#Snowstagrams Take Greece by Storm

The first week of the New Year saw heavy snowfall in large parts of Greece. Here is the wonderland in pictures.


Following the low-pressure front Raphael, which brought snow to many places around Greece on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, another low-pressure weather system, dubbed Sophia, reached Greece on Thursday.

As heavy snow fell across large parts of northern and central Greece, but also on the mountains around Athens and even some of the islands, Instagrammers rejoiced. Taking to the streets, to the woods and to the mountain tops, they captured magical landscapes.

Below are some of our favorite posts featuring snow from the last few days:

Grevena

In the little village of Mavranaioi, on the road to the ski resort Vassilitsa in Grevena, in Western Macedonia, a deer came close enough to be photographed in the thick snow.

 
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Thessaloniki

In Thessaloniki, locals who woke up to a white city on Friday went photo crazy, and hurried out to capture famous landmarks such as the White Tower and George Zongolopoulos’ umbrella sculpture, blanketed in white. One couple even managed to get their wedding photos taken in front of the umbrellas, which are a popular background for Instagram selfies (see the couple’s photo here).

 
 
 
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Zagori

Zagori, home to the famous Vikos Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world in proportion to its width), lush forests, rivers, and stone bridges that bring to mind scenes from fantasy films, was also covered in a thick blanket of snow. 


 
 
 
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Elati

Elati, in the Trikala prefecture on the south part of the Pindos mountain range, gets its name from its trees (elato = fir tree).

 
 
 
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Ziria

Now this is snow! Mount Ziria could easily be confused with the Alps any time of the year, but this week’s images make it truly hard to believe its actually situated on the northern Peloponnese.

 
 
 
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Corfu

The island of Corfu saw some heavy snowfall as well. Drone photos show the town looking dreamy, with the rooftops covered in a light layer of white.

 
 
 
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Volos

Bar hoppers in the university town of Volos, around the Pagasetic Gulf, dared to venture out in the cold on Friday, and got some good shots for it. (Read more about Volos here).

 
 
 
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Pelion

Above the city of Volos, the villages on the Pelion peninsula look like they were thought up by Hans Christian Andersen. People come here in the winter with the hope of seeing just the landscape that they got this week, with thick snow covering everything. In the village of Makrynitsa, the lights in the square worked magic in combination with the snow.

 
 
 
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Troodos mountain range, Cyprus

Even the neighbors in Cyprus saw snow. Former pro swimmer Maria Papadopoulou took to the Troodos Mountains for some snowboarding.

 
 
 
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Metsovo

In the lively mountain village of Metsovo, in the Pindos mountain range in northwestern Greece, the average temperature for the whole year doesn’t exceed 10°C. 

 
 
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Parnitha, Attica

Mount Parnitha is a National Park situated just 45 minutes from Athens, meaning that when it snows here, you can actually see it from the city. Of course, whenever the peaks shine white, Athenians rush up the mountain to play in the snow, and to take selfies.

Read about our latest outing to Mount Parnitha here.

 
 
 
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Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira, in the mountains of the Agrafa region, is a year-round destination. It’s especially popular among trekkers and for canoeing and kayaking, but many also come here just to see some snow around the gorgeous, man-made lake in the winter, and enjoy some hot drinks in front of a fireplace.

 
 
 
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Mount Kaimaktsalan

This far north, snow comes every year and sticks around for a long time, making the mountain’s ski center a popular one among serious skiers and snowboarders.

 
 
 
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Parnassos 

Mount Parnassos, in Central Greece, features the biggest and most popular ski resort in the country. Weekends here are always busy, but from what Instagram tells us, the weekdays saw crowds as well this week. 

 
 
 
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All over the country

Snowmen hitched rides on top of cars all over the country, as is customary in Greece when snow falls in areas that normally only get rain in the winter. And why not? We may be cold, and Christmas may be behind us, but nothing can take the joy out of seeing the world turn into a winter wonderland.

 
 
 
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