Blue waters, golden beaches, fish and relax... all these make up the puzzle of "insular" Greek holidays.
For many people, summer vacations are affiliated with the Greek islands, of course Greek mainland, also has the grace and even you left over the money from the ferry boat!
Let's do a round in Greece and meet the coastal parts of the mainland that have nothing to envy to the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea!
Macedonia is a historical region of the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe.
It is difficult to define in a few words the tourist profile of one of the largest geographic areas of the country. From Kastoria to Kavala and from Grevena to Chalkidiki and Kilkis, each county has its own special characteristics, of unique beauty forests, beautiful lacy beaches, lakes and rivers, make up an exceptional natural landscape full of alternations.
On the greatness of Nestos River and the vehemence of Aliakmon River, we sail in calm water of Prespes and Kerkini. Archaeological sites and important monuments, such as Dion, beneath Mount Olympus, the majestic Vergina and countless Byzantine churches of the city of Veria, testify the long history of Macedonia.
Athos peninsula, with its pristine landscapes and monasteries, is the place that is concentrated the religious interest, while the big resorts on the coast of the county are the summer attraction for travelers from all over Europe.
Ski resorts of Kaimaktsalan Mountain, of Mount Falakro, and Mount Vermio, with different profiles each, monopolize the winter getaways in the region, while the most experienced sports enthusiasts dare mountain trails to the mountainous areas of Mount Olympus, which dominates over the blue Aegean sea.
The Northern Greece needs no arguments to convince anyone to visit the “heaven” of the Cassandra and Sithonia peninsulas. Chalkidiki is the region of Macedonia and geographically constitutes the ending of Central Macedonia in Aegean sea, which enters deeply into it, forming three oblong peninsulas that give the area its characteristic shape. Only the 2 first peninsulas Cassandra & Sithonia can be freely visited by anyone as the 3rd peninsula -Athos- includes twenty Holy Monasteries and other monastic institutions and informally characterized as "Autonomous Monastic State". From 1988, Athos, is on the list of World Heritage Monuments.
Where to go and what to see
Cassandra: the more youthful and "alive". As you wander around the fishing village of Nea Fokea, in the cosmopolitan Sani, in picturesque Afitos, while if you fancy partying until the end of the best beach bars, will head towards Kallithea and Hanioti. One of the most spectacular beaches is in front of the Sani Resort with white sand and turquoise waters. Very good and much more isolated beach is Mola Kaliva.
Sithonia: in the greeny peninsula, you will breathe fresh air in the traditional village of Nikiti, you will stroll around in Neos Marmaras, you will see the sunset from Porto Koufo and will ascend to the picturesque village of Parthenon. You will definitely swim in Elia at Apella, in Karidi, the Koviou and Axlada. All these beaches are “offered” in a verdurous decoration, at the end of lush green forests, and have crystal clear waters without a trace of commercial exploitation.
Mount Pelion is located in the center of the mainland, which makes it easily accessible from any corner of the country, and combines the coolness of the mountain with the crystal Aegean beaches that "look straight in the eyes," the biggest "star shores" of the Greek Cycladic islands.
Where to go and what to see
Villages: One of your options is to set as your base a more mountainous village, although it is far from the beaches, but the view to the Aegean is majestic! Villages such as Tsagarada, Vizitsa and Milies are marvellous and suitable for walks in the idyllic nature. But if you prefer something more summery, will head to the exotic Damouchari, the alternative Kato Gatzea, that is preferred especially by the friends of camping, the picturesque fishing village of Horton that leaning Pagasitikos and surrounded by extensive olive groves or the cosmopolitan village of Agios Ioannis with the traditional houses, the beautiful beaches, the night parties and the most spectacular sunrise in the area.
Beaches: You will definitely swim in the “star” beach of Pelion, and one of the most beautiful in Greece, Milopotamos, at Papa Nero near Agios Ioannis, and in the deep blue waters of the Chorefton or the exotic green waters of Damouchari.
The Peloponnese (aka Moreas or Morias) is the largest peninsula of Greece, and one of nine geographical parts of Greece. Located south of the mainland and is connected to main Greece by a narrow strip of land, the Isthmus of Corinth, which a canal was built in 1893, turning it essentially as an island. Moreover, since 2004 the Rio-Antirrio bridge connects the Peloponnese with mainland of Greece and Epirus.
Where to go and what to see
In close distance from Athens, a paradise for the Athenian weekenders and destination for all seasons, the Peloponnese has won the bet with every kind of traveler due to the changing landscape and its historic richness. From the rising west coast of Ilia and Messinia, which have become a destination for luxury relaxing summer vacation, to the popular mountain destinations including Kalavrita and Arcadia, Peloponnese travel profile is multidimensional and weatherproof.
Important archaeological sites (Olympia, Mycenae), atmospheric old towns (Nafplio, Monemvasia, Pylos), live county capitals (Patra, Kalamata), festivals and cultural activities, stone villages, unique on the road trails, mountains, rivers, lakes and beaches are a magnet for short getaways, holiday travel specialist covering all styles and budgets.
