Hidden Gems

Spectacular volcanic landscapes when you sail the Greek islands

By Jenny Wilson
on  May 13, 2015

One of the great things about designing your own bespoke route when you sail the Greek islands is that you have the opportunity to visit some of the less populated spots. If you want to experience some of Greece’s breath-taking volcanic landscapes, a stop-off at the peninsula of Methana is sure to hit the spot.
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The Methana cape is formed by volcanic slopes rising out of the sea, making a dramatic backdrop to the region. Although the last eruption took place just over 2,000 years ago, there are more than 30 volcanic eruptions centres on Methana. Visit the village of Vathi and you can walk up to the rim of the main crater. Here you can stand on some of the solid lava flows while you take in the rugged beauty of the unusual surroundings, before visiting the ancient ruins of the nearby acropolis.

Methana has long been regarded as the Greek equivalent of a spa town due to the lush vegetation and number of hot springs here. There are plenty dotted around the Vromolini area, with the Baths of Pausanius being among the most popular. There are lots of other interesting sites to visit here too, such as the underground Dove Cave, complete with lakes and stalagmites, as well as the charming villages of Palia Loutra and Agios Nikolaos.

Methana is the perfect place to visit if you want to relax in tranquil yet spectacular surroundings. Make sure to leave time to catch some sun on the stunning beaches, including Almira with its clear waters and the unusual volcanic beach of Limnionas.

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