Why You Should Visit Croatia!

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Croatia is the hottest European country right now! It’s become one of the most popular destinations among U.S. travelers and is trending for 2018.

 

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Why Croatia?  When it comes to national parks, amazing food, and mellow wine, Croatia is your one-stop-shop.  It has become a top country to visit for its old-world charm mixed with extravagant glamour.
 
It also might have a little something to do with the popular HBO show, Game of ThronesYes, GOT fans, you read that right!  Croatia possesses many of the filming locations for the wildly popular drama series, with the city of Dubrovnik home to the biggest film set. Located in Central and South-Eastern Europe, Croatia runs along the Adriatic Sea, encompassing over a thousand islands, which borders Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.

Natural Beauty

If you’re nature obsessed, Croatia is considered one of the most ecologically preserved areas of Europe, boasting eight national parks throughout the country, 11 nature parks, and two arboretums.  It’s the land where the warm Mediterranean Sea meets the fresh mountains and creates utter bliss.

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Culture & Festivals

Croatia is not only known for its stunning nature, but visitors can be sure to enjoy the country’s culture, history, events, food, wine, and beautiful beaches. The diversity and beauty of Croatia is endless. Imagine enjoying sightseeing during the day and fabulous soirees at night?

For all the music lovers, Croatia hosts the biggest electronic music festival in the world, The Ultra Europe Festival, attracting large crowds from all over, which is one of 90 festivals the country hosts every year.

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The Food

Foodies, come prepared!  Croatian cuisine is to die for!  It’s one of the most diverse cuisines and known as “the cuisine of the regions,” taking its influence from Greek, Italian, and French cuisine.  When it comes to wine, Croatia has over 300 geographically-defined wine-producing areas throughout the country.  Although Croatia’s food and wine seem to be a favourite among travelers, Rakija, a strong fruit brandy is what the country is famous for.  It’s the secret weapon against all that is enemy to man and is said to kill bacteria and relieve pain. (Yikes!)

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Enjoy the Beach

Croatia is also known as the “land of the islands,” 1,244 to be exact.  With that many islands, the country is bound to have the perfect beach to bask in the warm Summer sun.  The beach scene in Croatia is quite heterogenous and is available at every tourist destination along the coastline. Croatia’s beaches vary from pebble beaches, rock beaches, and even include themed beaches that are comparable to the famous Ibiza, Spain.

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Unique Tours

Whatever your reason is to adventure to Croatia, this country will steal a piece of your heart. The extra special thing about tourism in Croatia, is that it offers different organized tours to meet everyone’s taste in travel.

Some of the themed tours that Croatia has to offer are “The Best of Croatia on Land & Sea,” The Game of Thrones Tour,” (For the GOT lovers!) “The Food & Wine Tour,” and “Croatia Highlights & UNESCO Heritage.”

This country is filled with so much rich culture and history; it’s no wonder why the directors of Game of Thrones chose Croatia as its top film location! If you can’t decide on your next travel destination, look no further than Croatia, you won’t be disappointed!

 
If you’re ready to book your next adventure, choose Beforeifly! You can reach out to us online or visit us at our Travel Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. We offer low-cost and worry-free travel from anywhere to anywhere in the world! Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information or to learn more about the many services and expertise that our team offers.

Singles Resorts: The Benefits of Traveling Solo

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Relaxing in a hammock reading a book on a beach at a singles resortVacations can be exhausting, especially when you have to share your time with multiple people. Occasionally, you just need to take some time to yourself and indulge in a little bit of selfish fun. That’s why we here at Beforeifly recommend that you consider making your next vacation a trip to a fun and vibrant singles resort! Travelling alone can be intimidating, but with the right guidance–and the proper planning–you’re sure to have a great trip spending a little bit of quality time with someone who really matters…yourself!

