Spring is a perfect season to explore Greece. Visitors who plan their holiday during this time enjoy the perfect temperature, the few crowds, and the beautiful blossoming surroundings. Check out our top picks for experiencing Greece before the high summer season!
Part of the Dodecanese, Patmos is also known as the “Island of the apocalypse” and is of great biblical importance. With a strong spiritual character, the island plays host to many religious festivals and feasts, which are a perfect opportunity for visitors to experience the local traditions and history of Patmos. The capital, Chora, is not only the island’s centre of activities but also a very charming village. Its narrow alleys and the amazing view of the Aegean Sea make it a perfect place for wandering. When the sun is out, head to some of the beautiful beaches including Psili Ammos, Vaya, Kampi, or Psili. Drawing a cosmopolitan crowd, it is a place of unique beauty and a great spot to enjoy some wining and dining, especially in the Skala area.
One of the most (if not the most) romantic towns in Greece, Nafplio is located in the Peloponnese and is only a two-hour drive from Athens. Stroll through the picturesque bougainvillea alleyways and stunning town square before you explore the magnificent history including the Venetian fortress of Bourtzi, the War Museum, a clock tower, a 12th century Byzantine church. Also, make sure you check out the wonderful museums and fantastic monuments. The weather usually warms up from early March and by end of April, you should be able to have a swim in warm water!
Olympus is known as a great winter spot however, here you can enjoy pristine nature all year round. With a maze of hiking trails that lead through fragrant forests, the trees are cut through with streams and waterfalls, and it looks magical throughout Spring. Explore Olympus’ wonderful nature that is filled with rich flora and fauna and head to the village of Litohoro, which is a great place to begin day trips and tours around the area and on the mountain.
This pretty port town (with an authentic Greek atmosphere) is ideal in the months of April and May. Boasting a wonderful range of seaside taverns, make sure you try some of the local delicacies and dishes; and in the evenings, have a cocktail at one of the all-day cafes/bars. Many visitors enjoy hiking around Gytheio and exploring the old footpaths that lead to historical churches, charming villages, secluded beaches, and breathtaking views of the sea. From here you can easily visit the nearby islands of Kythira and Antikythira.
This gorgeous seaside town (once a famous navy battle) offers a relaxing vibe all year round. Nafpaktos is a buzzing and non-touristy seaside spot with a picturesque harbour filled with a range of wonderful restaurants and cafés. Conveniently located between Delphi and Olympia, it is a great place to explore nearby areas. Make sure you visit the Venetian Castle and when weather permits head to the beach of Psani (close to the main town) or drive to Chiliadou and Monastiraki.
Set in a peninsula in the north of Greece and consisting of three ‘legs’ which create a stunning endless coastline, Halkidiki feels like a dreamy island, even though it’s mainland. Home to natural thermal springs, beautiful beaches, and plenty of things to see and do. The Kassandra leg of Halkidiki is one of the most popular spots and is perfect for a Spring getaway; here you will find a variety of boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants. From various wellbeing retreats to adventurous sports, here you can enjoy hiking, cycling, yoga, and many more outdoor activities. Explore the lush landscapes, and take a day trip to nearby Thessaloniki, Greece’s wonderful co-capital.
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