The real Greece, away from the well known resorts, is a Greece for all tastes and seasons. Springtime flowers carpet the hillsides, livestock venture out to newly green pastures and the sun starts to warm the sea. Vineyards are busy with the grape harvest as the summer gives way to autumn, followed by the olive harvest and nature's colours changing from different hues of green to gold and red. Late summer evenings are to be enjoyed in village squares. Take in stunning views of the sea, secluded beaches that beckon for an afternoon swim and friendly tavernas serving fresh seafood and local wines.
Greece has a wonderful selection of walking paths, or kalderimi, that link villages and follow the coastline. These paths have been used for generations by farmers and villagers carrying supplies or moving their animals. History can be found with every step. Discover ancient ruins, folklore museums, and small wineries as you walk.
Don't rush, savour every step, discover a lesser known side of a well known country.
The Pelion Peninsula lies to the east and south of Volos on the east coast of mainland Greece. The interior is a lush, green landscape with fruit orchards, wild olive groves and forests of horse chestnut, oak, walnut, and beech. Small villages of whitewashed, half-timbered houses with overhanging balconies and grey slate roofs dot the area.
The largest of the Ionian islands, Corfu has always been known for its exceptional beauty. The countryside is varied, with high wooded hillsides, abundant olive groves, rocky cliffs, coves and lovely sandy beaches. As you walk, the azure blue sea is almost never out of sight. Visitors, particularly in spring, will be amazed to see how green the landscape is, enhanced by the yellow and purple flowers of the eastern Mediterranean shrubs. Its quieter neighbour of Paxos is an island of endless olive groves.