For those who thought that Greece is only a summer country, you couldn’t be more wrong :-). Due to its varied nature and culture, Greece is never boring!
Temperatures during a Greek winter
During summer the temperatures in Greece can easily reach 35C, but don’t be surprised if in winter, you will need a thick jacket, gloves and scarf. Yes, even in Greece temperatures can go below 0C. Of course these temperatures are rather towards the North and in the mountains. Athens usually stays above the freezing point.
Things to do during the winter in Greece
The first thing we all think about when we hear ‘winter’ is ‘winter sports’. And believe it or not, also this is something you can do in Greece. Thanks to its many mountains, there are several ski resorts where you can enjoy all kinds of winter fun. We hereby give you a short list of the highest mountains with great ski-resorts:
Mount Voras Kaimaktsalan: located on the border between Greece and FYROM, well organized resort with beautiful scenery. Click here for more info.
3 – 5 pigadia: this ski center is situated 100 km from Thessaloniki and 17 km away from Naoussa. Click here for more info.
Parnassos: this mythological place in central Greece offers a great place for your winter holiday. Closeby there is also a National Park where you can enjoy walking. Click here for more info.
Falakro: is a mountain in eastern Greek Macedonia, northern Greece. When there is no snow, you can see the mountains being covered with grasslands and forests, perfect for hiking. During winter, it offers an amazing ski-area. Click here for more info.
Kalavrita can be found in the east-central part of the regional unit of Achaea, Greece. This ski resort is regarded as one of the best in Greece. Click here for more info.
To have an idea of what skiing in Greece looks like, have a look at the video below:
2. Romantic stay
A cold winter night with a fire place and a magnificent view. Maybe not the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking about Greece, but yet, definitely worth a try. To name only a few of them, we can certainly recommend you the following places:
A mountain city in the western part of Viotia, laying at the foot of Mount Parnassos. A cosy but lively city full of possibilities for nice dinners, walks, ski and culture.
A mountain village looking out over the sea. A rare and wonderful combination.
Located on on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, but connected to the mainland. An extraordinary place, ideal for romantic walks in the town.
Definitely one of the most impressive parts of Greek nature created with high rock pillars. Meteora is also famous for its monasteries.
Many travel guides include Nymfaio as one of the ten most beautiful villages in Greece. It is a mountain village which has been designated as ”preserved traditional settlement”. To learn more about Nymfaio, click here to read our blog article.
This is the prefecture of mountains, meat & fireplaces. You can visit wonderful villages (Vitina, Dimitsana, Stemnitsa,…), monasteries and enjoy great food.
3. City trip
Whereas summer is too hot to stay in the city, winter is a perfect opportunity for a city trip. Both Athens and Thessaloniki (the 2 biggest cities of Greece), offer an almost endless variety of possibilities: museums, theatres, concerts, architecture, ancient sites, nightlife… And all this without waiting lines or too much traffic.
And last but not least, Greece would not be Greece without the food. As many Greeks still cook in a traditional way, they cook along with the changes of the seasons.
Some typical Greek winter dishes are: chicken-lemon soup (good against colds), giouvarlakia (meatballs in soup), fasolada (white beans soup), lachanodolmades (cabbage stuffed with minced meat)
And after all this delicious food, you should try the ‘rakomelo’: a warm alcoholic drink made of (ρακί), honey (μέλι), and usually some cinnamon and cardamom.
Would you like to combine Greek lessons with skiing in Greece? Then you can book some days or a week of private lessons in Athens, before or after your Skiing trip.