Top 5 emerging destinations in Greece
Although Greece is one of the most visited destinations in the world, tourists generally tended to congregate in a few places across the country: mainly Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. However, as more travelers venture off the beaten track, some emerging destinations in Greece are seeing an increase in tourism.
The Cycladic Islands are likely to retain their grip on most international island tourism for some time. However, many travelers try to venture off the beaten path, visit a lesser-known destination, or even see what Greece is like in winter.
Greek journalist spoke to industry insiders who highlighted a number of fast-growing destinations in the more than 200 Greek and mainland islands.
Peloponnese: Top emerging destination in Greece
Ioanna Dretta, Marketing Greece, pointed out that the Peloponnese is one of Greece’s fastest growing regions in terms of international tourism.
According to Dretta, the Peloponnese “combines various natural landscapes, major cultural sites such as ancient Epidaurus, ancient Olympia and Mycenae, and is ideal for road trips”.
Areas usually under the radar of tourists, including the rocky Mani Peninsula, the historic town of Nafplio and the walled town of Monemvasia, are experiencing an upsurge in tourism.
The Peloponnese retains a great deal of authenticity in its small towns, which attracts many travelers to its regions. The peninsula also offers exquisite, locally grown gastronomic specialties, which many tourists enjoy today.
Crete: the largest island in Greece
In second place for emerging destinations in Greece is Crete, the country’s largest island. Located in the far south of Greece – and indeed all of Europe – Crete is different from most Greek islands in several ways.
First of all, the Cretan culture is very unique and carries its own proud history. Second, the island is so large that it is ideal for road trips and has some beautiful indoor hikes and gorges for outdoor travelers to explore.
According to Marketing Greece, Crete offers travelers “a wonderful mix of culture, gastronomy, mountain activities and sea adventures, as well as a unique way of life”.
Although there are places in Crete that have always been popular with British tourists, such as the town of Malia, the rest of the island attracts a wider range of travelers. Chania and Rethymno, two of the main cities of Crete, welcome many Greek and foreign tourists every year.
Rhodes: the medieval island
Rhodes has seen a resurgence in popularity among foreign tourists in recent times. As the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes offers a wide variety of experiences and attractions for travelers.
The main attraction is undoubtedly the medieval town of the island. Rhodes also tends to attract high-income tourists, as the area is renowned for its many luxury hotels and resorts.
Tourists looking for a vibrant city life, as well as quieter corners and sandy beaches to relax in, will find everything they are looking for in Rhodes. Frequent domestic flights and ferries from Athens also make Rhodes a very accessible destination.
Corfu: the queen of the Ionian Sea
Many British travelers now recognize Corfu’s glories, thanks to the island serving as the backdrop to the award-winning series ‘The Durrells’.
When it comes to the incredibly beautiful and historic island, says Dretta, “with remarkable Venetian influence, lush countryside, tranquil coves surrounded by sandy shores and unique flavors,” Corfu is definitely rising to the top of the list. lists of many travelers.
Some of the island’s main historic sites, including the Venetian Fortress and the Achilleion, a palace built in the 1800s.
Tourists who make it to the top of Angelokastro will also enjoy some of the best views on the island.
Thessaloniki: Greece’s second largest city is a fast growing destination
Of all the emerging destinations in Greece, Thessaloniki should come as no surprise to anyone who has visited Greece’s bustling and beautiful second city.
One of the main attractions of the beautiful city has to be its food. The cuisine mixes Byzantine, Ottoman, Jewish and French influences to create a truly unique mix of dishes and ingredients.
The city is also renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, which makes travelers feel right at home. The fun nightlife and the beautiful waterfront only add to the charm of Thessaloniki as an emerging Greek destination.
Best of all, Thessaloniki is an ideal base for exploring the many gems of northern Greece. Tourists can easily get to Mount Olympus for a challenging hike, enjoy the many sandy beaches of Halkidiki, or admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument of Vergina, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.
With an abundance of islands, beautiful towns, and natural beauty, Greece has plenty of places to explore that many tourists have yet to discover.
Places like Meteors, Folegandros and Koufonisia are quickly becoming known to travelers around the world. It is likely that many even lesser-known Greek places will soon be on the lists of ‘best tourist destinations’.