The hotel development follows more or less the profile of each region: resorts in Loutraki, on the coast of Ilia, Messinia and Achaia, guest house in historic buildings in Mani, Monemvasia, and the villages of Arcadia, chalets with fireplace and mountain hotels in the ski resort of Kalavryta, city hotels in provincial towns such as Sparta and Tripoli, mountain refuges and forest villages in Mt Parnon and Taygetos.
Rustic local flavors predominate in the taverns of the villages, while more sophisticated proposals and the nightlife is mainly concentrated in the cities and most stylish beach resorts.
Epirus is a geographical and historical region in southeastern Europe, shared between Greece and Albania. Located between the Pindos Mountains and Ionian Sea, extending from the Gulf of Vlora and Ceraunian Mountains in the north to the Gulf of Amvrakikos and the ruins of the Roman city of Nicopolis in the south.
Where to go and what to see
Raw Beauty: two words that hide inside the essence of this place, ideal destination for nature lovers. Majestic mountains, traditional villages, rivers and lakes, picturesque bridges and Pindos National Park (Valia Calda) and Vikos-Aoos. The Egnatia Odos facilitated access from Northern Greece, where now accepts many visitors and specially all the tourists using the airport of Thessaloniki and coming from abroad. From Ioannina with Pamvotis lake and the small island, its picturesque castle which will take you back to another era, the traditional “tsipouradika” (small taverns with superb cuisine), the student hangouts that fill the city with life until the cosmopolitan Metsovo, which keeps alive its traditional character. From the archaeological site of Dodoni until the historic villages of Souli. From atmospheric and touristic Zagoria to the most unknown Mastorochoria, the alternative Konitsa and the most unknown villages of Pogoni. From Katsanochoria up Tzoumerka, which are gaining more and more fans.
From Arta with the stone bridge and beautiful mountain villages to the rare ecosystem of the Amvrakikos Gulf. From Preveza and the archaeological site of Nikopolis the new museum to the sources of Acheron River and Necromanteion.
From the cosmopolitan resorts Parga, Sivota and Perdika until Sagiada, the simple fishing village at the northernmost point of shoreline.
In all these images is the soul of Epirus, a trip for every season and for every traveler.
Traditionally Sterea Ellada allegedly called Rumeli, often referred to as Central Greece, due to its location on the map of the country.
The Sterea Ellada, easily accessible from both the capital of the country (Athens), the central Greece and the Peloponnese, wins the bet with each traveler.
Where to go and what to see
From the popular ski resorts of Parnassos and Velouchi to beautiful fishing villages of Evia, Fokida and Fthiotida, Central Greece travel profile is multifaceted. Unique mountain routes, with forests, lakes, canyons and rivers to create rare pictures, ideal setting for sports of all kinds. Specialized alternative tourism agencies organize rafting and kayaking in lakes and rivers, hiking, mountain climbing, ski lessons in the ski resorts of Parnassos and Velouchi. Edipsos, Kamena Vourla and Platystomo offered for spa tourism and the archaeological and religious tourism in Central Greece find their own paths with best of the best, of course, the archaeological site of Delphi.
The hotel development follows more or less the profile of each region: major mountain resorts in Karpenissi, Arahova and Parnassos close to ski resorts, family resorts and many rental rooms in Evia, guest house with fireplace in traditional villages. The delicious scenery, although rapidly changing significantly below the hotel development and be limited, with few exceptions, in simple tavernas.
Thrace is a historical and geographical region of the Balkans in southeast Europe. Today the name Thrace designates a region stretching in southern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece (Western Thrace), and European Turkey (Eastern Thrace).
Thrace is a classic tourist destination. The primitive feeling and authenticity that exudes force you to scroll as a true traveler and not a tourist. And if we say that in Greece the West meets the East, here, these two elements coexist, creating a beautiful cultural blend that remains unforgettable.
Thrace is a destination for all seasons. The cities (Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupolis - each with its own profile) are ideal for city break and offer the best tourist infrastructure. Maybe not famous for its long beaches but offers small and quiet coves for travelers who want to combine their vacations to swim in the sea with the tour - without the characteristics of those who meet the Ionian and Cyclades. The beaches are clean, small and most of them are pebbly.
The power of Thrace is the authentic nature: the the Delta of Evros, Porto Lagos, Lake Vistonida, the wonderful Nestos River, forests of Rodopi and Dadia, the waterfall of Livaditis are points of particular ecological interest which in conjunction with the archaeological sites of Abdera and Maronia create an attractive package for each type of visitor.
If to all of these, we will add the wonderful Samothraki Island. located opposite, with the unique natural beauty, great beaches and archaeological wealth, we have a destination able to keep for several days the anxious traveler. The hotel infrastructure in the area, although small, is sufficient, while in the taverns of the Mediterranean cuisine meets East.