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Top 5 Autumn Destinations

Greece’s mild climate during the fall is what makes holiday travels to seaside areas and mountains so tempting. The land slowly changes from its summer to its autumn look. Read up on the most popular destinations that we gathered just for you for the season, and plan your trip to Greece.

 

Balos, Chania, ©A Basias
Balos, Chania, ©A Basias


Chania

As summer in Crete lasts a bit more than anywhere else in the country, you will enjoy the warm sea and the wonderful inland areas throughout October. A fine choice for your upcoming autumn holiday is Chania.

Don’t miss out on:
- a stroll around the fascinating Venetian Harbour of Chania town, its renowned fortress and lighthouse;
- a visit to the town market place area where you can taste and buy delicious local products;
- a canyoning trip to Samaria gorge through a lush area teeming with wildlife;
- the opportunity to participate in agritourism activities in Vamos and Milia traditional villages;
- a day trip to some of the area’s golden exotic beaches.

Nafplio

Greece’s first capital in recent times lies in the innermost nook of the Argolic Gulf. Nafplio’s romantic atmosphere and rich history make it the perfect destination for families and couples alike.

Don’t miss out on:
- a stroll along the narrow cobblestone alleys in Palia Poli (the Old Town) lined with impressive neoclassical houses;
- a visit to Syntagma Square, which is surrounded by historic buildings;
- taking a picture of the landmark of Nafplion, Bourtzi. This small fortress is located on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi, opposite the harbour;
- climbing up the 999 rock-hewn steps to Palamidi Castle, where you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Old Town.

 

Ioannina City, ©G Bozouris_560
Ioannina City, ©G Bozouris_560


Ioannina

Ioannina City, the capital of Epirus Region, lies by the shore of Lake Pamvotida and its picturesque islet. Echoes of the town’s multicultural past can be traced in its historic centre.


Don’t miss out on:
- a walk by Lake Pamvotida where you can enjoy the lovely panoramic town view;
- a tour of the Castle of Ioannina, which is still lived-in;
- a stroll in the old town, located around the Castle Walls (Siarava, Kourmanio, Gyali Kafene neighbourhoods) where you’ll see traditional houses and shopping arcades, all enveloped in a quaint atmosphere that is absolutely worth experiencing;
- a visit to the Archaeological Museum, the Wax Museum and the Municipal Art Gallery;
- a hiking trip through the nearby nature reserve on the hill affording lovely views of the town and the lake from the top;
- the opportunity to explore the impressive Perama Cave, which is 1.5 million years old;
- some interesting buys of local handmade traditional silverware, such as the ornate oxidized silver jewellery creations crafted in local workshops.


Lake Plastira

This is one of the biggest and most charming artificial lakes in Greece. Green mountainsides dotted with villages all the way from the top to the lakeshore offer breathtaking views of the waters and surrounding nature, making Lake Plastira area a dream holiday destination.

Don’t miss out on:
- a walk, a bike or a horse riding trip along the lakeshore;
- a lake ride on a canoe or pedalo;
- a trip to Pezoula and Lamperou lake beaches for swimming;
- a paragliding or hang gliding adventure using the air sports facilities offered on Templa or Agonas (Neraida village) and Koufolongos (Kryoneri village) mountain tops;
- testing your skills or taking lessons in archery at the woodland sites found by the lake near the villages of Rousso, Sekliza and Neraida;
- a couple of rejuvenating hikes on Mt. Agrafa through an extensive network of shaded forest trails. Follow a path that crosses the Educational Forest of Belokomitis and enjoy the lush natural surroundings.
- a mountain climbing adventure towards the Mt. Agrafa shelter at Karamanoli location near Neraida village or towards Elatakos shelter on Belokomitis forest.

 

Monemvasia, Lakonia ©E Fili
Monemvasia, Lakonia ©E Fili


Monemvasia

If you are the romantic type of traveller, this unchanged by time medieval fortified town is your dream destination. Take a stroll with your better half through Monemvasia’s narrow streets and pass by stone-built grand houses, medieval towers, historic buildings and centuries-old churches.

Don’t miss out on:
- a walk along the cobblestone winding streets where you can sense the special atmosphere of a town that once played host to Byzantine emperors;
- a tour of historic edifices, medieval fortified residences, and impressive Byzantine churches;
- a visit to the house of Giannis Ritsos, a local who is one of the most widely acclaimed 20th century Greek poets;
- a walk up Goula (called the Upper Castle area), to drink in the panoramic view of the town;
- a visit to the imposing church of Agia Sophia, perched at the end of the rock with a sheer face dropping in the sea.

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