From the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the snow-capped mountains of the Pinus Range, Greece’s gorgeous scenery is sure to impress at every turn. Spend a week exploring the mountains before heading to an island to unwind afterwards.
Best time to visit:
January to March
How long should I stay?
This depends on how much time you have and what you would like to do. Guides offer many option, from single day excursions to week-long trips
What’s the weather like?
During the winter, the average temperatures are quite cold in the mountainous north and the region receives abundant snowfall. However, just outside of the mountains, temperatures are more mild and these areas receive less snowfall
While Mount Parnassus is easily accessed from Athens and its airport (ATH), the Pindus Mountains require a domestic transfer to a city in the north, such as Ioannina (IOA). From Ioannina, there are plenty of backcountry options waiting to be explored in the country’s mountainous northwest. Gamila summit (2,497 m), Goura (2.467 m), Mount Smolikas (2.637 m) and Mount Vasilitsa (2.249 m) are all within distance after a transfer from the airport to the nearby town of Mikro Papigko. Dragon Lake and Avalon Pass are also popular backcountry destination in the range. On the southern edge of the range, Mount Parnassos is a popular single-day backcountry destination close to the capital. If offers excellent views of the surrounding scenery with the rare opportunity to ski at the top of the mountain and swim at the bottom
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