7 Top Easter Destinations in Greece

We take a look at some of the best Easter holiday destinations around Greece that you really shouldn’t miss!

Lamb on the spit, folk music, free-flowing wine and plenty of good “parea” and “kefi” -add to that a beautiful location with interesting Easter traditions and you have yourself a wonderful trip to look forward to!


Greece’s holiest island, where St John the Evangelist wrote The Apocalypse, is especially ideal at Easter for fans of Greek Orthodoxy. In the picturesque Chora you can see the local re-enactments of the Last Supper and Washing of the Disciples’ Feet; during the liturgy, a priest from the monastery of St John the Theologian, who re-enacts the role of Jesus, disperses water droplets on the legs of two monks, representing Christ’s disciples, after which there is a procession through the town. On Easter Sunday on the Dodecanese Island, it’s well worth attending the atmospherically rich Second Resurrection church service, during which the gospel is read in seven languages. 

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Leonidio, a seaside town in the eastern Peloponnese, carries out the unusual tradition of releasing hundreds of balloons into the sky at midnight on Holy Saturday, as soon as the priest chants ‘Christ has risen’ (Christos Anesti). The tradition, which began in the late 19th century, is vibrant and colourful, offering a unique experience that even schoolchildren are involved in preparing from the start of the year. The town’s Epitaphios (the funeral bier of Christ, containing a large icon depicting the burial of Christ and heavily decorated with flowers) processions are also very scenic, as locals decorate streets with thousands of bitter oranges (between 2-3,000) that have been hollowed out and lit from the inside with candles. On Easter Sunday Leonidio holds the Feast of Love ceremony in its main square with Tsakonian dances and more balloons released into the sky.

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Also in the Peloponnese is the magical seafront fortified town of Monemvasia, where on Good Friday the epitaphios procession passes through the medieval cobblestone roads past candle-lit chapels and houses, including the once governor’s mansion (during the Venetian era) Ardamis Guesthouse. Throughout the Easter period, in Monemvasia, you’ll hear the echoes of church liturgies echoing through the streets. On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, the town carries out a tradition of re-enacting the burning of Judas, usually in a captivating ambience. 

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The island of the Knights has an Easter tradition that involves tree stumps being gathered and stacked into a huge pile of wood that is set alight on Holy Saturday, a few hours ahead of the Insurrection ceremony. Called ‘Kalafunos’, this ritual represents the burning of Judas.

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Not for the faint-hearted, Kalamata’s ‘Saitopolemos’, a ‘war’ of lit cardboard tubes filled with gunpowder- is famous Greece-wide for how loud it gets, how long it goes on, and how many people choose to participate despite annual accidents and even deaths. Thought to date back to the end of the Ottoman occupation and honouring Greeks who fought in the War of Independence, the event is certainly polemical. In Kalamata the burning of Judas tradition is actually a blowing up of Judas and takes place in the areas of Avramogiani and Rachi. 

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Famous for their clay pot-breaking tradition, Corfu’s locals annually enjoy (often joined by Greek and foreign tourists) throwing their water-filled vessels, decorated with red ribbons, off balconies onto the street, where they smash into smithereens. The custom, thought to have begun during the Venetian occupation, is followed by a musical procession by the Ionian island’s brass bands, with a performance of a musical piece titled ‘Fear Not, Greeks’. 

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One of the jewels of the Saronic Gulf, Hydra makes a great Easter getaway. The island enjoys a unique tradition of having the epitaph enter the sea on Good Friday in the fishing village of Kaminia, which is 10 minutes from the main port. This tradition is a way of blessing the waters and the seafarers. After the procession, people gather around to eat seafood in nearby tavernas and houses.

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Beautifully Restored 19th Century Beach House in Patmos 

At a tranquil bay on the island of Patmos, you will find a breathtaking 19th Century beach house that’s been beautifully restored and designed for guests to unwind, relax and take in the stunning sea views.

Within steps from Merikas Bay, the seafront villa “Merikas” is ideally located- as it’s just a three-minute drive from the island’s port and 10 minutes away from Chora, allowing guests to easily explore the island. 

Inspired by the traditional architecture of Patmos, this exceptionally designed house offers guests privacy, tranquility, and all the modern comforts- without losing its authentic and traditional charm.  

With respect to the island’s rich history and culture, the beach house has been carefully restored using mostly local materials and the chic interiors and decor (designed by the talented Studio Krokalia in collaboration with Studio Pale) include boho style furniture and decor pieces custom made by local artisans. 

