Mainland Greece & the Western Islands (or Ionian Islands) consist of the islands, Thessaly, parts of central and all of northern Greece. Northern Greece is the large, varied upper half of Greece which borders neighbouring Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Apart from a few scattered famous attractions, it is still relatively untouched by tourism, though much of this area offers rewarding destinations that deserve to be better known.
Thessaly is located in the central region of Greece and is home to some unrivalled majestic sights and scenery, from Mount Olympus to the views sighted from Makrynitsa and The Moni Rousanou and Moni Ayou Nikolaou in Meteora. Well worth the visit.
The Ionian Islands refers to the chain of Greek Islands stretching along the west coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. These islands are traditionally called the Heptanese, i.e. “the Seven Islands” in Greek, but the group includes many smaller islands as well as the seven principal ones. The islands are well known for their beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, architecture, charming villages and stunning scenic countryside.
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