One of the coolest things about Athens is that you can walk through a modern city and get a great insight into what it would have felt to walk the same street 2,500 years ago. There are not many places around the world where you can see the same man-made structures that people walked past centuries ago.
You probably learned a plethora of information about Athens and the Greeks in your middle school classroom. In fact, you may have been subjected to me talking about Athens and the Greeks, either in a classroom or informally. With good reason, mind you: the Athenians, are, according to all Western civilizations, all that and a bag of pita chips. But you may have some questions, such as “How long should I stay in Athens? What sites in Athens should I see?” This post will help you plan your next trip to the birthplace of democracy.
Before we hopped a flight from Chania to Athens for the final leg of our journey, we took one final walk around the town. Here are some photos from Chania before we move on…
En route from Chania to the beach of Elafonissi just after the town of Topolia, we saw signs for the cave of Agia Sofia and decided to check it out. After climbing about 220 steps (only 4 times as many as it takes to get to our apartment!) we reached the cave. You will see magnificent stalactites and stalagmites and a church built into the rock high above Topolia Gorge. It’s free to visit, so check it out!
Santorini may have been perhaps the most visually stunning location I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing; however, Crete is an equally appealing destination, due in large part to its beaches. Within the western part of Crete, there are a number of beautiful beaches that are among Greece’s most highly rated.
Greece is home to over 6,000 islands distributed throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas. By far the largest of those islands is Crete, which is over 3,200 square miles. Crete may not get the fanfare of Santorini or Mykonos, but it is one of Greece’s most beautiful destinations. At just a 2-hour hydrofoil ride from Santorini, it’s easy to access if you’re already on Santorini.