Snowy mountain tops, traditional, cozy taverns and cobblestone streets are just some of the reasons why you should visit Greece in the winter. Check out these 6 winter destinations in Greece and explore a side of Greece you never knew existed. Pack your hiking shoes, wool sweaters and thick socks and lets head to the mountains! Continue reading to learn more about the top villages and towns to visit in Greece during the winter months.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Nymfaio
- 2 2. Metsovo
- 3 3. Xanthi
- 4 4. Agios Athanasios
- 5 5. Papigo
- 6 6. Tzoumerka
Coined as of the most picturesque villages in Europe, Nymfaio is definitely a site for sore eyes. This fairytale-like village is located just a two hour drive from Thessaloniki, amidst one of the most beautiful mountainous areas in Greece. Wander around the cobble stone pathways and enjoy the local’s traditional sweets and wine. A must-see when visiting Nymfaio is Arcturos Environmental Center’s bear sanctuary, home to bears that have been mistreated and abused as circus animals and thus cannot readjust in the natural environment. Be sure not to miss these adorable furry creatures, as this is the only bear sanctuary in Greece!
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Metsovo is without a doubt, one of the best winter destinations in Greece. This quaint village located between Ioannina and Meteora, is not only the largest mountainous village in northern Greece, but it is also packed with museums, restaurants, excursions, and shops to visit. Walk around the grey stone paths of Metsovo and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Visit the Folk Art Museum of Metsovo to learn the rich history behind this charming winter destination. And lastly, enjoy a hearty meal in one of the traditional taverns in the town’s square.
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Xanthi’s old town covered in snow is just a delight during the winter season. Although Xanthi is a beautiful destination to visit all year around, it has its own charm during the winter season. From its eastern influence in its cuisine, to the traditional Macedonian architecture that adorns the old town, Xanthi seamlessly combines tradition with modern convenience in one place. For more information on Xanthi head over to the Complete Travel Guide to Xanthi, Greece.
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4. Agios Athanasios
You cannot have a list of the best winter destinations in Greece without mentioning some ski restorts! Fear not, Agios Athanasios has it all – old fashioned stone houses and traditional Greek taverns, all a hop away from one of the most lavish and highest ski resorts in the country. Even if skiing is not your thing, the endless view of snowy mountain tops will surely make the trip up the mountain worth it.
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If you haven’t already read the Complete Travel Guide to Papigo, then you’re in for a treat. Papigo is located high up the mountains in the Zagorochoria region – a cluster of over 40 villages sporadically positioned throughout the mountains. From exploring the hundred year old stone bridges, to village hoping, to indulging in local soups and dishes, Papigo and the greater Zagorochoria villages has caught the attention of both international and Greek travelers. The snowy mountain tops, stone houses and traditional taverns and cafes make this little village feel very homely and a must winter destination in Greece.
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Tzoumerka is a cluster of traditional Greek villages scattered across one of the most spectacular mountain regions of Greece. Picture cozy bed and breakfasts in picturesque villages, imposing mountains and adventurous hiking trails. Whether you like to fest on the local delicacies in a small tavern or hike the mountains, Tzoumerka is no short of a winter wonderland. For more information on Tzoumerka have a read on The Ultimate Tzoumerka, Greece Travel Guide.
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