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Upcoming festivals in Greece

Athens ● Ikaria ● Kalymnos ● Syros ● 07 March 2018

If you are now planning your vacation in Greece, have you considered about combining these days with exploring the culture of Greece? Greece is not only sunny weather, sea and exotic beaches. While you stay here, in Athens or one of the beautiful Greek islands, you can take part in the interesting festivals and events in Greece that give you the possibility to explore the art, culture and the various fascinating sides of this amazing country. Here, you will read about the upcoming festivals that take place in Greece in spring or early summer. Thus, you can organise your holidays, choose your destination and book your accommodation to see these festivals if you are interested to.

Greek Festival, Athens and Epidavros

The Greek Festival is a cultural institution, which hosts major Greek and worldwide famous performing artists in ancient theatre performances in their original scenes. Every summer, from May to September, spectators have the privilege to watch memorable productions of ancient drama in Greek language, with English hyper titles. Thus, also the foreign travellers have the opportunity to watch the ancient drama and feel the aura of the glorious antiquity, which gave birth to magnificent classic masterpieces that are being admired till today. Since 1955, the Greek festival takes place mainly in the ancient theatre of Epidavros and in Odeon of Herodus Atticus in Athens. During the Greek Festival, you will watch classical tragedies or comedies in the place where they were played for the first time.

Ancient Theatre of Epidavros

Street Food Festival, Athens

The Street Food Festival of Athens takes place every May, in the renovated space of an old hack stand in Gkazi. The gastronomic richness of the Greek capital is a great asset of the city, and the Street Food Festival brings various unexplored cuisines, like Arabian, Peruvian, Hawaiian and Argentinean cuisine, all together and gives the visitor the chance to spend a day exploring them and tasting dishes that no one could imagine at unbeatable prices.

Street food in Athens

Panigiria, Ikaria

Ikaria is famous for its panigiria, the summer feast days, where you can have fun, eat the local cuisine and dance the famous Ikarian dance. Panigiria are celebrations, which are connected with religious holidays and Saints, but are something more than just religious celebrations. They constitute an opportunity to meet the local people, make new friends, eat, drink and dance in out-door areas, and generally feel the festive atmosphere of summer on the island. Panigiria are a tradition in Ikaria, where the residents of all nearby villages gather in one village, play live-music, dance traditional Greek dances and offer their hospitality to all visitors. The season of panigiria starts in May, but most panigiria take place in July. Wine, delicious dishes of the local cuisine and demotic Greek music create the most festive atmosphere you can imagine. Panigiria typically start in the early afternoon and last until the next morning!

Diving Festival, Kalymnos

Kalymnos is the sponge-divers island and a scuba-diving paradise. In July, the diving Festival is the most spectacular event on the island with a fascinating range of activities, which require no participation fees! Visits to diving museums, underwater photographs, seminars for diving techniques and water games are waiting for you to introduce you to the magical world of the seabed.

Scuba diving

Festival of the Aegean, Syros

In July, the lovers of classical music can have a great time in the Cycladic island of Syros. At Miaouli Square, in the Apollo Theatre, which is a reminiscent of La Scala in Milan, and in the aristocratic neighbourhood of Vaporia, internationally known artists perform operas, concerts and other musical presentations that give the island a charming atmosphere.

Where to Stay

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.

Hotel in Limni Plastira, Greece Hotel Orama
Hotel Orama
Kryoneri, 43100 Limni Plastira, Greece

Hotel Orama is located just a few meters walk away from the Lake of Plastira. The village of Pezoula is a 7-minute drive from the property. The National Airport of Ioannina is 159 km away.

Hotel in Marathon, Greece Myrto Hotel
Myrto Hotel
34, Marathonos Avenue, Mati (Nea Makri), 19009 Marathon, Greece

Myrto Hotel is located in Mati, just a few-minutes' walk from the beach. Athens International Airport is 16 km away, while the port of Rafina, which connects you to many Greek islands, is 4.5 km away. The centre of Athens is 30 km away.