Winter Island Hopping: best islands
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Winter Island Hopping: best islands

Crete ● Naxos ● Santorini ● Syros ● 01 January 2018
 

Island Hopping is not only for summer. Travelling in low season has many advantages, such as great accommodation deals, uncrowded places, relaxing atmosphere and time to explore every corner of the new destination. There are many Greek islands for winter that can offer you super moments. Besides, the weather is calm even in January and February, and especially in Cyclades and Crete, the chance of rain is very low. Thus, winter island hopping is a top experience for the new year. Have a look at these Greek islands that are beautiful during winter and pack now your suitcase!


Syros

Syros and its main town Ermoupolis is the capital of Cyclades. It is a large city that has many possibilities for entertainment. Restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and museums are open all year long as Syros is a vivid city. Plus, walking around the paved streets of Ermoupolis, where you will be impressed by the neoclassical houses, the imposing mansions and the buildings designed by the famous architect Ernst Chiller is enough to spend an interesting day.


Naxos

After Syros, you can go to Naxos, the largest island of Cyclades, which is also a vivid Greek island. In Naxos, you can stroll around the castle and Chora and eat in the topical taverns, whose Greek cuisine is renowned all over the world. Naxos has also many beautiful inland villages, where during the off-season you will have the chance to talk to local people and feel their authentic aura. Furthermore, Naxos has significant archaeological sites and museums, such as Portara at the port, the Archaeological Museum and Kouros statues, which will turn your vacation into cultural holidays.


Santorini

Two hours by boat from Naxos, you can reach Santorini, the Greek island that constitutes a totally new chapter in the book of your vacation in Greece. Santorini is very touristic during summer, and thus many shops, restaurants, bars and hotels are closed from November to April. However, Santorini has so many touristic facilities that you can easily find top accommodation to stay, which will also be much more affordable than during the high season. Moreover, you will enjoy this spectacular island away from the crowds of tourists, feel its captivating character together with local people and enjoy Oia and Fira without having to walk near thousands of travellers. Santorini has also interesting museums, such as the Archaeological and the Prehistoric Museum, as well as the ancient site of Akrotiri.


Crete

A few hours by boat from Santorini, is located Crete, which is definitely an ideal Greek island for winter. Crete has 4 large towns (Chania, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Rethymnon), major ancient sites, such as Faistos and Knossos, numerous traditional seaside and mountainous villages, as well as verdant nature, rivers, gorges and mountains with wonderful hiking paths. Crete is also one of the southernmost spots of Europe, and thus its weather is mild. That means that in the spring you can definitely sunbathe and -why not- swim in the Libyan Sea.

Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel in Litochoro, Greece Litochoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa
Litochoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa
Plaka , 60200 Litochoro, Greece

Litohoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa is 3.2 km from Litohoro and only just over 1.6 km from Mount Olympus National Park. The city of Katerini is 12.1 km away. Free private parking is available on site.

Hostel & Appartment in Kalambaka, Greece Hostel Meteora
Hostel Meteora
51, Tiouson & Papagou str., 42100 Kalambaka, Greece

Hostel Meteora is located in Trikala city, 20 km east from Kalambaka village.#

Studio & Appartment in Andros, Greece Amorani Studios
Amorani Studios
Batsi, 84503 Andros, Greece

Amorani Studios is located in the village of Batsi, the most popular tourist destination of the island. It is only an 8-minute walk from the beach. Andros Port is a 15-minute drive away while Andros Town is a 35-minute drive away.


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