When gambling in the beautiful and ancient country of Greece, be sure to check out some of the amazing sights you can visit once you step outside one of their gambling venues.
There is a huge abundance of unique casinos on mainland Greece and throughout the Greek Isles.
You’ll find casinos in the cities of Athens, Loutraki, Patra, and Xanthi, as well as on the islands of Rhodes, Corfu, and Syros. Be sure to note that you must be 23 years old to gamble at Greek casinos.
Here’s a short list of some of the best casinos in Greece:
- Regency Casino in Thessaloniki. Close to the Thessaloniki airport, this casino sports a whole host of table games, including American-style roulette, poker, and punto cano. Open 24/7, this gaming destination has two restaurants, a hotel, and is the largest casino in the country.
- Mont Parnes Regency Casino in Athens. Built directly on the slopes of Mont Parnes, you’ll be able to overlook Athens at one of their two luxury hotels. It can only be accessed by cable-railway from the foot of the mountain.
- Casino Rhodes. Located in the fabulous Grande Albergo Delle Rose building on the island of Rhodes, you’ll find two floors of gaming options. One floor is dedicated to real money slots while the other host’s table games.
- Casino Syros. In the city of Ermoupolis, you’ll find that this casino has been created from two historic mansions that are connected by an underground tunnel. They feature games like Stud Poker, Caribbean Stud, Mini Baccarat, blackjack, and American Roulette.
After you’ve satisfied your gaming needs, it’s time to explore some of the most significant travel spots on the planet.
1 – The Acropolis and The Parthenon
Sitting on a stony outcrop that looms over the city of Athens is the symbol of Ancient Athens and all of Greece—the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Athena is the patron goddess of Athens and was also the goddess of wisdom and war. The Parthenon was designed by sculptor Phidias and is exemplified by its massive iconic Doric columns. The central part of the structure used to hold a pool, which was presided over by a 40-foot statue of Athena, made of gold and ivory.
Into one side of the temple is carved an artistic rendering that depicts the birth of Athena as well as a battle between her and Poseidon to decide whom the ancient city will be named after.
Around the 6th or 7th century BC, people had abandoned the hilltop settlement for it was declared by an oracle that only the gods could reside there.
Sometime between 450 and 330 BC, the Parthenon and the Temple of Nike were erected on the remains of earlier temples. These earlier temples were destroyed by the Persians during the Battle of Salamina.
In later eras, the Parthenon was converted into a church by the Byzantine Empire, then a Catholic Church by the Franks. And in the 15th century, it was turned into a mosque during the occupation of the Ottoman Empire.
2 – The Theatre of Dionysus
Dionysus was the Greek God of fertility, religious ecstasy, theatre, and wine-making.
Located on the south slope of Acropolis Hill, this ancient theatre of stone and marble was constructed sometime in the 6th century BC. At the peak of its use, it would have seated up to 17,000 Athenians.
During the age of Pericles, when Greece was one of the most powerful nation-states in the world, many important festivals would take place here. The most famous of the Greek playwrights would have their tragedies performed here, including Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, and Aeschylus.
After the Romans conquered Greece in 86 BC, they began to use the theatre for their own state events and festivals as well as holding bloody gladiatorial contests in the center of the performance area.
It was mostly abandoned by the 5th century AD; for 1,500 years, sand buried most of the theatre and it was completely forgotten.
The only thing that was visible to the naked since this time were parts of a monument to the god, Dionysus. But in the 1800s, the Greek Archaeological Society began excavating around this monument and eventually unveiled the remnants of this ancient theatre.
3 – The Temple of Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus is absolutely the best-preserved temple of Ancient Greece. Dedicated to the Greek god of fire, metalworking, and craftsmanship, Hephaestus, this temple was built sometime around 450 BC on the western edge of the city of Athens. It was designed by Iktinus who also helped design the Parthenon.
On the eastern side of the temple, there are sculptures and carvings that represent the mythic hero Hercules. You’ll also find statues that depict the battle of Theseus with Pallentides. Theseus was another mythical hero who was supposedly the founder of Athens and its first king.
The temple was used as a Greek Orthodox church, dedicated to St. George, from 7th century AD until 1834. The last time a holy mass was performed at the temple was when the first modern king of Greece, King Otto, celebrated the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire in 1833.
4 – Kleftiko Beach
You’ve probably seen pictures of this famous beach before. It is known for its impressive rock formations that rise as arches from the seafloor.
These can only be reached by boat, but once you get there, you’ll want to take a dive into its crystal-clear blue-green waters. This spot is on the bucket list for every avid snorkeler in the world.
While boating through these rock formations, you’ll discover some of the most amazing sea caves that can be found anywhere. There are legends about these caves that say that hundreds of years ago, pirates had hidden treasure in them. But of course, no such treasure has ever been found.
If you’re one for an exclusive beach experience, close to Kleftiko beach is Gerontas Cove. This is a hidden, lesser-known small bay in the southwest part of the island. Surrounded by white cliff sea walls, if you can find it, you’ll be able to have this piece of beautiful sand all to yourself.
5 – Monemvasia, Greece
This is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots to visit in Greece.
Situated on the southeastern side of Peloponnese, this medieval fortress city was carved entirely on the backside of a secluded rocky cove. The locals built this city hundreds of years ago in order to protect themselves from enemy attacks.
Originally, the castle city could only be reached by boat. But later, a small paved road was constructed so that people could reach the interior lands.
If you’re in decent shape, you could climb to the top of the city fortress and take in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Today, many of the town’s historic buildings have been converted into boutique hotels and guesthouses for tourists. If you want to spend a day or two there, you’ll also be able to take daily boat trips to some of the other beautiful beaches that are close by.
Walking around the streets of Monemvasia is truly like traveling back in time. You’ll also be able to explore some of the ancient stone Byzantine churches like Agia Sofia and Christ Elkomenos.
6 – Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is one of the top destinations in Greece for pure fun and excitement. This Greek community is famous for a nightlife and party scene that can rival Las Vegas. There are amazing hotels, award-winning restaurants, and amazing beaches.
It’s famous for its Cycladic architecture and blue-domed churches. You’ll probably recognize this style from photos and movies, it’s a minimal kind of architectural type that is characterized by whitewashed, stone-cubed houses that are built next to and on top of each other.
In a neighborhood that people call “Little Venice,” there are rows of beautiful white houses and bars that rise from the sea. The sunsets here are legendary, as are the majestic rows of traditional windmills that front this area.
Some of the best beaches in Mykonos include Paradise, Platis Gialos, Lia, and Super Paradise. There are also tons of water sports, including kitesurfing and windsurfing.
There are always legendary beach parties and epic night clubs in Mykonos.
What are some of the other highlights of Greece? Let me know what you think in the comments.