3 Of The Most Surprising Places In Greece

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 25 March 2019
3 Of The Most Surprising Places In Greece
Greece is a surprising country; it surprises tourists – especially ones who scratch beneath the surface – and it also, occassionaly, surprises Greeks as well. After all, the notion that Greece is just golden beaches and clean blue seas isn't entirely true. In fact, Greece offers an abundance of off-the-beaten-path destinations and attractions, many of which are in the mainland and have absolutely nothing to do with a beach holiday!

The travel section of The Telegraph recently featured an article about 10 of the country's most surprising places, here are some of our favorite.

1. The Odontotos Railway in the Peloponnese

This is probably the closest you'll get to a Swiss landscape in Greece. Forget the crystalline beaches and white Cycladic homes; with the Odontotos (Toothy) rack railway you will travel through a mountainous, inaccessible part of the Peloponnese that bring the Alps to mind. Running for 23km from Diakofto to Kalavryta, the rack railway will take you through thick forests, steep inclines, and lush canyons that create an image of Greece you never imagined existed.

2. Grevena: The Fungi Capital of Greece

The mountainous Greek town of Grevena in Macedonia is rightfully called the Mushroom Capital of Greece. 1,300 species of mushrooms grow in abundance the oak forests near the town. Grevena claims a mushroom museum, a slew of tavernas serving forest fungi specialties, and public mushroom sculptures. Check out the annual four-day festival at the end of August for pure fungi pleasure.
3. Pyrgos: The Marble Village on Tinos Island

The village of Pyrgos on Tinos island is the historic home of a school of marble sculpture. Despite its small size, Pyrgos offers three museums: a museum dedicated to Yannoulis Chalepas, a Pyrgos native and one of the most praised sculptors in Greece, one showcasing contemporary talent, and finally the extensive Museum of Marble Crafts. Visit the village’s cemetery – which feels more like an art gallery than a burial ground – to admire the beautiful sculptures and memorials.
To discover more surprising destinations and attractions in Greece, please visit: The Telegraph