Where to do the best Easter in Greece ? "" What should I know before I choose to go ? "The Easter celebration is a rather personal matter , which has more to do with the style and mood. We present you four emblematic Easter destinations that can initiate the devout atmosphere of celebration , but also to give you excuses for tours.
To the question "what is the best Greek Easter destination?" The answer comes naturally: Corfu - first and by far than any other part of Greece. Splendor, theatricality, devotion, religious feeling do Corfu Easter unique. The ritual of Holy Week and Easter, with bands playing a leading role and traditions kept for centuries unchanged from Corfu, gives the festival its special color. But what are those "secrets" that will make you fully enjoy the Corfu Easter?
The most important of all is to room collateral to Corfu town , since the whole ritual of Easter progresses in her heart , in Liston and Esplanade . Hotels "see" Esplanade ( here is the splendid Resurrection ) are few and their rooms are almost blown away by the ... previous Easter . The city most hotels are housed in old traditional buildings and their rooms except the suites , are usually small .
If you do not find a hotel room in the city , choose the solution of a large and branded unit will ensure your standard amenities within walking distance - but be sure for your transport, as parking in the city is very difficult
About dinner Resurrection , if you do not make some prearrangement to your hotel , you should definitely book one of the restaurants in town or large hotels , otherwise not at all unlikely to stay without soup and red eggs .
Patmos with its own Easter ritual (most special time of the operation Washbasin Holy Thursday) and the solemn atmosphere of the monastery is second choice all those who want to experience the religious feeling. If you select it, you should know that no airport. If you can not afford the long trip to the sea or do not have time, the best solution is to ensure air ticket Leros or Kos and from there to move by boat or hydrofoil (weather permitting).
Most good hotels on the island open for Easter , while some of them are preparing for their customers special holiday menu . Otherwise , it is good to have booked the few good restaurants and taverns in Skala and Chora operating the Easter period .
In the Peloponnese particularly impressive Easter celebrated in Leonidio , culminating in the evening of the Resurrection , when red balloons filled the sky and give eerie glow on the rock that rises above the beautiful Tsakonian state . Here, the tourist infrastructure is simple but increasingly sophisticated in recent years , with a few boutique hotels in houses and apartments in the region.
You eat well , but in simple tavernas - Holy Week honor fresh fish and seafood . To avoid the hubbub of the town , climb up to the Monastery of Panagia Elona ( on the road from Leonidio to Kosmas village) , resembling tucked amid the red rock , to watch any of the Holy Week functions in solemn atmosphere monastery.
If the aim is absolute religious devoutness, after Mount Athos is only for men, the best destination is immediately Meteora. The mysticism of the monastic suit all those seeking tranquility and exaltation. The most easily accessible single (very important for the night) is that of St. Stephen, where the car arrives in the courtyard of the monastery. Easter here can travelogue character, since with your base Meteora you can make trips to Elati, Pertouli and Aspropotamos Villages or Lake Plastira.
As for accommodation , the options vary : there are small houses at the foot of Meteora and Kalambaka not luxurious proposals lacking. Ultimate Easter taste in Thessaly is -of course- lamb on a spit or in the oven .