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Top 5 hidden gems in Greece

Antipaxoi ● Chios ● Gavdos ● Mani ● Pilion ● 10 May 2017
 

Greece is a wonderful country with worldwide famous islands, beaches, villages and sites. However, there are many places in Greece that are not widely known, although their beauty is breathtaking. These hidden gems, some of which are presented in this article, are unspoiled destinations that only a few people know or have thought to visit. Secret Greece has many off-the-beaten-path, untouched gems, and you will feel truly lucky, when you explore them.

1. Fakistra Beach, Pilion

Pilion Volos is a paradise of sea and traditional villages, amazing beaches and lush greenery. Everybody knows Tsagkarada Pilion or Mylopotamos Beach, but in south Pilion Volos, there is a stunning beach, called Fakistra, which many travel guides have included in the list of the best beaches in the world. Crystal waters, pine trees until the coastline and white sand can explain you why this beach is worth a visit.


2. Mastichochoria, Chios

The medieval atmosphere of Chios is unique, and everybody in the world knows Chios for its famous product, mastic. Only a few know, however, that the villages with the mastic trees are of astonishing beauty. In these villages of mastic (in Greek mastichochoria), you can be informed about the cultivation and processing of mastic, and admire the medieval ambience, the stone-built towers, the arched doors and the impressive architecture of the complex of these 24 villages that will steal your heart.


3. Mani, Peloponnese

Mani is an amazing place for a road-trip, with numerous villages in a close distance to each other. Stone-built towers, standing on the top of the hill or by the sea, create a magnificent scenery. From Areopolis Mani to Limeni, Gerolimenas, Vathia and Lagia, these villages of authentic Mani welcome you with their imposing beauty and untouched colour.


4. Gavdos, Crete

Gavdos is an off-the-beaten-path island near famous Crete. This tiny island, which is the southernmost point of Europe and is located to the south of Chania, is an exotic paradise, where you swim in the Libyan Sea. Practically, you have the feeling of being in Africa, but you are in a safe place in Greece. In Gavdos, it is always summer, the suns shines the whole year, and the people are hospitable.


5. Antipaxoi

Antipaxoi, the small island near Paxoi, has spectacular turquoise and indigo waters, cliff top surroundings and welcoming taverns. It is impossible to resist to the pearl-coloured sand the moment you step off the boat onto Antipaxoi.


Where to Stay

Appartment in Karpenisi, Greece Pasithei Guesthouse
Pasithei Guesthouse
Aiolou, 36100 Karpenisi, Greece

Pasithei Guesthouse is located in Karpenisi, just 1 km from the main square. Karpenisi ski centre is a 20-minute drive away. Proussos village is 35 km away.

Hotel & Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Kastoria
Hotel Kastoria
17, Leontos Sofou str., 54626 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Kastoria is located just a 5-minute walk from Ladadika, the historic center of Thessaloniki with many restaurants, bars and shops. Eleftherias Square can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot, and Aristotelous Square is at 1 km. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 20 km away.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
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Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.


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