Where to escape to for the October 28th bank holiday weekend
The bank holiday weekend is upon us so here are some Greek destinations worth exploring
The second biggest Greek city is also celebrating its patron saint, Saint Dimitrios, so people flock here from all over the country. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here before, there’s always more to do! Take a boat ride on Thermaikos bay, people watch on Aristotelous square or visit the Byzantine museum. We would also recommend the Roman Market, one of the most important Roman monuments, which was only unearthed in 1996. For the foodies among you, the Vlali or Kapani market, the oldest indoor market in Thessaloniki, is the ultimate destination.
Laconic Mani is the ultimate getaway for fall as there is a whole host of options. You can stroll in Areopoli’s stone alleys, visit the Diros caves or take the very picturesque drive from Areopoli to Porto Kago, passing through a multitude of quaint villages and bays. We would recommend the deserted town of Vathia, whose inhabitants seem to have left overnight. The Greek Tourist Board invested in a number of listed castle homes back in the 80s, that have now been turned into beautiful hotels. They were traditionally two or three storey stone buildings, with tiny windows as protection from invaders. There is also a great hiking trail to Cape Tainaro, Europe's most Southerly point. The Asomatoi temple has been built where the oracle of Poseidon once stood.
Dimitsana is like a theatrical set as it’s built along two hills. The traditional stone buildings, narrow streets, bridges and springs are a feast for the eyes. We would recommend visiting the Outdoor Hydro Museum and the village library, which dates back to 1764, and has 15000 books alongside an archaeological and folk-art collection. This is truly a place full of history as heroes of the 19th century Greek revolution had their homes here such as Paleon Patron Germanos & Patriarch Gregorios the 5th.
Pelion is ideal if you get bored easily as there are so many cute villages, that you’re bound to find one you love! Milies are known for the beautiful mansion houses, the famous Moutzouris train station and Taxiarches church with its 17th century wall paintings. Makrinitsa has a gorgeous main square and network of alley ways, while the Folk-Art Museum is one of the best of its kind. Tsagarada is also very interesting architecturally, has a number of natural springs, and its wonderfully huge plane trees on the village square will entice you to stay for hours.