GREEK DESTINATIONS IN FULL BLOOM
Either you are looking for a seaside tourist resort, a quiet fishing village or a mountainous area, Crete meets and greets the tastes of every traveller. Chania is one of the most famous destinations but Rethymno combines the aroma of a past era with the modern aspect of a city, offering a broad spectrum of holiday options to guests.
With its rich medieval history, warm climate, vibrant nature and villages, there are few places better to visit during spring than Rhodes. An island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect spring holiday destination.
Spetses, a short ferry ride from Athens, is beautiful in all seasons. The island is covered with wildflowers, and various celebrations, such as Independence Day on March 25 – the first day of Lent and Easter – gets the island and locals alive. Enjoy long walks in the pine-tree forests or relax with afternoon drinks by the beach. Explore the neighbouring islands or spend a day in Ermioni and roam around Peloponnese.
Formed by a breathtaking mountain range, known as Mt Pelion, the Pelion Peninsula curves south and east from Volos, cradling the Pagasitikos Gulf. Its higher slopes are a green wonderland, full of trees heavy with fruit, wild olive groves and forests of horse chestnut, oak, walnut, fir and beech. On both flanks, the mountain features delightful villages, holding whitewashed, half-timbered mansions that serve as guesthouses or tavernas.
Kamena Vourla, a 90-minute drive distance town from Athens and right off the National Road is fabulous place for spring city breaks. The thermal city of Kamena Vourla, is built on the northwest shore of Maliakos bay, is a rare fascinating sight. The sea on the one hand and the green, full of perennial trees, Thronio and Kallindromo Mountains on the other, compose this special environment. Kamena Vourla also hosts the largest Wellness spa in the Balkans, 5-star Mitsis Galini Wellness Spa & Resort.
The largest islands of the Sporades, Skyros has a more Cycladic feel than its siblings and often seems like two entirely separate islands: small shimmering bays, rolling farmland and swaths of pines speckle the north, while the south features arid hills and a rocky shoreline. In Greek mythology, Skyros was the hiding place of the young Achilles, who is thought to have ridden a Skyrian horse into Troy: these endangered small-bodied horses can still be seen in the wild, if you’re lucky. Skyros Town, perched almost magically on its high rock, is the easy-going capital.
Straddling the narrow, tree lined Lithaios River at the western edge of the plain of Thessaly, the lively and attractive city of Trikala makes a great base for visits to the Meteora region, just 20km northwest. It centres on a matching pair of squares, set to either side of the river. To the north, Plateia Iroon Polytechniou is more formal, but adjoins the busy Manavika district, a former red-light neighbourhood that’s now bursting with bars and tavernas. Plateia Riga Fereou on the south bank is prettier and pedestrianized, while a footbridge connecting the two holds a statue of Asclepius, the god of healing, held in legend to have been born in Trikala. Lovely footpaths wind beside the river itself, ideal for both biking and walking tours through the blooming nature.
One of the most charming regions of Greece, the Nafplio, generously offers us an array of life experiences, while enjoying the apotheosis of nature in all its glory. Nafplio offers you a range of different things to do in and close to the city. Next to the sea, with two castles and one fortress is a great option for those of you who want to enjoy a family or romantic getaway, offering you top things to see! Nafplio is also located close to the two must-see archeological sites of Greece, Ancient Epidaurus and Ancient Mycenae.