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I am interested in visiting some religious sites in Greece. I've written in different threads that I have been interested in Meteora.
I will be staying in Athens for most of the time but I am cool with doing day trips or overnights in other places. I am getting an Air BnB for a few weeks so there is some flexibility there.
Doing preliminary research, this is what I have come up with:
Daphni Monastery - The Dafni Monastery is one of the most important Byzantine monasteries in Greece and is not far outside of Athens.. The monastery's main attraction is the stunning Byzantine mosaics that adorn its walls and ceilings.
Monastery of Kaisariani - this monastery is also pretty close to Athens on the slopes of Mount Hymettus. I hear a must-see is its beautiful courtyard and garden, which is filled with fragrant flowers and lush greenery. Visitors can also admire the impressive architecture and explore the surrounding landscape.
Monastery of Penteli - this monastery is located on a hill overlooking the city. It was founded in the 16th century and was once a center of learning and culture. Today, the monastery is a popular destination for visitors who are interested in its architecture and the impressive views from its rooftop terrace.
Agistri is an easy ferry ride from Athens (Piraeus) and it is possible to spend the day. I hear the beaches alone are fantastic! I don't like to plan a lot when I visit Greece, but I want to make sure I set aside time for a beach day here. Which beaches are the best? A few options I've found:
Aponissos Beach - Located on the southern part of the island, it is only reached by boat, which makes it feel pretty secluded. A great, quiet spot, but there are sun loungers and umbrellas available for rent. There is also a great taverna here.
Chalkiada Beach - This beach on the eastern side of the island is known for its unique white pebbles. The turquoise waters and unspoiled natural surroundings make it a favorite among nature lovers. There are no facilities on this beach. Chalkiada is also a great spot for watching the sunset.
Skala Beach - The largest and most popular beach on the island, Skala boasts a wide stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. There are plenty of opportunities for water sports and other activities, such as beach volleyball. Skala Beach has a variety of bars and restaurants nearby, where you can enjoy a cool drink or a meal while admiring the breathtaking views.
Dragonera Beach - This secluded pebble beach on the southwestern part of the island is a hidden gem, accessible only by foot or by boat. The surrounding cliffs provide a stunning backdrop, and the clear waters are perfect for swimming. There are no facilities here either.
Megalochori Beach - Situated on the northern side of the island, Megalochori beach is quieter and less crowded than some of the other beaches on Agistri. The pebble beach is surrounded by a dense pine forest. You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, and there are a few beach bars serving snacks and drinks.
I am going to Milos soon - I thought I would compile some information about beaches to see while there:
Sarakiniko Beach – This is one of the most stunning beaches on Milos, known for its white volcanic rocks that contrast with the sea. Some great photo ops here!
Tsigrado Beach – Tsigrado is a secluded Beach and can only be accessed through a narrow passage, which adds to its charm. It's untouched, fairly private and worth the extra effort to get there. Being here does feel like an escape!
Firiplaka Beach –This beach has s a long stretch of white, powdery sand lapped by crystal-clear waters. It's a great beach for families because there's more around here - like food, bathrooms, etc.
Papafragas Beach – Did you know this beach once attracted pirates? That's cool! There are some "cave like" formations here, which probably is what attracted the pilots.
Are there other beaches I should put on the list?
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