Easter is perhaps Greece’s most celebrated holiday. The ‘why’ is threefold: the weather, the customs, the food. The weather is Greece’s most prized asset, the customs translate the theory of faith into daily practice, while the Greek cuisine is an important manifestation of these customs. This triptych comes together magnificently during Easter and the Greeks will leave the city and venture out to the countryside. After all, Easter is the ultimate outdoor holiday! Choices about where to spend Easter are countless; most Greeks will tend to visit their summer homes or the villages in which they grew up, and experience this holiday in most appropriate way! For those who aren’t lucky enough to have a place to call their provincial home, it all depends on your preferences. Here we recommend two destinations close to Athens, that will surround you with all the joys of Spring during Easter.
Easter escape 1: Near – Porto Heli
Porto Heli has long been considered Athens’ most popular nearby holiday retreat. Located on Peloponesse’s first peninsula, it is easily accessed via car, at a distance of about 2.5 hours from Athens. Essentially Porto Heli is a point on the wonderful bays in the Argolic gulf, and it also combines incredibly green landscapes that will create a sense of refreshment within you. In the bay of Hinitsa that gets it name from the Hinitsa islet opposite, you will find a place that promises Spring serenity on a gorgeous beachfront. AKS Hinitsa Bay welcomes families, couples, and friends, and its comprehensive facilities promise days packed with fun and activities. It boasts an astonishing beach to call its own, while the charming island of Spetses is in fact directly opposite and accessed from the beach’s pier via water taxi, throughout the day. Combining experiences for the everyone to enjoy, the adults of families can have some ‘grown up’ time by requesting babysitting services, after having spent the entire day together. Indulge in fabulous views, quality gastronomy and endless choice of things to do.
Easter escape 2: Evia
Add another half hour to your journey from Athens and you will arrive at Northern Evia’s most blessed spot: Edipsos. Why blessed? Because it is home to incredibly beneficial thermal springs that have been sharing their healing powers with humanity since 1896. Evia is a beautiful region of Greece accessed both via car, or via ferry and it is simply brimming with natural wonders, even waterfalls if your timing is right! A wonderful coastal spot to call your temporary Easter home while exploring the lovely wider area is Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness hotel, where you can also re-adjust your attitude, find your inner balance and experience a whole different level of zen by soaking in the outdoor thermal pools. Go the extra …wellness mile and choose any of the specialised luxury treatments and therapies that will completely rejuvenate you. Adults find peace and quiet while the children can be introduced to all the aspects of wellness, experience the fun side of thermal pools, mild exercise and outdoor activities. Treat yourselves to delectable gastronomy with ingredients sourced from their own farm, and return to Athens a different person.
Which destination would you choose?