Xylokastro, an ideal destination all year round



Xylokastro, an ideal destination all year round

Xylokastro, an ideal destination all year round
Xylokastro, an ideal destination all year round

One of the reasons I love my homeland, Greece, is its endless choice of getaways; from seaside towns to mountain getaways, this country has so much to offer.

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* Doxa Lake
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* Sunset at Xylokastro

And what could be better than getting in your car from Athens and within an hour you arrive in a dream location? Passing through small towns, located between sea and mountain, there are so many fascinating landscapes along the way.

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* Stunning landscapes along the way

Well, let me introduce you to Xylokastro, the seaside town that is located in Corinth in the Peloponnese region. On one side you have the deep blue sea and on the other you land on beautiful mountainous areas.

I will now give you six reasons to visit Xylokastro all year round:

  1. First and foremost, it is surrounded by endless blue waters. The village of Sykia is known for its long pebble beach, refreshing and rejuvenating.
  2. From the main town promenade you will witness a magical sunset and a sky painted in orange and pink colors. Prepare your camera!
  3. Xylokastro offers mouth-watering local cuisine and traditional dishes. In Sykia, try Foinikes Tavern for authentic traditional cuisine and Resalto for mouthwatering fish. When you’re in the town of Xylokastro, don’t miss Mouragio for the best seafood restaurant and Il Tramonto, in case you need an Italian fix.
  4. About an hour away (maybe less), Lake Doxa is located here; the artificial lake, near the ancient Feneos. Such an enchanting landscape! Plus, be sure to familiarize yourself with local specialties, such as honey and herbs.
  5. But before reaching Lake Doxa, you must make a short stop at Karyes village and taste Asimina’s mouthwatering “loukoumades” (fried dough, drizzled with honey and cinnamon). In this old-fashioned “kafeneion” Asimina creates her magic. Trust me on this. Fuel up and keep driving!
  6. Mountain lovers will be won over by the awe-inspiring landscapes of Trikala Korinithias, one of Greece’s most popular winter destinations. Trikala is divided into three parts; the bottom, the middle and the top. All three parts are really picturesque, with stone houses and beautiful nature. Either you want to ski in the winter, or you want to hike and walk in the summer, then do yourself a favor and visit this place. Also, rest assured that the local flavors and specialties (mainly meat and traditional dishes) will amaze your taste buds. Finally, there are many accommodation possibilities in the region.
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* Trikala Corinthias
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* Tempting Loukoumades

There are so many other small villages to explore, like Stymfalia; but let’s stick to those located near Xylokastro.

This beautiful seaside town is a charming destination near the Greek capital and an ideal base for summer and winter getaways. You don’t need a lot of planning either. No tickets need to be reserved. Just get in your car and drive!

This part of Greece is truly magnificent. Make sure you get a glimpse and explore the area!

* Images by Maria Petropoulou

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Key words: Athens, autumn in Greece, Corinth, Greece, Greece travel guide, Greek travel news, Kafeneion, Peloponnese, Sykia village, Greece trip, Trikala Korinthias, Greece visit, Xylokastrao
Maria petropoulou


Maria Petropoulou is a Greek journalist who currently works for a major Greek news site. She enjoys culture, travel and writing and she has combined all of these to create her own key to happiness. She was born in Athens, studied there and continued her studies with a master’s degree in the UK. London. She also owns the My Landing Runway travel blog, where you can find all of her travel stories and wanderings. Now she begins her journey with GCT as a European cultural correspondent; she welcomes you aboard.



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