The Greek Islands have many attractive Archaeological sites. Therefore, they draw thousands of holidaymakers, to the islands every year. The beautiful Med, with its golden sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife. These are to name but a few of the reasons. But, for whatever reason you visit the islands. It would be criminal not to explore the incredible ancient wonders. They are hidden all across the country’s many islands. So, as we set sail from the Ionian Islands, with Deep Blue Yachting. We thought we’d share with you. Our favourite places to visit as we travel across the glittering Mediterranean sea.
Archaeological Sites In Greece
Firstly the Nicopolis, is one of our amazing, archaeological sites. While not on an Ionian Island. It is near the town of Preveza. A coastal community on the edge of the Ionian sea. It is a worthwhile stop on your trip. Built by Octavian to commemorate his victory over Cleopatra and Antony. In an epic battle fought a short distance away in the Ionian Sea. The archaeological site is an unearthed city. As a result, the city features remnants of housing, walls, arches, columns and a well preserved outdoor theatre.
Vaulted Mycenaean Tomb, Kefalonia
On the beautiful island of Kefalonia you’ll find many treasures. One of which is the famed Vaulted Tomb. Known for being one of the best kept ancient ruins. These tombs where common in Greece during the 1st century. Just outside the small village of Janta. Known as the beehive tomb, this surviving bastion of ancient Greece is in an immaculate condition.
Cyclopean Walls, Kefalonia
Cyclopean walls have attracted much attention over the years due to their build quality. Built to defend the ancient town of Krani. Remnants of the old town, are inside the walls. They gained their name because people believe one eyed monsters built them. Built around the period of the 7th century BC. Perfectly aligned, they are the best example of wall construction and engineering. Unfortunately, being in such an open environment. The walls have suffered at the hands of the elements for over a thousand years and are bad shape. However, many sections of the wall still survive. Compared to the Great Wall of China in terms of sheer wonder. Visit them for yourselves and I’m sure you’ll agree. Visit them for yourselves and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Cave of Drakna, Kefalonia
On, our last stop on Kefalonia we come to Drakaina. A beautiful and mysterious cave on the western side of the Island. Drakaina is a natural formation. Not only this, but excavation work has been by archaeologist. As a result, they found evidence of early man. That existed over 7000 thousand years ago during the New Stone Age. Materials found included animal bones, ancient clothing fibers, evidence of walls and flooring and ceramic dolls. It’s an incredible place to go to absorb ancient history.
The Castle of Santa Maura, Lefkada
The Ionian Islands have seen their fair share of rulers throughout their history. But none more extravagant than the Venetians. Santa Maura Castle was built to protect the island. Keeping out the pirates that plagued to Ionian Sea. Constructed around 1300 BC. Built after Ioannis Orsini took Lefkada as a wedding gift. Because he married a Greek bishop’s daughter. One of the finest examples of a medieval castle still left standing. Santa Maura sits right next to the floating bridge, which joins Lefkada to the mainland.
Onto Ithaca where we are looking for the fabled Acropolis, a large citadel-like structure built atop large hills as a protective measure for a town lying beneath. Rumoured to hold the ruins of the palace of Odysseus. We are still learning a lot about these archaeological sites. Unfortunately, time has deteriorated the acropolis. Therefore it is in bad shape. However, featuring many examples of roman ruins. It is a site worth visiting while passing by the island of Ithaca. Also the Acropolis has incredible views. Which you can see as you reach the pinnacle of the hills it sits on.
Castle of Chora, Kythira
So another of our archaeological sites is the Venetian gem, the Castle of Chora. Constructed between 1300-1500 BC. Also at a similar time Santa Maura, being built. On the island of Kythira. considering its age, this hilltop castle, is in a fantastic condition. In addition, it features churches, houses and some incredible fresco paintings.
Want to visit these amazing locations and discover even more wonders of the ancient world? Then book a chartered cruise through these majestic islands with us, and you can experience all of these legendary sites from the ground on which they built them.