When you hear or think of Greece, chances are the first things that come to mind are Athens and Santorini. It's no surprise given how beautiful and popular these places are. But if you're looking to put a little twist to your Greek trip, you might want to consider visiting the nation's small towns. 

While they may arguably be less popular, these towns have a lot to offer travelers who venture their way. They're perfect choices too for any traveler who wants to veer away from the crowds and learn more about the country's history and culture. 


Galaxidi, Delphi, Greece

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Located in the municipality of Delphi, Galaxidi is the place to head to if you want to learn more about Greece's naval history. It is also one of Greece's most picturesque towns, offering stunning views of the south coast of central Greece. 

Galaxidi has two natural harbors, which are great tourist destinations for travelers visiting the town. Those who want to hit the beach can head to Kendri Beach and the others found in the area. 

As for those who want to sightsee in town, there are a handful museums and churches that call it home, including the Agia Paraskevi Church and the Naval Museum. Make sure to also look for the tomb of King Locros as well as the the ruins of the walls of Ancient Oianthi Town. 

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Monemvasia, Laconia, Greece

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Believe it or not, the fortified town of Monemvasia, which is located in Laconia, was founded all the way in the sixth century. This makes the town one of the oldest continually-inhabited fortified towns not just in Greece, but in Europe as well.   

As it was founded by the Byzantines, you can expect to find a medieval fortress which has been nicknamed the "Gibraltar of the East." In fact, the Monemvasia can best be described by the words "castle town." 

While it was once only accessible by boat, this town is now accessible to the rest of the mainland thanks to a tombolo. Travelers should take a moment to enjoy the town's cobble stone paths and restored stone houses. A few churches can also be found in the town, including the Church of Elkomenos Christos and Church of Agia Sofia. 


Parga, Preveza, Epirus, Greece

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Part of the regional unit of Preveza, Parga is one of the must-visit towns for any beach lover. In fact, Parga is where you can find some of Greece's most stunning beaches. These include the Krioneri Beach, Lichnos Beach, Sarakiniko Beach, and Valtos Beach, which is ones of the longest beaches in the area. 

If frolicking in the waters of Parga isn't your thing, you can very much spend your stay exploring the Castle of Parga. Otherwise referred to as the Venetian Castle, the castle was initially built in the 11th century as protection from pirates and Ottomans. The castle had to be rebuilt thrice through the years by the Venetians. 

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