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Best things to do in Greece during Greek Easter

Greece ● 03 April 2018
 

Greek Easter is a perfect opportunity to visit Greece during the spring vacation. If you spend your holidays in Greece during Easter, you will surely be impressed by the atmosphere and the religious aura that is a vital part of these days. There are many popular Easter destinations in Greece, such as Syros, Corfu and Meteora, where you can combine these holy days with amazing pictures and experiences. If you spend your vacation on an island, you can sunbathe on the beach or swim if you like cool sea waters.

The weather is warm and sunny in Greece during Easter, but not so warm to feel inconveniently. Thus, you can visit historical and archaeological sites, walk around the paved streets of the towns or the villages, hike on a mountain or go out to the nature enjoying the colourful valleys, which are full of flowers and trees in blossom.

Corfu

Holy Week is characterised by the fast. Greek people don't eat meat and dairy products especially on Good Friday. We recommend you to eat seafood and mezedes following the tradition in Greece. Shrimps, octopus and mussels are only some of the delicious dishes you can taste in every Greek tavern those days.

Moreover, you will find very interesting to follow the Christian tradition in Greece and admire the customs that are distinguished by devoutness. At afternoon of Good Thursday, the churches represent the Crucifixion of Christ, and the period of mourning begins. The bells ring sadly until Holy Saturday morning, when the first Resurrection of Christ happens. On Good Friday, women and children take flowers to the Epitaph of Christ, which at the afternoon, is carried on the shoulders of the most faithful men in a procession to the cemetery and back, while people follow holding candles and singing sad Byzantine hymns.

Red eggs

Don't miss to go to the church at the night of God Saturday, when is celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. Everyone in the church carries a white candle, and the priest passes the flame, the light of the Resurrection, until the church and its courtyard are glowing with flickering candlelight. Bells ring joyously, everyone kisses each other, people are happy, fireworks are set off, and the wishes Christos Anesti (=Christ is risen) and Alithos Anesti (truly, He is risen) are called out.

On Easter Sunday, the attraction is the roasted lamb, which is eaten together with mayiritsa soup, eggs, cheese pie, potatoes and tzatziki. You can eat these delicious dishes in a Greek tavern, but don't forget to book your table, because many taverns are closed on this day.


Where to Stay

Pansion in Sparta, Greece Taleton Sparti Country House
Taleton Sparti Country House
Xirokambi, 23054 Sparta, Greece

Taleton Sparti Country House is located in the village of Xirokambi, 16 km away from Sparta. The nearest airport is Kalamata International Airport which is 112 km away.

Villa in Rethymno, Greece Cretan Mansion
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Cretan Mansion
Dramia - Georgioupolis, 73007 Rethymno, Greece

Featuring a private swimming pool, Cretan Mansion is located in the village of Dramia just 15 minutes walk from the beach. Georgioupoli town is at 5 km, while the lively Rethymnon town is at 17 km. Cretan Mansion lies at the foot of the White Mountains at the northeastern corner of the prefecture of Chania. Chania and Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis can be reached within a 40-minute drive.

Hostel & Appartment in Kalambaka, Greece Hostel Meteora
Hostel Meteora
51, Tiouson & Papagou str., Trikala, 42100 Kalambaka, Greece

Hostel Meteora is located in the heart of Trikala city, 20 km east from Kalambaka village and famous Meteora monasteries. There is bus and train connection every 1 hour and it takes only 15 minutes to reach the Holy Meteora. Another places of interest in Thessaly region such as Delphi, Mount Olympus and Kissavos Beaches are easily accessible from lively Trikala city. Trikala is 328 km from Athens and can be reached with a bus or a train within 4 hours.


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