The holiday villa features one bedroom, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a separate living area that opens up to a beautiful terrace- where guests can enjoy the majestic views of Merikas Bay and Skala harbour. 

Upstairs is where the spacious bedroom is found, with an ensuite and a private balcony. There are also two sofa beds in the living room- sleeping four guests in total. 

The property also offers an outdoor garden dining area, BBQ, private parking; as well as WiFi, laundry, and a fireplace for those who wish to stay here in the cooler months. 

Combining simple elegance, tradition, comfort, and privacy, this holiday home is perfect for a summer stay in Patmos.  

Merikas Beach House 

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8 Best Greek Islands for a Romantic Getaway

With so many breathtaking Greek islands boasting beauty, allure, and romance, it’s easy to see why Greece is a top choice for honeymooners and twosomes alike. 

Whether you’re seeking an authentic and tranquil island, offering privacy and quiet moments- or you prefer wining, dining and dancing the night away- we’ve put together the most romantic and dreamy Greek islands that are perfect for couples. 


A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), Hydra is a stunning and aristocratic destination that is one of the only islands in Greece without vehicles, making it a tranquil and laid-back spot to sit back, relax and unwind. Perched among thousands of steps and little alleyways, Hydra island offers an easy-going atmosphere, romantic sunsets, and some breathtaking places where you can enjoy fabulous food and drinks; with magical views. 

Best hotels in Hydra for couples: Rafalias a magnificent Mansion, near George Kountouriotis Manor and the Hydra Museum Historical Archives. Mastoris Mansion is another great hotel, located just 90m away from Hydra’s port, with five rooms beautifully decorated and a wonderful terrace. And Hydrea Boutique Hotel in the heart of Hydra Town has stunning views. Orloff Boutique Hotel is a historic house, built in 1796 it has lovingly been restored and has only 9 rooms and suites- making it a relaxing and unique place to stay.  

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The charmingly mysterious Folegandros, situated in the corner of the southern part of the Cyclades, entices with its deep blue waters that are in complete harmony with its steep mountains, picturesque Chora, and jaw-dropping sunsets. This Greek island exudes natural beauty; it’s a dreamy destination where you can completely relax and unwind in style. 

Best hotels in Hydra for couples: Blue Sand Hotel and Suites is a romantic boutique hotel, overlooking Agali beach. Anemomilos Boutique Hotel is perched along the highest point of Chora, on the vertical cliff that overlooks the vastness of the Aegean Sea. Folegandros apartments are located in the picturesque Chora, which seems like a Cycladic village, with a pool at the centre. Makarias Villa is located in Ano Meria, this is a great place if you seek privacy and breathtaking views.

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It’s a nostalgic destination, offering wild beauty, a striking coastline with light blue waters, a medieval Chora, a maze of alleyways filled with cascading bougainvillea, and beautiful doors; the imposing stone monastery of Saint John the Theologian, great food, and friendly locals. Patmos is an unspoiled island that you should explore at your own pace. Filled with quiet beaches, a soulful aura, and the majestic medieval capital of Chora – it is filled with romantic spots.

Best hotels in Patmos for couples: Onar Patmos is a resort hotel just a few metres away from the shore, close to the fishing village of Grikos. Ideal for families, couples, or a group of friends who are looking for a luxurious and tranquil feel. Langada traditional farmhouse, which was developed during the centuries, around a small chapel and a central patio, overlooking Kambos beach. Patmos360° is a portfolio of three houses in Chora of Patmos, run and operated by a local team who provides tailor-made services that guarantee a great stay.  


The dreamy landscape of this almost untouched Cycladic island is composed of rugged hills, historic mining sites, breathtaking coves, picturesque settlements, classic Greek island architecture, and endless beaches. Simple, authentic, and majestic- the wild beauty of Serifos will fill your soul, relax your mind, and steal your heart. 

Best hotels in Serifos for couples: Captains House Serifos,  an old house of a former Greek Captain, that dates back to the 19th century, situated in Kato Chora, next to the Primary School and the Folklore Museum. Rizes, located on a hill above the beach at Psili Amos and just two kilometres from Livadi. It features 14 apartments and two luxury suites. Coco-Mat Eco Residences, on Vagia beach, is a complex of 13 miners’ houses built in the early 1900’s- now an upscale, contemporary eco-friendly place to stay.

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Surrounded by deep green seas and covered in cypress trees, this beautiful island is home to one of the prettiest ports in Greece, neo-classical mansions, and dreamy fishing villages. Many visitors arrive on a private yacht and spend days here enjoying the magical views. Symi boasts natural beauty- with its secluded coves (scattered throughout the island) enchanting beaches (accessible by boat); and in contrast to its rocky coastline, the interior of the island is forested with cypresses and conifers- making it a stunning and romantic destination.

