Eleven reasons to visit Greece in 2014 according to AOL

Top website AOL.co.uk, featuring over 10 million visitors per month, included Greece to the most popular destinations for 2014.

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“If you haven’t visited Greece before, 2014 is the year to experience the country in all its glory. Not only is it predicted by Thomson to be the first choice for families looking for an inspiring summer holiday, but it’s in our hot destinations list too!

Despite its economic worries, Greece has remained a Mediterranean favorite, with its fabulous beaches, archaeological sites and plentiful ways to get active.

We spoke to new organization Marketing Greece, which represents the private sector of Greek tourism, to find out why Greece is the European destination to visit in 2014.

With new museums, more flights launching and a few important anniversaries, there’s a wealth of things to see and do, whether you’re in search of a long island escape or a short break to explore the ancient cities.

Discover 11 reasons why you can’t go wrong with a holiday in Greece in 2014…

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1. The National Museum of Contemporary Art opens in Athens

After 13 years of development, the museum will open its doors to the public at the former site of the legendary Athenian brewery Fix in the spring.

2. British Airways launches its first flights ever to the Greek islands

Beginning in May, BA will serve the islands of Mykonos and Santorini with direct flights from London Heathrow.

3. Zorba the Greek, one of the most recognizable symbols of Greece, turns 50

If you want to recreate the famous syrtaki dance scene of the Oscar-winning film (originally released in 1964), head to Stavros beach outside Chania, Crete.

4. The Ionian Islands, previously under British rule, will be officially part of Greece for 150 years

You can see evidence of the previous British (and earlier French) administration all over the main towns of Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia and the other islands off the western coast of Greece.

5. Thessaloniki, the city that never sleeps, becomes the European Youth Capital

Greece’s biggest and most famous student town is given the appropriate title for 2014. Aristotle University has more than 80,000 students, more than any other academic institution in the country.

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6. The Acropolis Museum celebrates its fifth anniversary

Recently chosen as one of the top three museums in the world, the Acropolis Museum features nearly 4,000 objects on display, while the Parthenon hall has the same orientation with the world-famous temple on the Acropolis hill.

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7. Hollywood revisits the ancient Greek history

The long-awaited sequel 300: Rise of an Empire premieres in March, while two movies are currently in development inspired by the adventures of mythical hero Hercules, both due to hit our screens later in 2014.

8. The Olympic Games ‘returned home’ a decade ago

Hailed as ‘unforgettable, dream games’, they left Athens with significantly improved infrastructure, including a new airport, metro network, ring road and a pedestrianized archaeological promenade that changed the look of the city center.

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9. Explore Greece’s first diving parks

The first diving parks to operate in Greece will be open by summer 2014. The country is investing in developing diving tourism and the two parks will be the first underwater archaeological sites open to visitors. The parks will be located near the historic coastal town of Pylos in the southwestern Peloponnese, which is home to a number of ancient shipwrecks.

10. Be among the first people to walk the new Aristotle’s trail

The Aristotle’s Walk, the first of eight historically-based trails in the peninsula of Chalkidiki in northern Greece, begins at the Natura 2000 network at Aristotle’s Grove and concludes at ancient Stageira in Olympiada, the philosopher’s birthplace. The 22km trail follows the path of the Aristotelian Mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. The next seven trails will be launched later in 2014, with Xerxes’ Walk the second route to be introduced.

11. Seaplane flights are taking off

A new method of travelling, by seaplane flights, will be introduced to Greece next year, with the first dedicated waterway, on the island of Skyros, due for completion in the first quarter of 2014. Greek company Hellenic Seaplanes, which has already received the green light from the island’s port authority, is carrying out the necessary procedures to obtain a license for the construction of a waterway at Linaria port. The waterway will seek to connect the southernmost of the Sporades islands with a number of destinations across the country, including the soon-to-be announced central seaplane base in Athens.

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