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Athens isn’t merely a summer time get-away destination. The city is also a great place to visit during the winter months, which are for the most part quite mild in temperature, with a little rain and if you’re lucky, you might see a snow-covered city!
So why visit Athens in the winter months? There are countless reasons why you want to make the beautiful capital city your winter holiday destination; let’s take a look at the top 5.
1. The AcropolisThe Acropolis is a beautiful place to visit no matter what time of year, but during the winter months you’ll find that there are fewer crowds and occasionally you might see it covered in snow! This is the perfect time to take unforgettable photos and enjoy the shorter lines to get into the Acropolis Museum. The surrounding shops will also have fewer tourists than the summer months, so you can take your time and enjoy a stroll without the crowds.
2. The Ruins at Sounio
Located just a short bus ride outside of the city, this site is a popular tourist destination that, like the Acropolis, calms down a bit during the winter months. Here you will find the beautiful ruins of the Temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea below the cliff. You can even stop by the cafeteria have coffee or grab a bite to eat while enjoying the view.
3. Shopping and Dinning at Plaka
Plaka is always crowded, year-round. The historical center does have less tourists during the cooler winter months and is a lot easier to navigate without the crowds. You can easily take an entire day to explore this part of the city with its enchanting winding roads, souvenir shops and diverse artists selling their creations. Also, you can find wonderful tavernas in Plaka where you will be able to enjoy authentic Greek food.
4. Relaxing with Friends and Coffee
You have so many options for coffee in Athens — from the city center where you will find cafeterias with stunning views of the Acropolis or to taking the tram from the center and going to the beach front where there are many cafeterias. Some of the most popular are in Glyfada and Alimos where the posh cafeterias are on the beach.
5. Skiing in Athens
You can Ski in and around Athens during the winter months. Whether you go for the day or a long weekend you will find that the mountains surrounding Athens offer ski slopes for all levels of skiers as well as picturesque views of snow-covered mountain tops, enchanting mountain villages and fun family activities.