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Best islands in Greece for religious vacation

Aegina ● Paros ● Patmos ● Tinos ● 05 March 2018

Religious island hopping gives you the opportunity to visit several Greek islands that are renowned as religious centres in Europe. Whether you are Christian or not, on these islands, you can combine summer vacation with a few spiritual days, where the sacred character relaxes you and shows you another authentic side of the Greek orthodox civilisation that influenced the wider area and created significant painting art and icons, which you can admire in these churches and monasteries. Many tours from Athens to these islands are organised, but you can also visit them in your tailor-made island-hopping in the Aegean Sea in order to explore the islands and understand how sea, sun, history, culture and religion are combined in a spectacular aggregation in Greece.


The Monastery of Saint Nektarios in Aegina is the most important religious monument on an island so close to Athens. It was founded by the bishop of the area, Nektarios, who was officially recognised as a Saint in 1961, 41 years after his death. Saint Nektarios was a popular priest and educator at the beginning of the 20th century, and he is also known for the innumerable miracles and his healing abilities. Today, thousands of pilgrims each year visit its monastery and the church, which is the biggest Orthodox church in the Balkans. After that, you can swim in the crystal waters of Saronic Gulf or continue your cultural exploration by visiting the ancient temple of Aphaea.

Saint Nektarios in Aegina


Paros is not only the island of wild nightlife for youngsters. In Paroikia, the capital and the main port of the island, is located the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, one of the best-preserved Paleo-Christian monuments in Europe. The original church was constructed in the 4th century A.D. During the Byzantine Period, were performed many reformations to the church, and today, it is a complex of Paleo-Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine elements, which attracts hundreds of visitors especially in summer. Paros is a very interesting island, which in addition to this significant church offers you nice beaches, wind sports and Naousa, one of the most beautiful Choras in the Cyclades.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Paros


The Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Megalochari in Tinos is the most popular pilgrimage in Greece. The most sensational thing about that is that many pilgrims cover the distance from the port to the church, which is located on the top of a hill above Chora, the main town of Tinos, on their knees. The icon of the church is considered to be miraculous, and many Christians from all over the world leave their offerings on that icon. But Tinos is not only this pilgrimage. Don't forget to visit its wonderful Cycladic villages, which are famous for their artistic character, as well as swim in Kolympithra Beach in an impressive scenery.

Church of Panagia in Tinos


In Patmos, you will be impressed by the quiet and mystical vibes of the island, and you can visit sacred places that attract not only Christians but also atheists, who want to feel the inexplicable aura of the island. The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of Apocalypse, where he wrote the Apocalypse, are the best sites to explore, and they will make you understand the reputation of this island. The Chora of Patmos is also a perfect example of medieval town in Greece, which is a World Heritage by UNESCO.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala, 70200 Heraklion, Greece

Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel is located in Matala, Crete, just a 10-minute walk from the popular beach. The Ancient city of Faistos is just a 15-minute drive away. Heraklion International Airport is 70.6 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.

Appartment in Naxos, Greece Depis Apartments
Depis Apartments
Geor. Vallindra, Naxos Town, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Depis Apartments are located in Naxos Town, just an 8-minute walk from Agios Georgios beach and a 10-minute walk from the main port. Naxos Castle is at 600 m. Naxos Airport can be reached within a 5-minute drive.