Best hotels in Symi for couples: Boutique hotel “1900 Hotel” is a new boutique hotel with four elegant suites (1901, 1902, 1903, and 1904), steeped in history. Limani Life is right on the promenade of the port, an old mansion has been transformed into six comfortable, minimalist aesthetic rooms in pastel colours and nautical touches. The Old Markets are housed in a restored building in the old market of Symi, just 400m from the port. At a tranquil village on the island of Symi, you will find a gorgeous little villa “On the Rocks” designed for couples to connect, de-stress or just relax along the stunning waterfront.


Volcanic rocks, vast blue magic, stunning sunsets, jaw-dropping beaches, geological formations (that awaken our imagination) and picturesque settlements by the sea, all together narrate exquisite stories about this Cycladic island. It’s Milos’ simplicity that reminds us of the greatness of nature. The so-called “island of lovers” will make you fall in love with this magical land and will fill you with memories and unforgettable images that will follow you for many years to come.

Best hotels in Milos for couples: Milos Hotel at Adamantas is a key location in every direction. Skinopi Lodge is a unique boutique hotel at Schinopi, a fairytale tiny village, between Adamantas and Tripiti. Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel in Pollonia features an infinity pool, overlooking the ocean. And Asterias Boutique Hotel is located between Sarakiniko and Papafragas beach. White Pebble Suites is set on a pretty fishing village and features earthy and serene rooms and suites and tranquil outdoor living spaces designed for guests to enjoy a peaceful getaway. 


It wouldn’t be a list of romantic destinations without Santorini- one of the world’s most popular islands – known for its crisp white cliffside homes, romantic walkways, mesmerizing sunsets and the world’s only inhabited Caldera. This isle is synonymous with couples and honeymooners and the best time to visit is April, May, the end of September, and October- this is to escape the mass crowds and to be able to easily head to the wineries, restaurants, and Oia.  

Best hotels in Santorini for couples: Perivolas for its minimalist suites carved from the cliffs and the infinity pool that’s made for honeymooners. Katikies is one of the best places to experience sunsets, sea views and the swimming pool- the hotel’s whitewashed rooms are along Oia’s cliffside, all with magical views of the caldera. Santo Maris for breathtaking sea views, this boho-chic, adults-only, all-suite resort is away yet close enough to Oia. Istoria is an immaculate hotel featuring elements of the original estate, such as old wooden ceilings and preserved stone columns, creating a romantic and tranquil vibe. 


Mykonos is definitely the island of glamour and partying- it’s also filled with an array of romantic places for eating and drinking under the stars. So, if fine dining, beach bars, shopping, and adults-only hotels sound like an ideal holiday for you and your other half- Mykonos is your place. Also boasting a range of world-class hotels that feature award-winning architecture, breathtaking views, and exceptional service- most locals are here to cater to every couple’s needs. 

Best hotels in Hydra for couples: Located just outside Mykonos Town, Bill & Coo’s spaces are centred around the stunning view of the Aegean Sea; with the pool, lounge, and restaurant allowing guests to capture the breathtaking vistas day and night. Cavo Tagoo is Mykonos’ most famous and sought-after hotel with a 38-metre-long infinity seawater pool with an aquarium bar and wood decking, looking towards the sunset. Kalesma’s location provides 360 vistas, providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy both sunrise and sunsets from the same spot. Nomad is a new bohemian property offering 14 suites. It’s a private sanctuary designed for discerning travellers looking for a rustic yet stylish space to stay. The luxury suites come with private pools and jacuzzis and offer an earthy yet luxurious feel with a private courtyard- the perfect place for honeymooners to enjoy endless moments of romance. 

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Seaplanes Ready for Greece Summer 2022 Take Off

Hellenic Seaplanes is getting ready to take off from the marina of Alimos, southern Athens, in time for Greece’s 2022 tourism season.

Plans for the creation of waterways where aircraft can land or take off have been caught up in red tape procedures for years in Greece but seem to have finally made progress after recent legislation speeding up the process was recently approved.

According to Hellenic Seaplanes chairman and CEO, Nicholas Charalampous, the aircraft taking off and landing in water will initially connect Athens with the islands of Tinos and Patmos, with more destinations being rolled out at a later date.

