5 places near Athens that will definitely impress you

Visiting Athens once in a lifetime is definitely on top of the bucket list of many travellers. A marvellous city with more than 3000 years of history and dozens things to do that will take your breath away. But if you ever be in Athens, why don't you pay a visit also to the unique places that are just a few kilometres away? For sure you won't be disappointed.

Sounio

Sounio is a village in the southern part of Attica region, where Athens is. Not a lot of inhabitants, not a lot of good attractions, except from one : Cape Sounion and the Poseidon Temple. It was one of the most important cities in this area during the ancient era, and that's why if you love Greek history and mythology you should come here. For sure what will take your breath away, is the Poseidon Temple. The view from the of the cape is simply amazing, and I couldn't agree more with the people who say that this is the best place near Athens to enjoy the sunset. You can get there easily by taking the seaside road, which offers you a very relaxing trip.

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Evoia Island

If you have plenty of days to spend in Greece and want some adventure, you should visit this island that is connected with mainland by bridge and is less than 2 hours from Athens. I think it's one of the best places to visit for 1, 2 or 3 days, as you can see everything. From gorgeous and isolated beaches to hiking routes and picturesque villages. And one thing that you should have in mind is that Evoia isn't a major tourist attraction, so you won't find thousands of visitors and “cheap” entertainment. Instead you will enjoy friendly people, tasty local food and peace.

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Ηydra & Spetses Islands

These 2 Greek islands are totally different than the ones that you probably know, but I believe in Hydra & Spetses you can also have a great time. During the 19th century they were major financial centres in Greece and many shipowners were born here. Beautiful, small islands where the cars are limited or totally prohibited and the streets are full of colours and great old houses. In Hydra the most common “vehicle” is the...donkey, and in Spetses you will have the chance to try delicious dishes with meat or fish, and sweets with nuts. The boat from Piraeus port will get you there in less than 2 hours. Don't forget to visit the folk and history museums.

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Nafplio

Nafplio lies in the eastern side of Peloponnese. What is the interesting fact about it? It was the first capital city of Greece. For this reason, every single neighbourhood of Nafplio has a different story to tell you. Enjoy a coffee or a sweet in the beautiful central square, get lost taking photos of the amazing streets and houses, and of course make your way all the way up to Palamidi fortress (according to the legend, the way is made from 999 steps). Pretty tiring, but the breathtaking view is worthy. Only 2 hours by car from Athens, perfect for one-day trip or even weekends.

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Nafpaktos

Nafpaktos is a nice city, with many buildings of Venetian architecture and fortresses, which is about 2.5 hours from Athens. Your trip to Nafpaktos is very decent, as you have the chance to see a lot of nice places, both next to the sea or near the mountains. In Livadeia you will eat probably the best “souvlaki” in Greece. Near Arachova and Amfissa you will see great villages with houses built of stone and enjoy delicious local food and near Itea and Galaxidi you can take a swim in clear waters. I would recommend this road trip, whether it's summer or not, as this area of Greece is attractive all year long.

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Cover photo source : Discover Greece

 

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