Did you get “cold feet” after considering a vacation in winter? Are you traveling abroad to celebrate a special date but your anniversary is in January? Or you’re simply up for a good time and your friends think it’s a pity to visit a Mediterranean country and not go sunbathing? Don’t think twice! Book your winter holidays in Athens and have an unforgettable time! You will be amazed by the number of things you can do in Athens during the off-season.
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Athens: the perfect destination for a city break
Panathenaic Stadium - credits: Anastasios71/Shutterstock.com
When looking for a place to spend the weekend, disconnect from work or go on a quick adventure with friends, most of us spend much time on search engines, making -usually unrealistic- plans, when really, the answer is quite simple: Athens! Athens is the perfect combination of nice weather, breathtaking history, vibrant nightlife, and fun options. Discover more than 2.500 years of history in less than 24 hours: from ancient public buildings, such as the Roman Agora or the striking Parthenon, to the highlights of modern Greek life, like the Panathenaic Stadium, and local neighborhoods like Monastiraki and Psirri. You cannot leave Athens without wandering around Syntagma square and letting its neoclassical architecture take you back to the 18th century.
The Acropolis - credits: S.Borisov/Shutterstock.com
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If you are the party type, Athens won’t let you down. Take the blue metro line up to Keramikos station and let the celebrational vibe surround you. Gazi is full of cozy cafes, restaurants serving all kinds of food, from seafood to souvlaki, and music clubs. If you want to keep partying, Psirri and Monastiraki are the next places to visit: we can show you around at our night walking tours!
When visiting Athens with kids, you can be sure they’ll have a great and educational time at the Mythology Tour. Remember, we can design a custom tour according to your family preferences!
Winter sports for the non-stop travelers
Arachova - credits: Vagelis Pikoulas/Shutterstock.com
Snow-covered roofs, uphill streets, infinite views, luxurious shops, and modern ski facilities. It may not sound like it, but we are talking about Greece. A paradise for ski lovers, under a blue sky. The enchanting village of Arachova stands two hours away from Athens. Its romantic accommodations, striking views, and upscale shops make of this village Athenian’s favorite winter destination. Arachova allows you to ski close to the Olympian Gods: the worldwide known Oracle of Delphi is actually 10 km away. The myth explains how Apollo went to Delphi to kill the Python and took his revenge on Hera’s plot to kill his mother. Would you like to hear the story? Take advantage of your off-season visit to Greece and let our archaeologists guide you through the Oracle, the Ancient Theater, the Athens Treasury. Don't worry, if you are not keen on skiing, we can take you on a one-day trip to Delphi directly from your Athens hotel.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, take the train to Nea Peramos and enjoy the coastline from above. The mild weather allows the paraglide experts to jump with you even during winter. If you are traveling with kids, take the green line till Neratziotissa. Next to the Olympic Stadium, you’ll find Snow Land facilities and The Mall Athens. Let the children enjoy the open-air skating rink, Christmas activities, and Fun House, while your partner chooses holidays gifts at one of our biggest shopping centers.
An encounter with nature in a 4 million people city
Cape Sounio - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Did the rush of the airport or metro stress you out? Would you like to take a tranquility shot before exploring Athens city center? Let’s go hiking! It will take you half-day to get an inkling of Mt. Ymittos ―no need to climb its 1,026 meter summit to enjoy the ost breathtaking views of Athens. Walk a small bit from the National Technical University (30 minutes away by bus from Evangelismos station). If you fancy a combination of outdoors sport and culture, join our guided tour to Sounio. Located 70 km away from Athens, Sounio hosts the fascinating Temple of Poseidon, the ancient God of the sea, while the hike to the top will definitely whet your appetite you to visit Sounio's seaside tavernas.
Food for thought
Another museum worth exploring, the Numismatic museum of Athens - credits: Baloncic/Shutterstock.com
Greece is said to be one of the cradles of western civilization, so it’s no surprise that most impressive museums are to be found in Athens. If you walk up Vasilissis Sofias Av., visit the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine Museum, and the Athens War Museum. If you are not keen on museums, let our professional guides take you in an Acropolis private tour and change your mind forever!
… and palate pleasers!
Traditional kourampiedes and melomakarona - credits: photo stella/Shutterstock.com
Food is one of Greece highlights in every travel guide, there is an enormous variety of Greek restaurants in almost every city and most travelers know the word moussakas. If plain Greek food is good, can you imagine what Greek Christmas food is like? If you visit Athens at Christmas, stop at the bakery shops and ask for vasilopita (a cake with a hidden coin and an amazing origin), kourampiedes (butter cookies with icing sugar) and melomakarona (honey cookies). If you always wonder about the secret behind magic tricks, you’ll enjoy our Athens Food Tour, our Athens by Night Food Tour and our fun Greek cooking classes ―a completely different experience that will give you the most unique and useful souvenir, knowledge!
Either you fancy a dynamic or a relaxed holiday, you have a week or just two days off, you travel with children or friends, don’t wait until summer to make the most out of your time in Greece. Visit Athens during off-season for an eye-opening experience!