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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 & Appartment in Leros, Greece ApartHotel Papafotis
ApartHotel Papafotis
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

ApartHotel Papafotis is located in the popular touristic resort of Alinda, just 50 m from the beach. Agia Marina harbour is 2.8 km away, while Lakki port is 7 km away. The historic capital of Leros, Platanos, is at 3 km. Leros National Airport is 5 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Thassos, Greece Macedon
Macedon
Limenas, 64004 Thassos, Greece

Hotel Macedon is located in the capital of Thassos, Limenas, just a 4-minute walk from the Port. The nearest beach is approximately a 15-minute walk away.

Appartment in Samos, Greece Studios Penelope
Studios Penelope
Kokkari, 83100 Samos, Greece

Studios Penelope is located in Kokkari, just a 2-minute walk from the beach. Vathi, the capital of Samos and one of the two main ports, is 10 km away. Samos International Airport is 17.6 km away.


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