The top 3 spring destinations by the sea in Greece
The island of Spetses, the picturesque town of Nafplio and the historic region of Mani are the top three spring destinations in Greece, for strolls alongside the sea and the first dives of the season.
A few hours away from Athens, Spetses is the most cosmopolitan island of the Argosaronic Gulf, with a unique charm during the months of spring. The aromas of flowers, herbs and pine are all around the atmosphere intoxicating the visitors. The coastal walk from Dapia to the picturesque Old Port, along with bikers and wagons, is a must, while the walk of the opposite direction, starting from Poseidonio Square, where the statue of Bouboulina dominates and ending at Anargyrios and Korgelianios School, leads to an equally beautiful side of the island. Bicycle enthusiasts can discover the secret corners of Spetses, while the famous Spetsathlon, the triathlon of Spetses will offer exciting moments of action on the second weekend of May to the most active visitors.
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Where to stay: Poseidonion Grand Hotel is the most emblematic hotel in Spetses. In a prestigious imposing building of rare beauty, reminiscent of the luxurious Grand Hotels of the Cote d'Azur, Poseidonio at the port of Dapia, takes you on a journey in time. Hospitality and luxury are redefined in this historic hotel. Choose the room that suits you either in the historic or the new wing and surrender to its comforts.
Romantic and idyllic, Nafplion is the ultimate spring destination just a breath away from Athens, that exudes Venetian breeze, rich history and cosmopolitan ambience. A walk in the Arvanitia pedestrian walk around the cliff of Akronafplia with the sea at your feet is all you need to feel that summer is near. Do not miss to wander around the picturesque alleys covered with colorful bougainvilleas, holding authentic Italian ice cream in hand. Rich vibes of history await you in Syntagma Square, where you will admire the building of the first Greek Parliament, the Trianon, the old mosque, and the Archaeological Museum, housed in a Venetian warehouse of 1713. Dare to climb the 999 steps leading to Palamidi and it will reward you with stunning views.
Where to stay: For a comfortable, relaxing and luxurious stay in the nature of Argolida, check in at the Hotel Perivoli, which is perched on a green hill just 8.5 km from Nafplion. Embraced by fragrant orange groves and panoramic views from all rooms, Perivoli Hotel serves authentic Greek breakfast, features facilities such as swimming pool, restaurant and bar and is the ultimate value for money in the area.
Stunning stone towers, scenic seaside settlements that exude Sicilian scent and an endless glorious landscape invite you to a trip that seems like treasure hunting. The Laconian Mani looks even more idyllic in the spring months and is revealed through a unique route that runs down the slopes of Mount Sangia, from Limeni to Akrotiri Tainaro. Enjoy the finest fresh fish on the beach at Takis Fish Tavern at Limeni, take a stop at the historic Areopolis, the capital of Mesa Mani, visit Diros Tower for its famous impressive caves, walk barefoot at the picturesque Gerolimenas overlooking the majestic Cape Grosso and discover the imposing fortress of Vathia. At the end of the roadtrip, Cape Tainaro, from where the Gates of Hades are said to begin, marks the southernmost tip of mainland Greece and the second southernmost of Europe, causing true awe, with its Lighthouse standing in 1882, 25 meters above the sea.
Where to stay: Housed in a fully restored building of the 19th-century in Gerolimenas, the historic Kyrimai Hotel combines traditional architecture with modern amenities. The hotel's rooms overlook the crystal clear sea and the lush landscape of the area, while its award-winning cuisine adopts local elements that have endured in time, yet with modern aesthetics.