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Greek Mainland

If you choose to spend your holidays on the Greek mainland, you can look forward to a truly multifaceted holiday. Whatever your personal preference may be, mainland Greece has something for everyone from swimming enthusiasts to cultural aficionados, from hikers to mountain bikers. Would you like to swim at some of the most beautiful beaches? Are you interested in Greek history and archaeological sites? Would you like to explore traditional Greek villages both on the coasts and in the mountains? Do you enjoy incorporating sports and nature into your holiday? The Greek mainland offers it all to you!

What are the most beautiful places in mainland Greece?
As Henry Miller expressed, “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.”

Beautiful places abound in mainland Greece. From small and large natural paradises, dream beaches, national parks, and quaint villages to vibrant metropolises: here you will find it all. Mainland Greece is a diverse world set between mountain ranges and the vastness of the sea.

It is also a history book for adventurers: Athens, Thessaloniki, Mount Olympus, Meteora, Ioannina, Olympia, Epirus and Pelion, Nafplio and Mycenae, the Mani Peninsula, Monemvasia, and Sparta; the list is endless.

What is the best time of year to visit the Greek mainland?
All year round! The Greek mainland offers numerous options for your dream holiday throughout the year. Whether it’s a seaside holiday during the summer months or an active holiday in spring or autumn: there’s something for everyone.

There are even numerous holidaying options during the winter on the Greek mainland: Whether hiking, cycling, or sightseeing with mostly mild temperatures around Athens, or skiing on the mainland mountains or on the Peloponnese, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the cooler months.

What is the weather like on the Greek mainland?
Mainland Greece is characterised by a Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters relatively humid but mostly mild. Thanks to its unique location in the south of the Balkan Peninsula and its relatively mountainous profile, the climate can vary greatly in different parts of the country.

The mountains, which reach up to 3,000 metres / 9,850 feet, and the adjacent seas have a significant influence on the climate in Greece. In the winter months in northern and central Greece, there is a lot of precipitation as well as snowfall.

In contrast, Athens and the surrounding area enjoy a mild climate all year round. During the winter months, daytime temperatures rarely fall below 10 °C / 50 °F. The summer months, on the other hand, are very hot.

If you would like to learn more about the climate on the Greek mainland, we recommend this blog post from Mindful Travel Experiences.

Where are the best beaches in mainland Greece?
Greece has over 5,000 beaches. Which of these are the most beautiful depends on your individual taste.

Are you looking for the best sandy beaches in mainland Greece? Then you’re most likely to find them in the western Peloponnese, on the Aegean side of the Pelion peninsula, and in Halkidiki.

Do you prefer white pebble beaches and sparkling clean sea? In that case, the Pagasaean Gulf near Volos and the eastern side of the Peloponnese are perfect for you!

Which places on the Greek mainland are best suited for a family holiday?
For an action-packed holiday with children, the Peloponnese is the perfect place, with plenty to see and a great choice of water sports and fantastic beaches. The Pelion and Attica also offer many family-friendly holiday options.


Great Variety
Ancient Sites
Fascinating Coastline


Pelion & Meteora

Floating Monasteries
Multi-Sports El Dorado
Historic trails


Northern Greece

Mountains & Rivers
Traditional Villages
Great Hikes


Gulf of Corinth

Miracles of Technology
Breathtaking Nature
Great ski resorts


Mt Olympus

Highest Peak
Home of Gods
Unique views


Around Athens

Historic treasures
Off the beaten track
Excellent wine