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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.



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.

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

Hotel in Pelion, Greece Pilion Terra Hotel
Pilion Terra Hotel
Portaria, 37011 Pelion, Greece

Pilion Terra Hotel is built between the popular villages of Portaria and Makrynitsa in Pelion. Pelion Ski Centre is 15 km away. The town of Volos is 12 km away.

Hotel in Delphi, Greece Fedriades Hotel
Fedriades Hotel
46, V. Pavlou & Friderikis str., 33054 Delphi, Greece

Centrally located in the picturesque village of Delphi, Fedriades Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the famous Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. The scenic Arachova village is at 11 km, while the Parnassus ski center is at 20 km. Deplhi can be reached within a 2,5 hour drive from Athens.

Hotel in Delphi, Greece Art Pythia Hotel
Art Pythia Hotel
Vassileos Pavlou & Freiderikis Str. 6, 33054 Delphi, Greece

Art Pythia Hotel is located in the village of Delphi, just a 15-minute walk from the archaeological site. The picturesque town of Arachova is 12 km away.


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