Making me wish I was there! By now it was nearly midday and we stopped for a hot drink at the bakery. How to visit Meteora. Such amazing photos – looks like an excellent discovery! Public transportation is seeing delays and schools took the day off while the city dealt with the bizarre weather. Reuters … 🙂, Wow, this is gorgeous! I’m starting to think the weather isn’t the same from one year to the next. The snow here was also melting very quickly and there were lots of people doing just what we were. Yes it does , but it seldom lays long in low-lying and coastal areas , longer in the hills and mountains . We reached the tree line and the snow without any problems. Pulling over to take pictures, the snow was melting quickly. And the ponies are so cute!! He was rocking back and forth and sliding slightly, each corner we thought he would go. Undiscovered Rhodes: 10 places to visit away from the crowds. With ice on the car and in the puddles around the olive groves. Do u remember what was the temperature when u got snow in Rhodes? Driving through Embona water was pouring off the roofs as everything was now melting very quickly. 2017 has brought a further drop in temperatures across Greece. Tourist resorts will be closed, but of course life goes on as normal in the bigger towns. Advertisement On Tuesday, otherworldly scenes emerged across the country as snow caked iconic tourist attractions like the Acropolis and bent olive and cypress trees’ branches . Learn how your comment data is processed. You have to be careful of vehicles coming the other way as locals tend to drive in the middle of the road here at the best of times. About 51 percent of Greece is currently blanketed in snow -- varying from a light dusting to debilitating snowfall -- thanks to the two successive weather fronts, “Rafail” and “Sophia”. Positive: 100 %. Children were throwing snowballs and others building snowmen. Thank you. It has it’s scary moments but there are wonderful views if you can bare to take your eyes off the road ahead. These are a few shots taken through the window. 🙂, Its weird seeing snow in Greece! In Northern Greece, it would be colder, and there would probably be snow several times in a winter, though you wouldn’t have snow on the ground continuously. The climate of Greece is mediterranean with summers that are usually hot and dry, and the winters that can be quiet cold and wet. Matt Barrett's guide to off-season, fall, spring and winter travel in Greece with info on Christmas holidays, New Years, Easter, Carnival and going to the Greek islands white-water rafting, mountain climbing, kayaking, nature hikes and tours, horseback riding, jeep trips and more The upper part of Greece can be very cold during the winter and snow is not uncommon. I too pictured clear blue skies and even clearer waters, sunny beaches and rocky coastlines. I haven’t been there but it is one of my dream destinations. The best time to ski (if at all) in Ikaria is often around around January 8th when fresh powder is deepest. Our first glimpse of the snow on the mountain. I’ve never seen this side of Greece. Sometimes Greece is affected by cold air masses from Northern Europe or Russia: in these cases, the temperature drops remarkably even in mild areas, and snow can occur in the northern plains (see Thessaloniki), and sometimes even in the central ones. 🙂, Thank you, I hope you get to visit Greece and build a snowman soon. This morning was another cold and icy start. Arriving at the Elafos hotel lots of people had the same idea. The rocks and monasteries are easily accessible from Kalabaka town or the neighboring, small but charming Kastraki village. With the sun on them the trees were beginning to thaw quickly. A family were stopped with children enjoying the snow covered play area. Temperatures in Athens have since bounced back to their more temperate norm but other areas of the country are still trying to get back on their feet. (And a great taverna that’s open on winter weekends). In Rhodes town the Christmas market was small and very quiet, everything was open and we were more than happy with a hot gluhwein and a curry wurst. That’s the largest one I’ve ever seen, though! The fountain was still running and there wasn’t even much sign of ice around. On the up-side, there will be few other tourists at the major ancient sites and museums so it can be a great time to visit. Answer #6 | 13/01 2015 23:37. As it always does, winter has covered many parts of the world in a dusting of snow to start the year. You are very fortunate to make a snowman. Thank you, where are you planning on going? It doesn’t snow much where I live, so I’m always excited when I do get to see a little snow. Snow isn’t unusual for the mainland and many of the islands but January has been extreme. Even so, the intensity of the cold has been notable. I don’t