Methana is on the NY Times’ list to explore in 2023

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Travellers are looking for new destinations to experience as the world opens up

As the world is slowly leaving behind the pandemic, with the travel movement fully recovered, more people are looking for travel destinations to visit in the new year.

Why do we travel? You will ask yourself… But of course, to see new cultures, taste new flavours, and see natural landscapes of endless beauty.

This year’s New York Times list suggests 52 destinations with these elements.

At the top of its list of proposed destinations for 2023 in London, the NYT noted that the bustling city is preparing for the coronation of King Charles.

“Between a ‘changed’ landscape following repeated lockdowns, dramatic changes in Downing Street and the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there is no doubt that London is in transition.

The only sure thing is that the city continues to juxtapose old traditions and new possibilities, offering something for everyone who loves culture, history, art, and nightlife,” says the feature.

The American newspaper, on its list, chooses destinations ideal for their cuisine, culture, adventure, or natural beauty.

Athens’s nearest active volcano, Methana, sits on a peninsula of the same name some 30 miles southwest of the Greek capital. Though largely unknown to tourists, the area is slowly evolving, in part because of its increasing popularity as a hiking destination.

In recent years, groups of locals have managed to reopen and map old walking paths, some of which date back to the Mycenaean Era, creating hiking trails that attract visitors from around the world. (So far, more than 18 miles have been cleared and marked.) The Methana Volcano Challenge, first organized in 2021, offers a trail run across the peninsula’s sloping landscape.

Visitors to this volcanic peninsula can also enjoy several hot springs, the most interesting of which is an ancient (and recently renovated) tub known as the Pausanias Baths near the village of Agios Nikolaos.

Regarding our country for the New York Times, Methana is one of the places one should visit in 2023, which ranks 39th on the list.