Reasons you should try travelling solo

Won’t I be lonely? Won’t I be bored? Won’t I miss having others around? These are all questions you’ll undoubtedly ask yourself in an attempt to talk yourself out of taking what could be the vacation of a lifetime. So why should you travel alone? Let’s take a look at a few enticing reasons:

  • You can be completely selfish. You can do whatever activities you want without having to feel guilty that you might be ruining someone else’s vacation or dragging anyone along. Take the nap on the beach or learn how to kayak in the waves. Or better yet, if your heart so desires, you can even do nothing. Absolutely NOTHING, without feeling so much as an ounce of guilt. 
  • You’ll meet new people. Large groups are often a deterrent for people who might want to come and introduce themselves. So if you’re in the mood to put yourself out there, make new connections or meet a special someone, travelling alone is definitely the way to go. 
  • You’ll be forced to step out of your comfort zone. Travelling by yourself is a great way to grow as an individual. It forces you into situations that you usually wouldn’t let yourself be a part of. Every decision is one you will make by yourself without anyone else’s expectations holding you back. 
  • You’ll feel totally relaxed. Doing what you want means that you don’t have to give yourself an anxiety attack worrying if everyone else is having a good time. Treat yourself!

What to expect at a singles resort

Poolside fun during your adult vacationSingles resorts usually come in two types: the Zen Vibe, or the Vibrant Vibe. If you want a more zen atmosphere, pick a resort geared entirely toward pure relaxation. You can lie on the beach, visit the spa or just plain curl up with a good book and relax in a beautiful setting, unplugged from the outside world. The vibrant resorts are more commonly known for their party-like atmospheres. You’ll take part in events and festivities that encourage you to get out, meet new people and have an awesome time.

For singles all inclusive vacation packages, choose the travel experts at Beforeifly. Whether booking your flight online or dropping into our travel centre, we promise to make booking your trip an absolute breeze.

Beyond the Theme Parks: 5 Must-see Attractions for your Florida Vacation

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When it comes to planning your vacation, you want to make sure that you make time to experience all the must-see places along the way. But what if we told you there were a few hidden Floridian treasures that you didn’t even know about? This year, why not walk the road less traveled? At Beforeifly, we take pride in making sure our clients plan the best trip possible. Let our team of travel experts show you the different places you can visit on your next vacation to the Sunshine State.

  1. Dry Tortugas National Park
    Dry Tortugas National ParkWhy stay on the mainland when you can take a little boat ride down to an island paradise just 70 miles west of Key West? Dry Tortugas National Park is a gorgeous island surrounded by shallow waters filled to the brim with wildlife and wonders the likes of which you’ve never seen. Keep your eyes peeled… you might even see the infamous Windjammer Wreck, the remains of a ship built in 1875. 
  2. Scuba Dive in Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring
    Boat rides aren’t for you? Not a problem! How about a nice drive over to central Florida where you can explore another one of nature’s marvels known as the Devil’s Den? This underground spring is home to a myriad of wonders including the fossilized remains of animals that have been extinct since the Pleistocene Age. While it is known to be a hotspot for experienced scuba divers, it’s also accessible to novice snorkelers and the like as well. 
  3. Crystal River – Snorkel with Manatees
    Crystal River is a great place to relax by the translucent water, or even take a swim alongside the manatees. The majestic beasts migrate toward the river for its fabulously warm waters that rest at an incredibly comfortable 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Located in Western Florida, Crystal River is the Manatee Capital of the World! This hot spot is another must see for any would-be adventurer on their next family vacation.
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  4. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Located in Key Largo, this underwater park is truly a sight to behold. Take in the sights via scuba, snorkel or even glass-bottomed boat! With intricate coral reefs and a spectacular 3-meter underwater statue of Jesus (weighing over 1,800 kilograms) called Christ of the Abyss, this park boasts an underwater “playground” you surely won’t want to miss. 
  5. Florida Caverns State Park
    Underwater adventures aren’t for you? Well, how about a visit to Florida Caverns State Park? The park even offers tours of their remarkable caves to the general public. This popular camping, swimming, fishing and picnic destination is a wonderful spot for the whole family.

Next time you want to fly to Florida, book your trip through Beforeifly. We are committed to helping you plan the absolute best vacation possible. Contact us, visit our travel centre or book your low cost travel to Florida online for your next family vacation!

5 Reasons to Organize a Group Vacation with your Friends

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There’s nothing better than getting together with your friends… well actually, there is: getting together with your friends and flying off to somewhere tropical to bask in sand and sunlight! While flying down for a week with your significant other can be fun, it’s always more exciting to go with a big group–and smarter too. Here at Beforeifly, we take pride in our ability to help our customers plan the most perfect, stress-free vacation possible. Let our team show you why you should consider planning a group all-inclusive vacation in Mexico.

