Greece is one of the few countries in Europe, offering amazing winter as well as summer destinations, just a couple of hours away from Athens.
Enjoy a delicious hot chocolate in a chalet by the mountain, go skiing or even hiking in the mountains during a weekend of exploration in one of Greece’s top winter destinations.
Pick your favourite place, pack your bag and discover everything the mountains have to offer!
One of the most popular and picturesque villages, Arachova is just two hours away from Athens by car, and can accommodate travellers looking for a luxury holiday as well as the ones looking for more budget friendly options. If you are a ski lover, the Parnassos ski centre is approximately 30 minutes away from the village and has 19 ski runs. If you’re not a sports fan, there are several chalets around the snowy mountain where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as well as delicious traditional food flavours. Don’t forget to buy some ‘formaela’ cheese, a local favourite!
Kalavrita is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Wonder around little stone pathways, discover hidden treasures in the small shops around the central square, and visit some of the historic landmarks around the area. Just 2 hours away from the capital, you will find lots of traditional restaurants and wine bars. For adventure lovers, there are lots of trekking routes around the village as well as hiking and kayaking opportunities. Make sure to take Ododotos train to Diakofto to enjoy some breath-taking views of nature and wildlife. Before leaving, consider buying some honey and pasta, delicious local specialties.
Picturesque, romantic and full of history Nafplio will enchant you with its natural and architectural beauty. One of the things you must do, is climb Palamidi, the fortress with 999 steps, which was built by Venetians during their second occupation of the area. Once you reach the top, you’ll enjoy the wonderful view of the Aegean sea as well as the water castle of ‘Bourtzi’, located in the middle of the harbour and also built by Venetians. One of the local specialties you must try are traditional ‘loukoumades’ which can be found in several shops around the main square.
This small village is located approximately 90 minutes away from Athens, and is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend, away from the crowd of the capital. Its magical nature scenery is where you’ll make so many memories, and the little local taverns, is where you’ll taste some of the best food you’ll ever have. Before leaving, try a slice or two of ‘galaktoboureko’, a delicious filo dessert filled with custard and drizzled with honey.
Each of these beautiful destinations has a rich history, and offers lots of activities to satisfy every interest you might have. Also, the local tavernas, sweet shops and cafes will take you through a magnificent journey of local tastes and flavours!
So, where will your next weekend escape be?