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Forget the Greek islands! Get original! When most travelers brace themselves for the summer crush and the merciless temperatures of the Aegean, go against the flow and visit Northern Greece. Far away from your typical travel poster image (the Parthenon, the white houses resembling sugar cubes and the obligatory Zorbaesque syrtaki dance at the foreground of a romantic sunset), the northern part of Greece is luxuriant, surprisingly multicultural and, very important, cool even in midsummer: encompassing fertile plains blanketed by endless farm fields, massive mountain ranges divided by jaw-dropping gorges and crossed by swift rivers, hidden picturesque villages lost in dense forests, old magnificent cities, some of the most important heritage sites in Greece (Alexander the Great was born here) and inviting stretches of white sand beaches you thought existed only in the Caribbean…Clearly, you need to spend some time here. This is without a doubt one the most idyllic parts of Greece, so shhh… let the others go to the islands while you play it cool and make your way here.
ease of reach: easy-peasy
best months: year-round
great for: archaeological sites, cities, natural beauty
not so great for: beaches
budget range: low to medium