Better Rates

When you plan an all-inclusive vacation at a resort, there are so many incentives available that encourage you to bring a large group. Group rates are often significantly cheaper than if you were to travel by yourself or with just one other person. Sometimes these group packages even include discounts on excursions and activities that you would otherwise have to pay and arm and a leg to enjoy.

Make it a Celebration

Aren’t you tired of having your school reunion in your old gymnasium every five years? Or going to a wedding at yet another hall? Well, why not use these milestones as an opportunity to take a trip down south? Between warm weather and cool waters drifting onto white sandy beaches, a seaside resort definitely has your hometown beat when it comes to making lasting memories. Not to mention, most all-inclusive destinations offer open bars, restaurants, live entertainment and nightclubs without even having to leave the resort!

Group Activities

Going as a group is great because it offers a number of different perspectives and ideas when it comes to getting together and participating in activities designed for tourists. Feel like taking in some of Mexico’s rich history and ancient culture? Suggest a guided tour of some of the Mayan ruins. If you’re feeling adventurous, how about cenote diving (cave diving) in the many waters the Maya Riviera has to offer?

Free time

Since you’re going with such a large group, you don’t have to feel bad about sitting one out and just relaxing with yourself for a while. Feel like taking a nap on the beach or getting a massage in the spa? The rest of the group will do just fine without you as you bask in all the resort-life has to offer.

You’ll Become Closer

There’s something about travel that brings people closer together. Experiencing other countries and cultures has a way of making you feel more in touch with yourself and the people you shared those memories with. These shared adventures will last you a lifetime.

Next time you plan on taking a trip, contact Beforeifly, your online travel concierge! You don’t have to worry about the details, because we take care of everything for you. Contact us today or visit us here for more information regarding our services.

Meet the Real Cuba: Venturing Off-Resort

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At some point this winter, maybe as you’re digging your car out of a snowbank, you’ll probably wonder how much it costs to fly to Cuba. Everyone needs an occasional escape from the daily grind, and flying to a warm beach and an all-inclusive resort, Cuban or otherwise, is a great way to recharge. The only dilemma with all-inclusive resorts is that they can start seeming pretty similar after you’ve been to enough of them.

If you really want a taste of a different life to get you out of your routine, we encourage you to leave the confines of the guarded and organized resort to explore the local surrounding communities. Often, the best way to truly get to know a destination is to converse with the locals, try some street food and explore the local shops and lifestyles off the beaten touristy path.

For anyone planning a trip that includes exploration beyond the resort, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you have fun while staying safe:

  • Before you board your flight to South or anywhere else out of the country, be sure you have access to multiple forms of payment. Not all credit cards are accepted everywhere so having a little cash in the locally accepted currency is always a good idea (though not enough on you at any one time to become a target for criminals).
  • Speak with your hotel staff before arranging any off-site transportation to ensure they are reputable companies. Sometimes criminals pose as taxi drivers.
  • The concierge can be your new best friend. He or she will most likely be from the area and will know the can’t-miss spots around town. Get ideas or directions to visit local street food vendors, restaurants, markets or museums.
  • Find out how tipping works in the country you visit. You don’t want to accidentally appear rude to the businesses you’re visiting. For instance, in Cuba, it is very common to tip nearly everyone you meet off-resort that offers you assistance. Stay informed so you don’t get swindled.
  • Don’t discuss personal information (like your room number, or too much about your identity) with strangers while off the resort.
  • Know the local emergency numbers. You never know when it might be useful.
  • Whenever alcohol is involved, be sure you’re in a safe location before letting your guard down and don’t accept opened drinks from strangers.
  • Book a walking tour in advance. Local tours are often less expensive and much more immersive than the ones offered through your resort. Once you make it to your off-resort destination, take part in a tour that is led by locals to learn some of the unique history. Ask questions and for tips about what to check out next.
  • If you have the time, taking a crash course in Spanish a few weeks before you fly out can be a great resource. There are also many great language apps to help with translations. Although you’ll be fine with English in any resort, outside of that environment English will probably be far less common and it shows you have put in the effort to learn about their culture.
  • Make some friends on the resort. If you’re travelling solo, find a group to explore with or let someone on the resort know you will be off adventuring is a best practise.
  • Avoid using ATMs unless in daylight, and in well-policed areas.
  • Be aware that not all countries have the same infrastructure as Canada. Bad roads, or sometimes no roads, are a real possibility so you should always be prepared and have comfortable shoes.
  • Keep an open mind. You never know where your travels may take you!

