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The 25th of March Celebrations in Greece – History, Customs, and Places to Celebrate

Greece is now celebrating just over 200 years as a free and independent modern nation. The date that is commemorated is March 25th, 1821. This is the day that the revolution was officially declared. By popular account, this was at the Monastery of Agios Lavras, near mountainous Kalavryta of the Peloponnese, by metropolitan Germanos of

A Pre-Season Break in Greece – Clean Monday and the Beginning of Spring

What a wonderful season to visit Greece - in early spring, just as the land wakes up from its winter sleep. The landscape is lush and vibrant with fresh green, and the trees in fragrant blossom, also in the city streets. Clean Monday is the day that Greeks start to think that Spring is finally

Greek Boats: The History of Greece’s Seafaring Heritage

Greece’s rich seafaring heritage is second to none. Ships have been an essential component of the identity and history of Greece since the Age of Myths. Helen of Troy, for instance, is referred to as having a “face that launched 1000 ships” in reference to the Trojan war. But it is not just in war

The Windmills of the Aegean Islands

The Greek Islands are famous for many reasons, but two characteristics stand out in particular- the purity of the beautiful vernacular architecture in pristine white against the clear blue Aegean skies, and the brisk and cleansing winds that sweep over the islands. Our story today is a little about both. The Meltemi The winds of

The Art of Stone Crafting in Greece

While Greece is perhaps more famous for its endless coastlines and glorious islands, this Mediterranean country is also a fantastic mountainous destination. It is, for the most part, in the interior of the country that one finds the best examples of traditional stone crafting. In many cases, this excellent stone work is a defining feature

Regional Celebrations: Unique Customs of Christmas and New Years in Greece

The holiday celebrations in Greece are as splendid and varied as the Greek experience overall. This devout land, rich in traditions, marks the Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany season in unique and beautiful ways, with individual regional customs that recognize the local topography, gastronomy, musical traditions, and cultural heritage. Here are some of the most

The Secret Chapels of Greece

One of the most wonderful things about Greece is the strength of the connection between faith and nature. Greece is perhaps unique in the sheer number of churches per area; even in the most remote, uninhabited locations, one finds a small chapel. Often they are even in the most unusual spots - a mountain peak,

Contemporary Cultural Festivals that Enrich the Greek Summer

Summer in Greece is about so much more than the stunning beaches, the archaeological sites, and the incomparable landscapes. Besides being the season of long days under the glorious Mediterranean sun, it’s also the season of exciting nights of music, dance, cinema, and - this being Greece - of course theater. Summer is the finest

Traditional Panigyria – Celebrating the 15th of August on a Greek Island

A traditional Panigyri - a religious festival - is a highlight of the season for Greeks and also for visitors who seek a truly authentic experience. Visiting a panigyri is a wonderful way to connect with the culture of Greece. These celebrations held in honor of a patron saint, the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit,

Lesser-known Ancient Sites in Well-known Greek Destinations

One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday is that there is always an opportunity to enrich your knowledge of archaeology and deepen your relationship with history in a meaningful way. So often, this connection happens in a place it is less expected. Many are familiar with the high-profile archaeological treasures of Greece, such as