Winter is a fantastic time to visit Crete, as the most popular places are not overrun with tourists like in summer. You can be in Knossos, Balos or Elafonisi more or less all by yourself! Also, museums will be open (with possibly shorter hours) and generally empty except for the occasional school group.
The food and cultural traditions run all year round as the island has more than half a million residents, and during winter you can actually do sports like skiing and snowboarding in the mountain peaks, or surfing and kite-surfing by the sea. Beaches will be deserted and on sunny days you'll be able to sunbathe and even go for a short swim if you're not afraid of cold water.
Crete is one of the few places where you could be walking on snow in the morning and be on the beach in the afternoon. So take the opportunity to visit Crete’s beautiful culture during Winter!
The sight of the monasteries built on top of 300 meter tall rock pillars in Meteora will leave you staring in awe. The largest of all 6 monasteries that are nowadays in function and open to the public is The Monastery of Great Meteoron which dates back to the mid-14th century. Due to the impressive rock formations, Meteora attracts climbing and hiking enthusiasts. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a real gem that you definitely don’t want to miss on your winter escapade in Greece.
Boasting deep gorges, lush forests, rivers and turquoise lakes, the Zagori region in northwestern Greece is one of the best places to see nature at its best. Vikos Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world in proportion to its width, goes down to 1,000 meters depth.
Hiking Vikos gorge is definitely a unique experience! The 46 villages called Zagorochoria scattered among the mountain slopes still preserve the traditional architecture and authentic atmosphere that characterise the Greek mountainous villages.
4. Arachova - Skiing and cocktails
The village of Arachova has long been dubbed the ‘Mykonos of the Winter‘, being the hotspot that attracts more visitors than probably any other single winter destination.
The nearest village to Greece’s biggest ski resort on Mount Parnassos, and a mere 3 hours from Athens, Arachova becomes a fully-fledged cosmopolitan hangout in the cold months, complete with high-end shops, ski rental outlets, luxury hotels and spas, gourmet and traditional restaurants and plenty of bars and nightlife.
White&Blu5. Pilio (Pelion)
Mount Pelion is a destination for all seasons. Situated in the center of Greece by the Aegean Sea, the alpine peninsula boasts both spectacular beaches and dense forests marked with trails ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities. The picturesque mountain villages offer a serene atmosphere and a taste of the traditional Greek countryside. Hiking trails that extend through forests and cobblestoned paths that connect beautiful picturesque villages provide exceptional opportunities for scenic walks.