Greece is known world-wide for its beautiful and hot summers, the crystal clear seas and amazing beaches. However, there are several holiday villages and cities across the country that would be the perfect romantic getaway destination to celebrate New Year’s day.
Pelion is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly, central Greece, only a few hours away from the Greek capital. Pelion has twenty-four different villages that have all retained the traditional Pelian architecture, creating a picturesque landscape that would amaze any visitor. Portaria, Milies, Vizitsa and Tsagarada are among the most traditional villages, while there are numerous tavernas and restaurants serving local delicacies.
Nymfaio is a predominantly Aromanian village in northern Greece that is protected by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in order to preserve its architectural integrity. It is the perfect destination for couples that want to go on a relaxing trip in the mountains. The small village has numerous restaurants, offering local recipes and traditional Greek cafés. Nymfaio also hosts a Museum of Gold and Silver-smithery, Folklore, and History, inaugurated in 2000, which displays furniture, artisan jewelry, and religious silverware.
Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, is an ideal destination for Christmas, and New Year’s Eve especially for couples that want to travel to a big city, with great nightlife. The city offers numerous cafés to its visitors, as well as tsipouradika, traditional tavernas that serve tsipouro and mezedes. Thessaloniki may not follow the European Christmas tradition, but the atmosphere in the city center, both on Christmas and New Year’s Eve is that of a continuous party.
The small village of Agios Athanasios in northern Greece only has 184 permanent residents. However, over the New Year’s Eve holidays it is filled with life, as tourists travel to the area to admire the traditional settlement and visit the local skiing center. The village was built in the late 16th century by farmers and builders from Epirus and it now serves as a tourist resort. It has many beautifully and traditionally built hotels and B&Bs where couples can enjoy a romantic New Year’s day getaway.