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Hellenic Seaplanes ready to take off in 2022

“Via our reservations system, passengers will be able to find out the available dates and times for seaplane trips from Alimos to Patmos and Tinos at a first phase as more destinations will then be added, while passengers will also be able to show interest via a form for chartered air transport to the desired destination, choosing between renting an airplane, helicopter or seaplane,” Charalampous told Imerisia.gr

The cost of a 45-minute trip offered by Hellenic Seaplanes will be up to 90 euros, while the company is in talks with airlines to create a single ticket allowing passengers that land at the Athens International Airport to keep travelling from Alimos by seaplane, added Charalampous.

Alimos hotspot

The launch of travel by seaplane from the marina of Alimos, one of the country’s largest, is likely to provide a boost to an already strong demand for property along the southern Athens coast. There is no train station within the immediate vicinity of the marina, though the area is serviced by the Athens tram; and Alimos is located some 12 kilometers away from the port of Piraeus.

After connecting with Tinos and Patmos, Hellenic Seaplanes expects the creation of waterways to then be approved in Volos, the Sporades islands, Evia, and parts of the Peloponnese.

In May, Greece signed a 57.5-million-euro concession agreement to use and exploit the marina of Alimos, with Aktor Concessions, awarding the company the use of the marina for 40 years.

The total value of the deal is placed at around 177 million euros, including an up-front fee, an annual concession fee, and a revenue-sharing agreement that will include a percentage of the marina’s annual turnover.

This article was first published here. 

For more Real Estate News & Views on Greece and Europe’s South, head to The Greek Guru.

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10 Best Things to do in Patmos

The Aegean island of the Apocalypse is known as the place where Saint John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation. 

It’s a nostalgic destination, offering wild beauty, a striking coastline with light blue waters, a medieval Chora, a maze of alleyways filled with cascading bougainvillea, and beautiful doors; the imposing Holy Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, great food, and friendly locals. Patmos is an unspoiled island that you should explore at your own pace. 

Make sure you add these 10 things to do in Patmos to your list for when you visit! 

1. Get wonderfully lost in the alleys of Patmos’ Chora 

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Charming alleyways

The capital of the island, Chora, stands on top of a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. It is perhaps one of the most charming Choras of Greece. The whitewashed houses, the elegant fortified medieval mansions with the magnificent low doors, and characteristic small windows stand out as they contrast with the dark, fortified walls of the Monastery of Saint John. Take a serene stroll through the alleyways and passages and feel the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere. For dinner choose “Vaggelis” that sits in one of the most intimate squares in the world. The setting is gorgeous, likewise the food. 

2. Have breakfast or a “meze” at Katoi 

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Traditional eatery

At the entrance of Chora, you will find a breathtaking place that has been open since 1627 and carries memories of over 300 years. “Katoi” is a traditional kafenio with an atmosphere that reminds visitors of old Patmos through engravings, photos, old objects, and true Greek hospitality.  Here the steaming coffee is accompanied by handmade sweets while the mezedes that accompany the tsipouro and ouzo came are straight from Yiayia’s secret treasure chest. The small veranda outside with the stunning view is a reminder of how beautiful life is. 

3. Enjoy the sunset from Jimmy’s Balcony

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Polina enjoying the majestic views

Housed in a traditional 1795 building, at the entrance of Patmos Chora, very close to the Monastery, Jimmy’s balcony is the place to be for panoramic views across the north side of the island. Here you can see the nearby islands and the port of Patmos in Skala while enjoying tasty and very well-cooked dishes. The owner, Jimmy, has many stories to tell you, so you should definitely take the time to chat with him. 

4. Relax all day long at Atmos Patmos

At the beach of Kambos, there is a new gem, under the name of Atmos Patmos. It is an exquisite and authentic beachside restaurant that provides high-quality food for those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. From morning until night, you can unwind by the sea. 

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Meet local artisans

5. Meet the artist Andreas Kalatzis at his unique gallery in Chora 

It is not easy to pass by his gallery, settled in a 1740s traditional home, and not take a look. You will probably spot Andreas Kalatzis, barefoot, working on an art piece, or other artists painting on the floor. Everything about him, his life, and his work are incredibly inspiring. If you ask for his business card, he will take a small piece of paper and draw at that very moment something different each time, depending on what he sees. On the back, he will write his name and telephone number. In the gallery, you will find a beguiling mix of abstract oils, sculptures, and quirky photography. 

