Thanks to its Orthodox church, Greece is a deeply religious country and Easter was for centuries more widely celebrated than Christmas. Although things are now changing, Christmas celebrations are still largely solemn, centered around the family and the church. It’s no different out in the islands, which are generally much quieter than their summertime incarnations. Indeed most of the bigger hotels, restaurants and tavernas close down but over Christmas in the Greek Islands plenty of places do remain open and the holiday is still a time of festivities and fun.
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November 13, 2014
What better way to explore the natural glory of Santorini than from above – giving an exclusive perspective on the Cycladean island’s spectacular geographical features. Flying over Santorini by helicopter will reveal the caldera rim, volcanic lakes and springs and pocket-sized beaches.
November 6, 2014
Along with Santorini, Mykonos is one of the best known and most visited of the Greek Islands. Along with its notoriety as the party island of the Cyclades, this little jewel has much else to recommend it, including the iconic windmills of Mykonos.
October 23, 2014
Sophisticated Santorini is a romantic little spot in the Aegean Cyclades Islands, well known as a destination for couples’ vacations. It is world-renowned for its whitewashed villages, volcanic beaches and – best of all – its extraordinarily vivid sunsets lighting up the sea in shades of yellow, orange and red. Here are the best places to see the sunset on Santorini.
October 16, 2014
The Ionian Islands are closer to Albania and Italy than they are to Athens and their main island is Corfu, a lush spot smothered in olive groves and with plenty of sandy beaches for family vacations. Getting to Corfu by sea is easy; it is the jumping-off place for many island-hopping adventures and cruises in the Adriatic.
October 9, 2014
Despite Mykonos’s worldwide reputation as the party island of the eastern Mediterranean, look beyond the pleasure beaches at Paradise and the clubs of Chora and there are other more tranquil corners of this photogenic little island. Take time off from the round of sun bathing and clubbing to explore Ano Mera and the pretty monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
September 25, 2014
In Ancient Greek mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister and Artemis and second only in importance to the sacred site at Delphi. Tiny Delos is in the Cyclades archipelago, an easy 30 minutes by boat from Greece’s party-central, Mykonos. The five top attractions on Delos are highlighted below.
September 10, 2014
As one of the most romantic spots in the Mediterranean, Santorini is popular with European holiday makers, who flock there is the summer for a week’s wallowing in the island’s rugged natural beauty and pretty, sunbaked and white-washed villages. Recently it has also become a stopping off point for cruise liners for to variety of Santorini shore excursions.
September 4, 2014
The Greek Islands are known primarily as a summer destination, but although many of the smaller islands virtually close down in winter, just as many remain quietly busy between November and February. Heading for the Greek Islands off season means hours of sunshine – perhaps interspersed with some showery days – and the chance to sightsee without the crowd or the baking mid-summer temperatures.
August 28, 2014
The Cycladean Island of Santorini is renowned for the beauty of its caldera sunsets and its whitewashed traditional villages, its steep cliffs carved out of volcanic rock, its hot springs and its artistic tradition but not its beaches. However, Santorini’s best beaches do exist – they just take a little bit of discovering.