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Amazing volcanic rocks at Faraklo beach, Lemnos | © Heracles Kritikos/Shutterstock
Amazing volcanic rocks at Faraklo beach, Lemnos | © Heracles Kritikos/Shutterstock

10 Unusual Things to See and Do in Greece

Picture of Ethel Dilouambaka
Updated: 27 October 2017
Planning on visiting Greece but tired of doing the usual touristy sites and attractions? Good news! We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most unusual and less-touristy things to see and do in this beautiful country.

Pittaki Street, Athens

Once a dark street in the Psyrri district in Athens, Pittaki Street is known for its unique light arrangement which gives the street an eerie and magical aspect. Created thanks to a non-profit association called Imagine The City and a group of volunteers, including creative lighting studio Beforelight, the lights illuminate this one sad-looking alley bordered by empty stores. The second highlight of Pittaki Street is that at the end of the street, you will feel like you’ve entered a fairytale haven at Little Kook, a charming café which has invaded the street with its colorful and theme-inspired decoration. Grab a side outside, although you should also take a peek inside and revel in a delicious homemade cake.

The Lights in Pittaki Street, Athens
The Lights in Pittaki Street, Athens | © sixtwelve / Flickr

Pyrgi, Chios

In the island of Chios, known for its beautiful beaches, quaint villages and its cultivation of mastic, an odorant teardrop-shaped resin from trees growing in a specific region of the island. But one particular village worth seeing is Pyrgi. A medieval village known for its famous black and white geometrical design decorated the facades of all its buildings, Pyrgi is definitely an Instagram-worthy destination. Known as xysta, the geometrical pattern is reminiscent of the sgraffito style. Furthermore, the village has maintained its medieval character, with narrow streets, with vaults and arches. Make sure your camera has enough battery because you are bound to take a lot of photos there.

Necromanteion of Ephyra

You’ve probably heard of the Oracle of Delphi, in central Greece, but few have heard about the oracle of the Dead, the necromanteion, an ancient temple consecrated to Hades, the god of the Underworld, Hades, and his wife, goddess Persephone. These temples where necromancy was practiced to receive prophecies, were built in locations thought to be entrances to the Underworld. One such place is the necromanteion of Ephyra, located in Epirus, on the banks of the river Acheron. Discovered by archaeologist Sotirios Dakaris in the 1960s, the necromanteion of Ephyra includes a few underground chambers and though the authenticity of the site has been disputed, a visit to the necromanteion is still an interesting experience.

Gates of Hell
Gates of Hell | © Thomas Quine/flickr

Thessaloniki Railway Graveyard

If you are into anything abandoned and deserted, you should visit the train cemetery on the outskirts of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. The “