6. Explore Skala, the main port of the island

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Wander around the port

Skala is the largest settlement on the island, located right at the center of Patmos. Here you can discover the 17th century Church of Agia Paraskevi of Cavos with its magnificent view, an ancient ruin of an acropolis, the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, and the church of Panagia Koumana. After sightseeing sit down at the long-standing taverna of Pantelis (running since 1950) and enjoy traditional Greek cuisine. Once a week, there is live Greek music where everybody dances in the middle of the street. And don’t leave before tasting the delicious handmade Italian ice cream from Gelateria Marechiaro, known as “O Italos”.  


7. Have a romantic dinner by the sea at “To Tsipouradiko Mas”

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At this place, you sit on tables that are literally on the sand next to the waves; enjoy the sunset and the sea breeze while you savor seafood delicacies at its’ best. This is the exact image of a heavenly dinner in Greece we all have in mind as we try getting through winter.  

8. Take a day trip to the islands of Arki, Marathi, and Lipsi

Join a boat excursion that runs daily from the northwest end of Skala quay to the islets of Arki, Marathi, and Lipsi. Arki and Marathi offer exquisite sandy beaches while Lipsi has more to see and do.

9. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave of Apocalypse

Head to the thousand-year-old monastery early in the morning in order to avoid the heat and enjoy the breathtaking views. The Cave of Apocalypse is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour guides explain the story of St John and the revelations he received from God through a cleft in the rock in the year 95AD. 

10. Have dinner at Benetos

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Seaside dining

Located at a charming spot by the sea, Benetos is an elegant restaurant set on a farm by the sea, at Sapsila, just outside the town of Skala. Benetos serves classic Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist, while also including some Asian-infused dishes. The eclectic menu is a result of the chef’s extensive traveling and sampling of unique regional dishes throughout Europe and the United States. Emphasis is placed on using the freshest ingredients including local fish, and fresh vegetables and herbs from their own organic garden, located in front of the restaurant. Note: it is a little bit pricey and you should make a reservation.  

How to get there

The fastest way to reach the island of Patmos is by air, via Samos, Kos, Leros, or Kalymnos. Catamarans and ferryboats depart from these islands, daily. Alternatively, you can take the boat from Piraeus that leaves 3-5 times a week and the duration of the journey is approximately 7-8 hours. 

Where to stay

Onar Patmos, a resort hotel just a few metres away from the shore, close to the fishing village of Grikos. Ideal for families, couples, or a group of friends who are looking for a luxurious and tranquil feel. 

Langada traditional farmhouse, which was developed during the centuries, around a small chapel and a central patio, overlooking Kambos beach. 

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Staying at a Traditional Farmhouse on Patmos

We arrived on Patmos Island in mid-June. This was our first visit here and as we arrived late evening, the first thing we caught sight of was Skala, the largest settlement and the main port of Patmos. Nicoletta, our host was there to pick us up and lead us to Langada, her traditional farmhouse in upper Kampos.

After a few minutes of driving, we saw a lush green estate with a traditional farmhouse built around a small chapel and a central patio; developed during the centuries- in perfect harmony with nature and the ambiance of total tranquility- it overlooks Kampos beach. We immediately felt closer to nature, closer to God and an inner peace came over us. 

We were curious about its history. Who built it, why, and when exactly? Nicoletta, a tourist guide herself, narrated the story for us. 

“In 1971, my mother, Dolly Kontogianni, set foot at the port of Patmos island for the first time. It was love at first sight. She was immediately captivated by the island’s special energy. She soon found a plot in Chora, the island’s medieval capital, where she was planning to build a traditional island mansion. Dolly was a restless spirit and loved houses! She never stopped exploring the island’s homes and plots until she discovered the 40-acre estate ‘Langada’.

There she found a farmhouse in a ruinous condition; according to the chapel’s lintel, it was built in 1698. It is said that the chapel and the room next to it had been used by generations of monks from the holy St John monastery; they wished to lead an ascetic life and their aim was to cultivate the land. The estate belonged to 30 heirs. As you can imagine, the buying process was very complicated.

Dolly finally managed to acquire the property in 1973. She slowly started restoring the house, strictly following the traditional building techniques and architectural style. She was fully dedicated to this project which lasted five years. Since then, we have spent numerous summer and easter holidays here with friends and family,” says Nicoletta. 

Today Langada is a large property divided into two parts (Langada 1 & Langada 2) by the central courtyard and the chapel. Guests can rent the entire property or choose only half of it.

