Monastery at Meteora
The elegant, adults-only White Orchid Simpson hotel is a wonderful base for a couples holiday with stylish accommodation and breathtaking views. Sivota harbour is moments away by car with a good selection of bars and tavernas, plus a dive school and boat hire office. Exploring the coast in your own little boat is a nicely intimate way to spend the day, but if you prefer to let someone else take the helm, there are romantic sunset cruises around the little islands off Sivota.
Inland from Sivota, the traditional rural villages of Zagoria are famous for their unique stone and slate built ‘mansions’ and their tiny, elaborately decorated churches. Wander the ancient mule tracks connected by stone bridges and enjoy breathtaking mountain views, or tackle the strenuous walk along Zagoria’s Vikos Gorge, up to 700m deep in places and recognised by Guinness as the deepest in the world.
Around 2 hours from Sivota, the ‘hanging’ Monasteries of Meteora form a unique collection of UNESCO-classified monasteries built atop rocky pinnacles, first inhabited by monks in the 9th C. Six of the original monasteries are still inhabited, and Meteora remains an important pilgrimage site.
Corfu is an easy day trip via Igoumenitsa: the transfer takes 1hr 45 minutes and the elegant capital is arguably Greece’s finest Venetian town. Enjoy stylish bars, quality restaurants and a spot of retail therapy. And if you’d like to tick off another country while you’re in Sivota, you can join a guided tour over the border into Albania. Butrint is a UNESCO site with Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian remains, all contained in a beautiful natural setting and the local villages are renowned for their excellent fish tavernas.
Explore in your own little boat