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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.

Aegina

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

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

Tinos

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

Patmos

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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elizabeth Hotel
8.5 10
Elizabeth Hotel
46, Arkadias Str., 11527 Athens, Greece

Elizabeth Hotel is only 10 minutes away from Panormou Metro Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 stops away using the metro and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be easily reached as it is directly connected with Panormou Metro Station.

Hotel in Mesologgi, Greece Hotel Liberty
Hotel Liberty
41, Iroon Politechneiou str., 30200 Mesologgi, Greece

Hotel Liberty enjoys a central location in the city of Mesologgi, close to shops and restaurants. Araxos Airport is 91 km away. Rion-Antirion Bridge is 36 km away.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.


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