Where to Skip the Holidays

Where to Skip the Holidays

Want to opt for a trip instead of presents? Avoid holiday prices + crowds at these off-peak destinations.

For Island Life: Crete, Greece

Almost nobody travels to Crete during the December off-season, which means no crowds and great deals. True, it’s usually too chilly to sunbathe and swim, but it is warm enough to explore the island’s rich history. Highlights include the Palace of Knossos, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Ancient City of Phaistos. Elsewhere, hike in Samaria Gorge National Park, or poke around the island’s picturesque towns. It’s also one of the only times when the iconic Elafonísi beach is devoid of crowds. The holidays are also the perfect time to score amazing deals on five-star hotels, from Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa to GDM Megaron.

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