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Explore the beauties of mainland Greece!

Greece is a beloved destination and in addition to the more familiar islands, the mainland offers plenty of options for a classic Mediterranean holiday! You’ll find peaceful fishing villages full, old fortified towns and fulfilling cities for your next city break. Visit Greece's archaeological sites, enjoy its fascinating culture, its spectacular coastline and its picture-perfect scenery!


Mythical Peloponnese

Discover the Peloponnese, where Myth meets history. Monuments from its eventful past; archeological sites, such as ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tiryns (Tiryntha), the Temple of Apollo Epicurius; Byzantine churches; unique villages and alluring castles amidst stunning natural beauty; mountains and forest; rivers and caves; all the above make this part of Greek land ideal for holidays, touring, sports and culture. Last but not least the Peloponnese is surrounded by sea, blessed with lovely beaches, which are mostly sandy on the west and rocky on the east.



Visit Macedonia and get acquainted with perfection. Explore this magnificent place in Greece, where the crossroads of the east meets the west; where the imposing – and almost perennial snowy – massifs of Mt Olympus, the country's most famous and highest mountain, followed by the equally beautiful Pangaio, Kaimaktsalan (Voras) and Falakro mountains, offer you their slopes for hiking, skiing or snowboarding. The water element is constantly present with some of the most important rivers and lakes in Greece flowing through the region of Macedonia. 



Visit the metropolis of the North, Thessaloniki, with an intriguing multi-ethnic history and its arty culture. It is a upbeat modern city, bustling with energy and verve, built amphitheatrically, with its seafront facing Mount Olympus on the distant horizon. The city has always been a hub of different civilizations, cultures, nations and religions. Discover the breathtaking Halkidiki with its clear waters and golden sandy beaches, bays, little islands and green landscapes; here is where your dream vacation will come true! Don’t miss the unique natural landscapes around Serres. Pay a visit to the picturesque cities of Drama and Kavala on the easternmost part of the country, and Kastoria and Naousa on the westernmost part of northern Greece.



Traditional Epirus

The Epirus region is located in NW Greece, between the Pindos mountain range and the Ionian Sea. Pindos Mountain with its virgin forest, its numerous slopes and its Dragon Lakes (the mythical alpine lakes) open handedly offer you a plethora of activities such as mountaineering, climbing, ski, hiking, mountain biking etc. in a scenery of singular beauty. Moreover, the rivers of Epirus will offer other activities such as kayak, rafting, canoeing etc. Arachtos River is considered as one of the most beautiful and challenging rivers for kayaking, while Voidomatis runs through the impressive Vikos Gorge. All of the above co-exist in harmony with the archaeological sites, castles, monasteries, churches and traditional villages. 



Pay a visit to Zagorochoria. These are 46 unique villages located on the mountains. While you stay in one of these villages you can ramble around the nearby Vikos Canyon, the second deepest in the world, with an ecosystem of 1.700 species of plants and 182 species of animals. Cross the historic stone bridges of Epirus, where legends and local traditions leave their mark on these architectural masterpieces. Explore Dodoni, the famous oracle of ancient times; pay a visit to Dodoni's famous Theater, the largest in antiquity and finally taste some of the most delicious feta, the cheese par excellence of Greece!




Enjoy Thessaly, a region of sheer beauty with mountains, rivers, beaches, the popular Plastira Lake, the valley of Tempi, and last but not least the most photogenic spiritual site in Greece, Meteora. Archeological sites, Byzantine monasteries and churches, traditional settlements and ski resorts complete the fascinating natural beauty of Thessaly and make it a perfect holiday destination. 


Standing over the city of Volos, like a sleepless guardian, Mt Pelion is breathtaking throughout the year. This mountain is home to 24 stone-built villages, which are set against an idyllic backdrop of olive groves that shimmer in the sunlight, dense forests and lush fruit orchards. Take the legendary “Mountzouris”, the traditional train of Pelion that connects Milies with Ano Lechonia villages. This is the perfect way to see part of the mountain and some other traditional villages. Visit Volos, known as the city of the Argonauts (band of heroes who went with Jason in the ship Argo to fetch the Golden Fleece). Here is where you need to make a stop for lunch or dinner as the town is packed with tsipouro tavernas (tsipouradika): there are almost 600 (!) of them that offer the city's delightful cuisine. Locals and tourists love to meet at a tsipouradiko, its a type of a social hub. 



Just a few kilometers to the West from Volos, you'll find the archaeological sites of Sesklo (the most ancient settlement of Europe, dating back to 6.000 BC) and Dimini, the most important prehistoric settlement in Greece and one of the most important ones of the Stone Age worldwide.

Authentic Thrace

Thrace is an area of amazing natural beauty, a land where Greek legends wants it to be the mythical home of Orpheus. It is famous for its pristine, beautiful countryside that makes it a paradise for outdoor activities. This part of Greece has it all: the mountain range of Rodopi (Rhodope) and Mount Saos located on the island of Samothrace in the Thracian Sea; the rivers Evros, Nestos and Ardas; the Lakes Vistonida and Ismarida; the Dadia forest and the Evros River Delta with its internationally acclaimed wetlands; the fertile valleys, dense forests and endless stretches of white sandy beaches. Archaeological sites include ancient Greek, Byzantine, medieval and Ottoman monuments that have all added to Thrace’s rich cultural heritage whose key characteristic is the peaceful co-existence of Christian and Muslim traditions.



Central Greece

Central Greece, known as Roumeli, is part of the Greek mainland and has been inhabited since antiquity. There are forested mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, rich fauna and flora and remarkable archaeological sites. Visit the archaeological site of Delphi and the Oracle of God Apollo, picturesque seaside towns of Galaxidi and Itea, as well as beautiful Nafpaktos of great historical importance. The lagoon of Messolonghi, the largest Greek wetland, is a natural paradise that includes islets, dunes, forested banks and a rich flora and fauna that provide salt and fish to the locals. But the most precious gift of nature here is bottarga, in Greek avgotaracho, one of the few seafood products with a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) award, a delicacy deriving from the eggs of the female grey mullet.



Are you into thrills that promise to pump up your adrenalin? Karpenisi is the ideal destination as there is a multitude of activities for you throughout the year. Don’t waste time, take a trip to the heart of Greek nature and go through ravines with impressive waterfalls, dense forested areas and rapid river waters! If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, make a point of visiting Mt. Parnassos and the nearby picturesque Arachova Village, the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece. Don’t miss the well-known archaeological sites of Orchomenos, Thebes, Plataiaes and Chaeronea.



The land of Attica 

Attica is known as one of the major ancient religious centres of Greece, and the Acropolis of Athens was the most important of all. Within a short distance from Athens you will find major archaeological sites and Byzantine monuments around Attica, offering you the option of daily trips to significant sights, such as the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio.



Other archaeological sites you can visit are the Temple of Artemis in Vravrona, Amfiarion near Oropos and the Thorikos site and Theater in Lavrio. 

From Piraeus, the biggest port of Greece, and one of the most important in the Mediterranean, you can travel by boat to the Aegean Islands. Walk up the Kastella hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the city of Piraeus and the sea. 



Visit the Archaeological and Maritime Museums as well as the wonderful Neoclassical Municipal Theatre of Piraeus at the city centre. If you have time, stroll around and discover the local marketplace area. Another place of interest is the Railway Station of Piraeus, built in the early 20th century in the style of major European rail stations of that time. Admire the beautiful arched dome as well as the paintings on the walls created by the students of Fine Arts School in Athens.

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