From the famous Parthenon in Athens and the Oracle of Delphi, to the gravity defying Monasteries of Meteora and the hiker’s paradise that is Evrytania, Central Greeceis one of the most recognisable travel destinations in the world and it delivers avariety of experiences that is hard to beat.
If culture, history, art andarchitecture is your thing, look no further than Athens, Greece’s capital and home of all things classical. Granted, travellers flock here from all over the world, but there’s alternative ways to experience all the city has to offer. The waters around the southern suburbs are the ideal place for someone’s first shipwreck dive, while the landmarks in the historical centre of Athens can be explored through interactive treasure hunts. And watching the sun set at the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion from the seat of a sea kayak is as unique as experiences get.
Heading North, the ancient site of Delphi, the ancient world’s center and once home to the Oracle, is definitely worth a visit. The historical site sits amidst misty mountain cliffs, near the winter sports center of the village of Arachova and is surrounded by green valleys, making it ideal for postcard panoramic views.
From there the Unesco Heritage site of Meteora is a half day trip away and there are excellent ways to combine sightseeing with activities. Whether you decide to trek to the 14th century monasteries hanging from unique geological formations, or have a guided visit followed by water rafting down the Aspropotamos river, the area abounds with opportunities to get in touch with the great outdoors.
Which brings us to Evrytania, a place where stunning landscapes combined with great hospitality and an abundance of outdoor activities create an amazing base for explorations. From white water rafting and horseback ridingtoriver trekking and mountain biking, Evrytaniais a well hidden gem in the central Greek highlands.
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