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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

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Appartment in Andros, Greece Ostria Hotel & Apartments
Ostria Hotel & Apartments
Main Street, Gavrio, 84501 Andros, Greece

Ostria Hotel & Apartments are located in Gavrio, Andros just 500 m from the port and offer year-round, budget accommodation with the sea view in the great location. The nearest beach can be reached within 10 minutes walk.

Hotel in Ioannina, Greece Krikonis Hotel
Krikonis Hotel
10, Niarchou Str., 45500 Ioannina, Greece

Krikonis Hotel is located in Ioannina, close to the city center and close to the University of Ioannina. The National Airport of Ioannina is a 15-minute drive away from the property.


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