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Here are some thoughts on what to do at Christmastime in Greece - I am thinking of going this year...

Athens

There is a festival that takes place at Syntagma Square, which is transformed into a winter wonderland. It is the perfect place for people of all ages to enjoy the celebrations. From Christmas carols to food stalls to ice-skating, this Christmas market offers a wide range of activities and experiences.

Thessaloniki

The Thessaloniki Christmas Market is one of the most popular markets in Greece. The market is held at the Aristotelous Square, which is lit up with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. You can enjoy Christmas carols, street performances, and traditional Greek delicacies here. The highlight of this market is the Christmas village, which is set up in the middle of the square.

Kalamata

Kalamata is a beautiful city located in the Peloponnese region of Greece. During the Christmas season, the city hosts a vibrant Christmas market that attracts locals and tourists alike. The market is held at the central square of the city, where you can enjoy various festive activities such as ice-skating, live music, and street performances.

Chania

Chania is a picturesque port city located on the island of Crete. The Chania Christmas Market is a four-day festival that is held in the city's historic center. The market is decorated with colorful lights and ornaments, and you can enjoy festive food, local wine, and traditional Greek music. You can also buy handmade crafts, gifts, and souvenirs from the market.

Nafplio

Nafplio is a beautiful coastal town located in the Peloponnese region of Greece. During the Christmas season, the town transforms into a winter wonderland with its festive decorations and colorful lights. The Nafplio Christmas Market takes place at the Syntagma Square, where you can enjoy traditional Greek food and drinks, festive music, and various activities such as face painting and Christmas workshops.
 
I have never been! Hopefully someone who has will chime in. I will say, after reading your writeup, I am definitely intrigued.
 

Favorite Smaller Islands to Visit on Greece

I'm planning a trip to Greece later this year and would love some advice. While I've heard a lot about the popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos, I'm more interested in exploring some of the smaller, lesser-known islands.

Do you have any recommendations for charming, smaller islands to visit in Greece? I'm looking for those hidden gems that offer beautiful scenery, unique culture, and a relaxing atmosphere without the massive tourist crowds.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Greek Islands Food Tour?

I am a foodie and I love to cook. Does anyone know of any food tour situations that I can do in the islands, or maybe island hopping?

I am in the midst of planning an exciting adventure to Greece and am particularly interested in experiencing the country through its cuisine. I've heard that island hopping offers not just stunning views but also a taste of local flavors that differ from island to island.

With so many beautiful islands, from the renowned Santorini to the charming Skopelos, I'm looking for recommendations on food tours or culinary experiences that are part of island hopping packages. Any recommendations you may have would be great!

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!

Cycladic Islands in Greece 'Threatened by Surge in Tourism!

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!


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