Ever since the 1950’s, when the Greek island economies first opened to tourism they have been frequented by sun-seekers, as well as welcoming academics and history lovers. From the mainland to the various island territories, those visiting Greece hotels should make sure that they explore some of the ancient treasures that the country has to offer. Greece has many very rich past civilisations and artefacts from these eras are still continuing to be found.
Believed to be over 4,000 years old. the Dokos shipwreck is the oldest known sunken vessel in the world. Holidaymakers visiting Athens, the Greek capital can see artefacts that were recovered from a slightly more recent shipwreck in Antikythera thought to be from 100-200BC. The ships treasures included various Bronze and marble artefacts such as the Philosophers head. Divers also recovered a device thought to be a primitive analogue computer, the Antikythera mechanism.
The wreckage of the 17th century French naval vessel La Therese lies off of the coast of the largest island Crete and many of its artefacts have been recovered and are on display. The Palaces of Knosos and Phaestos are an interesting choice for holidaymakers on the island who wish to visit an interesting archaeological site. The island’s excellent archaeological museum is the perfect place for holidaymakers to find out about these, as well as the ancient Minoan civilisations that built them.
Bodrum hotels are the perfect choice for those considering a holiday around the Mediterranean or Aegean. Close to the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes and in the south, the Bodrum peninsula is a popular destination among British holidaymakers who visit for the beaches and culture. The Mediterranean and Aegean seas have housed a number of prominent civilisations and as a result holidaymakers visiting the old city of Bodrum are spoilt for choice.
The Castle of St John towers above the rest of the old town and was once the home of the Knights who ruled Bodrum before it was conquered, along with its neighbours by Suleyman the magnificent who built a mosque in Rhodes to commemorate victory there. Nowadays, the castle is home to an excellent maritime museum which is well frequented by those staying close to Bodrum in Gumbet hotels.