Travel Around Greece

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. The Aegean Sea lies to the east and south of mainland Greece, while the Ionian Sea lies to the west. With more than 6,000 islands and the heritage of ancient Greece, the Roman and the Byzantine Empires it is a major tourist destination, with more than 15 million visitors every year. A travel to greece is more than purchasing a ticket and a hotel room though. Get on board with travelaround.gr and lets explore greece together.

Loutraki - A step away

Well, i guess everyone that leaves near Athens knows loutraki.
For those of you that dont, here is few tips.

During the winter...not much if any at all.
The all time event is the Club Hotel Casino loutraki (http://www.clubhotelloutraki.gr/), the biggest casino in greece.
The beauty of Loutraki is revealed during the summer.

Travel Information: 

Loutraki is 78Km away from Athens. You can travel there by car (aprox 1hour) by KTEL from Larissa Station (which is in athens..dont ask me why it is called like this..) or by train (there used to be a train directly to Loutraki but at this point you have to use Proastikos to travel to Corinthos and then by Bus.

Accomodation Information: 

In Loutraki you will not have a problem finding a hotel. It is rumored that Loutraki can accommodate 180K people and this is a huge number for a 10.000 town.
of course during the summer...especial August, try to come prepared and book in advance

Region: Peloponnese

Place: Loutraki

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Climbing

Travel to ... Alonissos

The island of Alonissos (or Alonnisos, as the greek spelling goes) is located on the north-western part of the Aegean Sea, and is part of the North Sporades island group.

Quiet and out of the main tourist routes, Alonissos features unspoiled nature, crystal clear beaches and picturesque bays. The island is popular with sail boat travellers as its fiord-like coastline offers calm waters and privacy. As the seat of the first national marine park of Greece, Alonissos also attracts naturalists and volunteers who work toward the preservation of the Monachus-Monachus Mediterranean seal (monk seal).

Travel Information: 

Alonissos is accessible by boats and hydrofoils leaving from mainland Greece (Volos and Agios Kostantinos) daily. For more information, contact the local port authority at +30 24240 65595

Accomodation Information: 

Alonissos features 2 4star hotels, a few 3 star hotels and many rooms and villas for rent. It is worth to spend a couple of nights at Hora, the old village, if only to soak the atmosphere and enjoy majestic vistas of the rest of the Sporades at sunset (Hora is built on the mountain but is only a few minutes’ ride from nearby beaches). There are also two camping sites on the island, at Patitiri and at Steni Vala.

Region: North Aegean

Place: aegean islands, alonissos, alonnisos, greek islands, National Marine Park of Alonnisos, Piperi, sporades

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Camping, Diving, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Scuba diving and snorkeling

Travel to ... Spinalonga (Kalidon)

Spinalonga

In the gulf of Mirabello on the north-eastern coast of Crete, lies an inlet, Korfos gulf. In the entrance of this inlet, which forms a natural harbor, and just opposite the village of Elounda, a little island called Spinalonga is located. This small island, despite its size, has played a big role in the local, cretan even greek history.

Travel Information: 

You can travel to Spinalonga by boat from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
Day trips are scheduled from Malia, Hersonissos and other cities of Crete.

Accomodation Information: 

There are no accommodation facilities in the island Spinalonga. Visitors can find many hotels, apartments and studios in the nearby cities of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, eastern crete, Elounda, greek islands, Lassithi

You will find here: Beach, Medieval monuments

Travel to ... Agios Nikolaos

Agios nikolaos as seen from the road to elounda

Agios Nikolaos (Aghios Nikolaos), a town on the north-eastern coast of Crete island, is one of the three largest cities of the province of Lasithi along with Ierapetra and Sitia. It is the capital of this province of Crete and has 19.000 inhabitants. Agios Nikolaos is well known for its tourism.

Travel Information: 

Agios Nikolaos is located 60km west of Heraklion. You can take a bus from the international airport of Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis, or the Heraklion harbor.

