Amongst visitors and tourists, Greece is known for its sunshine, beautiful seas, extensive beachfront, and thousands of exotic islands. Not to underemphasize the country’s enchanting summers, Greece also offers some of the most impressive mountainous destinations well suited for the winter vacation seeker.
Pilio- Mountain of Centaurs
Pilio (or Pelion or Pelium), the mountain of centaurs is located in Central Greece in the province of Thessaly next to the city of Volos. Pelion, is the mythical mountain home of the centaur teacher Cherion, instructor to Jason of the Argonauts, Achilles, Theseus King of Athens and the Great Hercules.
Pilion is that rare natural vintage that provides a perfect combination of mountain and sea. It is an ideal vacation for the winter traveler since the mountain hosts traditional villages with chalets deeply entrenched within the deep wood.
Pilio is the perfect vacation spot for the nature seeker, the traveler who wishes to spend the snowy daytime mountain trekking and skiing (Pelion has a number ski resorts) while retiring in the cool winter evenings next to a warm fireplace with a book, a cup of tea, or a warm brandy.
Arahova- The Rich and Famous
Arahova hosts a popular set of winter resorts within the confines of mount Parnasus in mainland Greece close to the city of Lamia. Arahova has been traditionally a popular yet pricey destination for Greek as well as foreign tourists.
Equipped with posh five star hotels and lodges, well organized ski and winter resorts as well as numerous night clubs and world reknowned executive clubs, Arahova year after year attracts thousands of visitors. Visitors include ski and mountain hiking fans as well as those wishing to use the mountain resort for further excursions to other famous sites such as The Delphic Oracle.
Kaimaktsalan- The Macedonian Delight
Kaimaktsalan, or Voras as it is called in Greek is a mountain in the north of Greece between the province of Macedonia and the country of FYROM. Kaimaktsalan which saw bitter fighting between Serbian and Bulgarian troops in the Second World War hosts on the FYROM site a cemetery dedicated to Serbian soldiers killed in the bitter tribulation, and a fantastic resort center on the Macedonian side in Greece.
Accessible through Thessaloniki, Kaimaktsalan, like Arahova, caters to both local and international clientele, clientele which include high profile jetsetters, high level executives, celebrities, royalty and politicians.
Kalavrita- The Easter Retreat
Kalavrita is a family oriented winter vacation spot, including a popular ski resort, in the mountains of Achaia close to the town of Patras. Kalavrita is an ideal destination for families and those looking for a moderately priced winter retreat away from the hustle and bustle of big cities but within the confines of metropolitan infrastructure.
The town hosts a number of high quality family-oriented hotels and bed and breakfast dwellings, high quality but moderately priced restaurants, and an enchanting natural setting since the town is built on a mountainside and includes a beautiful town square surrounded by shops, cafes and the town church.