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Discover the most beautiful places of the beaten path in Greece

PELOPONNESE

A destination for all seasons, Peloponnese has won, thanks to the changes of the landscape and its historical wealth, the bet with every kind of traveler and in recent years is on a growth trajectory. From the rising west coasts of Ilia and Messinia, which have become a destination for luxurious summer relaxation holidays, to popular mountain destinations such as Kalavrita and mountainous Arcadia, the travel profile of the Peloponnese is multidimensional and all-weather.

Important archeological sites (Ancient Olympia, Mycenae), atmospheric old cities (Nafplio, Monemvasia, Pylos), living capitals of prefectures (Patra, Kalamata), with festivals and cultural activities, stone-built villages, unique on the road routes, mountains, mountains and beaches are poles of attraction for short getaways, vacations and specialized trips that cover all styles and budgets.

The hotel development follows more or less the profile of each area: resorts in Loutraki, on the beaches of Ilia, Messinia and Achaia, atmospheric hostels in historic buildings in Mani, Monemvasia, but also in the villages of mountainous Arcadia, chalet with fireplace and mountain hotels in the ski resort of Kalavrita, city hotels in the provincial cities, such as Sparta and Tripoli, mountain shelters and forest villages in Parnonas and Taygetos. Rustic local flavors dominate the village taverns, while the most sophisticated proposals and nightlife are concentrated mainly in the cities and in the most stylish seaside resorts.

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MONEMVASIA

Within the medieval walls of Monemvasia in Peloponesse Greece, is one of the most well-preserved and vibrant castle cities in Greece, which attracts fanatical visitors all year round. Dozens of churches, mansions of wealthy merchants, fountains, Turkish baths and winding cobbled streets are kept in remarkably good condition, preserving the atmosphere of this settlement, which from the Byzantine years to the 19th century played an important role in the history of the region.

There is no car inside the castle, so get ready for a walk. The main cobbled path that starts from the gate of the Castle leads you to the most important sights but also to the restaurants, bars and shops that are gathered along it. From the central square with the cannon, the church of the Dragged Christ and the Archaeological Museum begins the cobbled path to the Upper Castle or Goula, the second settlement. It is worth the uphill between the pomegranates and the date palms and only for the view from the walls of the Upper Castle, in front of the imposing church of Agia Sofia, but unfortunately at the moment the Upper Castle is closed for maintenance.

The hotels inside the Castle are small hostels housed in old, listed buildings. The new town, Gefyra, is no different from any newly built seaside resort, except perhaps for the fact that it offers views of the Castle. You will find everything: hotels, taverns, shops, patisseries, banks. Its sandy beach is very popular.
When to goWhen to go
Monemvasia Castle never leaves the agenda of weekenders. Except in summer, however, things are more relaxed, as the large groups that come for a day trip are missing and the visitors are mainly couples. Easter has a special color.

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MONEMVASIA PELOPONESSE

NAFPLION

Probably the most charming city of the Peloponnese and one of the favorite places for weekends all seasons in Greece. In the puppet old town of Nafplion, with the preserved architectural physiognomy and the two Venetian castles that crown it, Akronafplia and Palamidi, the aura of the first capital of the Greek state is diffused.

Admire the city from above by climbing the -999 according to tradition 857 according to others- steps that lead to the imposing Palamidi which stands on a huge gray rock and overlooks the sea. From Akronafplia the view of the city is equally impressive, while if you follow the pedestrian street of Arvanitia that surrounds the rock of Akronafplia, you will take an idyllic walk with the sea under your feet. In restored mansions, scattered in the old town of Nafplion, you will find beautiful guesthouses.

The core of the old town stretches behind the shores of Bouboulina and Miaouli promenades, which are full of cafe-bars and taverns with a wonderful view opposite Bourtzi, the small island with the Venetian fortress of the same name.
The main pedestrian street of King Constantine will become a reference point in every tour of the old town, as it crosses almost the entire and ends at the cobbled Syntagma Square, the meeting point that is strongly reminiscent of Italian piazza.
Here is the Archaeological Museum, the Parliament that housed the first parliament of the free Greek state and the Old Mosque.

The traditional taverns occupy the entire length of Staikopoulou Street (parallel to V. Konstantinou), at the end of which is the Kombologiou Museum. The alleys around this road offer to get lost: they are full of Turkish fountains and Turkish baths – memorabilia of Turkish rule – and historic churches. The two green parks, of Kolokotronis and OSE, which welcome visitors at the entrance of the city, are suitable for stressful walks.