Accomodation Information: 

Many hotels, apartments and studios. Some of the finest hotels in the Mediterranean are located in Agios Nikolaos and the nearby city of Elounda.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, eastern crete, Elounda, greek islands, Lassithi

You will find here: Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Fishing, Museums, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Corfu

Corfu by night, while the moon is rising

The island of Corfu (kerkyra) is located just off the West coast of Greece and is one of the ionian islands. Corfu enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate along with excellent beaches making it a popular destination for holiday makers. The island of corfu is very green compared to other Greek islands: hot and dry summers along with winter rain creates lush vegetation dominated by over 2 million olive trees. These olive trees on Corfu are the main cultivation, although Corfu's tourism now provides the most income.

Region: Ionian Islands

Place: anemomylos, corfu, garitsa, gouvia, greek islands, kanoni, pontikonisi

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Medieval monuments, Museums, Nudist beach, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Icaria (ikaria) island

Icaria belongs to the dodekanese islands complex of Eastern Aegean sea. Icaria is located to the west of Samos and its first name was Dolichi but it was finally named after the Greek Mythology hero Icarus, the first man that ever managed to fly according to the deadalus and icarus myth.

Region: Dodekanese

Place: aegean, aegean islands, Agios Kyrikos, greek islands, ikaria, Therma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Camping, Festivals and culture, Fishing

Travel to ... Heraklion

Heraklion old harbour and koule fortress

The city airport "Nikos kazantzakis" was the second international airport in greece, and it is still the largest one regarding charter flight traffic. Due to its location, its airport and its harbor, heraklion is the main gateway for visitors to the island of crete.

The port of heraklion is also the largest port in crete. Heraklion is connected to Thira, Rhodes, Egypt, Haifa and mainland Greece (Peiraius) by boat and ferries.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, greek islands, heraklion, island, knossos, krete

Travel to ... Nafplio

The Bourtzi castle in nafplio

Nafplio is a city 146km from Athens and 10 km from argos on the northeast side of peloponnese. It will take you about two hours by car to get there from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens. Nafplio was the first capital of Greece in 1829, after the greek revolution of 1821, and remained so until 1834, when Athens became the capital of Greece.

It is located by the sea of the Argolic Gulf and it has several beaches in the city and nearby areas. The Tolo village just outside Nafplio is a well known tourist destination that has some of the most beautiful beaches in the argolic gulf.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: argos, Bourtzi, Nayplio, Palamidi, Tolo

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Climbing, Clubbing, Medieval monuments

Travel to ... Elounda

Elounda hotels as seen from the road to elounda

Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello. Elounda is 10km from Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi and 70Km from Heraklion. You can travel to Heraklion, either by plane to the international Airport Nikos Kazantzakis, or by ferry from Peiraus. You then can take a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, and another bus from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. A taxi directly from the Airport (about 70 Km) will cost around 60 Euros.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Diving, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Medieval monuments, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Stoupa

Stoupa beach

Stoupa is a small village located in the south peloponnese in one of the most beautiful places in greece, Mani. It is a 4 hour travel from Athens International airport and an hour trip from the city of Kalamata, the capital of the province of messinia. Stoupa is a very graphical and touristic village, surrounded by the green mountains of mani (which is a nice change after all the burned down forests you will see when traveling the rest of peloponnese).

Region: Peloponnese

Place: Agios Nikolaos, Kalamata, Kalogria, Kardamili, Mani, Stoupa

You will find here: Agrotourism, Beach, Camping, Clubbing, Fishing, Mountain resorts, Sea sports

Travel to ... Lendas

The beach of lendas and some restaurants next to  the sea

Lendas is a small village on the south coast of crete, around 70 km from heraklion airport. It will take you about two hours to travel to lendas by car from heraklion, since the road passes through two of the largest mountains in crete : Psiloritis and Asterousia. It's not easy, but it's well worth the effort. Your tiredness will fade away after a few hours in one of the most peaceful places in mediterranean.

Region: Crete

Place: greek islands, heraklion, Lendas, lentas, southern crete

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Climbing, Nudist beach

Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.