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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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Pamper yourself this New Years at Katikies Hotel – Santorini!

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It’s the beginning of December and I should totally be blogging about all the holiday markets from NYC to Germany – and I will! It’s actually in the works ha. Since the month has started my mind has been focused on my goals for 2018 – from chapters I am closing to opportunities I am opening – 2018 KB gets her groove back! Also, a possible separate end-of-year evaluation post I may end up doing…or I may not. I don’t know yet! Regardless – I’m working on a lot of projects that I am excited about and I need to get my passport stamped at least 3 times next year!!! I say three, but what am I kidding, my list of destinations is already at 8 and growing……:O

Actually, I need to make a public service announcement – I am looking for bloggers for my magazine. Here is my ad on craigslist (yeah, I know, CL, ew. It’s posted on other “more legit” sites as well, calm down.) If you or someone you know are interested….please contact me asap: https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/d/super-star-intern-bloggers/6415645215.html

(Now back to my program…)

ANYWAYS…one of the many destinations I’ve got my eye on, is, umm… Greece! I know, I know, everyone goes to Greece! KB you are fabulous because you do things differently and not the same old boring and your destination list has always been unique, just like you! I know, I know — but there is a reason Greece was rated the top destination to travel to in 2017! So why the heck not! The Greek Islands are always a good idea for a variety of reasons.

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Santorini not only won Travel & Leisure Magazines “the Best Island in Europe” award for 2017, but its resorts also snagged four of the top five slots in this competitive category. Resort competition on Santorini is fierce, as scores of hotels (even budget options) are built into the island’s volcanic cliffs, affording them panoramic Aegean Sea and island views.

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So which resort came out on top in 2017, you ask? Katikies Hotel, located in Oia, on Santorini’s northern coast. OHHH EMM GEEE!!! IT IS BREATHHHHTAKINGGGGG!!!!!!!!!

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Built into cliffs, all rooms have verandahs with sea and sunset views. Aside from the exquisite views and the atmosphere, what really distinguishes this resort from its neighbors is the top-notch service. The English translation of Katikies is ‘home,’ and, true to its name, the staff makes you feel like family.

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Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this luxury hotel featuring caldera-view balconies and bright white minimalistic rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, along with minibars and Nespresso machines. Suites come with separate living areas; some bi-level. Upgraded suites offer whirlpool tubs; some provide balcony hot tubs and private pools. Butler and 24-hour room service is also available.

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There are 3 restaurants including upscale dining and a champagne bar. Amenities include 3 infinity pools, a gym and a chic spa offering beauty and massage treatments. Can I be real with you right now – the pools are my selling point. I mean look at them!! Add that plus that amazing Greek sunset!! That’s enough to recharge me to throw myself back into the rat race of the concrete jungle for a few months until I plan a new vacation all over again!

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Okay so I lied in the title when I told you to go for New Years. I checked availability from February, March, April…booked, booked, booked. No availability until May! So just FYI – this hotel is high in demand! So plan ahead! You won’t be disappointed!

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~Karen Bahri