Lesser Known Greek Experiences

While Greece covers a relatively small amount of land in comparison with some other neighbors, it’s a huge country when it comes to the richness of its culture and history, and especially interesting experiences and destinations. Greek mythology colours many of the interesting destinations in the country. Much of Greece is absolutely stunning, making travelling experience here so much more enjoyable.

While there are many more popular spots to visit, like Evia, Skyros and Kea Greek Islands, of course Santorini, some of the best island hopping in Europe, famous Koufonisia and many more iconic destinations, we love exploring lesser known things to do and see in Greece – there are just so much this country has to offer.

So, we’ve put together five lesser known experiences in Greece that we think you are going to love.

Pirates Hideout Kleftiko Caves of Milos

In the Cyclades region, the volcanic island of Milos has some of the best beaches in Greece. And also adventurous history and mythology.

Kleftiko is a cluster of impressive volcanic white rocks in the turquoise waters of the Aegean. It is also known as Meteora of the Sea with its labyrinth of caves. The name was derived from the pirates, as this part was used both as a shelter and as a base, since the small creeks protected the ships and the pirates from the strong winds of the Aegean. The magic of the landscape completes the legend of the hidden pirates’ treasure, in a cave near the beach.

Here, with the clarity of the water, the caves offered for safe passage, the small beach and the underwater life make up one of the most beautiful wonders of nature all over the Mediterranean.

The caves access is only by sea and must be organised before you go – there are no tours offered on site. If you want to learn more about the caves or interested to book your visit, just give our team a call on 1800 242 353 orchat online.

Bookworm Adventures in Santorini

Perhaps not as adventurous as a pirates’ hideout but a mecca for bookworms, Atlantis Books is a tiny bookstore packed with some of the greatest literary works by authors such as Leo Tolstoy and Samuel Beckett.

Virtually invisible unless deliberately sought out, a small set of stairs framed by vines funnels will take you to a very quirky little book shop in Oia, Santorini. Housed in a gorgeous home overlooking the water, there are crammed shelves full of literary masterpieces. There are also the little thought-provoking scribbles on the wall, including a time line of the store’s history chartered on the ceiling to document its development from conceptualisation to its crisis-ridden broke-to-book crowd- funding venture in 2011 when the shop risked closure.

If there’s a rare first edition to be had, it’s probably buried somewhere in this hermit cave of a bookstore that reeks of the aroma of freshly-ground coffee. If you are in Santorini, pay a visit to this quirky little place – it will colour your experience here adding memorable moments we all live for.

Magical Caves Revealed by Bees

At the beginning of the last century, Kostas Stivaktas would sit in his fields near Saint Andrew’s church, watching bees entering a crack in the rocks, upon leaving it they seemed to him refreshed. We are unsure how he evaluated the bees’ freshness but it inspired him to investigate, uncovering a treasure cave, which contains some of the best examples of rare stalactites and stalagmites in Europe, estimated to be around 3 million years old. The Kastania’s Cave was formed from limestone of Jurassic age (195-145 million years old) as a result of geological turmoil and chemical reaction. The stone décor owes its seven-color palette to crystalline carbonate lime enriched with several metal oxides.The extent of the cave is 1500 sqm, divided into two levels and the visitor enters a route of 500m.

Guided tours in English depart hourly. If you want more information or help you plan your visit here, just give our team a call on 1800 242 353 or chat online.

Rising High Lycabettus Funicular

Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill (sometimes spelt Lykavitos) is the highest point of Athens. Although a beautiful walk up via a circular path, it will be a test of endurance and a challenge in summer. Why not take a Funicular here?

Running from the lower terminus in Kolonaki to the upper terminus atop Mount Lycabettus, the Funicular takes passengers on a 680-foot underground journey up to the highest peak in central Athens. Atop the mountain is a panoramic view of all of Athens. On the higher peak is the 19th-century Chapel of Saint George, a tiny Cycladic-style chapel that was first used by a Monk in 1834 and sits on the grounds of an ancient temple dedicated to the God Zeus as well as a café and restaurant. On the lower peak sits a 4,000 – seat Amphitheater.

The funicular ran uninterrupted for 38 years until 2002, when the carriages were replaced and the mechanical and electrical systems were renovated. While it was being upgraded, many started to forget about this great experience in Athens. Now that the funicular is back and looking new and fresh, it’s time to take a ride up to the heavens views.

Valley of the Butterflies, The Final Destination

Every year, thousands of delicate, winged creatures migrate from the thickets and bushes of the Mediterranean, following the waterways to the humid Petaloudes Valley, more commonly known as the Valley of the Butterflies. This is such a divine spot to visit. You will love the peaceful walk through the shaded, green valley with its small river and beautiful waterfalls. Here, you are surrounded by butterflies camouflaging themselves against the tree trunks as you walk up towards the monastery at the top, or rest for a while on one of the wooden benches along the way.

This rare butterfly event is magical experience in Greece taking place toward the end of May, as the dry season approaches. Huge numbers of butterflies congregate in this small valley during the final stage of their life cycle.

What a perfect place and time to reflect on your own life, slow down a little and watch life go by.

If you want help planning your Greek holiday, just reach out to us on 1800 242 353 or chat live online.