This trip is proposed to those who like the idea of combining the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Arachova with skiing at Greece’s biggest mountain resort. In winter book ahead for weekends in Arachova. 163 km from Athens and 10 min before Delphi, Arachova — with 4,500 inhabitants — at an altitude of 1,000 m in the foothills of Mount Parnassos, is renowned as the most cosmopolitan mountain village of Greece. Arachova is the winter -weekend haunt of Athenians. Very colourful, with narrow little streets, stone houses and a view of the scenery of Delphi, it is the entertainment centre of the district, on the way to the ski slopes of Parnassos as well as to Delphi. The area is renowned for its strong red wines , honey, "flokates" (shaggy rugs), woolen weavings and the formaela cheese; all are much in evidence in the roadside shops. TAKE ME THERE
Kalavryta is fashionable in the winter months and in early spring because of its ski resort. Most visitors are winter-sports fans, mainly from Athens and Patras, enjoying a weekend full of fun and action.
The marvellous natural scenery and old monasteries are a special attraction for all age-groups. TAKE ME THERE
If nature, tradition and history are among your passions, then you’ll be delighted with this trip. In order to do it justice, you will need at least four days, but a week would between better in order to leave time for some walks we suggest. Make sure to reserve your hotel room before you set out, since there are only a few good hotels and they are all small.
A chain of 46 traditional villages in the mountains north of Ioannina, whose natural boundaries are Mts Mitsikelli and Gamila and the Aoos river. Thick pine and fir forests, crystalline streams and stunning scenery — this district never fails to awe the visitor with its majestic virgin natural beauty, impregnable to modern encroachments. The human element, in complete harmony with the environment, is expressed through superb arched stone bridges, imposing mansions built in the austere local style, and lovely old churches. The villages, as far as we know, seem to have been founded around 912. TAKE ME THERE
The distinctive Pelion architecture, which reflects influences from Epirus
and the islands, and customs such as the Dionysian revels on May Day
or the special wedding rites, show off the rich traditions of the region. The apple, pear and cherry orchards and olive groves on the lower slopes, the wild poplars, plane trees, beeches and chestnut trees higher up, together with the abundance of herbs, have given Pelion the name “healing mountain”. A multitude of springs, a cool climate and superb views are other features of this idyllic spot, where the gods of Olympus spent their summer holidays. TAKE ME THERE
You can restrict your trip to the tour of Lake Plastira, where there are passable roads and adequate tourist facilities. However if you have hardy means of transport and are thrilled by adventure, it is worth wandering along the narrow, rough dirt-roads of Western Agrafa, where you’ll come across very few other travellers and will forget the sound of automobiles. Petrol is obtainable in Karditsa and Mouzaki. Follow the green routes on the map, which are the most practicable, although there are other wonderful routes in the district. TAKE ME THERE
In Metsovo you’ll find a revival of tradition, beautifully restored buildings, a ski centre and superlative scenery. It was no accident that this was the first village in the interior of Greece to develop in the post-war era, while most of the others wasted away or were abandoned. Metsovo is interesting enough to merit a few days’ stay, but it is also a good stop-over on the way to other worthwhile excursions in the region. TAKE ME THERE
Lake Tsivlou will take you by surprise. Most of all, you’ll love getting lost on trails that don’t exist on any map, but will take you to the ski centre on Helmos, to Kalavryta or to Feneos, which are described below.
The district is becoming more and more popular, so make sure you reserve your room ahead of time. TAKE ME THERE
The Arcadian highlands suit those who look for low-cost excursions among natural surroundings and traditional Greek villages, far from mass tourism. You will have the chance to stay in cozy traditional and boutique hotels. There are many choices for great local cuisine. TAKE ME THERE