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Syvota, Greece

The laidback fishing village of Syvota (Sivota) is a real charmer, wrapped in greenery and fronted by silky white sands and the turquoise Ionian Sea. The port sits along the Epirus Riviera, a region dubbed “Greece’s Amalfi Coast” for its long sheltered beaches, hidden coves, colorful hill towns, and important archaeological sites. The tiny village of Dodoni is home to the ancient sanctuary of Zeus where the Dodona oracle made her prophesizes, as well as one of the largest ampitheatres in antiquity. The 3rd-century BCE theater in nearby Gitana is equally impressive. Explore the Monastery of St. Minas — aka, the “Meteora of Epirus” — hike to the delightful hilltop village of Perdika, or follow an ancient stone path through the dramatic Acheron Gorge. Back in Syvota, grab a pargino koulouri (cinnamon-dusted bread ring) and stroll the pleasant promenade, or hop a boat to one of the tiny islets off the coast.