NAFPLION

NAFPLION PELOPONESSE

THESSALY GREECE

From the snowy alpine mountain peaks of Pindos to the green lacy beaches of Pelion and from the enchanting calm power of Lake Plastira in the rushing bed of Pinios and the wonder of the Thessalian plain, Meteora. It is difficult to define in a few words the tourist profile of Thessaly. In the beginning it was not Pelion. The enchanting mountain of Centaurs was due to its unsurpassed natural beauty the first opening of the area in tourism, and maintains to this day the interest undiminished all seasons, since the mountain-sea combination finds its ultimate expression here.

Second in the preferences comes the area of ​​Elati and Pertouli in the mountains of the prefecture of Trikala, with its alpine beauty being photographed against the backdrop of the beautiful mountain range of Pindos. A breath away from here, however, in the mountains of the prefecture of Karditsa, an artificial lake was destined to steal the hearts of travelers. Lake Plastira became the next highlight of Thessaly and the villages around it were filled very quickly by beautiful hostels overlooking the Agrafiotika mountains.

In recent years, on the map of Thessaly tourism, we note another area that claims its presence as an autonomous destination. They are the beaches of Larissa defined by the vast and sandy beaches of Agiokampos, Velitsa and Stomio and are crowned by the unsurpassed beauty of Kissavos. The tourist infrastructure of Thessaly, in general, is quite good, with beautiful guesthouses in the mountains and very good city hotels in Volos, Larissa, Karditsa and Trikala.

METEORA

METEORA THESSALY GREECE

KERKINI LAKE SERRES

The beautiful artificial lake in the northwestern part of the Prefecture of Serres has become a destination for alternative tourism, while important infrastructure has been created in the villages of Lithotopos and Kerkini. It is considered an important wetland, as thousands of species of flora and fauna are to be found here.

In fact, special offices organize boating with the so-called “blavas”, which sail even in 10 points of water. You can also go kayaking, horseback riding, cycling on selected routes, hiking on the shores – only during the period when the lake is low, ie from autumn to spring – and jeep routes. Over 620 species of plants have been recorded in the coastal forest and it is an important breeding ground for aquatic birds, including endangered species (eg silver pelican, rose pelican, lagona, night crow, spoonbill, black stork, egret), while at its extremities the largest number of water buffalo in Greece.

Also, the area of ​​almost 7 sq.km. lake offers shelter for more than 30 species of fish (carp, carp, eel, butterfly, gull). Ano and Kato Poria are the liveliest villages in the area, with uphill streets, taverns and cafes in the squares with the plane trees but also cool streams that descend with momentum from the mountain – with the first being the starting point of hiking and mountaineering routes on the mountain Troubles.

The village of Lithotopos is located next to the dam, at the foot of Krousia and next to Strymonas, offers a fascinating view of the lake and has tourist infrastructure as well as offices that organize various activities. The village of Kerkini, again, with the red tiles on the roofs, the storks’ nests and the closed dams in its picturesque port is the seat of the Wetland Information Center.

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KERKINI LAKE

ZAGORI PAPIGO EPIRUS

The two famous villagges of Zagori, Big and Small Papigo, at an altitude of 980 m. The first and 1,040 m. The second, with only 4 km distance between them. With the imposing Astraka mountain embracing them like a guardian angel and natural swimming pools, Ovires Rogovo, ideal for diving between smooth slate slabs, the scenery is special all year round and one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

The image is completed by well-preserved stone buildings of traditional Zagorian architecture and cobbled streets that lead to chapels and fountains.
Megalo Papigo, one of the most beautiful traditional settlements in the country, is the most developed, with many options for accommodation, food, coffee and drink, and attracts many travelers, from nature lovers and families to couples and groups.

In Mikro Papigo the car stops at the entrance of the village and the hiking routes start leading to Drakolimni (Dragon Lake) inTymfi mountain. Those who love tranquility will prefer it, as it also has some beautiful hostels. It is necessary to visit the WWF Information Center that operates in the village.
When to go: Autumn and spring are the most beautiful seasons. In September and October, the months when birds migrate and fanatical bird watchers gather here.

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DRAGON LAKE TYMFI MOUNTAIN GREECE

PRESPES LAKES NORTHERN GREECE

At the borders of Greece with Albania and North Macedonia, the Prespa National Park is a timeless travel destination for nature lovers. In Mikri Prespa lake there are two islands: Agios Achilleios, which you will reach via a floating footbridge, and Vidronisi or Vitrinetsi. Herons, cormorants and rare species of pelicans (such as the silver pelican) will fascinate fans of bird watching, while it is worth taking a boat trip to the caves with the Byzantine hermitages.

