Greece has been always a favourite destination for tourists. The land of amazing archaeological sites is fulfilled with stunning landscapes and views, exciting gastronomy, and living history.
The Greek islands and its mainland are both popular sites for Britons that love enjoying the summertime in their villas. Its varied landscapes and landmarks doesn’t make it too difficult to find the best places to visit in Greece.
However, I would like to think outside the box and instead of making “the most of the same”, I prefer to pick outstanding thing to do and see in Greece without necessary following the mass.
I do confess it was difficult to find secluded retreats in a country that is a huge tourist hotspot . But here’s my must-see guideline to make the most of your holidays in Greece this summer.
Gorge of Samaria
I have no doubts that Crete must be amazing, but if you fancy a more secluded spot, you need to track down to the Samaria National Park in West Crete to check Europe’s Grand Canyon – Gorge of Samaria.
It’s still a quite popular site for tourists, but at least you can have great views of gorgeous mountains and green walls of the ravine.
Be aware that it’s requires a lot of strength to complete the nearly seven hours of walking through the gorge in a rough path. Certainly not a site for beginners.
I first heard about this peaceful paradise throughout a friend who was living there last year. Leros is part of the Dodecanese islands in the south of Aegean Sea.
The island of Artemis, the goddess of forests and hunting, is what you can call of dreamy holiday spot with stunning azure seas and exquisite architecture in its capital, Ayia.
Don’t forget to visit the magnificent castles of Brouzi and Panayia and the iconic windmills of the island.
Here’s somewhere to take your partner or loved ones. The picturesque Nafplio is with no doubts one of the most beautiful Greek villages. It’s located in the Argolis area in the Peloponnese.
This charming town has colourful houses and cosy cafes and restaurants with tables outside to tourists make the most of its romantic vibe.
Fell in love with the narrow streets and ancient sites, and don’t miss the chance of visiting the only beach in the village, Arvanitia, which is quite easy to be reached on foot.
That’s a bit extreme for families. But if you’re part of the group that follows adventure everywhere you go, Meteora is a place for you. This UNESCO’s World Heritage is a respectful rock mountain formation that attracts climbers and visitors from all over the world.
The spot is also famous for its monasteries. It’s believed that in the 16th century there were at least 24 monasteries in Meteora. Nowadays, there are six ones still functioning.
Molyvos is picturesque Greek village located in the Lesvos Islands that is considered a paradise for foodies.
The village’s harbour is surrounded by restaurants and taverns catering amazing local food made from fresh ingredients.
Seafood is a must-have experience in this stunning spot.
Just don’t leave without trying the popular Ouzo – the national anise-flavour liqueur made of tsipouro –it’s very similar to a Greek grappa and it even made an appearance in the famous film – My Big Fat Greek Wedding, remember?
As you can see, Greece is an iconic holiday destination that is ready to have us back there soon. Start planning your visit now!
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