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When it comes to exotic European destinations, Greece is at the top of the list. Touring all of Greece would be a Herculean feat since it spreads across over 6,000 islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. However, there are certainly many "can't miss" destinations when visiting a country often called the cradle of Western civilization. While visitor can learn more about Greece's history by viewing majestic ruins and significant landmarks. Greece also delivers when it comes to relaxation thanks to gorgeous stretches of sandy beaches, deep blue sea views and all the ouzo you can drink.

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1. Athens

Visitors to Athens, Greece's modern-day capital, may feel like they are also traveling back in time to the heart of Ancient Greece at the height of its power and influence. Reminders of the city's storied past are everywhere, including 5th-century landmarks like the Acropolis, site of the famed Parthenon temple and the ruins of the Ancient Agora of Athens. However, Athens may surprise tourists with its very up-to-date nightlife, shopping, and dining options. Don't miss the Grand Promenade walkway, which was specially created for the 2004 Olympic Games.

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