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Five Fairytale-like Towns in Mainland Greece you must check out!

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Five Fairytale-like Towns in Mainland Greece you must check out!

Everyone in the world knows that the Greek Isles are one of the most breathtaking places on earth!! So much so that the mainland gets completely overshadowed. I mean, why go there when you can go to Crete, Corfu or Santorini?!

Here is a list of some impressive towns on the mainland of Greece to change your mind, as well as your itinerary on your next journey to this Mediterranean gem!

PLAKA NEIGHBORHOOD in ATHENS

Although Plaka is set in the largest city in Greece, this neighborhood gives you a feeling of a small tranquil, cozy town.

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The narrow streets, cafes, restaurants, street artists and shops will provide a nice day in very picturesque surroundings!

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THE METEORA

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Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thessaly region, the Meteora is an impressive monastery complex on the Mount Athos which actually forms an entire small town!

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Meteora means “suspended in the air” and it is obvious why.  The monastery is built on top of sandstone pillars (almost carved in them) and look like a natural extension of the rocks. It was built by the monks, who inhabited area in the 9th century.

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NAFPLIO

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Nafplio is a popular seaport town in Peloponnese expanding to the hillside near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. It is a popular day trip destination from Athens. Nafplio features traditional Greek architecture, although features from the days of Venetian rule can be found. Sights to see include the clock tower, churches dedicated to saints Nicholas and George and the brightly lit waterfront at night.

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Extremely picturesque, Nafplio definitely give you that Mediterranean holiday vibe with all of the cute cafes and colorful flowers painting the cobblestone streets!

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Nafplio features traditional Greek architecture, although features from the days of Venetian rule can be found. Sights to see include the clock tower, churches dedicated to saints Nicholas and George and the brightly lit waterfront at night.

PARGA

Who says you can only get prestige beaches on the islands?! Parga, located in the northwestern part of the regional area of Preveza in Epirus, boasts several sensational beaches with warm, blue waters. Lichnos and Valtos beaches are considered among the best in Greece, famous for their vast pristine coastline.

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Nestled atop the slopes of Pezovolos hill, one can also find beautiful homes with a Mediterranean/Greek Isle feel attracting vacationers by the loads in the region of Epirus. Among historic architecture, Venetian castles and cozy cafes are abundance throughout the town.

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METSOVO

Half hidden wrapped in a snow blanket as winter sets in, Metsovo practically looks like a painting! Situated in northern Greece, this popular winter destination is great for skiing.

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Although it is a popular winter destination, really, any time is a good time to visit this picturesque village. Start from central square and have a delightful stroll around the cobblestone streets. You can head up to the 15th century church of Agia Paraskevi, famous for its carved wooden temple. Or, you can visit a 17th century castle, a folk art museum or a monastery with a watermill or one with 17th century wall paintings. End the day by sampling locally made cheese and wine.

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I’m not trying to steer you away from the Greek Isles, but these are 5 among 500 astonishing places you might not have thought about checking out on your next voyage to Greece!

~Karen Bahri

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