Winter Islands in Greece: Crete & Santorini

Get the most out of your holidays to Greece. Go on winter. You can bet you’ll unearth some unexpected treasures, like great comfort food, festivals and a real sense that you’re seeing the authentic side of the country, while paying less. Islands like Crete and Santorini, for instance, are open all year round, and can offer you a view you wouldn’t necessarily see during summer. Winter holidays in these islands will open your eyes to a new Greece, so if you’re planning on a visit, read on and find out some of the things that await.


Crete is like a country onto itself, and its size allows you to enjoy the comforts and amenities of an urban center while being in the outdoors. With the 4 main cities of Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion all spread out across the northern side of the island and an extensive road network, you can visit places like the fabled Knossos, in Heraklion, and then go hike the White Mountains range and Samaria gorge. Places like Matala, Vai and Preveli can be enjoyed, too, but winter in Crete means good hearty food, loads of tsipouro and fireplaces.


The world famous Santorini is another island to consider, and what a privilege it is to be able to enjoy it without the multitude of visitors you’d see during the high season months. The sprawling views and majestic vistas of Oia are all yours. The cobble-stone streets? The same. And so will everything else. Santorini during the winter is just as spectacular as in the summer. And let’s face it, people don’t flock to it for its beaches, so it’s not like you’ll be yearning to go for a dip. You’ll yearn for that wine though, as well as those famous tomatoes and fava beans. While not everything may be open, you’ll get to enjoy it they way it was intended.

Winter Islands in Greece: Crete & Santorini

Winter in the Greek islands can be a magical experience. Head to Crete and Santorini and you’ll discover some magic of your own, for sure

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