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The word is out for Athens, Santorini, Zakynthos, Rhodes and Crete, so how about you give these lesser-known destinations a chance to seduce you for a change? Travel off the beaten track and discover the most underrated destinations to visit in Greece.
Close to Athens, making it a favourite long weekend destination to the Athenians, Evia is Greece’s second biggest island connected to the mainland by two bridges. With a mild climate, beautiful beaches and a fair amount of landmarks to discover, Evia offers a wide selection of relaxing options, including the healing thermal baths of Edipsos. Spend your time exploring the region and savouring the local cuisine.
Who said you had to go to an island to have fun? Spice up your vacation with an innovative destination, Ioannina. The capital of Epirus is located on Lake Pamvotida and is blessed with natural beauty, a unique character and a refreshing blend of Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences. The city includes several attractions, such as the Veli Pasha Mosque, the House Matei Hussein and the beautiful Byzantine churches dotted around the city.
With a beautiful blend of tradition and history, Karpathos is an island that will seduce you in a minute. Shielded from mass tourism, the island has preserved an authentic character and villagers continue to hold on to their traditions and habits of old. The island also has splendid landscapes and peaceful hidden coves.
A picturesque mountainous island in the Dodecanese, Symi is known for its secluded beaches, neoclassical architecture and beautiful harbour. This is a little gem where the modern travellers will spend relaxing holidays.
Kastellorizo, which is also known as Megisti, is located 2km off Turkey’s south coast. The distant paradise welcomes you with a picturesque harbour and the colourful mansions boarding the coast. The island is well preserved and boasts luscious scenery. The Old Mosque, built when the Turks were occupying the island, is definitely worth a visit. If you are on the lookout for quiet and peaceful vacations, Kastellorizo is for you. Enjoy a day at the beach, or take a scenic hike across the island.
If you easily get bored on beach days, give Thassos a try. Offering a plethora of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, hiking and watersports. The island is blessed with natural beauty and features majestic landscapes. Fair warning, you may need an extra SD card to store all the photos you are going to take.
A city in Macedonia, Kavala was in an arch shape, like an amphitheatre, at the base of Mount Simvolo, and features historic landmarks such as the church of Virgin Mary’s Assumption, the Mohamed Ali Pasha Square and the Suleyman the Magnificent’s aqueduct. The old town, Panagia, has been inhabited since the 7th century BC, resulting in a tremendous amount of cultural wealth. For beach-goers, the neighbouring beaches are perfect for a relaxing day by the water.