Places to visit in Greece
offers too many attractions to tourists. Has a lot of natural
beauty throughout the year, many and unique value of Antiquities
in Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Mycenes, Mount Athos, Meteora,
Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Kos.
Worldwide famous is the unique volcano of Santorini and the cosmopolitan islands of Mykonos, Corfu, Skiathos, Spetses and many others.
Also there are too many local celebrations and festivals, which are typical for Greece and have great tourist interest.
Greece has also wonderful spas in Loutraki, Edipsos, Ipati, Lagadas, natural springs and wonderful lakes like Prespa and mountains like Pelion and Parnassos.
The winter tourism has increased during the last years with many ski centers in the wonderful Greek mountains
The main tourist destination though are the Greek islands with their wonderful beaches the unique whitewased houses and archaeological sites.
In Greece since 1929 operates the Greek national tourism
organisation a semi-State organisation which aims at attracting
tourists from around the world to Greece. A result of the
efforts of GNTO is the huge increase in the number of foreign
tourists who visiting Greece after the establishment of the
Tourism has existed since antiquity. In ancient Greece the various celebrating events in various cities, the Olympics and the religious celebrations were a cause for tourist excursions of the ancient Greeks.
The situation in the middle ages changed. The destruction of roads and the insecurity of travel, after the fall of the Roman Empire, was for many centuries almost insurmountable obstacles for the reappearance of this phenomenon, however, it survived mainly in the form of visit with religious character (pilgrims).
From the Renaissance onwards aimed at the discovery of archaeological relics. During the 18th century, the increased income in some countries (like the British Empire) the relatively safety in travels, the improvement of road networks and the emergence of transport increasingly comfortable and quick created the modern tourism, limited initially to a few privileged , spread gradually during the 19th and the 20th century and to become a mass phenomenon today.