Greece in the Freezer

A rare weather phenomenon brought snow all across the country right down to the islands, turning Greece into a spectacular winter wonderland

The Acropolis as it's rarely seen - covered in a blanket of snow. Greece's most famous monument turned white as snow fell across the entire country in recent days, closing schools and roads in the worst-affected areas.

While drivers going through Foloi oak forest, in the western Peloponnese prefecture of Ileia, need to be quite cautious, they are in for a unique treat. Ancient Greeks believed the forest was inhabited by centaurs and fairies and named it after one of the centaurs – Folos.

Other parts of the Peloponnese were also affected by the snow, which caused problems for motorists on the Corinth–Patras national highway. The Doric pillars of the Temple of Apollo in Ancient Corinth, on the other hand, seem to be enjoying this sudden change in scenery.

A man makes his way atop Pnyx hill following a snowfall in Athens which left the city center blanketed in white. Snow is uncommon in the Greek capital, and left younger residents delighted. 

After 30 years without snowfall, the island of Skopelos, now covered by one meter of snow, is in a state of emergency. Ferry connections to the mainland have been severed, some areas left without electricity and others without water.

Despite its vicinity to Africa, Crete is not a stranger to cold or snow, though snow usually frequents the highest mountain tops. However, seeing the archaeological site of Knossos in Irakleio dressed in white is quite an experience, even for Cretans.

Skopelos may look idyllic all dressed in white. Conditions on the island, however, are anything but. One  meter of snow may seem insignificant for other parts of the world, but not for Greece.

Quite an unusual look for beach umbrellas in the seaside resort of Artemida in eastern Attica.

The former capital of Greece, Nafplio, greeted visitors with a white winter look. In parts of the country during the unusual cold snap, the sea was warmer than land.