We spent two nights at Langada 2, which offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a sitting room, a beautiful courtyard, and a garden. The first bedroom is situated on the ground floor. It features a large traditional built-in double bed and an en suite bathroom. Exiting the bedroom, you will find a traditional sitting room that leads to the beautiful garden overlooking Kampos beach. The kitchenette and second bathroom are located at the back of the house. The kitchenette leads to a small courtyard with a dining table. The second bedroom, featuring a double bed, is on the upper floor and enjoys a large veranda with an unobstructed view of Kampos and the sea- we couldn’t get enough of this. The whole experience is as if we travelled back in time. It’s amazing to see how the houses were built back then. 

Langada 1, consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious fully equipped kitchen, the central patio and chapel, and a front terrace. The master bedroom is a suite consisting of two parts, a sitting area with a sofa that converts into a double bed, and the sleeping room with a second double bed. The room also features an en suite bathroom with a shower. The second bedroom has a large traditional built-in bed and a sitting area. The spacious kitchen has a contemporary yet indigenous character and it used to be a traditional kitchen with wood stoves and a chimney. We had the chance to see the other home too and were able to see the wonderful renovations Nicoletta’s mother made to the entire property. 

Apart from our veranda, outdoors we also enjoyed the beautiful and picturesque central patio, which features a large table and a built-in low sofa under the trees. The home’s indelible traditional architecture, the experience of the past, and the tranquility all formed an unbeatable, exclusive experience for us on Patmos island.

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Top 12 Things to Do on Patmos Island

Patmos is an island where you feel a sense of peace as soon as you arrive. With the old town, the Holy Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, and the Cave of the Apocalypse, all named UNESCO-protected monuments, Patmos not only attracts those seeking a rich spiritual and cultural experience but also those who want to holiday on an authentic Greek island with a cosmopolitan feel.

Local and international artists, authors, fashion designers, business people, academics, and thousands of pilgrims arrive here each year to take in the natural beauty of the island, as well as its laid-back yet chic style. Although it’s located in the Dodecanese it features a Cycladic look with its whitewashed mansions, pretty beaches, and lots of lovely spots to wine and dine.

Here are the Top 12 Things to Do when visiting Patmos

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Holy Monastery of Saint John

1. There are around 360 churches on the island, and you can definitely sense the island’s unique spiritual energy as soon as you step off the ferry. Patmos is known around the world as the island where around 95 AD Saint John the Baptist wrote The Revelation, in a cave that can now be visited in the island’s Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse. Also make sure to check out the Monastery’s museum next door, containing a number of ancient texts and religious items dating back hundreds of years.

2. Patmos’ capital and main town Hora, is filled with charming alleyways, beautiful chapels, and lush courtyards. If you walk through the small streets you will come across whitewashed homes and mansions that belonged to very wealthy families, including the Nikolaidis Mansion, which has now become a museum. Hora also offers gorgeous boutiques, and a wide range of restaurants, taverns, bars, and cafes to suit all tastes.

3. Also spend time at Skala Town and the charming village of Kampos, which both have a unique beauty and are perfect places to bump into locals who make visitors feel welcome. The port town of Skala is where most people head to at night, as soon as Hora goes quiet after a certain hour. Skala is filled with lots of shops, tavernas, and all-day cafes and bars, where you can grab a drink and enjoy the town’s squares and charming little streets. Among the many sights of Skala are the ruins of the ancient acropolis and the convent of Zoodochos Pigi. 

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Skala Town

4. It’s definitely worth making your way around the bay of Skala to the 18th-century Monastery of Panagia Koumana, one of the Holy Seats (or Kathismata) of the island, serving as hermitages for monks. This one was built against a rock on of a hermit’s cave.

5. Swim at Agrio Livadi, Psilli Ammos, Plaki, or the pretty little bay of Vagia. Then head to Lambi, which has a great little tavern right on the beach. Livadi Kalagorion is perfect for a peaceful swim as well as Livadi Geranou. Make sure you also add Kambos and Petra to your list.  

6. When it comes to eating, there are plenty of options from casual eateries to fine dining. We recommend Apocalypsis Restaurant, Astir, Ostria Taverna, Oklaca Italian Restaurant, Kyma for seafood, Pernera for great vegan and for something sweet make your way to Glykaki Patmos. If you have time also try Pandelis on Marathi islet (you can only reach by boat) and Giakos Pantheon. 

7. For an after-dinner drink head to Thalami, Stoa Bar, or Koukou. 

8. For a very special evening, make a reservation at Nautilus and watch the sunset while sipping on your favourite beverage and tasting some modern Greek flavours. 

9. Get up close to Patmos’ iconic windmills, which have been operating for the past four centuries. The one windmill is a museum. Organic flour is ground there, with the milling process open to the public. The second windmill turns wind power into electricity. A contemporary use that benefits the island, for sure! And the third windmill focuses on water. Ever since they have been the true power of the island and its people. 

