City & island strolls

If you truly want to see, feel and taste the best of your holiday destination, prepare to set out on foot

City & island strolls

If you truly want to see, feel and taste the best of your holiday destination, prepare to set out on foot

You don’t need much encouragement to get out and explore Greece’s cities and islands. The weather, the landscape, the history, the food, the locals ... they all seem to be calling out to you the moment you arrive. So whether you’re bound for the mainland or an island, don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers or walking shoes to get the very best out of your destination on foot.

How else could it be when an entire area is an experience in itself? Of course you’ll be visiting the Acropolis when you’re in Athens. But what about all those districts around it, giving life and colour to the city – ancient, modern, traditional, hip all in one.

In Thessaloniki, the city seems to spread out before you like an open-sights tour of cultural monuments and influences. Where every step echoes another heartbeat of Greece’s famously welcoming and diverse second city.

Island life

Walking tours are just as much a part of an island holiday as a day on the beach. On Rhodes and Corfu, the entire old towns have been designed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll be transported to a medieval world of chivalry and knights on Rhodes  and everything from the Byzantines, Venetians, French and British – all with an unmistakably Greek air – on Corfu.

Just picture a labyrinth of Cycladic island alleyways. The cobblestones, whitewashed houses and churches, pink and purple bougainvillea and potted geranium plants … and so often with a Venetian castle perched right at the top of town, as in Syros or Folegandros. There’s no way you’re not exploring them on foot.

And whoever said it only needs to be on foot? If you want an island to explore on bike, Kos has your name on it, whether you’re in the old town or heading to the beach.

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The Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, is the ideal place to enjoy fresh fish in a seaside taverna

A walking tour of Rethymno Old Town

Spreading from its Venetian harbour through a maze of alleyways and lively streets, the Old Town of Rethymno contains all the life, history and traditions...
You could spend hours just walking the streets of Hora, building up an appetite as you go

A walking tour of Naxos’ Hora, the complete island town

From Venetian Castle that’s still full of life, to enjoying a sneaky swim at the beach, exploring Naxos’ main town is the ideal way to...
From the beautiful chapel of Agios Konstantinos nearby, you can look out beyond Livadi onto a who’s who of Cycladic islands

Exploring the Cycladic charm of Serifos’ Hora

There’s a picture-perfect beauty to Serifos’ main town, all the way from the castle-top views of the Aegean to the Cycladic architecture and bougainvillea-filled courtyards.
Hora is the capital and harbour of Antiparos island

A walking tour of Antiparos’ quiet and quaint Hora

A wonderful antithesis to its popular and lively big brother, Antiparos – so close to Paros that you can be there in as little as...
Many of the tightly packed houses are beautifully maintained with colourful balconies, doors and window frames

A walking tour of Folegandros’ simple yet sophisticated main town

Simple, stylish and still largely undiscovered by international visitors, Folegandros’ Hora scores highly on both the authenticity and cosmopolitan meter.
Thessaloniki reveals its unique identity with every bite you take

A culinary tour of Thessaloniki

A famously welcoming and multi-cultural city, Thessaloniki reveals its unique identity with every bite you take.
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