Kefalonia and Ithaca in the Ionian Islands are among the best for secluded beaches, while the volcanic island of Santorini in the Cyclades has one of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe.

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At the summit of magical Patmos in the Dodecanese sits the cave of St John's Revelation, while Crete boasts Minoan Knossos and the beginnings of European civilization.

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“Greek highlands offer uninterrupted seclusion, for visitors and pilgrims alike.”
Julian Allason, Departures

Delphi

For the traveller seeking hidden Greece look no further than the region of Epirus, which is filled with hidden hamlets, stunning churches and delicious local food.

Meteora

There are a host of Byzantine treasures from the Monastery of Osios Loukas to the splendour of the monasteries at Meteora towering from their pinnacle cliffs.

Meteora Monastery

The most famous classical ruin is Delphi and there can be fewer more fascinating and beautiful ancient sites anywhere in the world.

Delphi

There are a host of smaller towns worth visiting, including Kastoria and Kavala.

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The capital of the region is Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, which boasts a plethora of beautiful Byzantine churches and one of Europe's finest archaeological museums.

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The Chalkidiki peninsula has white sandy beaches and in its eastern reaches lies the centre of Orthodox monasticism, Mount Athos.

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We have all heard of Mount Olympus but few understand its beauty until they are walking in its foothills.

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