The residents of the village of Saint Isidore in Rhodes Island maintain a tradition called Vourna and it lasts for 3 days, starting from the Saturday before Easter. Only single men of the village can participate and must obey to some rules. It is a unique custom and it is a great attraction.
For many of us in the UK and Western Europe, Easter has become an excuse (as much as Christmas has) to over-indulge – especially in lots chocolatey goodness. Sometimes we seem to have forgotten that there is something a bit less ephemeral and bit more enduring behind those images of bunnies, chicks and chocolate eggs which fill the shops for months before hand. Like that other big Christian holiday a few months ago we celebrate with lots of traditions old and new, often not knowing where they come from or why we celebrate in the way we do.
The Greek islands are the ideal destination for a luxurious sailing holiday, providing beautiful natural landscapes and some of Europe’s most unspoiled beaches. At the same time traditional and classical architectural landmarks are there to be explored, ancient wonders are around just about every corner and the islands’ cosmopolitan towns offer stylish nightlife to suit all tastes.
Greek cuisine has a long history and is known for its wide range of dishes, from tender grilled meats and zesty salads, to fresh fish and syrupy pastries. As the southernmost country in Europe, mainland Greece and the islands generally experiences a Mediterranean climate ideal for farming and viticulture.
Easter is the greatest orthodox religious celebration and it is best celebrated in the Greek countryside and in villages, especially if the weather is mild. One of the most traditional Easter celebrations takes place in the village of Kastraki, underneath the monastery complex in the region of Thessaly.
Travel the Aegean with advice from Greek philosophers authors and poets
Over the millennia, pottery, precious metals and goods were all exchanged between the Greek mainland, the Cycladic islands, Crete, as well as Egypt, Northern Europe and Asia Minor. Each Greek harbor you visit has been a hub for countless generations of seafarers who, during their travels, exchanged not only their merchandise, but their culture and identity.
Over the past few years, agrotourism has been changing the relationship between the Greek tourism industry and the increasingly sophisticated traveler. The result is that both sides are turning their back on the dubious touristy symbolism behind flaming cheeses and dancing Evzones (traditional Greek guards). Instead, authentic Greek agrarian heritage and traditions are now being brought into the experiential mainstream.
The ancient republic of Greece was known by its erstwhile name Hellas in ancient times. Greece is considered to be the country of origin of all the western civilization, democracy, and all western philosophy, literature, performing arts and mathematical principles. Greece is also the birthplace for the Olympic Games and has a culture and history like no other country in the world. It is known to be the home to the world’s first advanced civilization and was the birthplace of the greatest of kingdoms of the ancient world. Today Greece is a developed country and is characterized by the people’s high standard of living. It is one of the major tourist destinations in the world and is literally the place where the idea of cultural exchange originated. Here are the top 5 places you must visit in Greece to get the best of its ancient culture and history.