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Due to its close distance to Athens and its small size, Poros is popular as a weekend destination. The lovely coves with blue green water, the verdant background and the picturesque town gives Poros a relaxing atmosphere. The island is also used as a base for sailing trips around the Saronic Gulf. The most popular beaches in Poros are Askeli and the Love Bay.
A lovely island of western Cyclades, Milos keeps a calm atmosphere even in high season. Due to its volcanic background, Milos has barren landscape and crystal beaches, especially on the southern side. Do not miss the fishing village of Klima, with the colourful boat garages along the beach front, and a boat trip to Kleftiko, an amazing spot with rocks in the middle of the sea and exotic water.
Among the most popular archaeological sites of Greece, Epidaurus is located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese. Mostly famous for the Ancient Theatre with the amazing accoustics, this site is visited by thousands of visitors every year. The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus hosts important theatrical performances in summer.
Located on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea, Chios is a traditional island with intense Medieval character. It is famous for the Medieval villages with the geometrical designs on the walls, the mastic production and the Byzantine monasteries. Most beaches in Chios are secluded and unorganized. The most famous beach is Mavra Volia.
Although it is located very close to Athens, the island of Andros keeps its calm, family vibes in summer. The picturesque architecture of Chora is the most distinctive characteristic of Andros. You will love the narrow cobbled streets of Chora, the amazing view to the Aegean and the elegant mansions. The beaches in Andros are crystal and relaxing.
An island with long tradition in sponge diving, Kalymnos is beautiful place with barren landscape. Due to this wild rocksides, Kalymnos has developed over the last years as a popular rock climbing destination. In fact, a rock climbing festival takes place there every year. With lovely beach resorts and relaxing vibes, Kalymnos is a nice island for family vacations.
An island with vivid traditional architecture, Spetses is a great for relaxing holidays. A walk around the main town will bring you to elegant mansions, intereating churches, ample squares and spots with beautiful view to the sea. Cars are prohibited in the town and transport is done on foot, by bicycle or with the lovely horse carriages. Do not miss the museum of Bouboulina, a heroine of the Greek Revolution, just above the port.
A secluded island on the southern side of Peloponnese, Kythira offers all the relaxation you need in holidays. The entire island gives a sense of purity and tradition. A drive around Kythira will bring you to mountainous villages where life has stopped few decades ago, to secret coves with crystal water and interesting sightseeing, like monasteries and caves.
An island great for calm family vacations, Leros is a small island with relaxing atmosphere. Agia Marina and Alinda are the most developed places but with no mass tourism. The Medieval Castle and the underground War Museum are the most impressive sights on the island, while a walk along the portside under the moonlight will leave you with the most romantic impressions from your summer holidays.
Syros is a gem not yet discovered by foreign tourists, as it mostly receives Greek visitors. A walk around Ermoupolis, the capital of the island, will bring you to elegant mansions, beautiful churches and large squares. The town gets very lively in the evenings with the nice bars at the waterfront. The beaches of Syros are nice and clean, surrounded by many accommodation.
The seaside town of Nafplion is a popular holiday destination all year round. Lovely beach resorts surround Nafplion and get much frequented for family summer holidays. A walk around the Old Town of Nafplion will bring you to ample squares, paved streets and elegant mansions. Do not miss a visit to Palamidi Fortress and to the Castle of Bourtzi. Nafplion is also a convenient base for daily excursions and cruise trips to the Saronic islands.
The second largest town of Greece, Thessaloniki is located on the northern side of the country. It was founded in the 3rd century BC and took its name from the half-sister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki. With a busy beach promenade, large shopping malls, interesting sightseeing and vivid nightlife, Thessaloniki is a nice base for excursions in northern Greece and a transport hub to Halkidiki.
Lemnos is an unspoiled island, perfect for family vacations. Although Lemnos has a beautiful varied landscape and interesting sightseeing, it has escaped mass tourism, probably due to its large size and the long distance from Athens. A drive around the island will bring you to secluded golden beaches, many ancient sites and traditional villages.
Located on the south eastern side of Peloponnese, Gythio is a beautiful town that spreads around a large port. The region stands for the long sandy beaches, the clean water and the mountainous villages. Gythio serves as a convenient base for excursions to Mani, an abrupt and secluded region with traditional towers. Opposite the port of Gythio, there is a small island that can be reached through a narrow pathway.
Monemvasia is among the most impressive and romantic towns in Greece. The Medieval Castle of Monemvasia is entirely built against the slopes of a huge rock, connected to the mainland through a narrow pathway only. This town was constructed to be invisible from the mainland in order to escape enemy attacks. When the sea is clear, from the top of Monemvasia you can see the mountainpeaks of Crete.
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