Of course, you’ll never be able to experience everything another country has to offer in a single trip (or even dozens of them). At Beforeifly, your online travel booking concierge, we encourage everyone to explore beyond their comfort zone! When you do go out to find an adventure, however, be sure to do it safely so you can focus on the fun. For more information or to learn more about the services we can offer to make your travel experience as easy as possible, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Top European Family-friendly Destinations

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Planning the perfect vacation is tough, especially when it comes to trying to please your entire family. With different tastes, hobbies and cultural interests, it’s difficult to decide on one place that will satisfy everyone. Here at Beforeifly, we have the insider knowledge on the ideal locations in Europe that are sure to pique everybody’s interests. Let our team of travel experts walk you through a number of different European destinations for your next family vacation.

Rome, Italy

There arte no if, ands or buts about it, Rome is absolutely gorgeous. It has everything you could want in a vacation destination.
They say all roads lead to Rome, and in the case of your family vacation, they definitely should. Not only is it rich in years of culture and history, but is also home to a myriad of authentic Italian dining options for you and the family to choose from. Some places you should be sure to check out include:

  • The Colosseum
  • The Vatican

Greek islands

Greece is home to a number of islands that are easily accessible by ferry. Many are in such close proximity to one another that you can visit most of them in the span of just a few days. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of your options:

  • Santorini
  • Crete
  • Rhodes
  • Naxos
  • Mykonos

London, England

London is a great family destination for your next vacation. Complete with parks, museums and tons of historical monuments, there’s something that will please every member of your family.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Unbeknownst to most, there’s far more to see in Amsterdam than just coffee shops and the Heineken Brewery.
This city is home to many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, which is educational for family members of all ages.
Couple that with wonderful food and a fantastic theme park, and you have yourself a winning family vacation!

Paris, France

Looking to please the many age groups in your family? Paris is home to some of the most iconic architecture and museums in the world. The Eiffel tower? L’Arc de Triomphe? Not to mention the shopping and photo opportunities.
Paris is home to a number of gorgeous monuments for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re into art, visit the Louvre for an educational adventure for the whole family unlike any other.

Beforeifly is an innovative travel company offering some of the lowest airfare rates around. As your online travel concierge, we pride ourselves on offering worry-free travel, so that you can focus on creating lasting memories with your loved ones!

If you’re interested in booking an all-inclusive, group or family vacation, contact us to book today.

Bring The Whole Family: Dog-friendly Disney Resorts!

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Do you love travelling, but hate leaving behind your favourite, furry, four-legged friend? Well, you’re in luck! As of October 2017, some Disney resorts are now completely dog-friendly thanks to a new trial program at select Disney hotels. At Beforeifly, we take pride in our status as Authorized Disney Vacation Planners. Let us show you the different Walt Disney flight and hotel packages available. Our friendly staff will show you just how easy it can be to take your dog on vacation with you whether you are flying or road tripping across the border. Not only will we help with the planning and booking of your trip, but we’ll make sure that you have absolutely no problems getting your dog on the plane and across the border. Let’s go through exactly what this new program can offer you and your four-pawed pal.

Pluto’s Welcome Kit

Now, before you get too excited, note that this is a trial program that will be available at four Disney resorts (for the time being). These resorts will allow guests to bring two dogs per room. This is great news for dog lovers everywhere! In the past, people with pets have had a real bone to pick with Disney hotels. If you wanted to bring a dog along for your family vacation, there just wasn’t an option for you to board your pet. Back then, the closest your dog could get to all the fun was a Best Friends Pet Care boarding facility nearby. Before you get too excited though, know that Disney will be charging an extra fee for allowing your dog into the room.

Where will the trial take place?

This trial program will be taking place in four different resorts across Orlando:

  1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at US$50/night
  2. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort at US$50/night
  3. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at US$75/night
  4. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort at US$50/night

How does it work?

The way it works is simple. All guests will receive a Pluto’s Welcome Kit upon checking into the hotel. These include a number of dog treats and toys to entertain your pup throughout your vacation. Although there are no in-room services offered for your dog, Disney has a long-standing partnership with pet care centres close to their resort grounds that can take care of all day care and grooming needs for your furry pals. Bear in mind that all dogs must be well behaved and leashed in public areas on the resort.

