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7 romantic hotels for Valentine’s break in Greece

Orologopoulos Mansion

Athens is probably not the first destination that comes to mind for a romantic weekend; however, if you choose the iconic grand hotel “Grande Bretagne” (www.grandebretagne.gr) at Syntagma Square, in the heart of the city, you will surely change your mind.Also in the lively downtown Athens, the art hotel “Grecotel Pallas Athena” (www.grecotelpallasathena.com), which combines a boutique philosophy with works of modern art, is a most promising new arrival. Within a short distance from Athens, Nafplio is one of the most fascinating cities in Peloponnese. In the heart of the Old City of Nafplio, the romantic “Ilion Traditional Hotel” (ilionhotel.gr) is housed in a 17th-century building. “Kyrimai” (kyrimai.gr), which has been awarded a prize as Best Historic Hotel by the Water breathes an intense aura of history. You will find it in Gerolimenas, Mani, an area of Peloponnese ideal for on-the-road excursions.

Kyrimai hotel

Among the most popular mountain destination in Greece, Zagorochoria is a complex of 46 villages built of stone, very close to Ioannina, the capital of Epirus. The best view to the Towers of Astraka, of rock-natural monument, may be enjoyed from Aristi village and the luxurious “Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas” (www.aristi.eu/en). As we go up, to Northern Greece, Kastoria is a particularly atmospheric city, featuring important byzantine monuments and stretching around a beautiful lake. The new “Orologopoulos Mansion” (www.orologopoulos.gr/) is housed in a marvelously restored mansion, a typical example of local architecture. Finally, “Imaret” (www.imaret.gr), at the foot of the Castle of Kavala, also in the country’s North, is one of the most romantic hotels in Greece and a member of Relais & Chateaux. It is a real work of art and monument of Ottoman architecture.