It will take you to Northern Greece to introduce you to the very best the Greek mountains have to offer. Everyone knows about the islands and their warm seas, but very few visitors are aware of the unspoiled beauty and rich history hidden up in the mountains of Epirus. From the World’ s deepest gorge in Zagorochoria, be prepared to be swept off your feet by the sights, tastes and smells of your Northern Greek Mountains Experience.
Athens, Sounio, Zagorochoria, Meteora
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As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Athens and the Aegean islands are particularly busy during the high-season months of July and August. With over 160 days of sunshine annually and its mild Mediterranean winters, Greece can be visited throughout the year, but temperatures are more pleasant in May-June and September-October. The Peloponnese shares the milder climate of southern Greece, with etesian winds blowing from May to September keeping summer temperatures low.
Athens connects with direct flights to major airports in the US (New York, Philadelphia), Canada (Toronto, Montréal) and the Middle East (Jeddah, Doha, Dubai). A direct flight from New York to Athens is approximately 10 hours. The smaller airport of Kalamata has direct flights to Athens, and helicopters can cross the Peloponnese coast-to-coast in about an hour.
You can use a taxi service or private car/van for moving around in the city and for covering small distances on land. Speedboats and yachts allow for moving around in the Greek Riviera, with many small harbors and fishing villages along the coasts providing calm waters and docks. Archaeological sites and most beaches can easily be reached by car, but a 4X4 might be necessary for certain mountain roads.
Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure date from the Schengen area. One blank passport page is required for entry stamp in Greece.
- Great Outdoors
A melting pot of cultures and historical eras, contemporary Greece is home to great museums, galleries, art fairs and festivals. Don’t leave Athens without first visiting the Acropolis and other monuments like the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Temple of Zeus. Once high up in Epirus, don’t miss the unspoiled traditional villages off the beaten track, old monasteries and archaeological sites that bring the past into the present.
Greek cuisine is one of the best and most famous examples of Mediterranean-style diet. Never miss an opportunity to taste local dishes, homemade cheeses, freshly-baked bread dipped in olive oil and crisp wines from small, independent vineyards. The mountainous Epirus region is famous for its animal farming, cheeses and wines: ask your guide or concierge what the local specialty is in every village!
With its snow-capped mountains, snaking trekking trails, underwater caves and breathtaking sailing routes, Greece is a country that will make you want to get out and explore. Particularly the Zagori region is a hiker’s paradise, with many trails connecting the different villages going through dense forests and over arched stone bridges and running rivers.
Whether is walking into the world’s deepest gorge or rafting down a crystal-clear river, Zagori is an athleisure paradise . The more seasoned hikers can attempt one of the many peaks of Tymfi and visit Drakolimni, the “dragon lake” on an alpine plateau at an altitude of 2050 meters.
Being a city with over 5,000 years of history, Athens is full of unique monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and architectural landmarks from different eras, including 20th-century neoclassicist and modernist buildings. Further north the Zagori villages are one of Greece’s last unspoiled regions.