Greece is a stunning country that anyone would be lucky to visit. Home to some of the ancient wonders of the world and possessing a rich cultural history, the country is a must for anyone who loves to travel. There’s a rich archaeological history in the country as well and where you can visit some of the world’s most formative and well-known sites to see ruins in great condition. Where the ruins are, museums that shed light on the history of the spot often sit close to the ruins. While visiting historical sites is a main part of traveling to Greece, it’s also fascinating to see how thriving cities surround these sites and people lead normal lives in the middle of so much history. Though there are endless places to explore and sites to see, here are the top five places to visit when you’re in Greece.

Athens

Likely the top tourist destination in Greece, Athens is rumored to be busy and overwhelming. However, the historical sites you see here are more than worth the amount of people you’ll be around. Make sure you plan plenty of time to visit the ruins in Athens, namely the Acropolis (especially the Parthenon), the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Agora, which used to be the center of ancient Athens. Take time to visit the New Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum as well. Athens was once the center of Western civilization and home to some of the best scholars, so take time to appreciate this city.

Crete

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and has plenty of variety. You’ll find gorgeous coastlines that stretch on for miles, beautiful mountains soaring into the sky, and a stunning countryside filled with olive trees. There are various cities you can choose to visit on the island, but no matter where you go, you’ll encounter rich history that retains physical traces of the many ancient civilizations that called the island their home.

Delphi

Delphi is the second most popular archaeological site in Greece and for good reason. The city sits on the side of Mount Parnassus and Greeks used it as a sacred site to Apollo. The Oracle of Delphi made predictions for people who visited the site from all over, asking for advice on anything from politics, farming, relationships, money, and other important or mundane topics. You’ll have stunning natural views as you walk through the ruins.

Santorini

Santorini is a popular vacation spot during the summer, but it’s still beautiful and a great place to visit in the off-season. One of the most gorgeous Greek islands, Santorini has stunning cliffs that provide views of the Aegean Sea. Santorini is also home to the classic white homes with blue roofs that so many people associate with Greece. The island is the result of a huge volcanic eruption from sometime around 1650 B.C. Visit the towns of Oia and Fira for beautiful sunsets and then check out the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri.