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Road tripping in the summer: 5 amazing destinations and the best hotels in Greece that you cannot miss!


As summer time approaches, our desire for meaningful and care-free vacations grows stronger. Once again, not everything will be ideal this summer as we all must adapt to the new reality and adopt all of the necessary protection measures. In any case, careful planning remains a necessary condition for you to enjoy a relaxing vacation.


Road tripping in the summer is a vacation choice that is continuously gaining new ground; It provides greater flexibility in planning, allows you to avoid overcrowded boats and planes and simultaneously gives you easy access to exotic landscapes and places that you never had the chance of visiting up until now.


The following destinations for summer vacations by car give you the opportunity to combine your trip with a short visit to Athens (if you are travelling from abroad or from a city outside of Athens), as most of these destinations are located in close proximity to the capital.


Explore below an exclusive list of recommended hotels, boutique hotels and villas that offer high-quality services and the unique COCO-MAT Sleep experience, located in Evia, Pilio, the Peloponnese, Zagorochoria and Lefkada.


Summer road trip: Pelion, Magnesia


Pelion is often mistaken as an exclusively fall or winter destination. The truth is, however, that the beaches it has to offer are remarkably similar in beauty to those found on Greece’s exotic islands. The mountain-sea combination, especially during the summer, is ideal as you can enjoy the mountain’s coolness during those hot summer days, while also getting the ‘island experience’ at Pelio’s amazing sandy beaches with their crystal clear waters. Moreover, if you are visiting Athens, you can find yourself in beautiful Pelio in a short 3-4 hour drive.


Discover some of our recommended accommodations in Pelion:

Archontiko Sakali, Esperos Suites & Villas, Karavia Lux Inn, Chroma Pelion Villas, Hotel Olga Pelion


Summer Road trip: Evia


Evia is the second largest island of Greece and it offers numerous travelling experiences that satisfy every visitor’s personal preferences and travel style. There you will find beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and picturesque villages and landscapes. If you are in Athens for a few days, Evia can provide you with a quick summer getaway, by car. Don’t forget to pay special tribute to the local gastronomy, which surpasses all expectations.


Discover some of our recommended accommodations in Evia:

Skinammos Eco Villas, Sunday Boutique Hotel, Elimnio Resort, Just Barrett House


Summer Road Trip: Peloponnese


The Peloponnese has righteously stolen all of our hearts for it is constantly developing, it’s close to Athens and it’s an all-seasons destination.

The region’s diverse landscapes, rich history and high-quality accommodations attract visitors from all around the world.


Its old towns take you back in time, while its cultural events and significant archaeological sites can satisfy all desires for exploration.


Discover some of our recommended accommodations in the Peloponnese:

Hotel Athena Nafplio , Calme Suites, Polismata Authentic Residence, Limen Village, Ippola Hotel


Summer Road Trip: Zagorochoria


To accurately describe how one feels when visiting Zagorochoria is an impossible task. The harmonious way with which humans, animals and nature coexist is not something you witness often if you live in a city.

To truly immerse yourself into the scenery requires calmness and time. Only then can you appreciate how many emotions and unique experiences you can extract from a magical landscape that combines canyons, lakes, mountains, rivers, and history. Zagorochoria consist of 46 villages of remarkable character, culture, history and impressive architecture.


Discover some of our recommended accommodations:

Kores Boutique Hotel & Spa, Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa , 5 korfes, Astra inn, Pirrion Boutique Hotel


Summer Road Trip: Lefkada


The island of Lefkada is one of the most famous travel destinations globally, having been voted and awarded for having the best beaches in the Mesogeio, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Lefkada is an island that is also accessible by land, thereby giving you the advantage of being able to plan your trip even at the last minute! Regarding your stay, you need not worry as there are multiple hotels that can meet even the most demanding requests of visitors.


Discover some of our recommended accommodations:

Rachi villas, Alessia Luxury Villas , Villa Calista, Boo premium living , Vertzamo villas


For more destinations that offer the COCO-MAT sleep experience, check out our hotel list where you can find all of our partners.


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