Art and Culture - Greece

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="greek guard, athens" alt="greek guard, athens" /></p> <p>The birthplace of democracy over 3500 years ago and home of the Parthenon, the Acropolis in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/athens">Athens</a> is a symbol and icon of not only democracy but of the many great and lasting contributions that the ancient Greeks made to Western society. The ideas used, discovered and explored by people like Plato and Aristotle are still applied in math, science and philosophy today. The ruins of this once great and highly advanced culture can be found not only in Athens but throughout the islands and at places like Delphi on the mainland.</p> <p>Another big cultural attraction to <a href="/contikipedia/articles/greece">Greece</a> is the chance to see traditional Greek dancing, color and costumes made perhaps most famous by the book and then 1964 film &#8216;Zorba the Greek&#8217; can be enjoyed at traditional Greek tavernas like the Taverna Gloupos on the Island of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/corfu">Corfu</a> or at one of the many to be found hidden away in the Plaka district of Athens.</p> <p>Even in the Greek Islands, in places like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mykonos">Mykonos</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/santorini">Santorini</a> that are more famous for their partying and beautiful scenery, you will find ancient ruins like those on Dilos and the remains of Akatori.</p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=greece"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Greece &gt;</strong></a></p>