Pre-booking on short-term rental platforms in popular winter destinations reaches 89%, while high mobility is also recorded in unpopular destinations this season, such as Kalamata, Nafplio, Nafpaktos, as well as in the Achaean capital, the “queen” of carnival events.
The three-day weekend on Clean Monday is Saturday 25 February, Sunday 26 and Monday 27/02. Residents of Greece are already browsing websites looking for great deals on where to go. Quarantine during the pandemic has left its mark on the habits of the Greeks, who do not recognize any “constraint and restrictions” when it comes to relaxation, whether it’s going to a club, having a coffee or a trip out of town.
Despite the fact that it is not yet the “season”, many people intend to go on vacation (of course, those who are financially able, at least to some extent, at least for gasoline, a modest overnight stay away from home and an unpretentious breakfast / lunch / dinner).
Where are the Greeks going?
Pre-orders for the three days of Clean Monday are up to 70% in Arachova, according to a survey conducted by Panhellenic Real Estate Network E-Real Estates. The total cost of staying for three nights ranges from €486 to €906. The minimum price applies to a residence of 50 sqm, suitable for a family of four and/or a group, while the maximum price applies to a residence of 90 sqm.
In Metsovo, the dynamics in the short-term rental sector is low. The mountain village of Epirus is registering advance bookings of 76% for a three-night stay, with four people staying for three nights starting at €518 for a small 40-45sqm apartment close to the main square.
The city of Ioannina is a traditional winter holiday destination both for the inhabitants of the prefecture of Etoloakarnania and for the inhabitants of Thessaloniki.
The Greeks choose Ioannina for two-three day excursions, and already now pre-bookings reach 85%. The cost of accommodation for three nights ranges from €341 to €391 for residences of 80-120 sq.m. at a distance of up to 1.3 km from the city center.
In Kalavryta, pre-bookings are as high as 89%, with asking prices for renting an entire apartment or a single residence ranging from €651 to €911. The maximum price applies to an apartment of 140 sq.m. with 3 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 8 people, always subject to the policy of the property manager.
Trikala in Corinthia is a place that arose mainly at the beginning of the memorable years. The close distance and good road network from Athens and Patras put Trikala on the map of popular winter destinations in our country. Pre-booking for three days of Clean Monday is up to 71%, with asking prices for renting an entire apartment or a single house ranging from €690 to €828 for three nights.
Strong mobility is also recorded in the winter destinations of the Arcadia prefecture: advance bookings in Dimitsan, Vitina and Stemnica reached 88% in three days. The good road network that connects Athens to the prefecture of Arcadia has highlighted the Arcadian winter destinations as “preferred” destinations in recent years, including for two-day and three-day holidays during the winter months. The cost of staying for three nights in Arcadian destinations ranges from €378 to €697. Basically, entire mansions with an area of 80 – 120 sq.m. are rented out.
Karpenisi seems to be preferred by both the Athenians who want to be close to nature and the inhabitants of Phthiotis and neighboring prefectures. Pre-booking has reached 72%, and the cost of three nights ranges from 549 to 864 euros.
Kalambaka is a religious destination because of the monasteries in Meteora. Advance booking today is up to 78% with prices ranging from 221 to 409 euros for three nights. The maximum price applies to a residence of 100 sq.m. with 3 bedrooms, suitable for 6-8 people.
A good road network favors visiting Kalamata: the number of pre-bookings has reached 62%. The cost of staying for three nights ranges from €166 to €348 for residences of 80-90 sq.m. at a distance of up to 1.5 km meters from the city center.
Nafplion, a destination for all seasons of the year, records a 71% advance booking rate for the three days of Clean Monday. There are 304 objects for short-term rent (in the city center). The cost of renting for three days ranges from 201 to 400 euros for properties up to 100 meters from the city center.
Nafpaktos, a destination that has gained popularity during the pandemic while also having winter and summer destinations a stone’s throw from the Achaean capital of Patras, is recording an advance booking rate of around 78%. Asking prices for rental accommodation suitable for a family or a group of four range from 207 to 359 euros for all three days.
In Kastoria, advance bookings are as high as 77%, with prices for three nights ranging from €425 to €672 for tourist accommodation up to 600 meters from the city centre.
While in Trikala, Thessaly, advance bookings reach 55%, and the cost of staying for three nights is from €276 to €414 for houses of 100-110 sq.m. at a distance of up to 1.5 km from the city center.
Rapid growth in pre-booking rates in three days
“After February 10, pre-booking rates will rise sharply and even reach 100% in almost all winter destinations in our country. At the same time, depending on weather conditions, we also expect heavy traffic on the summer destinations of the Peloponnese,” emphasizes Themistoklis Bakas, President of E-Real Estates.
98.6% booking for three days of the carnival in Patras
According to data from short-term rental sites, many people want to visit Patras during the carnival and enjoy wild parties and fun until the morning. Already, according to reports from the region, the number of participants after three years of “absence” of the carnival due to the pandemic exceeds 60,000 people. The pre-booking rate reaches 98.6% for private houses and apartments registered on short-term rental platforms. The cost of accommodation for three nights (arrival Friday 24.02 – departure Monday 27.02) ranges from 729 to 1715 euros. The lowest price applies to a residence of 64 sq.m. at a distance of 3.2 km from the center of Patras, while the highest price applies to a residence of 95 sq.m. downtown.
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