There are few places in the world that truly do have something for everyone, and Greece is certainly one of those unique destinations. Even fewer of these can boast such a deep cultural importance, along with a (dare we say) perfect natural environment, first class lodgings, and a roaring nightlife, all of which Greece boasts in spades.

If you are looking for an idyllic location to come for inspiration, and contemplate the ways of the world like Socrates, Plato, and the other Greek heroes of old, then the peaceful surroundings certainly lend themselves to philosophical musings. Visits to the National Archaeological Museum, Delphi, and the Acropolis will get anyone’s brain going into overdrive. Here is a brief look at what these extraordinary sites have to offer.

  • National Archaeological Museum: Certainly one of the world’s greatest museums. You know that in a country with untold numbers of important archaeological sites, the major museum will be a fascinating place, and this one does not disappoint. Travel though the centuries of the different Greek civilizations from the Bronze Age up through the Geometric periods and into the 6th century through the collection of art, pottery, sculptures and much more.
  • Delphi: Listed as a World Heritage Site, Ancient Delphi is located on Mt. Parnassos on the Gulf of Corinth. The natural beauty is enough of a reason to visit this place, but the history and ruins make it a must see. The Temple of Apollo, where ancient Greeks gave thanks to the god for victory in war, along with a beautiful theatre, and the best-preserved stadium in Greece, will awe tourists, and allow them to imagine what it was like to live in the old times.
  • The Acropolis: No one can come to Athens without visiting perhaps the most well-known archaeological site in the world. Tourists who miss this wonder, should have their passports revoked! This important monument holds the Parthenon on its summit, and can be seen from almost the entire city. Especially breathtaking at sun up and sunset, the columns seem to change colors, and hiking up for a picnic is a great way to spend a day. Be warned, the hordes of visitors to this site are massive.

On the other hand, if it’s a party you’re after, then the resort island of Mykonos–frequented by every famous artist, movie star, sports figure, and celebrity for years—will certainly offer every chance to enjoy the fabulous restaurants, bars, clubs, and gorgeous beaches that has made Mykonos such a reknowned destination. Don’t forget that although the ancient Greeks are known for their deep respect and development of philosophy, arts, history, and other weighty subjects, they also worshipped Dionysus, the god of wine. Any trip to the Greek isles—and especially Mykonos—will assure travelers that this aspect is well-preserved in modern culture.

The town is a beautiful, whitewashed meandering idyll, full of interesting shops, bars, and restaurants, but for the night owls, the numerous clubs and discos are the main draw. Many of the hippest hangouts surround the harbor and dot the hills above the beaches, meaning that in addition to seeing the best DJs in the world, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

It’s easy to see why so many people who visit Greece, come for a vacation but end up looking for an apartment to rent or a villa buy! Greece is so well-known in the public consciousness that many people upon first arrival, feel that they’ve been here before. Welcome home. . .again!