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Petra Beach

10. Explore the Nunnery of the Annunciation, a convent that started off as a small chapel with a hermitage until 1613 when Nikiphoros, an abbot from the monastery of St. John the Divine, renovated the building and dedicated it to Luke the Evangelist. The nunnery is home to over 40 nuns who always pray for and support their local community. The sisters also grow their own vegetables and herbs, make honey and create Byzantine embroidery called the”spitha” (spark). 

11. Make a note of visiting the gorgeous nearby islets Makronissi, Aspronissi, Tiganakia, Arki, and Marathos that are all visitable by boat. From Skala, boats leave daily for all the isles. They are quite remote but offer good taverns, crystal clear water, and beautiful coves to swim in. 

12. If you are looking for some Greek jewellery, sandals, or art, head to Ivli, Thanos, White Greek Designers Store, Kapopoulos Art Gallery, or Tourlou Art Shop. 

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Stay at a historic house by Chora Patmos 360

There are some great accommodation options on the island and for some wonderful villas check out Patmos Eye, for boutique-style hotels head to Petra Hotel Suites to Patmos Aktis Hotel. And the beautiful range of historic houses by Chora Patmos 360 is a wonderful choice that is sure to make your stay here extra special. 

Getting there 

Patmos does not have an airport and is reachable only by an eight-hour ferry boat trip from Piraeus port, which departs Athens about 3 times a week. Patmos is also connected by ferry with Rhodes, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, and Kalymnos. 

11 Best Places to Spend Easter in Greece 

Greece is a wonderful Easter destination and even if you aren’t Orthodox Christian, a visit to one of these places during this period will be an experience that will stay with you forever. From the famous pottery smashing in Corfu to fireworks in Hydra, here are 11 Greek Easter destinations that you should add to your list. 

Easter is a huge celebration throughout Greece, even more so than Christmas. It is during this time when Orthodox Christians throughout the world celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. As a result, Greeks take Pascha very seriously and commemorations begin from the week beforehand.

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On the island where the Bible’s Book of Revelation was written, here visitors are welcomed to the historic monastery of St. John the Evangelist, which UNESCO has declared a world heritage site. The main festivities are the Washing of the Feet ceremony in the central square of Chora, the reenactment of the Last Supper, and the reading of the Gospel in seven languages and in Homeric hexameter. The very spiritual celebration of Easter on the island concludes with the procession of the monastery’s icons on the Tuesday after Easter Sunday.


During Greek Easter, on Easter Sunday, Saitopolemos takes place in Kalamata. This is where groups of people wearing traditional costumes hold and light long handmade tubes filled with powder. Each year, thousands of people visit Kalamata over Easter to witness this historical tradition dating back to the Ottoman period. 

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This Cycladic island is filled with many Orthodox and Catholic churches, the main being The Epitaphios of the Catholic Evangelistria, the Assumption of Panagia, the Transfiguration of the Savior, and Saint Nicholas, all meet at the main Miaouli Square and Easter services take place. Locals participate in the procession often carrying spears, or sponges, which is a clear reference to the passions of Christ.


This Cycladic island, located near Santorini and Milos, has its own Easter traditions, which honour Panagia (Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ). The annual tradition has it that locals clean and whitewash their houses in preparation for the passing of the icon of Panagia. Starting on Holy Saturday, the icon goes around the village, outside all the homes, which are given a blessing. 

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Corfu is by far the most popular Easter destination in Greece. Each year thousands of local and international visitors arrive on the island to celebrate the resurrection with a variety of traditions, one of the most famous being the throwing of clay pitchers (botides). In the town’s historic centre, with thousands of people, locals throw ceramic pots off their balconies, yelling “Xristos Anesti” (Christ is Risen). Bands play music throughout the town, and everyone is outdoors (day and night) taking part in the festivities. 


On the Dodecanese island of Kalymnos, the anticipation for the Resurrection builds with the loud sound of dynamite exploding. This can be heard throughout the entire island, from the main port to the mountainous villages. After midnight mass on Easter Saturday, fireworks take place and the island celebrates with traditional local food and music. 


On the beautiful island of Spetses, the Epitaphios processions of each of the four main churches of the island come together on the main town square in front of the Poseidonion Hotel on the evening of Good Friday. Locals carry around the Epitaph, which is beautifully decorated and the city is lit with pretty lights and Easter candles.  

