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Destinations for skiing in Greece

Arachova ● Athens ● Delphi ● Drama ● Greece ● Kalavrita ● Karpenision ● Naoussa ● Thessaloniki ● 31 October 2016

Destinations for skiing in Greece

When most people think of Greece, they imagine only sandy beaches and sunny islands. But Greece is a mountainous country with high altitude and great ski slopes. You will find amazing the fact that you can ski on a mountain, from which you can see the sea mirroring the golden sun. And after skiing you can eat fish plates in a seaside beach tavern. Can you think of a better scenario for your weekend? Here is a guide of the best ski centres in Greece, but keep in mind that there are so many ski resorts that no guide can describe them all at once.

Before starting your amazing journey in these winter destinations, remember to book online a travel insurance, such as the insurance of Hostelbay and WorldNomads. Thus, you will have the best medical support you can find in Greece 24/7, and you can enjoy carefree the winter sport you love.

The most popular ski centre is Parnassos. It is only two hours drive from Athens and near to the ancient archaeological site of Delphi. In this centre there are 13 lifts to 19 ski runs, two chalets, ski and snowboard schools and special stores for renting the equipment you need. It is located about 25 kilometres from the famous village of Arachova, where you can eat and drink a coffee or a cocktail after skiing.

Kalavrita Ski Resort

Equally organised is the other ski centre near Athens, the Kalavrita ski centre at mountain Helmos. It has 7 ski lifts and 12 slopes (2 of them are considered difficult). Kalavrita is a beautiful small town and is famous for the train that climbs the mountain from the seaside village of Diakofto through the Vouraikos Gorge to the railway station. Early and late in the season it is easy to ski and then go for a swim at the same day. Nearby is located the Agia Lavra Monastery and the Cave of the Lakes. Kalavrita is full of restaurants, cafes, shops and hotels.

Located just 10 km from the town of Karpenision, about 4 hours drive from Athens in the region of Evrytania, the Velouxi Ski Resort has 6 ski to 18 different slopes of varying difficulty. Evrytania is considered from many Greeks as “little Switzerland” thanks to its impressive mountains. You can find accommodation in Karpenision as well as in the wonderful villages in the surrounding area.

Skiing in Greece

Mount Vermio has two ski resorts, 3-5 Pigadia and Seli ski centre. The first is located 17 kilometers from Naoussa town, near Thessaloniki, and has 4 lifts to 5 slopes. Seli National ski centre is the first in Greece, which is built in 1955. It has 19 slopes and 2 shelters with gym, sauna, restaurants and cafes.

Falakro ski centre is near the town of Drama and is open on weekends. It has 9 ski lifts to 21 different slopes and has the longest ski season among all Greek ski centres. Apart from skiing you can do here other activities such as hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Arachova, Greece Ampolis
Arachova, 32004 Arachova, Greece

In the heart of Arachova , close to Folklore Museum and only 30 meters from the main road and the historical clock now is our hostel Ampolis . Just 15 km from Parnassos Ski Centre ( Cellars , Fterolaka , Gerontovrachos ) waiting for Ski and Snowboard.

Pansion in Arachova, Greece Celena Maisonettes
Celena Maisonettes
Lakka Square, 32004 Arachova, Greece

Celena Maisonettes is located in Arachova, just a 10-minute drive from the archaeological site of Delphi. Amfissa is 31 km away while Athens is 172 km away.

Pansion in Arachova, Greece Arahova Pansion
Arahova Pansion
Agiou Georgiou, 32004 Arachova, Greece

Arahova Pansion is located in the village of Arachova. It is 7 km away from Parnassus.