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Into the Wilderness

Isabella Zampetaki presents the savagely beautiful landscape around Lake Plastira and suggests a trip to the awe-inspiring Meteora for this spring. Lake Plastira Surrounded by green hills, fjord-like peninsulas and the vertical slopes of Mt. Agrafa, Lake Plastira is an artificial lake, close to Karditsa (around 320 kms from Ath...

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Where to escape in January

Greece might rule the roost in June and July… but it’s also got some pretty cool moves up its sleeve in January. Falling temperatures cast new magic over stone-clad alpine villages, medieval castles, romantic seafront cities – and buzzy ski-resorts, writes Amanda Dardanis. Castle Adventure in Monemvasia Perched 300 metres above...

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Top 5 Cosy Winter Retreats

Greece is not just a summer romance. From stylish ski resorts and historic city hamlets to quaint alpine escapes, mainland Greece is awash with irresistibly inviting winter wonderlands. As the evenings close in and temperatures fall, trade balmy beaches and long lunches by the sea with luxurious lodgings in dramatic locales where you can ...

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Imaret Kavala In the heart of historic Kavala, in northern Greece, exists this masterfully-restored palace that seems to have arrived straight from a fairytale – but with enough 21st century luxuries to satisfy any modern sybarite (think Bvlgari toiletries and Molton Brown candles). Built in 1817 for Mohamed Ali Pasha, Imaret is a rare monument...

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Opora Country Living

Opora Country Living Nafplio From the utterly perfect landscape of Opora Country Living, you’ll look down upon the cobalt sea and red-tiled roofs of Nafplio and breathe the sigh of the deeply contented (and the faintly smug). That’s because you’re among the lucky few to have discovered this gorgeous and classy haven that opened just one year ag...

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The Lost Unicorn

The Lost Unicorn Tsagarada, Pelion Behind the vast and ancient plane tree in Agia Paraskevi village square, a 19th century mansion facade conceals a delightful English country house within, complete with Blue Willow crockery, library and rose garden. This charming 8-roomed hotel is a labour of love for Greek-English owners Christos (the chef) a...

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Semeli Resort

Semeli Resort Elatochori Legend has it that Zeus was so besotted with the bewitchingly beautiful Semeli that he transported her onto the slopes of the Pieria mountains (miles away from her native Thebes) so that he could admire her from atop his throne on Mount Olympus. Named after the legendary princess, Semeli, perched 1050 metres high on the...

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Elatos Resort & Health Club

All hail the Queen Bee of the Arachova winter whirl.  Yes, there may be newer, more-boutiquey arrivals in town now. But they just can’t compete with this well-bred favourite: Elatos still retains its crown for fashionable Athenians who love the sociable vibe, beautiful forest setting and excellent leisure facilities (the Club ...

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The Grand Forest

The Grand Forest Metsovo In winter, the enchanting village of Metsovo looks just like a painting. One of Epirus’ most popular tourist drawcards, visitors immediately fall under the spell of the town’s balconied mansions, stone drinking fountains and snow-blanketed squares. Tucked away in a pristine pine forest strewn with walking trails and pic...

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Feeding your holiday appetite

Fine dining is probably the greatest excuse for planning a trip. But as a responsible foodie traveler, you want to make sure you’re visiting a town with a local culture as rich as the siglino*(traditional Mani smoked pork) on the table. Kyrimai in the Mani, plays host to not only exquisite cuisine, but also a great waterfront perch to exp...

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Kavala, a Bucket-List Destination

Insider invites you to sift through the layers of history and revel in the must-see’s and must-do’s in the charming city of Kavala. Kavala, one of the largest cities in Northern Greece, is a city with a rich past as it has been through many important milestones in Byzantine, Roman and Christian history. The influence of many c...

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7 Super Family Day Trips in Attica

For many families living in Athens, half-term holidays are just around the corner. Make use of Autumn’s awesome climate to factor in the fun on one of our Insider-recommended family day trips that they’ll be only too happy to ditch the ipad for … all in the Great Attica Outdoors. Meet the Magic Horses of Rafina There are many d...

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