Greek: Τατόι (ta-toe-ee)

If you’re looking for a break from the ancient sites, or perhaps something a little more contemporary, a trip to the Tatoi Palace is one of the coolest and most secluded place on our lists. Formerly the summer houses of the Greek Royal Family, the palace fell into disuse in the 1970s, and the area (though not the house itself) is now free for the public to explore at will.

Found in the wooded foothills of Mount Parnitha, it might at first seem like something almost out of a movie or fairy tale. With statues of royals lining the perimeter, cars parked in the crumbling garage and boats still docked, it’s a scene frozen in time—perfect for a trek off the beaten path. Peek through the densely packed cypress trees into the remains of the royal kitchen, or just take a stroll through the gardens and pool deck. This is a great trip for anybody who wants to take it easy while keeping the great sense of adventure that comes with a Greek vacation.