Top 3 Day Trips from Athens for Winter


Athens is a world-class city with tons of things to see and do, especially in the city center. This is where you will find all three of the best hotels in Athens by Electra Hotels & Resorts Group within a few minutes of each other, in and around the centrally located Syntagma Square. Staying here affords you a myriad of possibilities, the least of which is the ability to explore what to do in Athens, Greece,  at a whim. If you’re visiting in Winter, you’ll be pleased to know that Greece enjoys mild climate, perfect for outdoor explorations. So, if you want to discover more beyond the city’s reach, then consider these top 3 one-day trips from Athens to places like Nafplio, Delphi and Arachova, and you’ll get to see a side of Greece that really brings to life the fables and myths of Ancient Greece. 

Top 3 One-Day Trips from Athens: Nafplio

First up we have Nafplio, the former capital of Greece and one of the most picturesque seaside towns in the country. This gem is all about the cobblestone streets, neoclassical mansions, and Venetian fortresses. A mere two-hour drive from Athens, this scenic town invites visitors to wander through its labyrinthine alleys, soak up panoramic views from its hilltop fortresses, and indulge in culinary delights like the awesome gelato.

If you’re feeling spry we suggest you climb the 999 steps to Palamidi Fortress, a Venetian stronghold atop a rocky promontory. If not, by all means, use alternative means of transport, like a car, but at no point should you consider leaving without truly taking in the enormity and grandeur of this fantastic beast of a fortress.

One of the most impressive castles you’re likely to see is Bourtzi, a fortified islet just offshore, a la Mont Michel. You can get to it by boat, as part of a tour, but note that opening times can be challenging. If you want more, then head to the elegant Syntagma Square, surrounded by neoclassical buildings and lively cafes. For a taste of local cuisine, check out one of the waterfront tavernas, where you can sample fresh seafood, traditional Greek mezes, and decadent desserts, while you watch the world go by. 

Top 3 One-Day Trips from Athens: Delphi

One of the most interesting day trips from Athens is Delphi. It is the site where leaders of men would ask the oracle sage for advice on issues ranging from war to administrative matters. These days, you won’t find an oracle inhaling fumes to deliver a verdict, but the energy of the place is distinctly different. You’ll encounter a plethora of ancient sites on open grounds that paint a vivid picture, like the temple of Apollo, the gymnasium and theater, as well as the treasury and the Sibyl Rock amongst others. So, venture into the rugged landscapes of central Greece on a day trip to Delphi, and see for yourself why this is considered one of the most important sites in Greece. 

After exploring the ruins, visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum to marvel at exquisite artifacts such as the Charioteer of Delphi and the Sphinx of Naxos. This vast repository of knowledge is more than worth your time and should act as your compass when looking at the totality of the site. 

Top 3 One-Day Trips from Athens: Arachova

Just up the road from Delphi, in the same vicinity, the quaint village hamlet of Arachova sits picture-perfectly. Perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, this mountain village offers a bucolic escape from the daily grind with its alpine ambiance, stunning views, and warm hospitality. 

A day in Arachova should start by exploring its winding cobblestone streets, lined with boutique shops selling local products, handcrafted textiles, pottery, and souvenirs as well as traditional sweet shops and cafes and of course tavernas and all sorts of eateries. Following that, get up top to the village’s highest point to take in the panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You will be pleasantly surprised. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, Arachova serves as a gateway to the Parnassos National Park, where you can embark on scenic hikes, skiing adventures, or horseback rides through pristine wilderness. After working up an appetite, make a beeline to one of Arachova’s tavernas and tuck right into dish after dish of succulent slow-cooked lamb, hearty soups, and locally produced cheeses, like Formaela, that will leave you in a state of ecstasy. Arachova is also a popular hot stop for winter nightlife, so there is plenty of choice in terms of entertainment, with a few bars that party far into the night. 

Athens is the perfect starting point for exploring the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of central Greece. And when staying in Athens, Electra Hotels & Resorts Group present the ideal combination of superb location and quality. Whether you’re drawn to seaside towns, ancient ruins, or mountain retreats, these one-day trips from Athens to Nafplio, Delphi, and Arachova promise unforgettable experiences and lasting memories only a couple of hours away. So pack your bags, bundle up against the winter chill, and embark on a journey of discovery in the heart of Greece. 

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