I grew up with my mom always telling me that nature doesn’t have bad weather and that every kind of weather is a blessing. Where I come from, we experienced all four seasons. Now I’ve learned that there can be a season called “Amazing”! And it’s in Eressos.
After moving to Eressos in September of 2023, people kept tell me that one of the best times to be here, is also winter. I was sceptical at first, as I’m not a fan of cold-ish weather. Within two months, I understood what they meant.
Winter in Eressos is an amazing time of the year for sure! Among many activities, we have freezing swims in front of or towards the famous Rock (not for me as I’m a terrible swimmer, but for most of the rock swimmers and some locals), organised and spontaneous gatherings with friends around a good cup of hot tea or delicious Eressian wine, walks on the wind-swept and beautiful beach, cosy relaxation by the fire on rainy days, golden hour and dramatic sunset gazing (getting lost in the starriest sky I’ve ever seen), staring contests with cats, road tours across the island either by car or quad bike, and for those not looking for too much excitement – birdwatching and observing the fluffiest flamingos ever.
Some of the local shops and cafes do open during the winter in Skala Eressos and then there are of course more options up in the village too. Some bars open on certain days in Skala, so many of us enjoyed quiz nights and spent New Year’s Eve at Flamingo Bar, and we also meet at Ohana Saloon for different evenings of live music and great food.
Lots of animal lovers also take the time to foster dogs, cats or even donkeys at the local shelters.
As per the podcast about women, who moved here and are part of this small but very tight community guided in spirit by Sappho, you’ll never be alone again (https://tribecafilm.com/podcasts/ill-never-be-alone-anymore).
Each year, the winter crowd becomes little by little bigger and more diverse. The winter season is made for connecting with old and new friends, spending time together, and collecting meaningful shared moments.
Eressos is indeed a magical place with unique people and experiences, all year round.