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I am going on a short trip to Athens, Greece in a few weeks ... I have no idea what I am doing. I truthfully have only ever gone to Greece in the summer!

I looked up the weather, it says low 60's Fahrenheit. I am trying to picture it. I am usually so warm in Greece!

I am thinking to pack a bunch of clothes I can layer, and then maybe a light jacket? Does that sound right?
You might want to add a thin warm layer like a cashmere top, a scarf (just in case), and a raincoat with a warm zip-out lining. While it’s unusual to have snow in Athens, you’ll most likely be dealing with some rain and lower nighttime temperatures. Even though the weather says 60’s, there will be fluctuation in temperature and more importantly being December, you’ll want to have season-appropriate clothing. With cool breezes, it definitely won’t feel like summer, but it’ll be a comfortable and enjoyable time to visit a great city!
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Be prepared for cold weather. The temperature in Athens is somewhere between what you'd expect in Memphis, TN and ATL, GA... If you're familiar with that area of the USA then you know it could certainly be in the 60s in December, but it could also get into the 30s or 40s as well.
Be prepared for cold weather. The temperature in Athens is somewhere between what you'd expect in Memphis, TN and ATL, GA... If you're familiar with that area of the USA then you know it could certainly be in the 60s in December, but it could also get into the 30s or 40s as well.
I truly had no idea that Athens got that cold! Fascinating. I have only ever been in summer or fall. Thank you!
This time of year I would plan on the 30s! I see people in Athens wearing wool coats, etc on the streets. So they're in their cold season now...

Cruising the Ionian Islands Questions

The Ionian Islands have captivated my imagination for years, with their storied history, lush landscapes, and crystal-clear waters. The thought of waking up each morning to a new island and a new experience is thrilling, to say the least.

However, I'm a bit at sea (pun intended) about where to begin planning such a voyage. Here are a few questions I have:
  1. Which Cruise Line Should I Consider?
  • Are there specific cruise lines that you would recommend based on personal experience that cater well to exploring the Ionian Islands?
  1. Best Time of Year to Go?
  • When is the ideal time to take this cruise? I've read varying reports on weather and crowd sizes throughout the year.
  1. Must-Visit Islands and Attractions
  • For those of you who have traveled to the Ionian Islands, which islands were your favorite, and are there any must-see attractions?
Thanks in advance!

Advice for Different Dishes to Try in Greece?

I’m really excited about exploring the local cuisine. I’ve heard so much about how delicious and diverse Greek food is, and I want to make sure I don’t miss out on any must-try dishes.

Could you please share your recommendations for Greek dishes that I should definitely try while I’m there? I’m particularly interested in both well-known classics and any regional specialties that might be a bit off the beaten path. Some questions:
  • What are the absolute must-tries that define Greek cuisine?
  • Are there any dishes specific to certain regions in Greece that I shouldn’t miss?
  • I love street food! Any Greek street food recommendations?
  • What sweet treats should I indulge in?
Also, if you have any restaurant or taverna recommendations where I can experience these dishes authentically, that would be amazing!

Is Marathon a good day trip from Athens?

I've been planning an itinerary for my upcoming trip to Athens, and I've always been fascinated by the historical significance of Marathon. Considering its role in ancient history and the famous battle that took place there, it seems like a place that might be worth a visit.

However, I'm on the fence about dedicating a whole day trip to Marathon. From what I understand, it isn’t too far from Athens, but I'm trying to weigh up whether the experience is worthy compared to spending that time exploring more within the city itself.

Has anyone made the day trip to Marathon from Athens? Was it an enriching experience, and what are the can't-miss sights? Is the archeological site/museum there engaging enough for a history buff? Also, how about the logistics – is it easy to get to by public transport, or would you suggest renting a car or going with a tour?

I am just trying to decide if it's worth it, or if I should plan to stay overnight. Thanks!


Tips for Hiking in Greece Question

I'm planning a hiking trip to Greece and would appreciate any tips or recommendations from those familiar with hiking in the region. What are some must-visit hiking trails or destinations known for their scenic beauty or historical significance? Any advice on the best times of year to hike, essential gear to pack, and safety precautions to keep in mind would be invaluable.

Moreover, I'm interested in any cultural or local insights related to hiking in Greece—such as etiquette on trails, interaction with wildlife, or encountering local communities along the way.

Your experiences and suggestions would greatly enhance my trip planning. Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge!

Where do you like to visit in the Peloponnese?

I’m planning a trip to the beautiful Peloponnese region in Greece and I’d love to hear about your favorite places to visit there. Whether it’s hidden gems, historical sites, stunning beaches, or charming towns—I'd appreciate any recommendations.

Some of the spots I’ve already heard great things about include:
  • Nafplio: The picturesque seaport town with its medieval castles and vibrant streets.
  • Monemvasia: Known for its medieval fortress and breathtaking views.
  • Olympia: The site of the ancient Olympic Games with its impressive ruins.
  • Mani Peninsula: For its rugged landscape and unique tower houses.
  • Epidaurus: Famous for its ancient theater and historical significance.
I’m open to any suggestions, including local restaurants, activities, and accommodations. Looking forward to your tips and personal experiences!
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