If you think summer is the only holiday season to visit Greece, let us change your mind!
It is undoubted that the Greek islands are stunning, but the beauty of Greece is not limited to them! The Greek mainland is breathtaking in its own way, boasting unparalleled scenery and being home to dozens of places of interest. Also, the most famous winter destinations are located across it.
Whether you prefer a mountainous village, a town, or an island for your winter getaway, our suggested destinations won’t disappoint you. Let’s see what winter in Greece has to offer!
IN THE MOOD FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES?
When it comes to glorious history and breathtaking archaeological sites, Athens is at the top of the list!
Your perfect chance to explore Greek history and culture is during the winter, when the city center is not overcrowded, while the weather allows you to stroll around the city. Take your time to admire all the Classical, Roman, and Neoclassical monuments of Athens and combine your getaway with a shopping spree in commercial streets like Ermou Street and Stadiou Street! Of course, the top thing to do during your stay in Athens is to visit the world-famous Rock of the Acropolis and marvel at the Parthenon from a close distance. The Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, and the change of the guard outside the Hellenic Parliament are among the top sights of the city, too.
Even though abundant, archaeological and historical sites don’t exist only in Athens! You can drive to the historic little town of Delphi and explore the Temple of Apollo, the Charioteer of Delphi, and the Sphinx of Naxos.
Also, don’t miss the chance to enjoy a day cruise to the picturesque Saronic islands, which have a totally different charm during the winter months.
Doesn’t that sound dreamy?
IN THE MOOD FOR MOUNTAIN EXPLORATION?
Arachova and Parnassos are ideal for having the time of your life in Greece during winter!
In Arachova, you can enjoy endless strolls around the picturesque little town and taste Greek delicacies in the traditional Greek taverns. In the Parnassos Ski Center, you can practice skiing, snowboarding, and other similar sports during the winter months. During the non-winter months, it is the perfect place for mountain hikes in the forest and spending time close to nature.
The ancient town of Delphi, regarded as the center of the earth in antiquity, lies near Arachova, so you can combine your fun getaway with sightseeing if you want!
IN THE MOOD FOR A WINTER TRIP TO A GREEK ISLAND?
We know what you’re thinking- Greek islands are meant for summer vacation. Let a winter experience in Crete prove you wrong!
The island of Crete is perfect for a winter getaway and it is quite interesting to see how a summer destination changes during the winter. Heraklion is the biggest town and is full of life throughout the year. There, you can stroll, visit the local sights, or explore the surrounding nature.
Cretan cuisine is world-famous for its healthy and delicious dishes, so this is your chance to taste the authentic “dakos” salad. Also, don’t miss the chance to visit the Ottoman Fortress at the port and the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which bears testament to how glorious Ancient Crete and the Minoan Civilization were.