From Athens to Galaxidi: a best of both worlds Greek adventure

21 Ιανουαρίου, 2024 By

For a trip full of history and natural beauty, travel via the buzz of Athens to the tranquil and little-known village of Galaxidi — and back again. Ped Millichamp shares the inside track and secret unspoilt beaches from 40 years of Grecian holidays

To me Greece is known by the local’s name, Ellada. It’s The Motherland, from which half of my family hail. A proud country that offers everything from delicious Mediterranean food, to divine hospitality and ancient monuments. It’s the one place in the world that acts like a magnet to my heart, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit bustling Athens and chilled out Galaxidi more times than I can remember over a nearly 40 year period.

For an autumn trip (I recommend a week) which offers a full spectrum of gastronomical delights, adventure and relaxation with a journey from Athens to the beautiful village of Galaxidi (around three hours away by coach) and back again. Temperatures are much more bearable but still balmy in the UK’s cooler months.

In Athens, explore the historical neighbourhood of Plaka for its charming neoclassical architecture and lively atmosphere, or Monastiraki for its antiques and modern bars. The metro makes this easier than ever.

For some recuperation, head to idyllic naval port Galaxidi. Located on the southern coast of central Greece, it’s near the ‘centre of the world’, Delphi, with its colourful house facades, flowered pebbled yards and charming harbour. You’ll be intoxicated by its natural beauty from the moment you arrive.

Ganimede Hotel - Galaxidi

Minutes from the harbour in Galaxidi, you’ll find the most charming, family-run authentic hotel: Hotel Ganimede (Rooms start at £75, Celebrated for its award-winning homemade breakfast (included) and authentic warm embrace to all of its guests, it was once a captain’s house. Chrisoula, the matriarch of the complex, will ensure your stay in one of the seven rooms or four suites is beyond expectations. Her cooking lessons in the courtyard are a must.

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