Greece on the road!
If you are in Greece and want to see all its hidden wonders, you are in the right place.
What if I told you that there are a lot of tourist attractions and hidden scenic beauties that are located hundreds of kilometers from the coast and that can only be seen by traveling across the Greek mainland?
This is a possible itinerary for your road trip and for daily excursions in Greece. It covers the most famous landmarks and destinations, starting from Patras. With this itinerary you can plan your holiday in detail and visit the places you’ve always dreamed of! All places are easily reachable by car, which will take you from Patras to Athens and back!
Patras – Olympia (1h and 33m)
Olympia, home of the Olympic Games, is now a modern city that hosts the impressive and priceless site of Ancient Olympia. The historical site and museum are located 500 metres south of the town, on the banks of the Kladeos River. The museum shows the history of the Olympics, with an exhibition of the various sports of the first editions, various curiosities related to the competition and the objects used by the athletes. Visiting the original stadium, where the races were held almost 3,000 years ago, is an experience not to be missed! You will also be able to see the remains of the Temple of Zeus, the studio of Phidias, the gymnasium, where the athletes practiced, and much more.
Olympia – Kalamata (1h and 33m)
The second center of the Peloponnese after Petras, Kalamata is an important tourist port very frequented by sailboats and, over the years, is also growing as a seaside resort.
Situated in the shadow of the great mountain range of Taygetos Oro, and overlooking a long gulf made up of tiny rocky coves and wide beaches, it is a perfect town for those who want to discover the most authentic side of the country. The beaches are almost deserted, the souvenir shops very few, the taverns only a little more. And there’s no shortage of scorpes made from the famous Kalamata olives.
Kalamata – Argo (1h and 31m)
The ancient city of Argo was founded 6000 years ago, but the many vestiges of its glorious past remain largely buried under the modern town. The main attraction is the Teatro Antico which once housed the Nemei Games. Here were held singing and poetry competitions but also political assemblies the so-called “ecclesia.” The impressive staircase could hold as many as 20,000 people and is leaning against the hill of Larissa on whose highest point of the theatre you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.
It is impossible not to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo and Athens, which is located on the side of the road leading to the hill of Aspis. In an open space there are the remains of a building not easily legible due to the vegetation, however there are some blocks of rock base and a staircase dug into the rock, perfectly intact.
Argo – Nauplia (17m)
There are three fortresses, a pedestrian street full of shops and cafés, an unsuspected variety of museums. At your fingertips there are also a handful of beautiful beaches, perfect for a refreshing dip after visiting museums and monuments, and a suggestive walk between the sea and dizzying rock walls. Vibrant and elegant, Nauplia combines Venetian echoes, oriental charm and typical Greek features. In its charming old town you will come across fishermen’s houses, neoclassical buildings, panoramic views, boutiques and green areas. There’s everything you need to fill up your emotions.
Nauplia – Athens (1h and 54m)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the Acropolis of Athens is the first thing everyone visits after arriving in the city, especially in the evening, when the Acropolis and the surrounding city catch fire with the colours of the sunset.
One of the peculiarities of the city is that it is surrounded by hills that represent as many panoramic points easily reachable on foot. Apart from the Acropolis, there are six others: Aeropagus, Filoppapus, Pnice, Muse, Nymphs and Lycabetus.
Athens – Corinth (1h and 7m)
A city in the Peloponnese situated a few kilometers from the Greek mainland and famous all over the world for its eponymous canal, Corinth is a major port city of Greece. In ancient times it was the third most influential city in ancient Greece after Athens and Sparta. It was built inland, at the foot of its acropolis, the Acrocorinth, and housed the famous temple of Aphrodite, and was rebuilt on the sea in the 19th century, where it is today. Facing the sea on the Gulf of Corinth, the city is a must-see, on the road between Athens and Patras.
The Greek islands are a succession of picturesque landscapes, including beaches that combine golden sand and crystal clear waters.
We hope this guide has been useful for you to prepare your trip to Greece and to see it in all its splendour.
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