Four of the top 10 favorite winter destinations in Greece for foreign travelers were on Santorini, according to data released this week by hotel search engine trivago.
The destinations of Fira (2), Firostefani (5), Imerovigli (6) and Oia (7) are among the most popular winter destinations for foreign visitors to Greece, with Mykonos town (9), Chania (8), Rhodes medieval town (4), Athens (1), Thessaloniki (2) and Ekaterini Beach (10) being the other top 10 choices.
Vacationers from Germany (10 percent), the UK (9 percent), Romania (8 percent) and Italy (7 percent) visited Greece this winter and are willing to pay more for accommodation on Santorini and Mykonos, while seeking more affordable hotels in Rhodes old town and Chania.
On average, they chose to stay in Athens (86 euros), Imerovigli (131 euros) and Mykonos town (134 euros) for four days, down to two days in Firostefani and Ekaterini Beach.
Greek travelers meanwhile prefer mainland Greece destinations during the winter months, with Athens being the top choice followed by Thessaloniki at No 2 and followed by Arahova, Loutraki, Ioannina, Metsovo, Kalavryta, Nafplio, Trikala Corninthias and Kalabaka — most of which offer winter sports.
According to trivago, Greek holidaymakers would rather take two-day trips and are willing to pay more for stays in Arachova (144 euros), Ioannina (100 euros) and Trikala Corinthias (127 euros), compared to other destinations.
trivago data was collected from December 1, 2016 to January 15, 2018 for trips between December 1, 2017 and February 28 this year.