absolutely gorgeous. Arachova looks like a beautiful town and I love the quirky cafes and streets! Hope to travel there soon and when we do we’ll make sure we visit this part of Greece 🙂

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  4. I’m actually going to mainland Greece this fall so it’s perfect for me to see these 16 images. The sunset over Athens looks so beautiful and romantic! I’d love to capture the Ancient Greek Theatre at Epidaurus with my fish eye, it’s shape is perfect for this kind of shot!

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  5. I’m totally convinced! Greece is the first country that I want to visit when I set my feet in Europe and precisely for its enchanting history, followed by its gorgeous landscapes. Your pictures make me wanna do it at the earliest. Stunning!

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  6. Greece looks so picture-perfect, basing on your photos! It definitely did not quell any of my desire to visit Greece – in fact, it only reinvigorated it! Seriously, your photos get better and better as I scroll down. It’s just beautiful in every sense of the word!

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  7. My dad was born and raised in Greece! Looking at his childhood photos makes me envious. While I’m sure Greece has its positive and negatives I cannot help but think living there would be the coolest thing in the world. It’s just so beautiful!

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  8. WOW – I’m headed to Greece in September, we spend one night in Athens each way but I thought the real attraction was going to be Santorini – I’ll definitely have to do a bit of sightseeing on the mainland!

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    1. The highlight will absolutely be Santorini! I visited there too and fell in love! But I also saw so many amazing things on the mainland that I don’t want people to overlook it as well. Hope you have a fantastic trip!

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