Holidays in Mainland Greece
Greece is a very mountainous country, and this can be seen from various parts of country which you may visit, with mountains dominating the skyline. It is also a country that is virtually surrounded by sea and beautiful beaches. The Greek mainland is a wonderful combination of sea and mountain with stunning natural beauty found all over the country.
Mainland Greece can be broken down into small groups, which comprise of Athens, the Peloponnese, Thessaly and Central Greece, Epirus and Macedonia and Thrace in the north.
Athens is the capital of Greece and home to some of the most famous and popular sights in Greece, such as the Parthenon on the Acropolis, the temple of Sounion, and many others. It has a population of approximately 4 million. Many travelers to Greece will arrive at the Athens airport, and from here move onwards to their holiday destination. From the port of Piraeus, visitors can catch a ferry boat to a wide selection of the Greek Islands.
The Peloponnese which is located in the south of Greece, is a very beautiful and popular destination for many holiday makers. The Peloponnese is steeped deep in history and folklore, and is home to many of Greece's best archaeological sites, such as Olympia, Mycenae, Corinth and Epidaurus. The Peloponnese region is very different to the other regions and islands of Greece. It is sparsely populated and offers simply stunning views and scenery, and is the perfect setting for relaxing and enjoyable holidays.
Central Greece is a region of Greece that is well known for it's natural beauty. Combining mountainous areas and beautiful beaches, it is a perfect destination for holidays in Greece full of relaxation and peace and tranquility. There are lots of great destinations you can head to, as well as many interesting archaeological sites including that of Ancient Delphi, the second most visited site in Greece after the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens.
The region of Thessaly is another part of Greece that perfectly combined mountain and sea. It is a very beautiful region where nature flourishes and each season brings with it a new array of colours and aromas. Thessaly is a great holiday destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities and sports.
The region of Epirus on the West side of Greece is probably one with the strongest regional distinctiveness out of all of mainland Greece. The area is one full of mountainous peaks, ravines, forests and beautiful rivers on the Pindus range. This is the perfect location for those who want to get back to nature and enjoy a range of exciting activities.
Macedonia & Thrace
Northern Greece is a part of the country that is very popular with visitors who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Greek Islands, and who prefer a more laid back holiday. The two main areas of Macedonia and Thrace dominate Northern Greece. The city of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, lies to the west of the beautiful peninsula of Chalkidiki in the north and it a very beautiful and interesting city to visit.