Greece is one of the top visited destinations in Europe at summer time, with flocks of people gathering on the many exquisite islands. The temperature can reach up and over 35℃ (95℉) and scorchingly sunny in the summer months, which may be great for the mid-20s and tanned folk - but can be quite a challenge for families, older or paler visitors! There is no doubt that the busiest months (July & August) attract the crowds, but that does not mean to say this is the best time to visit Greece.
Located on the giant peninsula of the Peloponnese, Messene is possibly the most underrated archeological site in the whole of Greece. This ancient city was, unlike most others, untouched by the later settlements and thus has preserved outstandingly; perhaps the best-preserved from antiquity. The excavation of this site has been relatively recent compared to Epidaurus or Delphi and therefore it is still a bit off-the-radar. That being said, the archeological site of Messene is inarguably one of the most impressive given its sheer size. The site has been steadily uncovered for the last 100 years but only a third of its total size has been excavated so far!
After spending some time in Athens exploring city monuments, museums, street art, and nightlife, you may be ready to experience a different type of Greek scenery. Luckily, you don’t have to travel too far to get to Nafplio, a seaport town in the Peloponnese. Ruled by Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish conquerors, Nafplio offers a diverse landscape of medieval castles, fortified islets, and beaches for your next weekend getaway.