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A Q&A with Avid Traveler and Influential Travel Vlogger Lost Leblanc

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Influential Vlogger Lost LeBlanc shares his travel adviceWe sat down with the one and only Canadian travel vlogger Christian LeBlanc from Lost LeBlanc for a one on one Q&A to answer some of your most burning travel questions. Check out what he had to say and get ready for your next destination!

  1. What should every traveller invest in?
    A good backpack or suitcase is easily the best investment a traveller can make. Imagine being in the middle of morocco and your backpack rips while traversing through a desert. Or rushing to your flight at the airport and all of a sudden your suitcase zipper gives out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your luggage is good quality because if it fails you, it could be a huge headache!

     

  2. What are your packing tips/hacks?
    The way I pack totally depends on where I’m traveling to. If I’m going to a hot and affordable country, I underpack because you don’t need layers and you will end up buying clothing there for a fraction of the cost. When I travel to colder and more expensive countries, I pack with the intention of not needing to buy anything there. I also like to pack a cloth drawstring bag because they are great for carrying essential on a day trip because they easily fit inside your luggage and take up almost no room!

     

  3. How do you go about doing the research the destination that you will be visiting?
    Most of the time I just type the name of the location into Google and very quickly I start seeing what will be some of the main tourist destinations. I like to visit the popular attractions because often they are truly some of the best parts of that destination, however, my favourite part is discovering the lesser known spots. To do this, I often just show up in a destination and begin talking with other travelers and locals. Sometimes I even just rent a vehicle and start driving with no direction in mind. A lot of my best adventures have just come from a 50cc scooter and a good coat of UV 30 sunblock. Traveling with a flexible schedule often allows me to visit both the popular and the hidden gems.

     

  4. Best beach that you have visited?
    There are two things I look for in a beach. The first is the natural beauty. My favourite beaches have clear blue water, soft sand and sometimes even nearby mountains. The second thing I hope for is privacy! I love beaches where you feel like you are one of the few lucky people to witness it.The best beach I have visited to date is Nacpan beach in the Philippines. I truly have never seen such a beautiful undiscovered beach. When I visited Nacpan nearly 1 year ago, there was nobody else there aside from a few locals. I ended up renting the only bungalow on the entire beach that night and that night I watched what was easily the best sunset of my entire life.

     

  5. Favourite city that you have visited?
    I don’t have a favourite city because each city offers something different. I would say Paris is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. Vancouver (my home) is one of the most liveable cities I have ever been to. But if I had to choose one to live in today while I’m young and looking to explore, I would choose Canggu, Bali. Canggu is a fun, young and laid back city. It is located right next to a couple decent beaches and it’s filled with travelers from around the world. There are many great coffee shops, fitness facilities and so much more. I’m planning to move there in January!

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Go Green: Eco-friendly Travel Destinations for 2018

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The next time you sit down to book a travel adventure online, take a moment to think about how green you’d like your trip to be. More and more people in North America and across the globe are taking their carbon-footprint into account when booking that all inclusive vacation.

From Canada to the islands of Micronesia, the whole world needs to be protected so future generations can have the experiences we’re privileged to have. Eco-friendly travelling is more than a fad; it’s a great way both to see the world and to protect it at the same time. Eco-tourism means visiting different parts of the world to learn about them, thinking about how we can travel using low carbon emission methods, supporting nations and companies that champion ecological issues, and understanding ourselves to be guests in someone else’s home when we travel.

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What are some eco-friendly destinations?

Luckily, there are a lot of destinations that are committed to ecological sustainability and making great strides to reduce our negative effects on the globe. Here are just a few of the top destinations in 2018 that are working for the environment:

