Attica, the Saronic Gulf Islands, and Delphi: Places to Explore

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  • Aegina

    The eastern side of Aegina is rugged and sparsely inhabited today, except for Ayia Marina, a former fishing hamlet now studded with hotels. The western side of the island, where the main hub of...

  • Arachova

    Arachova's gray-stone houses with red-tile roofs cling to the steep slopes of Mt. Parnassus, the highest mountain in Greece after Mt. Olympus. The 1980s brought a boom to this once-quiet region,...

  • Delphi

    Nestled in the mountain cliffs, modern Delphi is perched dramatically on the edge of a grove leading to the sea, west of an extraordinary ancient site. A stay in town can prove most...

  • Eleusis

    The growing city of Athens co-opted the land around Eleusis, placing shipyards in the pristine gulf and steel mills and petrochemical plants along its shores. It is hard to imagine that there once...

  • Galaxidi

    Sea captains' homes with classic masonry and an idyllic seaside location reminiscent of an island have steadily attracted outsiders recognizing Galaxidi's potential. The heyday of the harbor town...

  • Glyfada

    Gateway to the Athens Riviera and the "Apollo coast"—which stretches from Pireaus to Cape Sounion's famed temple to Poseidon—Glyfada is loved for its palm-fringed coastal promenade, lined with...

  • Hydra

    As the full length of Hydra stretches before you when you round the easternmost finger of the northern Peloponnese, your first reaction might not, in fact, be a joyful one. Gray, mountainous, and...

  • Marathon

    Today Athenians enter the fabled plain of Marathon to enjoy a break from the capital, visiting the freshwater lake created by the dam, or sunning at the area's beaches. The beauty of the region...

  • Mt. Parnitha

  • Osios Loukas

  • Sounion

    Poised at the edge of a rugged 195-foot cliff, the Temple of Poseidon hovers between sea and sky, its "marble steep, where nothing save the waves and I may hear mutual murmurs sweep" unchanged in...

  • Spetses

    In the years leading up to the revolution, Hydra's great rival and ally was the island of Spetses. Lying at the entrance to the Argolic gulf, off the mainland, Spetses was known even in antiquity...

  • Vouliagmeni

    A classy seaside residential suburb, Vouliagmeni is the most prestigious address for an Athenian's summer home or business.

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