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Things to do in Greece during winter

Athens ● Chania ● Crete ● Epirus ● Ioannina ● Kavala ● Monemvasia ● Mystras ● Nafplion ● Peloponnese ● Thessaloniki ● Zagorochoria ● 18 November 2016
 

Greece is a blessed country, with thousands of islands and beaches, and during summer it is an exquisite destination thanks to its sunshine and the sea with its turquoise waters. But now, is winter, and we need many months to even think about our summer vacations. Does this fact mean that you should forget Greece until next May? The answer is no. You can do a lot of things in Greece during the winter, and you cannot even imagine how much you will enjoy this trip.

Apart from beaches and islands, Greece has also beautiful, traditional towns and villages to offer. Nafplion, Monemvasia, Zagorochoria, Kavala, Ioannina and Chania are only some of the options you have to wander in a place with strong medieval character and well-preserved buildings from the past.

Monemvasia

Moreover, Greece has numerous archaeological and cultural sites to visit during the winter months in low prices and without the crowds of the summer. The Acropolis in Athens, the Castle of Mystras in Peloponnese, the Palace of Faistos and Knossos on Crete and the Theatre at Dodona in Epirus are, of course among others, mythical places for the western civilisation you should definitely explore.

If you are a fan of hiking or skiing, Greece is the ultimate destination for that too because it has high and interesting mountains, like Helmos, Parnassos and Pindos, which offer hiking routes and ski centres off the Beaten Path.

Kalavrita Ski Resort

The big cities of Greece, like Athens and Thessaloniki, are also perfect during winter thanks to their museums as well as the cosy cafés and restaurants where you can stay for hours, enjoying a cup of tea or a delicious meal of the famous Greek cuisine. Shopping is another activity you can do in these cities, and be sure that you will find great deals and sales due to the economic crisis that led even the shopping malls and the brands to reduce their prices.

Certainly, if you are a winter swimmer, you can swim in the sea. Even during the winter, the weather is not very cold and definitely much warmer than in central Europe. Temperatures under 10 degrees or rain is something rare, especially in southern Greece. If you feel that the weather in your country is too terrible to withstand, come to Greece for a break of the haze and the freezing temperatures. 


Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Appartment in Agios Nikolaos, Greece Ostria Apartments
Ostria Apartments
Ammoudara, 72100 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Ostria Apartments are located 10 minutes walk from the nearest beach and 1.5 km from the village of Ammoudara. Agios Nikolaos town and the port are at 5.7 km. Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport in Heraklion is at 65 km.

Boutique Hotel in Athens, Greece Anixi Boutique Hotel
8.7 10
Anixi Boutique Hotel
17, Marathonos Ave., Anixi, 14569 Athens, Greece

Anixi Boutique Hotel is located in Athens, 26 km away from the city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away and Piraeus Port is 34 km away.


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