remember, but will ask around I know there are a few weather enthusiasts on the island how note these things down. This is so interesting! The wind, frequent and sometimes intense, intensifies the feeling of cold. • California Privacy Rights, America’s running out of N95 masks – so people are getting these instead for $2, Dr. Fauci just revealed the side effects from his second coronavirus vaccine dose, Scientists discovered a surprising new way the coronavirus might spread, This stimulus check calculator will help predict the size of your check from Biden, The new coronavirus mutation is spreading rapidly in these 2 states, Scientists might have figured out how to reverse aging in the brain, Scientists just detected another repeating radio signal in deep space. This is unique, this only happens about every 10 years. Could have been there with you. We did have several weeks when when it was cold enough for air frost this year in our village. I like to think he was stopping traffic driving up until the road had been cleared, then again maybe he’d come to see the snow too, we saw several taxis during the day that had. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported. Looks like you made the best of it! by Amanda | Jan 9, 2017 | Blog, Expat Life, Greece, Rhodes, travel | 27 comments. Although ti was a lot warmer in town than it had been in Embona, sitting in the sun having lunch the icy wind made it feel a lot cooler. A few vehicles still had snow on them and we continued on through to the road that leads up to the top. About Good morning #Athens, you look mighty beautiful today ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JFZQCZ8tQt, — Alexandros Maragos (@AlexMaragos) January 8, 2019, Acropolis of Athens in snow. In computer displays, a specific type of distortion characterized by the blinking on and off of random pixels that occurs when the microprocessor and the display hardware interfere with each other by attempting to … We stopped with our flask of hot coffee in Apollona to take a picture of the view and then headed back home via the bakery in Lardos for breakfast. pic.twitter.com/NliwuuRey1, Snow at the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece today. Winter is milder to the south. Taking the road slowly trying not to lose the snowman on the way. The Greek Reporter found snow falls about 4.5 days per year on average in the city. He was completed with twig arms, pine cone beak and feet, a twig mohican and some goat poo eyes! Temperatures dipped as low as -9 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the country, with snow leading to highway closings and train downtime. How much snow is there in Greece? The road brings you out just below Platania where there was a dusting of snow at the side of the road and on vehicle roofs. The road cleared as we made our way down the mountain, though the twists and turns the other side are much steeper and it’s still a narrow road. In the 1900-2012 period, the capital of Greece had a total of 500 days of snowfall, ie 4.5 days per year average. We’d taken Apollo with us, he didn’t seem to pay much attention to the snow but enjoyed playing snowball with some children and meeting lots of people. Thank you, it’s amazing how different places can be once the holiday season is over 🙂 hope you come back and visit Greece soon. Edited: 10 years ago The road was very slippery we didn’t dare stop to take any pictures, just hoping to get through to a clearer road soon. We’re actually planning a trip to Greece next year – I must admit that I never imagined it with snow haha. There will be snow in the mountain areas. This snow is gorgeous though. We continued on excited about just how much snow we were going to see, there was still a lot of climbing to do the narrow winding mountain road. Missing something from home check out The British Corner Shop  they might have just what you're looking for. The view of Mount Attivyros with our coffee this morning. The snowman on our way down from Attivyros. The northern part of the country can be very cold during the winters, even receiving snow in some areas. snow translation in English-Ancient Greek (to 1453) dictionary. Heading up the island from us we took the mountain road between Masari and Malona, twisting and turning it soon gave us a view of the white top of Attivyros and a dusting on the trees on Profitis Ilias. As the road cleared at a junction we were glad to see a police vehicle. Snow isn’t unusual for the mainland and many of the islands but January has been extreme. Every year, there is snow in the higher Cretan mountains. We stopped to take a couple of pictures on the way up the hill. Your photos are lovely. snowy vineyard with Attavyros in the distance. loving your photos in the snow! Schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas are to … It's nearly always