Shaped much like a large leaf, Peloponnese was traditionally called Morea, which appropriately means ‘mulberry leaf’. Located in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece, Peloponnese is a wide peninsula connected to the mainland by the Rio-Antirrio bridge. Interspersed with classical Greek temples, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and Mycenaean palaces, Peloponnese echoes the ancient cultures and events from its extensive history. Among these ancient ruins is Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honour of Zeus, making it a popular tourist spot well worth a visit.
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city and the capital city of the Macedonian region of Northern Greece. Lively festivals, social events and a buzzing nightlife make this city the cultural capital of Greece and an exciting location to visit. Comprised of a historic city centre and commercial district, Thessaloniki offers both old and new attractions, from its Byzantine walls, White Tower and Turkish baths to colourful food markets, museums and art galleries. Thessaloniki’s nightlife is unmatched, from small tavernas to nightclubs and other entertainment venues, Thessaloniki offers it all.
The Greek word meteora means “suspended in the air,” and this phrase aptly describes the spectacular cliffs that rise more than 1,200 feet (366 meters) into the air overlooking the villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki in the north central mainland of Greece. What makes these cliffs even more inspiring are the historic monasteries perched along the summits. Dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries, the monasteries at Meteora were built by monks seeking spiritual isolation and freedom from religious persecution.
Zagori is a region of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two national parks. It’s dense forests and rugged mountains are furrowed by powerful rivers and dotted with traditional villages, many featuring grand stone houses dating from the late eighteenth century. The best way to enjoy the area is by hiking the numerous paths connecting the villages, with the most accessible and rewarding target being the wonderful Víkos Gorg.