Greece Mainland

Meteora

Meteora is a complex of enormous dark-colored sandstone cliffs rising out of Kalambaka. The Meteora monasteries, built on the peaks of some of the rocks, are today the second most important monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos. Of the three historic ones, only six are now operating, which since 1988 have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

By car, Meteora is 360 km from Athens and 230 km from Thessaloniki.

The geological phenomenon of Meteora is unique in the world. In fact, no one knows exactly how they were created – Science has not yet provided clear answers. The creation of the geological landscape has occasionally been occupied by many Greek and foreign geologists but has not yet been clearly interpreted. The phenomenon of rocks is not mentioned in mythology either by a Greek or a foreign historian.

You should definitely visit one of the Monasteries that exist. Today, there are 6 monasteries (the Monastery of Megalo Meteora, IMS Varlaam, IMS Rousanou, Holy Trinity Church, St. Nicholas Anapacheas Church and Ioannis Stephanos). Definitely worth visiting all of them if you have the time and exploring the ruined monasteries is a beautiful experience including a better acquaintance with the area and nature.

Ending your walk-in Meteora, you should definitely see the sunset on one of the rocks and make stunning beautiful photos. Several Meteora visitors claim that it is the best time to observe Meteora and the whole landscape as the colors are magical!

Delfi

Delphi, the navel of the earth. The archaeological site of Delphi is one of the most important and richest places in Greece. Delphi, for centuries, was the religious and spiritual center of ancient Greeks, as it was the Panhellenic sanctuary and the most important oracle of Ancient Greece.

Today the Delphi site is a monument of UNESCO World Heritage and is one of the most popular destinations in our country due to the long history and importance of the oracle in ancient times, the unique historical and archaeological finds, the beautiful natural landscape at the foothills of Parnassus mountain and of course the rich archaeological museum.

The walk in the archaeological site that emerged through the excavations is a unique experience as you will admire the unique monuments of Delphi. The most important monument is, of course, the sanctuary of Apollo, through which Pythia (the Priory of God Apollo) was given its purpose in an enigmatic form, the interpretation of which was undertaken by the priests of the temple. Other important monuments in the archaeological site are the ancient theater (with a capacity of 5,000 spectators), the Tholos of Athena Pronaia, the Athenian treasury, the ancient stadium, the Stoa of the Athenians and others. Delphi is 184 km from Athens.

Pelion

Pelion is a mountainous peninsula in the center of Greece and next to the city of Volos. According to Greek mythology, it was the summer resort of the Gods and home of the mythical Centaurs. The centaurs are half-man, half horse; having the torso of a man extending where the neck of a horse should be. They were said to be wild, savage, and lustful.

This is a wonderful place to explore all year round, as it has both summer and winter destinations. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies, Vizitsa, and Tsagarada are among the most popular winter destinations in Pelion, where a ski center can also be found in Chania village. Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Platanias and Milina are considered among the most frequented summer places. Holidays in Pelion are particularly popular among families with kids.

You will love the contrast between mountains and sea, the olive groves, scenic views of surrounding villages and the aroma of mountainous nature.

For hikers and walkers, Pelion is a dream. One of the top things to do in Pelion is exploring the incredibly dense network of cobblestone trails and paths that interconnect its scenic villages.

During the summer season relaxing at the beach is one of the top things to do in Pelion. So many lines the peninsula coast. On the Aegean Seaside, head to Milopotamos, Fakistra, Papa Nero, Agios Ioannis, Agioi Saranta and Horefto. On the Pagasitikos Gulf side, head to Kato Lehonia, Kala Nera and Afissos.