Spotlight on…Greece – The Mainland
Trying to decide where to go in Greece? The second instalment of our guide to Greek destinations focuses on holidays to the Greek mainland…
A trio of peninsulas jutting out of mainland Greece.
What to expect: A lesser-known holiday spot filled with sleek marinas and photogenic countryside.
Where to go: The most popular peninsula, Kassandra, has a sandy coastline speckled with marinas, ports and fishing villages. The other two peninsulas are wilder, with pine forest walking trails and virgin bays.
What to do: Jump aboard a dolphin-spotting boat trip. Sip mimosas at one of Sani’s chic waterside bars. Drive to Thessaloniki, home to ancient churches and a Roman palace.
Anything else? The third peninsula, Mount Athos, is off-limits to visitors, but you can get great views of it by hopping on a boat tour.
Winding along the west coast of mainland Greece, the Olympia Coast is new to Thomson for 2014.
What to expect: An unspoiled corner of Greece with undeveloped beaches and natural springs. Inland, you’ll find mythical temples and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Where to go: Laid-back resorts like Killini and Lakkopetra, with their handful of beach and spa hotels. Then there’s Olympia, where famous ruins include leftovers from the original ancient Olympic Games.
What to do: Discover the ruins of Olympia. Sink into the pools of a thalassotherapy spa. Spend a day exploring Athens. Relax on the sands of Lakkopetra Beach.
Anything else? The Olympia Coast is a bit of a crossroads, so you can easily hop on a ferry for daytrips to islands like Zante.
Looking for holidays to the Greek Islands? Take a look at part one of our handy guide.