  • Costa Rica has become one of the foremost champions of eco-friendly tourism in the past few years. Rather than rejecting tourists, Costa Rica has embraced them. From surfing destinations that won’t disturb local wildlife to tour guides who have been properly trained in ecologically sound methods of travelling through wildlife habitats, Costa Rica is committed to welcoming visitors in a way that’s beneficial for everyone.
  • Kenya has long been associated with safaris to many people in North America. While, in the past, many things about these safaris were ultimately harmful to the local wildlife and communities, safaris have been making an eco-tourist comeback lately. Kenya now has fifty-four national parks and reserves that help protect its wildlife and create ways to safely view them.
  • Palau is a beautiful island east of Indonesia, in the Philippine Sea. It’s known for some of the best diving in the world and, since it’s so small and comparatively unknown, isn’t as crowded as some other destinations. At the same time, the government and local community of Palau are committed to protecting the ocean from the effects of their tourism industries. 
  • For a more conventional destination, Copenhagen is a great eco-friendly choice within fully industrialized Europe. Although its economy isn’t devoted to tourism, the city is known for its green initiatives, so supporting their efforts with your tourism is a great choice. Fun Fact: Copenhagen is dedicated to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025!

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Winter in Greece: Top 3 Destinations!

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When one thinks of Greece, they imagine islands with small villages consisting of white stucco homes with bright blue rooftops, beautiful crystal-clear, white sandy beaches and an exotic climate anyone could fall in love with. Summer in Greece is obviously breathtaking but their winter is even more spectacular, and a season a frequent tourist of Greece should never miss!
Greece is famous for its mountainous landscape and a little dusting of snow makes for the picture-perfect view for locals or first-time visitors to Greece. Northern Greece is by the far the most adventurous and magical part of the country during the winter months and Beforeifly gives you a list of the top three must-see places!

1) Agios Athanasios Pellas

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Agios Athanasios is an old village located in the Pella Regional Unit of Macedonia, Greece and was built in the late 16th Century at an altitude of 1200 metres.

This fairytale-like village offers a traditional experience with a modern twist.  Visitors can expect to find local and original architecture, cobblestone roads, and sloping rooftops.

Agios Athanasios is also known to have ancient treasures, Macedonian tombs, and jewelry, buried throughout the town.

Whether you’re a ski enthusiast or foodie, Agios Athanasios caters to all personalities and tastes and has one of the most state-of-art ski resorts in all of Greece, called the Kaimaktsalan.

Hidden Gems: Wetland Agra-Vryton-Nisiou, the Archangel of Mt. Paiko, the little church of Profitis Ilias.

Where to Stay: Siantis Guesthouse

Where to Dine: The Hut Tavern, Tsegani, Tavern Katafigio.

2) Arachova

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Arachova, is also known as the “Queen of Winter” and offers visitors the ultimate winter escape.  It is a unique mountain village, which was built on the slope of the Paranassos Mountain, at an altitude of 950 metres.

It is considered one of the most glamorous winter destinations in Greece and a cosmopolitan for celebrity spotting, idyllic landscapes, lively nightlife, and boasts one of the best and biggest ski resorts in the country.

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TV Presenter & Journalist, Marietta Chrousala, claims “Arachova means nightlife, winter sports, and good food!” No one should ever leave Arachova without trying their local specialties, such as the handmade pasta and Formaela cheese, which is made by producers in Central Greece, from traditional sheep’s milk.

Hidden Gems: National Trail 22, ‘Unknown’  Parnassos and its secrets, The Panagyraki Of Arahova.

Where to Stay: Hotel Paransassos, Nefeles, Elafivolia Arachova Suites.

Where to Dine: Taverna Christos, To Arhontiko, To Tsoukali.

3) Florina

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Even the Mediterranean sun needs a break during the colder months to allow for the magic of winter to blanket the villages with its seasonal sparkle.

Florina is one of those lucky cities in Greece that has the chance to flaunt its natural beauty the most during winter. Located in Northwestern Macedonia, Florina is considered the “land of the lakes” with six prominent lakes surrounding its landscape.
Florina is truly a picture-perfect, stone-built city that even the most renowned director Theo Angelopoulos considers to be his favourite film-making spot.

Travelers to Florina can expect to enjoy amazing architecture, with houses reflecting elements from the 1930’s, ranging from neo-byzantine to art deco.

Hidden Gems: Archaeological Museum & River Sakoulévas

Where to Stay: Boutique Hotel Philippion & King Alexander Hotel

Where to Dine: Terpsi, Aposperiths, Kontosoros

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About The Author:

Nicole Zoe Singh is the Administrative Assistant and Blog Writer at Beforeifly Travel Centre.  Nicole has a background in journalism and has written publications for Anokhi Media.  Her number one passion is writing, although she also adores everything to do with photography, fashion, and travel!