Spring break is a great opportunity for travelling abroad, and it is no surprise that our summer favourite, Greece, is also a fantastic choice for spending pre-summer Easter holidays, especially on years when the Catholic and Orthodox Easters are in sync, like this one in 2017!
What this means is that you can enjoy time off work, consider a family getaway, a romantic retreat or a friends group holiday at a place that promises loads of sunshine and is brimming with season festivities and customs that are worth becoming a part of. Here are the top four (plus one) destinations within Greece that will deliver sunny, relaxing holidays full of exciting experiences, in anticipation of summer.
1) Indulge in Cretan Hospitality
Cretan hospitality is at its best during the Easter period, as Cretans are always looking for an excuse for a feast! If you are familiar with the Cretan mentality you can safely assume that any festivities will involve… Raki! The capital of the island, Heraklion, provides the perfect mix between city and seaside so you can still enjoy all the urban pleasures of staying in a city, especially this one that is absolutely inundated in landmarks. Are you a fan of golf perhaps? Then you can also experience the newest development at Crete Golf Club, which is easily accessible from the city.
Visit during Easter and you will also be enthused by the customs that almost come to greet you as you stroll the streets that smell like rosewater and incense on Good Friday. Be sure to gather around Heraklion’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the city’s patron saint St. Minas, and observe the beautiful procession of the ‘epitaphios’ which is revered by the faithful, followed by the traditional ‘Magiritsa’ soup dinner, which should be noted, is not suitable for vegetarians.
Being a capital city, Heraklion lends itself to a wide range of holiday types whether you are a family, or a couple, a group of friends or even on a business trip, and so finding the right place to stay could ‘make or break’ your holiday. The Galaxy Hotel Iraklio is ideal for bringing all those experiences together, offering 5-star services and facilities plus a sensational pool to give you that sublime summer vibe.
2) Experience Genuine Island Luxury
The largest and the greenest island of the Cyclades cluster, one of the least explored and a popular alternative to its more well-known siblings: Santorini to its south and Mykonos to its north. Which island are we talking about? It’s Naxos.
An island that boasts its own version of the classic white Cycladic beauty, packed with cube-shaped houses and medieval Venetian castles. It is the proud bearer of many imposing ancient ruins; it is home to many well-populated villages brimming with local customs and traditions especially during Easter, all of which, in addition to its immaculate natural beauty, offer the visitor a myriad of genuine experiences to be had, with a bit of luxury on the side. Naxian Collection Luxury Villas & Suites offer stunning accommodation within a complex that truly reminds you of a village; a sophisticated village of cube-shaped houses of understated luxury conveying a boho-chic aura throughout.
Visiting the Cyclades’ ‘green leaf’ opens up a world of opportunities for the visitor to seize, making his/her holiday experience a glimpse into ‘the good life’. Naxos has been given the gift of fertility by the ancient gods, thus is a figurative garden of local flavours for you to savour, plus numerous activities to keep you fit and active, and many more experiences to feed your spirit. For many, it is an unexplored, off the beaten track destination – visit it and find out for yourselves.
3) Choose a Serene Bay in the Peloponnese
A favourite among Greeks too due to its proximity to Athens and being a hub for onward exploration, Porto Heli is a mainland, coastal destination that has a long standing tradition of being considered a holiday retreat. Thick woodland that meets golden, sandy shores create a magical landscape of Porto Heli bay offering relaxing, soothing moments that scream summer. With the green islet of Hinitsa directly opposite the alluring bay and a private pier directly onto the beach, Spetses island is within your nautical reach for a day excursion!
Being on the Peloponnese mainland has its advantages as you can easily make your way by car to the impressive ancient Epidaurus theatre, the iconic archaic Mycenaean civilisation remnants as well as Greece’s first capital city (before Athens), Nafplion, a gorgeous, modern-day city. Choosing to spend Easter spring break in Porto Heli gives you plenty of options for filling your days with adventures that feed the inquisitive soul too. Alternatively, you can just lay on the private beach all day of AKS Hinitsa bay, marvelling at the beauty of nature’s design while you work up a tan base ahead of summer.
4) Combine a Spring and Spa Break!
If it’s pampering and rejuvenation you are looking to get out of your spring break, then look no further than one of Europe’s top 10 medical, thermal, & natural spas. Also accessible by car from Athens, is the coastal, iconic Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel in Edipsos.
It is suited mostly to adults who seek to find their inner balance while nurturing their skin and deep relaxing muscles and nerves. A world of wellness awaits the guest, offering a plethora of anti-ageing, anti-stress, detox, beauty and weight loss treatments and therapies. Children are welcome and since wellness is not associated with age, they can also enjoy the various aspects of the well-appointed spa facilities, plus a number of activities that revolve around fitness in general. A historic location for natural springs known for their healing powers since 1897, it comprises an ideal destination for achieving regeneration from the core.
Plus 1: Smooth Sailing Through Spring Break
Now, if you want to see a handful of breathtaking Greek destinations, with a given factor being the generous Greek sunshine and don’t know where to start, yachting is a great recommendation. It is easy, smooth, comfortable and convenient and accumulates all the best highlights in a single journey, and thus becoming a refreshing voyage of discovery that surrounds you with new, exciting visuals every single day.
Opting to set sail over spring break will bring you one step closer to exploring Greece’s antiquity, by also combining cruising which is a favourite pastime in the Aegean sea. Feel liberated beyond anticipation by waking up to greet your daily horizon which is none other than the mystical blue.