Three destinations 2.5 hours from Athens for the weekend
If a day trip is not enough, then definitely a weekend out Athens is what you need for a little relaxation before the Christmas holidays.
Below you have three first-class options for the weekend getaway, which, although only 2.5 hours away from the capital, will surely “travel” you very far.
Kalavrita is one of the most popular winter destinations, as it suits all tastes and is less than 2.5 hours from the center of Athens.
It is a place of exceptional natural beauty but also of great historical interest, with the monuments coming from the ancient, up to the medieval and modern years.
The toothed is of course one of the biggest attractions in the area, however it easily competes with the monastery of the Great Cave, hidden in the rock here since 362.
The ski resort is well worth a visit, but extreme sports enthusiasts can try their hand at kayaking and rafting, as well as mountain biking. For those looking for more relaxed activities, the hiking trails are countless and the view will surely reward you.
In Kalavrita there are options for all budgets: from cheap rooms for rent, to luxury hotel complexes with spa, this location is home to families, couples, groups, but also the lonely traveler who wants to be left in the beauty of nature.
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Vamvakou Laconia is one of the least famous Arcadian villages, which began to become better known in 2018 as part of the “Vamvakou Revival” revival program.
As it was not a tourist destination for many years, it has managed to keep its aroma unchanged, which remains authentic since it was built in the late 15th century.
It is located on the slopes of Mount Parnon, overgrown with walnuts, chestnuts, plane trees and flowers, adorned with small stone fountains with gargling water.
At an altitude of 900 meters the view is magnificent, while the traditional alleys with picturesque houses are transported to another era.
The “Vamvakou Revival” brought liveliness and a multitude of activity to this other deserted place, with numerous festivals and festivals being organized throughout the year.
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Built on the slopes of Oiti, the village of Pavliani is located on the edge of the National Park, known for its rich biodiversity.
The village is about 30 minutes from the ski center of Parnassos and consists of two parts: the north and the south.
In Ano Pavliani you can browse the open-air market and see the fine products, while it is worth seeing the church of Agios Athanasios, with its wood-carved iconostasis and the famous stone-built bell tower dating from 1868.
At the bottom of the village you will see that the path begins for the natural amusement park at the springs of Asopos, which with much passion the villagers have enriched with hammocks, wooden beds, music bridges and tunnels, thus making it the ultimate destination for them. . hiking enthusiasts.
The village is full of paintings on walls, buckets and benches; an initiative taken by the village teacher to decorate the children Pavliani.
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