In Megali Prespa lake, again, the traffic is divided between the lakeside fishermen and the mountainous Agios Germanos. In Psarades you will enjoy a lake carp by the shores, while in Agios Germanos you will stay in traditional hostels and eat in nice taverns by the river.

When to go: In the spring to meet migratory birds and see the wetlands, where water buffalo graze, but also the green st.Achilles. In the summer to swim at Kula beach in Megali Prespa and see the dozens of blooming water lilies of Mikri prespa. In autumn to enjoy nature walks and in winter to combine a ski trip at the Vigla-Pisoderio Ski Center.

PRESPES LAKES

LAKE OF PRESPES

THE AGRAFA VILLAGES IN EVRITANIA GREECE

In South Pindos, the area of ​​Agrafa full of pristine routes is one of the last strongholds of the nature lovers. The best way to get to know it is by 4×4 or on foot. We do not know if Agrafa really took its name from the time of the Byzantine Empire when due to the location and character of the inhabitants the collection of taxes was impossible with the result that the area is not recorded in official documents.

What is certain is that even today you have to cross a wild landscape in the valley of the Agrafiotis river and drive on a dirt road to get here; the village of Agrafa is 90 km from Karpenisi, of which the last 26, from the village Krenti and then it is dirt road. Beyond that, however, lies the real challenge that can be enjoyed by those who have a 4×4 and definitely hikers.

The area does not have the tourist development of the rest of Evritania. It has a few but decent hostels and remains an attraction for climbers and lovers of alternative tourism who enjoy rafting in Tavropos and kayaking on the artificial Lake Kremasta. The village of Agrafa dominates the area, it is the largest, with hostels, taverns and cafes.

From here leaves a road that connects Evritania with Lake Plastira. Each of the small villages has its own history and the locals will be happy to tell it to you while drinking a tsipouro in the cafes: Marathos with the stone-built church of Taxiarches of the 16th century, Epiniana an ideal starting point for mountaineering routes, Tridentro, built on the right bank of the river Agrafiotis with a plane tree-natural monument, Trovato with the small church of Ag. Dimitrios build in 1641, Braggiana with the School that operated until 1662 and Monastiraki with the churches of Panagiaand Agios Dimitrios.
When to go : Definitely before the rains start. From May to August is an ideal time to combine your excursion with alternative activities.

AGRAFA

AGRAFA VILLAGES EVRYTANIA GREECE

ELAFONISOS

The beach of Simos is perhaps the only, but by no means insignificant reason to cross the laconic land with the final destination being the small island at the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese. This exotic strip of land with its turquoise waters, white dunes and cedars has sworn fans flooding the exemplary beach campsite every summer and they are definitely annoyed by the ever-increasing sun loungers or the big nightclub that has been operating in recent years in Simos.

The truth is that this island of 19 sq.km. seems not to like a lot of fuss. Besides, here you will come for heavenly baths and a walk in the picturesque port, which is the only organized settlement, with the beautiful beach and the colorful boats that supply the few taverns with fresh seafood. In its center a small peninsula is formed where the church of Agios Spyridon dominates, a favorite place for hang-out of the younger ones who, when it gets dark, go there with beers and even your laptop, since the place provides free wi-fi. Few hotels and rooms for rent are offered for your stay in case you do not like camping, while remember to have enough cash because the only ATM on the island may not work when you need it.

ELAFONISOS

ELAFONISOS

ELATOCHORI PIERIA GREECE

Perched in eastern Pieria, it is today a complete tourist resort, ideal for excursions all year round. In winter snow lovers will find one of the most beautiful small ski resorts in Greece just 8 km away, in spring nature lovers gather here due to the wonderful nature, while in summer it is always cool due to altitude and at the same time very close to the coast of Pieria .

The lush forest that surrounds it and the abundant view of Mount Olympus act as a magnet for visitors, both for those who seek relaxation close to nature and for those who love adventure, since – in addition to winter sports – has many hiking trails. and mountain biking as well as forest roads for exploring with 4×4 cars. The village, which is built at an altitude of 800 m, is divided into two settlements, Paleo and Neo Elatochori.

The first is experiencing remarkable tourist development, with well-kept stone guesthouses, modern and luxurious mountain resorts, rooms to let, taverns, cafes and stylish bars. Finally, it is worth visiting the historic church of Agios Nikolaos with its magnificent wood-carved iconostasis and ornate paintings.

ELATOHORI

VILLAGE OF ELATOCHORI