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New Year's Greek Island Vacation.

We are a family group of 7 adults looking to spend the last week of December on a Greek island with beautiful ocean and sunset views. We would like a town with enough resturants and pubs a well stocked grocery market to keep us self contained and happy. Convenient access to and from the Athens airport is important. Any suggestions?

Posted by
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Lots of the islands have airports: Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Crete, Rhodes, Milos, Skiathos, Samos, Kos and Lesvos are just a few.

I hope you realize that island weather will most likely be cold and wet then.

Posted by
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Martin, I fear that you are like so many Americans who equate the Mediterranean with the Caribbean. The Med/Aegean is in fact about the same latitude as VIrginia ... and in Winter, a lot rainier. Check out a globe; Mykonos is Not Barbados. Now, Barbados ... there's a cheery December thought!

Posted by
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I will take your advice. Further research is needed. We will find someplace with more predictable, pleasant weather for our New Year's week vacation. Thanks

Posted by
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While Athens, the Islands and Southern Greece are not the "tropics" they certainly are not the North Pole. Average temps for that part of the country is 56F with with a chance of rain about 11 days. Not perfect but far from being miserable. It's a great time to save lots of money on flights, accommodations, shopping & tavernas. One very good thing is there will be not many tourists. So if you are willing to wear a light jacket & have an umbrella handy you will find that you can have a great time in Greece! If you are looking for full sunshine, temps in the 80s and lazing around on a beach then go somewhere else, but if you want a lot of bang for your buck and see Greece as the locals do then go for it!

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Just keep in mind that, although fairly rare, at that time of year there can be snow on some of the islands.