We hate cold weather. Yet we enjoy spending New Year’s Eve in snowy European capitals. The ambience is so festive and party-like there. Athens, on the other hand, although graced with incredibly mild winters, is not famous for its New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations. That said, there are other Greek cities which know how to party during the holidays. Take Ioannina, for instance. In our humble opinion, everyone should visit Ioannina Greece on New Year’s Eve at least once. Read on to find out why.
The first things that come to mind when one plans a trip to Greece are Athens and the Islands. Perhaps Meteora, too. However, Greece is so much more than just these super popular destinations. Mainland Greece is so diverse and it boasts an impressively large number of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. One of these gems is Ioannina, a vibrant university city which is packed with history and charms. Although pleasant all year round, it is in winter that Ioannina city becomes utterly seductive. Wondering why? Here’s our complete guide on what to do in Ioannina in winter that will definitely make you dream of this quaint laid-back city in mainland Greece.
We’re pretty sure that the Greek Islands need no introduction. Especially the world-famous ones like Mykonos or Santorini. However, there are quite a few Greek Islands which have managed to keep a low profile and offer their visitors authentic and laid-back moments to remember for life. One of those hidden gems is Andros which happens to be one of our favourite islands and one that we know extremely well. That’s why we thought we’d help you plan the perfect Andros holidays by compiling a list of the best things to do in Andros Greece, an off the beaten path island just 2h away from Athens.
Hiking in Greece can be an absolutely memorable experience. This is mainly because the Greek countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse. From lonely mountain tops and deep gorges to endless plains and welcoming beaches, a hike in Greece comes with an impressive amount of stunning viewpoints. Local hiking clubs across the country plan hiking trips and walks along picturesque routes and trails as well as trekking events in an effort to bring more people closer to nature. Andros Routes, the team of volunteers who promote hiking activities in Andros, decided to take this initiative further by organising a walking festival on the beautiful Greek Island. The 1st Andros On Foot Festival was an incredible feast celebrating the joy of hiking. We were there and we had a fantastic time.
Greece may be a very small country but it’s full of wonders. Mostly famous for its beaches, our country’s other natural treasures should not go unnoticed. For instance, caves in Greece, although scarce, are breathtakingly beautiful. Each of them hides a unique little world of impressive natural sculptures that date back to millions of years.
Those who know us well can confirm that we are not the fittest people on the planet. Yet, we always embrace new experiences with immense enthusiasm. That’s why we were thrilled to find out that Andros, one of our favourite Cyclades Islands, provides unique hiking opportunities alongside its breathtaking beaches. Andros Routes, the team that restored and maintains the island’s wide network of ancient paths, have made sure that hiking trails are accessible to all. From absolute beginners to the most skilled hikers.
Are you dreaming of endless stretches of golden sand kissed by emerald waters? Or do deep blue waves crashing on magnificent black rock formations thrill you more? Either way, we can all agree that the Greek Islands’ popularity stems mainly from their beautiful beaches. However, there’s a lot more to the Greek Islands than that and Andros is a fine example of this. With a network of about 160km of paths, hiking on Andros Island is yet another reason to visit.
When we think summer vacation in Greece, our minds drift to some small island in the Aegean Sea. One of those windswept rock formations with white-washed houses perched on steep cliff sides. The kind of island one needs to spend a minimum of 6 long hours on board a ferry before they can swim into its deep blue waters. This is why we were always skeptical about Elafonisos, the tiny island overlooking the southern tip of the Peloponnese. It ticked none of our boxes. Given its proximity to the mainland, we didn’t even know if it qualified as an island to begin with.
Have you ever had a random, rather meaningless childhood memory that has stayed with you a lot longer than expected? I must have been about 10 years old when a wine commercial on TV literally haunted me. It was about a young couple reminiscing their summer vacation in Monemvasia Castle. The story followed the two lovebirds as they ran about the narrow cobbled streets trying to find refuge from a sudden summer shower. Once the fortress town appeared on my TV screen, I was doomed. I knew I had to visit.