Greece during off season

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I embarked on my 6 month study abroad journey in January. After a month of intensive Spanish classes at Nebrija University, my peers and I had a week off before our official classes began, so we opted for a trip to Greece. I was initially skeptical about going to Greece knowing it would be too cold to be in bikinis, but we booked a flight anyways. We spent our first night in Athens, 5 days in Santorini, and our last night in Athens again.

Benefits of going to Greece during the off season:

  • Cheaper flights
    • Our round trip flight from Madrid to Athens was about 60€ less than if we went in the middle of June (peak season).
    • Round trip from Athens to Santorini was an unbelievable 10€!
  • Scenic views for photoshoots all to yourself!
    • According to our driver, Santorini has a population of about 11,000 to 13,000 but during peak season, tourists jump that population up to almost 300,000 to 500,000.
    • The streets are so narrow in Santorini, I can only imagine what it would be like having to elbow my way through, plus you have to make way for the donkeys!
  • Less crowded areas of popular interest
    • No heads or photo-bombers ruining your photos.

What I wore:

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Due to the weather being a steady 50°F throughout the week, dressing warm was quite the task, but layering is the key.

  • In Oia, it’s best to wear something white or bright and colorful to get the best pictures because the colors reflect off all the white buildings! I wore a white cropped tank, a white button down, ripped jeans, a fuzzy coat, and white sneakers.
  • In Pyrgos, it was a warmer day and we were going to be climbing a lot of stairs so I wore black leggings, a forest green sweater top, a white statement sleeved sweater with fringe at the bottom, and black booties (links to find cheap alternatives to these outfits can be found below).

What I ate:

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Gyro
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Saganaki cheese (bottom left), Mousakka (top right), and hummus
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Loukoumades
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Frappe
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Greek Yogurt
  • Gyros
    • And I  probably had too many. They were always under 3€ and delicious. In Santorini, I would recommend going to Lucky’s in Fira’s center. Lucky is a nice guy and welcomed us like new friends. He even let us leave our luggage there while we enjoyed our last day on the island. Lucky for us 😉
    • Made of shredded meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce, and fries wrapped in the best pita bread you’ll ever have.
  • Saganaki Cheese
    • Fried cheese, but probably one of the yummiest foods I had there.
  • Moussaka
    • Lasagna type meal made with eggplant.
  • Loukoumades
    • A spherical doughnut covered in fresh honey and cinnamon.
  • Frappe
    • A delicious drink for any time of the day and in any type of weather.
  • Greek Yogurt
    • The most natural yogurt I’ve ever had. Chobani is nothing in comparison.
  • Greek Salad
    • Unlike American greek salads I’ve had before, these were made only with peppers, onions, a BLOCK of feta, fresh tomatoes grown on the island, olives, and cucumbers.

What I did:

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Athens
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Fira, Santorini
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Pyrgos, Santorini
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Perissa Beach, Santorini
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Oia, Santorini
  • Athens
    • We stayed in an Airbnb our first night about 3 miles away from the city center, but I would recommend staying at Chameleon Youth Hostal that is located in the city center.
    • Drank traditional Greek Ouzo, a very strong licorice tasting liquor
    • Climbed to Athena’s temple
    • Acropolis Museum
    • Found rooftop bars with the perfect few of the Parthenon
  • Santorini
    • Fira
      • We stayed in an Airbnb, which was actually terrible. I highly recommend NOT staying at Odysseus’ house.
    • Perissa
      • Known for its black sand.
    • Pyrgos
      • An area seemingly deserted with a lot of medieval architecture.
      • The highest point of the island.
    •  Oia
      • The classic, postcard town you’ve probably seen before.
      • We didn’t do much here except explore the town and marvel at the breathtaking view every corner had to offer.
      • An old castle served as the perfect viewing area for what’s known as one the world’s best sunsets. I must say though the sunrise I watched earlier that morning in Fira, lit up the entire sky like fire.

Overall, Greece is a lovely place to visit during any time of the year. There’s nothing like being surrounded by genuinely kind people, delectable foods, and breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Outfits

White cropped top

White button down

Ripped jeans

  • if you’re a student, you can get a discount at ASOS!

Fuzzy coat

White sneakers

White Sunglasses

Sweater top

White sweater

Booties

Mini backpack

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And of course, I’d like to thank my family and the University of Florida for giving me this incredible opportunity! #GlobalBusinessGators

xx,

Jodie

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