Greece is not only a summer destination, but also a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders. The country has many ski resorts and centers that offer diverse slopes, stunning views and modern facilities for winter sports enthusiasts. But what about after the ski? Where can you find the best nightlife and entertainment options to enjoy your evenings in the snow? In this blog post, we will explore some of the trendy villages and towns that offer a variety of activities, restaurants, bars and clubs for skiers in Greece.
Parnassos Ski Center and Arahova
The Parnassos Ski Center is the largest and best-equipped ski resort in Greece, near cosmopolitan Arahova and Livadi, just 3 hours from Athens by car. It has 23 routes, 7 alpine trails and 7 interconnecting footpaths, covering 34 km in total. It also has a snow park for adrenaline lovers and a sea view of the Gulf of Corinth from the top of the slopes.
Arahova is the best choice for accommodation near the Parnassos Ski Center. It is a picturesque mountain village that has the title of “Winter Mykonos”, due to its cosmopolitan vibes. In Lakka square, the main paved square of Arahova, there are plenty of lively cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of nightlife options. You can also visit the Holy Church of Agios Georgios, for a great view of the whole area and Arahova’s clock, which dates back to the 18th century. Do not leave the place without trying the traditional formaela cheese, which is produced by goat or sheep milk and has a protected designation of origin.
Just 10 kilometers from Arahova, you will find yourself in front of the famous Delphi village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit spot when you travel through Greece. According to the legend, Zeus released two eagles, one to the East and one to the West and they met at Delphi, making it the center of the world. Delphi is famous worldwide for its Oracle, which was consulted by ancient kings and leaders.
Kalavrita Ski Center and Kalavrita
The Kalavrita Ski Center is a very popular ski center on the fir-covered slopes of Mt Helmous, just 2 hours and 30 minutes by car from Athens into the Peloponnese. It has 12 pistes covering every level of difficulty and, best of all, a view of the sea from the top. It is known for having the longest slope in Greece, Nefeli, starting from 2,340 meters above sea level.
Kalavrita is a small city located at an altitude of 730 meters. It is famous for its ski center, but also for its historical significance. It was here that the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire began in 1821. It was also here that one of the worst massacres of World War II took place in 1943, when Nazi troops killed all male residents over 14 years old. You can visit the Holocaust Museum and Monument to pay tribute to the victims.
Kalavrita also has a lively nightlife scene, with many taverns, bars and clubs to choose from. You can enjoy traditional dishes, local wine and live music in a cozy atmosphere. You can also take a ride on the scenic rack railway that connects Kalavrita with Diakofto, passing through gorges, bridges and tunnels.
Vasilitsa Ski Center and Palios Agios Athanasios
The Vasilitsa Ski Center is one of the most popular in the country and is located in a majestic landscape (up to 2,150 meters) in the heart of the Pindos Mountains, in northwestern Greece. It has 18 pistes, covering 24 km, as well as a snowboard park.
The best place to stay near the Vasilitsa Ski Center is Palios Agios Athanasios village. There are two villages named Agios Athanasios: The old one dates back to the 16th century and is the most beautiful one. It is built with stone houses and has a traditional charm. It offers many accommodation options, from luxury hotels to cozy guesthouses. It also has many restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy after your ski adventure.
Palios Agios Athanasios is also close to other attractions, such as Lake Vegoritida, Pozar Thermal Springs and Kaimaktsalan Ski Center.
Menalon Ski Center and Vytina
The Menalon Ski Center is located in Arkadia, Peloponnese, and features four lifts reaching eight diverse slopes for your winter adventures. It is mainly suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Vytina is a charming village near the Menalon Ski Center, at an altitude of 1,033 meters. It is famous for its stone houses, its black marble and its fir forest. It has a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant gastronomy. You can find many taverns, cafes and bars in the main square and the surrounding streets, where you can taste local delicacies, such as honey, cheese, pasta and meat. You can also visit the Folklore Museum, the Library and the Clock Tower.
The whole Menalon area is dotted with traditional villages and impressive mountains. It is worth visiting:
- Kapsia Caves
- Mantineia & Orchomenos Archaeological Sites
- Dimitsana Village
- Hike Menalon Trail
Velouxi Ski Center and Karpenisi
The Velouxi Ski Center is one of the largest and most impressive ski centers in Greece. It can be found at the Velouhi plateau, in central Greece. It covers an area of over 5,500 square meters and reaches 2,000 meters in height. It boasts 18 slopes, including one black slope for experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Karpenisi is a mountain town near the Velouxi Ski Center, at an altitude of 960 meters. It is surrounded by lush forests and rivers and has a picturesque architecture. It is considered the “Little Switzerland” of Greece, due to its natural beauty and its alpine style. It has many hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, cafes and bars to suit every taste and budget. You can also visit the historical monuments, such as the Agia Triada Monastery, the Karpenisi Castle and the Koryschades Village.
Karpenisi is also a great base for exploring other nearby attractions, such as:
- Proussos Monastery
- Megalo Chorio Village
- Lake Kremasta
- Panta Vrechei Canyon