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Mainland Greece Holidays, Greece Ideas & Destinations 2018

If you’re thinking about a Greek holiday, the first step is working out where in the country you’d most like to visit. Whether you’re a Greece devotee or you’re planning a first ever trip, at Sunvil our travel advisors have outstanding knowledge of where to go and what to see. Take a look at some of the best holiday destinations in mainland Greece below. If you’re looking for a Greek Island holiday, you can find equally great holiday ideas.

The Peloponnese
Within the Greece mainland, there are also a huge number of potential holiday destinations. Many of the most popular resorts fall within the Peloponnese which forms the southern region of mainland Greece. Within the North of the Peloponnese, Nafplion and Tolon are wonderful holiday destinations for those who wish to explore the area’s turbulent history as well as spend some time on the beach.

The South of the Peloponnese comprises three peninsulas. The western finger, the province of Messinia, is fertile and gentle, housing a variety of seaside villages such as Chrani and Finikounda  and larger fortified settlements such as Pylos and Methoni. The area will appeal to visitors who want to find a quiet, very traditional side of Greece, and there are miles of splendid sandy beaches to discover. The mountainous central finger called Mani is unique and still little developed. Half way down are the villages of Kardamili, Stoupa and Aghios Nikolaos which hold great appeal for walkers. Pretty Kardamili is upmarket and under a strict preservation order; Stoupa is the closest the area has to a small resort thanks to its sandy beaches; and Aghios Nikolaos remains a traditional fishing village. The eastern finger is famous for the fortified rock at Monemvasia, one of the biggest attractions of the southern Peloponnese.

Located on the Ionian Sea, the region of Epirus is home to the wonderful green holiday destination of Parga . A lush paradise through the summer, a holiday to Parga offers both beautiful countryside, super beaches and a characterful bustling harbour to explore. Parga is an established destination and attracts plenty of visitors, many of them Greek. Nearby, the smaller village of Sivota is another remarkably beautiful destination with a number of small off-shore islets to explore by boat and more super beaches to explore. The village retains a strong Greek character, and you’ll find the locals are incredibly friendly and accommodating to guests. Inland Epirus is mountainous and a natural paradise – especially in the national park area of Zagoria which hides gorges, rivers and some forty preserved stone villages. Accommodation can be arranged here on request for those with a car.

With golden beaches backed by pine forests, Halkidiki is a summer playground for visitors. The region is comprised of three peninsulas extending into the Aegean Sea, with the most eastern peninsula, Athos, the least commercial. It’s this peninsula which is home to Mount Athos and the world-famous male only monk’s republic. Stay in the authentically Greek fishing village of Olymbiada some 40 minutes’ drive to the north, or include the area on a fly-drive holiday to northern Greece. A few nights’ stay in historic Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece’s second city, can be easily included in all our holidays here.

A wonderful combination of green landscapes, golden beaches and sleepy seaside hamlets, the Pelion  holds great appeal for walkers and those looking for a quiet, authentically Greek holiday in a largely undeveloped area. The peninsula is dominated by mountains – the top of Mount Pelion is a ski area in the winter – and in legend was home to the Centaurs! The many small seaside villages below are very tradionally Greek, but also allow for exploring the countryside and beautiful mountain villages, famed for their unique architecture, only a short drive away.

Western Pelion is typically Mediterranean in character, with olives and Cyprus trees, and gorgeous sunsets as viewed from the villages of Kala Nera, Afissos and Lefokastro. South Eastern Pelion  is uncrowded and remote with gorgeous hilly countryside all around and a selection of fine sandy beaches – the best Pelion has to offer. Choose from tiny Katigiorgis or Platanias. The North East of Pelion is steep and thickly forested, with green mountains plunging into the blue Aegean below. Traffic-free Damouchari is especially atmospheric. Inland the mountain village of Tsangarada affords another face of Pelion. With accommodation including a hotel called ‘The Lost Unicorn’, how could you resist?!

Tailor-Made and Fly-Drive Holidays
Sunvil also offers fly-drive holidays  to the Greece mainland, allowing you to visit as much of this wonderful country as you desire. If you wish to see Athens, a few nights in the city are easy to arrange before or after your tour, Should you not wish to drive  we can create a tailor-made itinerary especially for you, combining mainland with islands, or just an island hopping trip. Or, for a straightforward multi-centre holiday, many islands or mainland areas can be easily combined – please ask for details.