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I am in Athens for a little while, enjoying the city. I pretty much just got here and will be here through January.

I would like to visit some of the nearby islands for some day trips, but am a bit intimidated by the ferry. I have taken the ferry in the summer, but never winter.

What do you guys think?

Here is some information I found from my research online:

Ferry Schedule

During winter, the ferry schedule is less flexible, and some ferries may only run once or twice a week. However, you can still get around efficiently by following the schedule, and the reduced frequency of the ferries means that there are no long queues. You can take advantage of this and jump on a ferry headed for the Greek islands at any time. Be sure to check the ferry schedule ahead of time to avoid any surprises.

Off-The-Beaten Track Attractions

In the winter, most tourists vanish from the islands, making the attractions less crowded than during the high season. Consequently, the vast majority of the attractions are open during the winter. You can explore the historical sites and ancient ruins, like the Acropolis of Athens and the Palace of Knossos in Crete, without battling hordes of tourists. You could hike through the picturesque landscapes spanning the Peloponnese in the Southern Mediterranean. The serene and secluded beaches, such as Lefkada, mean that you can enjoy the sound of the waves in peace. Unfortunately, I am also nervous that some of the more touristic islands are actually shut down. with things that aren't open. Is this true?

Reduced Prices

Greece isn't notorious for being an expensive destination, but it's always an added bonus when you can save a few bucks. Off-season travel means that accommodation prices are reduced, and you'll get better deals on flight tickets and ferry rides. The cost of eating out at restaurants during the winter season is also lower than during the high season. This is a plus, I guess, but not if it means I don't have as many options...

Thanks for weighing in!

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