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Athens can be delightful, but while you are visiting the city how about a short escape nearby? Athens has the perfect location, in that it is quite close to the islands of Saronikos gulf and Cyclades, as well as many mainland destinations, ideal for a short break and a swim. Keep reading, as we have gathered for you some of the best places for a quick visit:
With is neoclassic architecture, picturesque alleys, rich history, and scenic environment, Nafplio is an excellent choice, just under two hours from Athens by car and almost three hours by bus. Much loved by tourists and Greeks alike, the area surrounding Nafplio offers many opportunities for a good swim, as well as restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars. Do not forget to visit the Castle of Palamidi -the stairs are many, but the extraordinary view will reward you.
Extra tip: The hand-made Italian ice-cream in the old city is to die for.
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan islands of Greece, Spetses is accessible by frequent flying dolphins that depart from Piraeus until late at night. In just two hours you will arrive at an island with rich traditional elements, ideal for strolls and sightseeing. The unaltered architecture will enchant you, while a walk among the backstreets of Dapia and the old harbor will travel you to another era. The beaches of Agioi Anargiroi and Agia Marina are ideal for swimming.
Extra tip: Do not forget to taste the local delicacies called “amigdalota” -they have the heavenly taste of the sugary almond paste.
The capital of Evia island and just under an hour from Athens, Chalkida is a great choice for a quick escape. The city is divided by the famous channel of Euripus, and the view of the waters changing directions every six hours from the main bridge is a must. Do not forget to visit the Venetian castle of Karampampa and enjoy the amazing view. The city offers many opportunities for dining and shopping, while you can enjoy your coffee next to the sea.
Extra tip: Visit an “ouzeri” (traditional tavern that serves mostly meze and ouzo, as well as local dishes and wine) and spent your afternoon drinking and having fun the greek way.