Greece is a land of incredible natural beauty, fascinating history, and colorful folklore. Greece arguably has something for everyone. From quaint coastal towns to alpine mountain villages and multicultural Macedonian cities, this is a selection of ten must-visit, off-the-beaten-path destinations where you will discover a different side of this remarkable country.

Nafplio

Nafplio
Nafplio

Few cities reflect Greece’s rich and diverse history as well as Nafplio, one of the country’s most elegant and romantic destinations.

Nafplio
Nafplio

Located in the historic Argolis region on the Peloponnese peninsula, Nafplio has deep cultural roots in both Ancient Greece and the Venetian period of the 15th and 17th centuries.

It flourished as modern Greece’s first capital in the early 1800s. The city boasts gorgeous neoclassical mansions, beautiful Venetian architecture, and picturesque alleys.

The view of Mpourtzi from the port of Nafplio
The view of Mpourtzi from the port of Nafplio

Two Venetian castles, Palamidi and Acronafplia, built on two successive hills compose its landscape. A landmark that you should not miss is the small fortress of Bourtzi just in the middle of the Argolic Gulf, a short ferry ride from the city. The tour offers unique views of Nafplio and an ideal setting for romantic getaways.

Parga

Parga. via shutterstock
Parga. via shutterstock

The quaint town of Parga is the most popular summer destination in Epirus, in western Greece.

Parga. via shutterstock
Parga. via Shutterstock

This picturesque town is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Pezovolos hill and is surrounded by lavish greenery and beautiful blue sea. The town has a laid-back island feel to it. Amongst its highlights, visitors can either enjoy its charming and colorful waterfront houses and stone-paved squares or visit the ruins of an old Venetian castle atop the hill.

Parga
Parga. via shutterstock

Nearby Valtos and Lichnos beaches, connected to the port of Parga by boat, are amongst Greece’s finest.

Beach near Parga.
Beach near Parga.