Are you thinking about visiting Greece? You should! Greece is an incredible country with plenty of history worth discovering, delicious food to taste, a beautiful language and amazing weather. Many people visit Athens, Corfu and Santorini. But this article will share some other great places to visit, some you may never have heard of, as they are Greece’s hidden gems.
Santorini, Mykonos or Crete are the most popular holiday islands in Greece. But Skyros, is also worth a visit. This lesser known island is the largest of the Sporades. It became popular for a few years after the release of Mamma Mia (2008). The film starring Meryl Streep was filmed on Skyros but has since left the minds of the budding tourist.
If you want to add an outdoor adventure to your vacation hike the Menalon Trail, Greece’s first certified trail. It was completed in 2005, and still remains somewhat of a secret. The 75km trail starts in Stemnitsa and continues to Lagkadia via dramatic mountainous scenery. Notable stops along the way include Lousios Gorge, Mylaon River Valley and the Gortynian Mountains.
This city was the capital of modern Greece, prior to King Otto relocating to Athens. This quaint place has charisma and untouched beauty. Its sweet smelling narrow streets are filled with glorious foliage and flowers, like jasmine. You can explore the old town, two forts and a castle. It is a great place to get a taste of local life, and it is only a 2-hour drive away from Athens.
Paxi and Antipaxi
For a relaxing holiday head to the island of Paxi. Here you can relax on golden sandy beaches, explore underwater caves and small bays. Plus, walk around lavish green hills. This small island is a place to escape your busy and stressful life. If you need more activities visit the nearby island, called AntiPaxi. Here you can swim in striking turquoise seawaters and drink some of Greece’s finest wine. The local wines include the delicious and famous Mavrodafni, a black wine grape. Have you heard of it?
When is the best time to visit Greece?
When to visit depends on what experience you want to have, your budget and your preferred weather conditions.
Greece’s peak season is from late June to early October. The temperature is ideal for the beach lovers, as each day is a consistent 96 °F (36 °C); The sun is strong, and rainfall is at a minimum. Most visitors travel to Greece for the lovely beaches and warm ocean water. If this is what you are looking for, visit during the summer months. But be warned, it is crowded, and hotel prices are on the increase. If you have the budget for it and don’t mind queuing, book your flights for the peak season.
Off Peak Season:
Alternatively, if you prefer cooler temperatures, with fewer people and cheaper hotel rates, book your trip in April, May or October. But avoid Easter! Temperatures range from 60-70 °F (16-23 °C), with a few rainy days. You’ll probably want to wear jeans and a comfy t-shirt, with a light sweater at night.
What did the Greeks ever do for us?
Greece has had a huge impact on the World of science, technology and sport. Their intellect and creativity has played a part in your life. Many of us live in a democratic society, whereby criminals are put on trial and are judged by a jury. Both concepts began in ancient Greece. Have you ever been to an Olympic Games, Atlanta 1996 or London 2012? Maybe, you have your heart set on being a spectator at the games in Los Angeles 2028; It was the Greeks who created the Olympic Games and is now perhaps the biggest and best sporting event in the World. If you love sport, take a trip to the town of Olympia. Here you can walk or race amongst the ruins of the first ever Olympic Games. You can explore the changing rooms, recovery spas and the main stadium, where all the races took place.