If you are looking for off the beaten track getaways in Greece, then you have come to the right post. Although Greece is an incredibly diverse place, it is usually associated with its most recognisable destinations such as Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Greece is definitely not just about these, albeit, fabulous places; there are perhaps hundreds of others definitely worth visiting. So, if you want to go somewhere beyond the Greek classics, here are some recommendations for off the beaten track getaways in Greece, including 2 island and 2 mainland destinations to discover.
Off the beaten track getaways in Greece: 2 Island destinations
Part of the Cyclades island group, a sibling to Santorini and Mykonos, Paros island offers a more demure alternative to the aforementioned cosmopolitan islands. In Paros you can expect similar style beaches, the iconic architecture of stark white and Aegean Blue, cobblestone streets and alleys, picturesque harbours dotted with colourful fishing boats and towering hillsides offering breathtaking vantage points. Capable of offering different kinds of holiday experiences, Paros can be an energy-packed, adventure or party island destination, or one that offers you the seaside calm you may be craving.
The south side of the island, as well as the neighbouring Antiparos island, attract wind and kitesurfing enthusiasts due to a handful of beaches that allow you to harness the power of the winds. Nightlife is not lacking in Paros, especially in the region of Naousa, where all the bars are located. There are numerous tavernas, eateries, cafes, clubs and dive bars to choose from, while in the height of summer, you may end up needing your sunglasses after a night out in town, since you can party until the morning. For those who seek tranquility, Naousa is not recommended as it is buzzing with people throughout the day too.
Opt to stay in a more secluded located, such as Parasporos beach on the other side of the island where you can experience the serenity offered by a 5 star luxury hotel in Paros.
An idyllic place, you may not have heard of before. Found in the north Aegean sea, this emerald island gives its visitors a chance to expand their Greek horizons. Nature reigns supreme there, and she has been extremely generous across its countless beaches and verdant cliffs that topple down to crystalline waters of hidden treasures. If it is a glamorous island experience you are looking for, you will not find it in Thassos. Trade luxury and up-scale amenities for authentic ones, fully imbued with true island vibes where simplicity is found in the little things that make the soul rich and clear the mind of modern day worries.
Accessed through the city of Kavala, where the nearest airport is located, you cross the sea by way of a ferry and reach Limenas port of Thassos in about 30 minutes. You are welcomed to a quaint harbour that is also the capital of the island, brimming with many shops, stores, markets, restaurants and coffee shops.
There you will also find some centrally located, cozy apartments in Thassos, only 500 meters from the heart of the town and all its conveniences. It is the perfect base on onward exploration of the island and all its unique natural beauty. The Golden Sand beach offers beachgoers a long stretch of glistening shore while serene moments under the Greek sun await at the astonishing Marbles beaches of Saliara and Vathi. Don’t miss the chance to witness the overwhelming beauty of the Giola lagoon pool which is one of the islands most striking natural attraction. Amidst the wonderful nature, the more active ones among you can choose from a wide range of activities, including trekking and hiking across the numerous trails as well as scuba diving through which you can glimpse into the elusive depths of Thassos’ underwater world.
Off the beaten track getaways in Greece: 2 Mainland destinations
To enter into a dreamlike realm of past grandeur, follow the signs that lead to the Peloponnese and specifically to Monemvasia. Located south, on the first leg of the peninsula, you will be able to reach it within a 4 hour drive from Athens. It is a small, historical settlement of rich and diverse culture. A fortified town made of rock and stone, it takes visitors on a journey back in time. Woven into Monemvasia’s thrilling tapestry of eras are remnants of Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian heritage all of which have left their permanent mark in plain sight. The most iconic landmark of the region is the islet connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, which is where Monemvasia got its name, meaning single entrance.
Choosing Monemvasia for an off the beaten track getaway in Greece will prove highly worthwhile. Although you might have to trade your expectation of a typical Greek beach holiday, you will get some many other things in return.
Especially if you choose to stay at an original Byzantine mansion which has been turned into a luxury 5 star hotel in Monemvasia, your holiday will be wrapped in high aesthetics and , a plethora of activities to experience within nature that introduce you to the culture of the region and an overall authentic vibe, as well as visuals of the surrounding landscape that reaches all the way to the sea.