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Meteora is by far one of the holiest sites in Greece and come Easter time, it is truly magical. During this time you will hear chanting Byzantine hymns and you will see glimpses of holy icons inside the 30 monasteries all lit up. After the midnight service visitors are welcome to head to Kalambaka or Kastraki towns nearby where the local taverns serve traditional Magiritsa soup. On Easter Sunday you can enjoy the local celebrations in the nearby town of Kalabaka. 


The Byzantine town of Monemvasia e is filled with flowers during Easter time and on Good Friday you can follow the Procession of the Epitaph through the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the town, alongside a band playing music. The entire Holy Week is filled with many commemorations and events that culminate on Easter Sunday. 

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Easter is a wonderful time to visit Chania, as you can experience local Cretan customs and traditions and visit many historical monasteries that invite guests to experience the true meaning of Pascha. At this time of year the town’s spring charm also comes to life and not only is it blossoming with flowers, but the sun is also shining and the warmer weather may even allow you to have a swim. 


This is a very popular destination for Athenians to celebrate Easter, as it’s only a two-hour drive away from the Greek capital. Nafplion has special celebrations that take place throughout the entire Holy Week. On Good Friday, follow the procession of the Epitaph through the narrow streets and alleyways, and at the end of it, you will find all four Epitaphs of the various churches on the main town square in the centre of the city. 

Top 6 Spring Destinations in Greece 

Spring is a perfect season to explore Greece. Visitors who plan their holiday during this time enjoy the perfect temperature, the few crowds, and the beautiful blossoming surroundings. Check out our top picks for experiencing Greece before the high summer season! 


Part of the Dodecanese, Patmos is also known as the “Island of the apocalypse” and is of great biblical importance. With a strong spiritual character, the island plays host to many religious festivals and feasts, which are a perfect opportunity for visitors to experience the local traditions and history of Patmos. The capital, Chora, is not only the island’s centre of activities but also a very charming village. Its narrow alleys and the amazing view of the Aegean Sea make it a perfect place for wandering. When the sun is out, head to some of the beautiful beaches including Psili Ammos, Vaya, Kampi, or Psili. Drawing a cosmopolitan crowd, it is a place of unique beauty and a great spot to enjoy some wining and dining, especially in the Skala area. 


One of the most (if not the most) romantic towns in Greece, Nafplio is located in the Peloponnese and is only a two-hour drive from Athens. Stroll through the picturesque bougainvillea alleyways and stunning town square before you explore the magnificent history including the Venetian fortress of Bourtzi, the War Museum, a clock tower, a 12th century Byzantine church. Also, make sure you check out the wonderful museums and fantastic monuments. The weather usually warms up from early March and by end of April, you should be able to have a swim in warm water!

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Mount Olympus 

Olympus is known as a great winter spot however, here you can enjoy pristine nature all year round. With a maze of hiking trails that lead through fragrant forests, the trees are cut through with streams and waterfalls, and it looks magical throughout Spring. Explore Olympus’ wonderful nature that is filled with rich flora and fauna and head to the village of Litohoro, which is a great place to begin day trips and tours around the area and on the mountain.


This pretty port town (with an authentic Greek atmosphere) is ideal in the months of April and May. Boasting a wonderful range of seaside taverns, make sure you try some of the local delicacies and dishes; and in the evenings, have a cocktail at one of the all-day cafes/bars. Many visitors enjoy hiking around Gytheio and exploring the old footpaths that lead to historical churches, charming villages, secluded beaches, and breathtaking views of the sea. From here you can easily visit the nearby islands of Kythira and Antikythira. 


This gorgeous seaside town (once a famous navy battle) offers a relaxing vibe all year round. Nafpaktos is a buzzing and non-touristy seaside spot with a picturesque harbour filled with a range of wonderful restaurants and cafés. Conveniently located between Delphi and Olympia, it is a great place to explore nearby areas. Make sure you visit the Venetian Castle and when weather permits head to the beach of Psani (close to the main town) or drive to Chiliadou and Monastiraki.


Set in a peninsula in the north of Greece and consisting of three ‘legs’ which create a stunning endless coastline, Halkidiki feels like a dreamy island, even though it’s mainland. Home to natural thermal springs, beautiful beaches, and plenty of things to see and do. The Kassandra leg of Halkidiki is one of the most popular spots and is perfect for a Spring getaway; here you will find a variety of boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants. From various wellbeing retreats to adventurous sports, here you can enjoy hiking, cycling, yoga, and many more outdoor activities. Explore the lush landscapes, and take a day trip to nearby Thessaloniki, Greece’s wonderful co-capital. 

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