In summer Greece is one of the best places to enjoy the beach and the sun, however northern Greece offers many interesting opportunities to enjoy skiing and accommodation in excellent hotels.
Arachova, on the slopes of Parnassos, and very close to the archeological site of Delphi http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh151.jsp?obj_id=3404 is one of the most popular ski resorts, with a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and many Athenian skiers drive over for the weekend, covering the 170 klm. in just over two hours. Aegli Resort is a deluxe 5 star hotel, built in the traditional style of the area, very close to the ski resorts of Parnassos. http://www.parnassos-ski.gr/ All the rooms have air pool bath, fireplace and balcony and the restaurant offers a romantic view on the snowy mountainside. After skiing you can relax in the spa. You can rent or buy your ski equipment at the hotel’s ski shop. Make a point of visiting the seaside village of Galaxidi, just half an hour distance. tel. 22670 31767 www.koutras.gr
Karpenisi, at a distance of 387 klm. from Athens is an excellent destination for skiing, in the Evritania region. Four star Dryas Resort is built in a suggestive scenery surrounded by fir trees and plane trees, and combines a tranquil atmosphere with excellent personalized service. Twenty rooms offer traditional hospitality and you can also enjoy the swimming pool and sauna. tel. 22370 41131 www.drias.gr
Further north, Kaimaktsalan in the region of Naousa and quite close to Thessaloniki is a ski resort which has become popular more recently, with many visitors in the skiing season. Miramonte Chalet Hotel Spa in the traditional village of Agios Athanasios, is a stylish hotel and offers a cozy atmosphere in which you can indulge in luxury. A spectacular view over the mountains and easy access to the skiing center. Guests can also use the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym and a wonderful buffet breakfast. tel. 23810 39904 www.miramonte.gr
Seli in the region of Veria, is also an excellent choice for skiing in northern Greece, on the slopes of Vermio. Seleucus Hotel, www.seleucus.gr tel. 23310 49100, offers nine luxurious rooms in different styles, all equipped with fireplace, in a relaxing atmosphere. A visit to the spa, with jacuzzi and sauna is ideal after a tiring day skiing and the evenings are enjoyable in the friendly atmosphere. Dont miss the occasion of visiting the museum of Vergina tel. 23310 92347 and the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki www.amth.gr Learn more about the excellent wines of the region at www.wineroads.gr
South of Athens at a distance of 197 klm, in the region of Peloponissos, Kalavryta ski resort on Chelmos mountain is easy to access and offers full facilities and magnificent scenery. Georgios V Chalet, at an altitude of 1.000 mtrs, and surrounded by fir tree forests has a warm and welcoming environment and panoramic views. Breakfast is home style, and each stone built chalet has its own unique style and is named after one of the mythical Greek gods. tel. 26920 24600 www.georgiosv.gr