Pilio – Where The Mountains Meet The Sea
Not sure if you want to bake on a beach or escape the summer heat in cool forests on mountain slopes? Why not both? The mountain of Pilio forms a peninsula dividing the Aegean sea and the Pagasetic Gulf, rising almost straight out of the sea to a height of 1,600 meters. A number of glorious sandy beaches fringe the peninsula where it meets the sea, whereas at higher altitudes some of the country’s most picturesque, stone-built villages nestle in forests rich in flora and fauna.
A popular family destination, you will find both organized child-friendly beaches with calm waters as well as more remote locations where you can find plenty of isolated tranquility.
Sifnos - Cycladic Serenity
This is an island where you can look forward to lazy days watching your kids play on sheltered, shallow-water beaches followed by leisurely walks along quaint, labyrinthine village backstreets or remote pathways overlooking the sea (there are over 100km of well-marked trails). To eat you’ll find simple, traditional Mediterranean cooking at its finest: crisp chickpea patties, juicy tomato salads and fresh seafood in familial village squares. In the main town you’ll find all the essentials including banks and pharmacies and everything from gaudy beach toys to local and imported foodstuffs.
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Indeed, a classic way to holiday here is to rent a small boat and spend days swanning around, stopping off anywhere and everywhere to plunge into the cool depths, getting your land-legs back just long enough for a spot of lunch before returning to aquatic adventuring. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of child-friendly beaches to kick back on, with sun loungers and umbrellas for rent.
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