West Greece is one of the thirteen peripheries of Greece. The west of the Greek mainland is not the most common place for a holiday, but that is not to say that an enjoyable vacation cannot be had here, and if you are looking to get away from the bulk of the tourist crowds you may be best suited to this part of the country. The weather is generally good, the attractions are varied, and there are a number of interesting towns and cities you can use as your base for exploring this rural and traditional area of Greece.
West Greece is divided into three prefectures, namely Achaea, Aetolia-Acarnania and Ilia. Each of these prefectures is split into a number of towns, cities and villages, and provides an array of activities to enjoy, historic sites to visit and beaches to laze upon, so you will never be short of something to do in this part of the country. West Greece is also all about nature, and has some great walking and hiking options for outdoor pursuit’s lovers.
The majority of visitors to West Greece, however, are heading there for the beaches, with a number of high-quality, uncrowded sandy stretches to be found. The beaches of the west coast sit on the Ionian Sea, which has almost crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming in or enjoying an array of water sports upon. A popular activity is to hire a boat and head out into the ocean - make sure you take your camera!
Some of the best beaches in West Greece are around Paleros, a picturesque town on the west coast of the mainland that is situated against a backdrop of mountains, vineyards, olive groves and pine trees. From Paleros bay it is possible to get to Lefkada Island in under an hour, and although the island is not strictly classed as West Greece, it still more than warrants a day trip.
West Greece has hot summers, and with daily temperatures often above 30C this is the most popular time in which to visit, especially for beach holidays. Winters are generally mild and still fine for a visit - though up in the mountains wet weather is common at this time of the year, and snow is also a strong possibility.
West Greece has several regional airports, but almost every flight from the UK will involve a change of planes at Athens International Airport (ATH), the busiest airport in the country. From Athens it is a usually then a case of either getting a connecting flight to a nearer airport, before hiring a car for the final leg of the journey.