GREECE: THE BEST OF GREECE
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The Best Natural Wonders in Greece
The Caves of Dirou (Peloponnese): No one knows just how far these caves run
into the seaside cliffs of Dirou in the Peloponnese s Mani peninsula. You can get
some idea of how vast they are by taking a tour on one of the boats that explore
this underground labyrinth.
Samaria Gorge (Crete): At 18 kilometers (11 miles) long, the Samaria is the
longest gorge in Europe. But although its walls reach up to 500 meters and at
one point are only 2 meters apart, it's not the physical dimensions that attract
thousands each year. For that, you can credit the wildflowers, the cold stream,
and the whole experience of making your way from the heart of Crete to its coast.
The Santorini Caldera (Cyclades): As you approach Santorini by ferry, the
whitewashed clifftop villages of la and Fira resemble at first a new dusting of
mountain snow. Then the ferry enters the caldera, the cliff walls rise steeply on
either side, and you're suddenly enclosed in a fantastic bowl whose sides are
formed of red, yellow, and ochre rock, and whose surface is the shimmering blue
Aegean. Some 3,600 years ago, the center of the island was blown away in a
colossal volcanic eruption, leaving behind a roughly circular depression in the sea
floor and the crescent-shaped sliver of rock known as Santorini. The best places
to view the caldera are the walking path between Fira and la, or the clifftop
streets in either of these two towns.
Vikos Gorge (Western Greece): With its wooded slopes, often taxing terrain,
and rugged riverbed, the Vikos Gorge in Epirus is in many ways at least as
impressive as the far better known Samaria Gorge of Crete. Its remoteness means
that it is also far less frequented—and that much more of a wilderness challenge.
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