While the white buildings and blue sea of Santorini are the stuff of dreams, there is more to Greece than the famous island. Here is a selection of less-visited spots than Athens, Mykonos, Delphi or Olympia to check out for your next journey to Hercules’ country.
An ensemble of Eastern Orthodox monasteries on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Meteora can be found in central Greece. The rock formation makes for an amazing landscape, with six monasteries left (from the original 24) on top of huge natural pillars.
Temple of Poseidon
This ancient Greek temple was built between 444 and 440 BC. Now in ruins but with very well preserved columns, the Temple of Poseidon dominates a beautiful view of the sea. Perfect for a day trip from Athens, the sunset is breathtaking but the area can get crowded.
Mystra is a perfect destination for hiking and medieval town lovers. After a 15-minute drive from Sparta, the climb to the top of the rock is about one hour. Churches and buildings from the 14th and 15th century make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, and the Pantanassa and Peribleptos Monasteries are well worth the hike.
A working fishing port, Myrina is the main city of Lemnos, an island mainly spared by the waves of tourism. Walk along the port and watch the fishermen coming back to shore or go visit the ruins of an old Venetian castle, visible from the city of Myrina.
Part of the Dodecanese islands, Tilos only has a population of 780 (in 2011). The small island is known for its green landscape and rich wildlife, with many flowers and birds to be admired. Go on a hike or walk in the small villages before hitting up the quiet beaches. Old monasteries and the ruins of medieval castles can be found around a corner of this natural reserve.
The island of Telendos is about 0.6 miles off Kalymnos (from which the above picture was taken). Not much else than a mountain, Telendos is car-free. While many visitors come for day trips, you can stay on the island, and enjoy the quiet, the wildlife and the hikes it has to offer.
Article by Juliette Cardinale