We’re nearing the end of 2018 and for me, the end of the year is not only the time that I reflect upon the past months but also the time that I make plans for the coming year. Something that I always enjoy doing is planning at least one upcoming holiday. If you’re the same and you’re looking for some 2019 holiday inspiration, why not visit the Greek west coast and discover Paleros with your family?
Luxury travel company Mark Warner will be opening their brand new beach resort there in May 2019 and as there are plenty of things to do in Paleros with all the family, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. I always like knowing what is going on in and around my holiday destination and if you do too, just keep on reading:
Things to do in Paleros
Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks
If you or your family are into ancient cultures and archaeology, Paleros and its surrounding area are an absolute must-visit. Discover Kechropoula castle, head to the archaeological site of Sterna where you can see the remnants of the ancient wall and two watchtowers dating back to 2000 BC or visit Actium where Mark Antony and Cleopatra were defeated in a sea battle by Octavius.
The Monastery of St Demetrios Aygou
A great day trip for all hiking fans or mountain bikers is St. Demetrios Monastery at the foot of the Acarnanian Mountains. Dating back to the 11th or 12th century, the now abandoned church is built straight into a rock overlooking the valley of the river Rados – a bit like Minas Tirith in Lord of the Rings. It’s super impressive and definitely worth a visit.
Enjoy your favourite watersports
The Ionian Sea and its calm and gentle waters are the perfect destination if you want to enjoy your favourite watersports or give new ones a try. The crystal clear water invites snorkelers and scuba divers as well as sailing fans and windsurfers. But of course, adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed either. Seek your next adrenaline rush when water skiing or wakeboarding or enjoy the serenity of stand-up paddling.
A mecca for budding marine biologists
The sea around Paleros is not just perfect for watersports, its also home to bottlenose dolphins, the short-beaked common dolphin as well as sperm whales and many other remarkable sea creatures. Book a tour with one of the experienced fishermen along the coastline, learn more about their work, catch your own lunch and observe sea turtles, dolphins and maybe the odd humpback whale, if you’re lucky. Please, be aware that dolphins and whales are an endangered species in the Mediterranean, so don’t force yourself onto them and check that you’re booking with a tour provider who values and protects the ecosystem and its inhabitants.
What do you think, would you consider a family holiday to Paleros?
This is a collaborative post. Image Credit: Discover Greece