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Located between the busy regions of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno keeps its calm paces even in high season. Visitors will love the Venetian style of Rethymnon Town, the traditional inland villages, like Anogia and Spili, and the lovely beaches, ideal for long relaxing days under the sun.
An island with cosmopolitan atmosphere, Skiathos is known for the sandy organized beaches, the lively bars and the lush green background. Do not miss the amazing beaches of the southern side and a boat trip to the exotic beach of Lalaria. Skiathos became widely famous when scenes of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia were filmed there.
The southernmost island of Dodecanese, Karpathos stands out for the exotic beaches, the picturesque villages and the amazing nature. In fact, hiking is very popular in Karpathos and hiking routes pass through many inland villages and lead to secret coves with crystal water. In Karpathos, do not miss the dreamy village of Olympos, perched on the slopes of a hill and keeping intact all the traditional customs of the island.
Among the most popular islands of Cyclades, Ios is mostly frequented by youth due to the vivid nightlife with all-night parties. However, Ios has something to offer to all ages. Visitors will love the picturesque architecture of Chora and the crystal, sandy beaches of Mylopotas and Manganari. A hike around Ios will also bring you to secluded places and amazing hilltops.
World famous for the exotic beaches of the western side, Lefkada is a wonderful place for summer vacations. Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma are the most photographed beaches on the island, while there are other less-known beaches with such amazing water. In Lefkada, you will also find picturesque seaside villages and romantic spots to have a drink in the evening.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is also known as the Naval of the Earth. In the ancient times, this was the most famous oracle of god Apollo and people from all over the Mediterranean would come to ask for advice. The most famous sights of Delphi are the temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre, the ancient stadium and the Archaeological Museum.
The jewel of the Saronic Gulf, Hydra is a popular destination since the 1960s, when it became a highly artistic centre and a meeting spot for renowned writers, painters and actors of that time. This is an island with both cosmopolitan and traditional vibe, elegant mansions, picturesque coves and many hiking trails.
Known as the birthplace of Sappho, Lesvos is a lovely family destination. All around the island, there are vast olive groves, traditional villages, clean beaches and interesting sightseeing. Apart from Mytilene, the capital of the island, very picturesque is also the region of Molivos. Apart from high-quality olive oil, Lesvos is famous for the production of ouzo.
Located on the southern side of Cyclades, Amorgos is a secluded island that keeps its calm paces even in high season. Famous for its traditional architecture, the crystal beaches and the barren landscape, Amorgos is a lovely place to relax in your summer holidays. Do not miss the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, built entirely against a rock, and the beach of Agia Anna, where scenes from the film The Big Blue were shot.
Very close to Athens and with regular ferry connection, Aegina is small charming island, ideal for family holidays. The beaches in Aegina are organized and shallow, whichj makes them safe for children. Also the picturesque seaside villages provide romantic background for promenades. In Aegina, do not miss the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia in the centre of the island.
Outside the busy resort of Elounda, the prefecture of Lassithi gives a true and deep sight in the traditional Cretan life. A drive around will bring you to amazing beaches, interesting monasteries and seaside villages. Even in high season, Lassithi remains the secludest region of Crete.
Located on the north western coasts of Greece, Parga is a seaside town with lovely island style. At the entrance of the port, there is a small islet with a chapel on top, while a Venetian Castle stands on the hilltop above the town. Apart from the lovely port, Parga also stands for the amazign beaches. Valtos, Lichnos and Sarakiniko amaze visitors with their crystal water and the blue-green colour.
Pelion is a region for all seasons. Mount Pelion is actually a peninsula in central Greece, between the Aegean Sea and the Pagasetic Gulf. The eastern side of Pelion gets very popular in summer for the gorgeous beaches and the exotic water. The central part of Pelion is more suitable as an autumn and winter destination, due to the mountainous villages and the lush green nature.
Olympia is known as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The first ancient Olympic Games took place in 776 BC and they were dedicated to the cult of Zeus. In Olympia, you can see the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Ancient Stadium, the workshop of Pheidias and other constructions. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is also among the most interesting museums in Greece.
One of the most impressive spots of Greece, Meteora is located on the northern part of the country. They are actually huge granite rocks in the middle of a valley and on top of these rocks monasteries were built in the Byzantine times. The sight as you approach Meteora is stunning and so is the view from Meteora down to the valley. Mount Athos and Meteora are considered the holiest regions in Greece.
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