Dreaming of traveling to Greece? Have you already made your plans but not finding the right flight to reach there? Well, if you are going through all these then you are in for a treat, because it’s Greece! Known to be the birthplace of democracy and the Olympics, and some will even say of the entire civilization, however today it is mainly known as a popular tourist destination thanks to known sites like Athens, Santorini Islands, Rhodes, Mykonos, and many more islands. While most people opt for highly recommended sites to visit, there are some lesser known places around that can be considered as real beauties. Here are some destinations that will make you want to go visit as soon as possible.
This Eastern Orthodox monasteries built on natural sandstone pillars is one of the largest and most important complexes in Greece central. Located near the town of Kalambaka at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thesslay near the Pineois river and Pindus Mountains, this place is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The name means lofty, elevated and etymologically related to meteor. The exact date the monasteries were established is not known, the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, a rudimentary monastic state formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos (moth of god). The Monastery of Great Meteoron is now the residence of three only; erected in the mid-fourteenth century and was in renovation and embellishments projects in 1483 and 1552. One of the buildings serves as the main museum for tourists. Naxos Island
The island of Naxos is the largest Cycladic Island, yet is still visited by fewer people than places like Santorini or Mykonos. However, Naxos offers a wide range of activities for tourists and although it is a large area of agricultural land, the towns and historical sites on this island make it possible to get to know Greece in depth, and of course, it is also important to mention its spectacular beaches. You can explore the walls of the old city and be impressed by the marble gate that was erected there in the 6th century BC. It is highly recommended to get to the breathtaking Agios Prokopios beach and enjoy a swim in its clear waters. Kavala
In the north of Greece, in the eastern region of Macedonia and Thrace, is the port city of Kavala, from which a ferry departs to reach the magnificent Aegean islands. In addition, Kavala serves as the home of several castles and Byzantine fortresses, most of which were built during the 15th century, providing a perfect view for anyone looking out on the city, while some of them even hold cultural shows and performances during the year. There are also many Ottoman buildings scattered throughout the Old City, and the area is full of great restaurants, where anyone would be happy to dine. Methoni
At the southern end of the Peloponnese Peninsula, there is a small village called Methoni, which according to Greek mythology was one of the places that Achilles, the legendary hero, was asked to accept in order to calm his spirits. If you want to get to a remote location free from other tourists, you can go on a light walk and visit the ruins of Castro Castle, which shows Venetian architecture from the 15th century in the most faithful way. A short walk from the fortress there is a beach suitable for swimming, surrounded by cafes where you can enjoy a view and smell of the sea and fresh air. Trichonida Lake
Nature and adventure lovers will love a visit to Trichonida, the largest lake in Greece but despite this it still remains one of Greece’s hidden places. Located between the two mountains of Panaitoliko and Arakynthos, it’s so vast that when you gaze out the waters are visible as far as the eye can see. The area around the lake is rich in vegetation including eucalyptus, poplar, willow and citrus trees along with rare flowers such as orchids. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot amphibians, reptilians or some of the many 140 species of birds. For those who like to be more adventurous, the lake hosts an abundance of water sport activities and opportunities for boat rides. The clear crystal waters make it ideal for a refreshing swim but only in certain areas which are safe. Alternatively, have a go at para gliding and take in the magnificent views from above. The Oracle of Delphi
This scared site to the god Apollo was hidden for a long time, it was the Pegan center of the Greek world for thousands of years. In the present day, the ruins of Temple of Apollo was destroyed in 390 CE by the Emperor Theodosius, now evokes an eerie feeling from the ghosts of the past. This place is also home to series of Olympic games. Trek to the top and pretend to race in the remains of the stadium. You can also find a museum that houses some great artifacts to enrich your knowledge of history. Getting there might be a long bus ride from Athens but the winding, narrow route offers breath-taking scenery and views. Just make sure you arrive in the early morning to beat the crowds and heat! The Island of Ithaca
This might be a little island in the Ionian Sea but it’s big on fame for being home to Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey so fans of Greek mythology will love a trip to Ithaca.Ithaca has way more than Homer to offer the traveler and if you’re in need of touring a local destination, then this would be a great choice. Swim in the some of the most crystal waters belonging to the local beaches of Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios, or there are also plenty of more private coves to chill out in or try your hand at snorkeling. If nature is your thing, there are many opportunities for beautiful hikes with a wide variety of flora and fauna. You won’t help but be charmed by the authenticity of this little island, and because it is both small and somewhat tricky to reach, you won’t find the mass tourism that is prevalent in many of the other islands. Instead, you’ll be welcomed by the local community as you enjoy the atmospheres from inside the tavernas, and may even see a celebrity or two while you’re there such is its exclusivity.