cold, much colder than Athens; and there are no halcyon days.) For a while it seemed as if the cold would miss us, instead we had wet stormy weather and southerly winds. Greece has a surprisingly large number of ski areas – around 25 – given its southerly latitude, but mountains across the country often have good snow cover. I always tell my travel partner that I would like to create even one snowman in my life. Having grown up in Greece and then going to university in the UK (The University Of Nottingham), I am fluent in both English and Greek. Fixed on as best we could he attracted a few cameras and lots of smiles as we drove back down the hill. Greece has been blighted by -23C temperatures and snowfall as Europe is devastated by a deadly winter storm that has killed several people and sparked travel chaos. Yes it certainly can snow in Greece and early in March 2011, much of Greece was brought to a standstill by a sudden snowstorm. Maybe next time we’ll go smaller and see how far we can take it…. Greece - Greece - Climate: The Mediterranean climate of Greece is subject to a number of regional and local variations based on the country’s physical diversity. The snow covers some areas of the ancient Acropolis hill and Plaka the tourist district of Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. • Reviews, Privacy Policy It seriously never occurred to me that it might snow in Greece. Salakos was quiet as everyone seemed to have gone to check out the snow first. Last week we were treated to some lovely images of a rare substantial snowfall in Arizona and New Mexico, and now we’re seeing a similarly special sight in Greece, … The snow certainly gives Athens a special look, but it’s not all smiles and snapshots in Greece this week. The snowman was still on the car when we came out but he had started to thaw and his beak had fallen off. If you enjoyed the post and found it useful please comment and share. • Advertise Sometime on Saturday that all changed and according to social media the night had brought snow to highest peaks on the island. The last time it snowed here In February 2015 there was only a little snow on Mount Attivyros and we failed to get to the snowline. Certain parts of northern Greece are getting snowed every year and in heavy quantities and once every a while the whole country too. Some newspapers wrote that the Cretan population have never seen snow before, but that is not true. Love the snowman/bird! We first saw these on our trip to Crete, in the white mountains the Cretans built snowmen on their cars then drove them down the mountain. In winter the belt of low-pressure disturbances moving in from the North Atlantic Ocean shifts southward, bringing with it warm, moist, westerly winds. Now it’s once again the coldest anyone can remember. The capital isn’t expected to dip back below freezing for the foreseeable future. Wishing we’d brought an umbrella, a carrier bag acted as protection for the camera, while my hood protected me from the clumps of snow that dropped on us. Last week we were treated to some lovely images of a rare substantial snowfall in Arizona and New Mexico, and now we’re seeing a similarly special sight in Greece, where snow has blanketed the capital of Athens and given its historic structures a winter makeover. Even the banks of solar panels we passed had a little snow that was now rapidly melting. For a while it seemed as if the cold would miss us, instead we had wet stormy weather and southerly winds. I always pictured it as a sunny place 🙂 I am going there in April, hopefully I won’t see any snow 😀, it’s very unlikely to snow in April… by then we should be on the beach 🙂. Then we came past the little chapel of Agios Nikolaus Foundoukli, there was light cover of snow on it’s roof and a on the ground around it. 🙂, Thank you, it was great fun and it’s been good to show another side to the islands, we always love exploring 🙂, I love how your words made me travelled to Greece. Beautiful photos. 9 Answers. The car park was full, though it looked like some had been there all night as they were covered in snow. Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild and sunny, and also quite windy. Officials have said that at least three people have died as a result of the cold snap, and emergency personnel have reportedly been dealing with an influx of calls from people who are stranded either in their cars or even inside their homes after heavy snow blocked their exit. We took an early drive to see if all the snow had melted or if there had been more. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The snow here was heavier, we’d followed a digger up earlier that was clearing the road with the bucket but had only managed to clear a single narrow lane through. But he made it to the village square. As we headed into our 4th winter on the island we had a warm, long and dry Autumn, many telling us it was the warmest November for ages. Lovely and descriptive as ever. Love the car snowman! 