The first things that come to mind when one plans a trip to Greece are Athens and the Islands. Perhaps Meteora, too. However, Greece is so much more than just these super popular destinations. Mainland Greece is so diverse and it boasts an impressively large number of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. One of these gems is Ioannina, a vibrant university city which is packed with history and charms. Although pleasant all year round, it is in winter that Ioannina city becomes utterly seductive. Wondering why? Here’s our complete guide on what to do in Ioannina in winter that will definitely make you dream of this quaint laid-back city in mainland Greece.
Although we’re both born and raised in Athens, Andros Island has gradually become a second home to us and this is why we’re happy to present you with our ultimate guide of the best things to do in Andros Greece, an off the beaten path island just 2h away from the Greek capital.
Hiking in Greece can be an absolutely memorable experience. This is mainly because the Greek countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse. From lonely mountain tops and deep gorges to endless plains and welcoming beaches, a hike in Greece comes with an impressive amount of stunning viewpoints. Local hiking clubs across the country plan hiking trips and walks along picturesque routes and trails as well as trekking events in an effort to bring more people closer to nature. Andros Routes, the team of volunteers who promote hiking activities in Andros, decided to take this initiative further by organising a walking festival on the beautiful Greek Island. The 1st Andros On Foot Festival was an incredible feast celebrating the joy of hiking. We were there and we had a fantastic time.
Greece may be a very small country but it’s full of wonders. Mostly famous for its beaches, our country’s other natural treasures should not go unnoticed. For instance, caves in Greece, although scarce, are breathtakingly beautiful. Each of them hides a unique little world of impressive natural sculptures that date back to millions of years.
Those who know us well can confirm that we are not the fittest people on the planet. Yet, we always embrace new experiences with immense enthusiasm. That’s why we were thrilled to find out that Andros, one of our favourite Cyclades Islands, provides unique hiking opportunities alongside its breathtaking beaches. Andros Routes, the team that restored and maintains the island’s wide network of ancient paths, have made sure that hiking trails are accessible to all. From absolute beginners to the most skilled hikers.
Are you dreaming of endless stretches of golden sand kissed by emerald waters? Or do deep blue waves crashing on magnificent black rock formations thrill you more? Either way, we can all agree that the Greek Islands’ popularity stems mainly from their beautiful beaches. However, there’s a lot more to the Greek Islands than that and Andros is a fine example of this. With a network of about 160km of paths, hiking on Andros Island is yet another reason to visit.
Before visiting Elafonisos Greece for the first time, we didn’t think much of it, to be honest. You see, when we think of summer vacation in Greece, our minds drift to some small island in the Aegean Sea. One of those windswept rock formations with whitewashed houses perched on cliff sides. The kind of island you need to spend a minimum of six long hours on board a ferry before you can swim into its deep blue waters.
We often use the word unique to describe places we’ve been to and loved but, in the case of Monemvasia Castle, the word takes on its literal meaning.