The Greek mainland gives a sense of the diverse nature of the country with interesting archaeological sites, picturesque seaside towns and magnificent beaches. The nation’s capital Athens is an essential stop on any trip to the Greek mainland. This sprawling city is surprisingly easy to get around on foot with walking tours to the main sites such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon.
Athens is also renowned for its amazing gastronomy, a great destination any time of year. Thessaloniki, the second largest town in Greece is a sprawling city a mixture of both old and new. The cosmopolitan waterfront packed with cocktail bars is popular with visitors as well as the vibrant music and nightlife. Delphi is another mainland gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece with its Temple of Apollo and Ancient Theatre. Popular seaside towns include Nafplion with lovely beach resorts – popular for family holidays with its beautiful Old Town a vision of ample squares, paved streets and elegant mansions. Parga on the north-western coast is another seaside delight with a charming port and amazing beaches such as Valtos, Lichnos and Sarakiniko with emerald colour water.