🙂 I’m just curious. We took some pictures then built a car snowman. Those who seek to ski Greece will find that Seli is the country’s oldest resort with people skiing here since the … Your pictures are all stunning. Snow is extremely rare, as are temperatures below 0. • EU Privacy Preferences, Terms Of Use Apollo was not impressed at the large clumps of snow and water coming down he quickly wanted to be back in the car. Keep warm fondest wishes from UK x, Thank you Kay, hope you’re all warm over there too x. D built ours on the bonnet, though it looked a little more like a snowbird than a snowman. Thank you, definitely because of it, we are all still children at heart 🙂, What lovely pictures and it seems like you had a great trip 🙂, It is incredible to see photos of snow on the Greek Island, I normally only see photos without snow. Jo pic.twitter.com/1EKStHCWRw, — BBC Weather (@bbcweather) January 8, 2019, The Zappeion Megaron in the snowy Athens. We made it in one piece to the bottom complete with the snowman and then headed back to Embona. The snowman is so funny 😀 Thanks for sharing. You would need a warm cloak, and boots, and mittens, to keep warm outside (In ancient Greece they didn’t have sweaters, because knitting hadn’t been invented yet). Right now it’s freezing out and the sun is setting, there’s clouds overhead and rain forecast, though I have a feeling there could be more snow somewhere nearby tonight. It’s going to be interesting to see what else this winter brings…, What’s winter like where you are? There were a couple of winter storms but nothing to worry about and still very little rain. The world’s weather seems a little crazy right now, we’ve got a friend in Turkey who’s balcony is full of snow and it’s not stopped falling for over a day while in ski resorts the snow has been late this year. By now many more people had arrived and there was a queue of us leaving. There were stalls selling food and drink and an open fire pit to keep people warm. Greek islands always conjure up the image of warm sunshine and clear blue skies. Yes, it snows in the winter, but rarely on the smaller islands. I’m glad you took advantage of it and went out exploring. A huge dip in the jet stream has allowed polar air to plunge into the normally temperate Mediterranean, dumping snow in Greece’s capital and beach resort towns. Wow! (Morocco: Athens winter weather is not like New York winter weather. The country is mostly sunny throughout the year. I would never have guessed you were in Greece from those photos. This was so fun to read! Now, it also snowed in the lower regions in Crete. It was now around 9.40 and there were a lot more cars around. A child was dressed as an angle in the cave and there were lots of animals around for the children to see. Outside the village he finally slid off the bonnet as we took a bend going downhill! It’s not often we get to see the ruins of iconic monuments like the Acropolis covered in snow, and photographers have wasted no time in capturing the beautiful sights. Having discovered the road up to the mountain the temple up the top last year we now knew the way. • AdChoices But Greece is not like Hawaii. There were a few patches of white stuff around Elafos, but Attavyros clearly had a new coat of fresh snow overnight. From the hotel we headed upwards and over to the other side. We headed on towards the Elafos hotel and were amazed as the snow got deeper with each twist up the mountain. We woke up on Sunday not certain if there would really be any snow but decided to head out and explore just in case. How to say snow in Greek. I enjoyed reading your post a lot. There are still refugees on many of the islands in tents and I hope the international aid agencies finally get involved to improve conditions. As Reuters reports, Greece has been slammed with record low temperatures this week, causing major problems for residents while also creating some lovely photo ops. Easily find the right translation for snow from English to Greek submitted and enhanced by our users. The climate of Greece can be divided into the following Mediterranean climate subtypes: The original plan for the weekend was to take my husband to see the Christmas scene at Salakos and for us both to visit the Chrismas market in Rhodes town. It looks like you managed to have fun despite the snow; maybe even because of it! Parts of Crete and the Greek islands have now snow up to 100-150 meters above sea level. Through Platania to Elousa, where it was cold out but there was no sign of snow. Our friend Elpida was there with her ponies from the ranch so we stopped by to say hello before heading to Rhodes town. 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