Does Mykonos play you bad in December? Too bad: On 8, 9 and 10 December the Greek islands are even more rejuvenating than in summer
Since we know that Greece, for many, is now synonymous with a disease between the harmless and obsessive that comes close to Mal d’Africa, we take the opportunity of the Bridge of the Immaculate to convince you that yes, you-can-do ! You can go to Greece even in winter, a moment in which this disorder manifests itself. A disturbance, sore Greece, in the summer, does not require a “specialized doctors” to be relieved (just choose any Aegean island), but that in the fall and winter, it should be treated as a real expert .
Here to give targeted responses that could cure the evil pernicious we asked the three “medical specialists” in a scientific way that will suggest why and where to go at the Immaculate Conception. See us: Beyond Athens – Athens agency focused on experiential and authentic stays in the capital; Kalimera la Vera Greece – agency that deals only Greece and My Greek Salad – not an agency this time, but a community on Facebook is a true care center for about 10k sick people in Greece.
1 – Athens: the capital of Greece is often underestimated. Almost and exclusively viewed as a airport to fly on the islands, it can give you unexpected surprises. To confirm it Andrea Kallinis, Italo-greek founder of Beyond Athens, which confirms the beauty of this city giving some absolute niche straight: for true greek food and traditional music from the unmissable live Kallipateira, located just steps from the busy square (as well as metro stop) of Monastiraki; for live jazz and blues music the obligatory stage is To Kelari; for more modern and refined culinary experiences, Aleria, Vassilenas, Simul and Vezene will astonish your palate without draining your wallet. Abandoning the theme of music & food we look at culture. By day let yourself be surprised by one of the “minor” museums of Ghikas, Cycladic Art and Byzantine Art of Absolute Chicks that few know. But if you want to do even more, you must go deep into the Athenian life and, in doing so, put these two addresses in the agenda: Six Dogs and SGT. Last but not least: It is more than likely that by day, although it is December, you can go around in a shirt. Or maybe with the down jacket.
2 – Thessaloniki’s competitor: the rivalry between Athens and Thessaloniki is well-known and, for the Greeks who know Italy thoroughly, the paragon is born spontaneous. Athens and Thessaloniki hate undercover like Milan and Rome. But let’s miss the gossip and visit virtually the city thanks to the suggestions of Kalimera the True Greece. Thessaloniki is characterized by an animated center, a picturesque old part, beautiful Byzantine churches, an interesting archaeological museum and modern art installations that embellish the streets. The most famous Arch is the Arch of Galerio. And if these feel like enough motivation to fly to Thessaloniki, then know that even the neighborhoods have a reason for them. Just rent a car to discover the hometown of Alessandro il Grande, Pella, and a local museum featuring mosaic tiled floor tiles emerging during excavations; Edessa, with its park and its famous waterfalls, ideal for those who love nature; Virgin, ancient capital of the Macedonian kingdom, now home to one of the most beautiful museums in Greece. Here you can pay tribute to the royal tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. But it’s not over … if the weather is fine you can reach an hour in the Halkidiki peninsula. Bathing probably will not be possible, but lying in the sun in front of a crystalline sea absolutely yes. In addition, from the town of Ouranoupoli, you will be able to embark on a cruise that, from the sea, will unveil Mount Athos with its beautiful monasteries. Getting into this Monastic Republic is absolutely forbidden to women and difficult enough for men. Only 10 pilgrims are admitted daily and, in order to enter, you must ask for a permit with months in advance. So be content to see them from afar.
Napfrol is the first free capital of Greece: Nafplio is a few hours from Athens and is one of the most beautiful Peloponnese cities. It is located in the Argolide Gulf, and despite being small, it was Greece’s first “free” capital. The old town has narrow lanes, with obvious Venetian imprint, and is dominated by Palamidi Castle. It is so fascinating that he has, in the past, waved Austen Kark (well-known journalist and diret BBC World Service) who chose to buy us a house to be restored. A choice between the wretched and the rocambolesque described by the writer in a beautiful book titled Attic in Greece. But let’s go back to today and let us know, thanks to the help of Kalimera the true Greece, the Venetian building of the “Arsenal”, the archeological museum, or the ancient fortress on the Bourtzi island located right in front of the harbor. Near to Nafplio lies Mycenae: the town of Agamemnon with its beautiful archaeological site where you can admire the door of the Lions, probably remembered by the school and art history books. Monemvasia absolute peace: city fortress; hidden secret; village of Peloponnese; Byzantine hamlet founded in the 6th century and has become, in its history, a port of strategic importance and then completely abandoned to itself and “decays.” But there has been a revival since the 1980s, and a careful restoration work has brought to life one of the most magical and enchanting places in Greece. To confirm it is My Greek Salad and its community that explain to us how out of time this place is. Today it is an islet connected to the land by a small artificial bridge whose only access is represented by a single door protected by high walls that traverse the entire town of Monemvasia which, as it was said, in the past was an impregnable fort. And what turns out to be the threshold? A maze of medieval streets; two storey buildings strictly in stone; the kastro that dominates the sea and the church of Aghios Sophia, venerated like a new goddess. The latter, Aghios Sophia, represents the “icing on the cake”: an immense centuries-old olive at its side; an immense view over the Aegean Sea; the feeling that there, really, time has stopped. But also the “low city” reveals a fascinatingly word-less charm that you can enjoy at the Malvasia Traditional Hotel; sipping a glass of wine at the Malvasia Café and having dinner or dining at Matoula. But why repeats the name Malvasia if the islet is called Monemvasia? Mykonos and fertile winter (Pinterest) Mykonos the charm of the Greek island in the low season: if you have never been to a Greek island in the low season know that you are lost something. This is even more true if the island is called Mykonos and if the island in the summer is literally caught by tourists coming from every corner of the globe. The rhythms siga siga are lost; the premises are scattered by monstrous working hours; Goats and mules – if they can – hide themselves. But with the fall and the winter everything is squeaky and Mykonos, even her, is back to being an island of the 100% Greek spirit! To visit it are hiking enthusiasts who enjoy slow landscapes, the windmills revolve around the winter wind and the landscape begins to overflow thanks to the rain that finally returns. And since it is likely that at water temperature you will be dissuaded from wanting to stay all day on the beach, you will want to visit Delos’s sacred island with its famous terrace of the Lions. Do you know that Cyclades come from kyklos (circle)? And the circle were, according to tradition, the 56 islands whose center was the most important among them: Delos. Final note: you have to settle for, or enjoy, an island where most of the shops and restaurants are closed but this, Kalimera repeats true Greece, is just beautiful in the low season!