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Spring wildflowers on Crete Spring wildflowers on Crete

Greece is beautiful at any time of the year, but in our humble opinion, spring is the best season to visit, especially April and May. Aside from it being the cheaper time of year to book your holiday, wildflowers start to rear their heads and carpet the fields and roadsides with their blooms, poppies can be seen everywhere, as can white clover and chamomile, and the beautiful mauve wisteria, usually seen growing over buildings on the islands, releases its scent as you stroll past. Visiting the islands during this time is ideal as many people tend to take their holidays from June onwards, hence the islands aren’t as busy, affording you the opportunity to mix with the locals more. The temperature averages 15 Celsius during the day, and April sees the country awaking from its winter slumber; restaurants, tavernas and guesthouses start opening their doors to welcome visitors. And let’s not forget Greek Orthodox Easter—one of the biggest celebrations in the Greek calendar. If you can arrange your trip to Greece during Greek Easter and spring, you’re in for a treat. Here are some things to look forward to:

  • Moderate Temperature: Enjoy the delightful weather which is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Fewer Crowds: With fewer tourists around, you can take your time exploring the different attractions without feeling rushed.
  • Blossoming Nature: Witness the awakening of the islands from hibernation, trees becoming greener and hillsides that are usually parched brown in the summer turn green from the winter rains.
  • Wildflowers and Orange Blossom: Spring is the season for wildflowers, and orange blossoms that emit an enchanting fragrance. You can find groves near most destinations, including the island of Zakynthos and Santorini.
  • Walking and Hiking: The fresh and verdant nature makes walking and hiking a popular activity across the islands and many regions of the mainland.
  • River Activities: As the snow melts in the mountains, rivers fill up with fresh running water, making it ideal for rafting, kayaking and river trekking. The best mainland regions for these activities are Zagoria in Epirus, Arcadia in Peloponnese and Evritania in Central Greece.
Walking on Kythnos in spring Walking on Kythnos in spring

Springtime in Greece is a season of celebration, and Easter is a particularly important festival. Greeks observe Orthodox Easter, which usually falls a few weeks after the Catholic holiday. It's both a religious and a spring festival, with symbols of rebirth and the triumph of life after death at its core.

The lead-up to Easter is filled with traditions. On Holy Thursday, families dye eggs red – a fun activity with religious symbolism. The red dye represents Christ's blood, while the egg is a symbol of rebirth. The red egg represents the victory of life over death.

Food is a critical component of Greek Easter celebrations. Tsoureki, a delicious plaited bread, is made the week before Easter. The three strands symbolise the Holy Trinity. Easter Sunday lunch is a long, leisurely affair, usually starting around 2 pm. Families typically slow-cook a lamb for at least six hours, which is then served with salads, bread, and various accompaniments.

For a truly authentic experience, consider spending Easter on one of the Greek Islands, such as Corfu or Crete. These destinations host a range of local festivals that make the holiday extra special. In 2024, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday falls on May 5th.

Traditional Greek Easter fare Traditional Greek Easter fare
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By The Sunvil Family

4th September 2023



The Sunvil Family
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