Summertime is one of the most popular seasons to visit Greece and its sun-kissed islands, journey through its history, taste its authentic Mediterranean cuisine, and swim in its crystal clear waters. Since it can get pretty crowded in Greece during the summer, we'd like to take you to three of our favorite destinations: off-the-beaten-path Patmos, exciting yet low-key Porto Heli, and sophisticated Spetses. Experience their well-preserved traditions, be inspired by their natural beauty, and fall in love with their local Greek culture!
Patmos is a truly authentic Greek island that never feels crowded, even in peak season! The secret gem of the Aegean, sheltered from the developments of tourism, Patmos has maintained its traditional architecture and atmosphere; it has truly beautiful village settlements, scenic beaches, exceptional history, as well as elegant restaurants and traditional tavernas. The island of Patmos exudes a special serenity that will capture you from the moment you arrive.
When To Go: July
Cultural Experience: Aegean Film Festival
Taking place this year on July 17-22, enjoy unique evenings under the stars and mingle with filmmakers and story tellers from around the world.
Located in the charming bay of Grikos, the Petra is one of Patmos' best-kept secrets; it offers exceptional Greek hospitality and a killer view of the awe-inspiring Kalikatsou Rock.
A cosmopolitan hot spot in the Peloponnese region of Greece, Port Heli is home to world-class luxury resorts within a beautiful Mediterranean landscape; it boasts exceptional beaches, traditional seafood restaurants, and a lovely promenade just perfect for leisurely strolls along the port.
When To Go: August
Cultural Experience: Athens & Epidaurus Festival
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the oldest performing arts festival in Europe. Just a stone's throw away from Porto Heli, many of the festival’s performances take place at the impressive ancient Theater of Epidaurus. The festival runs from the beginning of July until late August with an exceptional program of everything from ancient tragedies to modern dance shows, and famous operas to pop culture music artists. The festival welcomes both performing artists and spectators from Greece and around the world.
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This exquisite resort perfectly combines modern architectural design with tradition, all within an exceptionally tranquil natural setting. The Amanzoe offers beautiful panoramic views to the sea and a holistic spa with natural products and treatments.
Well-known for its charm and ‘no car policy’, Spetses is a picturesque island just a few hours from Athens. Its air of sophistication, aristocratic mansions, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and pedestrian walkways make Spetses a Greek island that perfectly marries luxury with authenticity.
When To Go: September
Cultural Experience: Armata Festival
The Armata Festival takes place every year during the second week of September. Dedicated to the historic naval battle that took place here in 1822 during the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, this festival is a unique experience known especially for its re-enactment of a burning a ship and fireworks show.
Standing proudly overlooking the pier of Spetses, this landmark hotel exudes an aura from centuries past. Offering both historic and modern wings, the Poseidonion offers a luxurious stay with an air of traditional, and refreshingly modern interiors.
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