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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.