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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

Hotel in Karpathos, Greece Hotel Glaros
Hotel Glaros
Diafani, 85700 Karpathos, Greece

Hotel Glaros is located 900 meters from Diafani port and 600 meters from the beach in picturesque, traditional Diafani village. The main port and the town of Karpathos, Pigadia, is at 50 km. Karpathos Island National Airport is 60 km away from the hotel.

Villa in Kalamata, Greece Villa Teo
Villa Teo
Mikri Mantineia, 24100 Kalamata, Greece

Villa Teo is located in the popular resort of Mikri Mantineia, approximately a 15-minute drive away from the center of Kalamata. The nearest beach and restaurants are just a 4-minute walk away. Kalamata International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Villa in Rethymno, Greece Cretan Mansion
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Cretan Mansion
Dramia - Georgioupolis, 73007 Rethymno, Greece

Featuring a private swimming pool, Cretan Mansion is located in the village of Dramia just 15 minutes walk from the beach. Georgioupoli town is at 5 km, while the lively Rethymnon town is at 17 km. Cretan Mansion lies at the foot of the White Mountains at the northeastern corner of the prefecture of Chania. Chania and Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis can be reached within a 40-minute drive.


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