28 October marks Oxi Day, when military parades in cities mark the anniversary of the Greek Prime Minister’s famous refusal in 1940 to allow Italy to occupy Greek land (‘oxi’ means ‘no’).
Easter is the most important holiday in Greece, and each region celebrates differently. In Corfu, giant red pots are thrown off balconies to the accompaniment of brass bands.
Athens and Thessaloniki empty out on 15 August, as everyone heads to villages and islands to celebrate the Virgin Mary with communal ‘panagiri’ – traditional festivals with food and music.
Catch a sunset
Wherever you are, grab a bottle of wine and find a good vantage point to watch the sky turn flaming orange streaked with pink, as the sun dips below the horizon.
Visit the islands
Take a ferry across the blue Aegean to visit any of the country’s 227 inhabited islands. From party hotspots to hippie hideaways, there’s truly an island for everyone.
Tour the Parthenon
This architectural wonder is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Perched atop the Acropolis rock, it is the heartbeat of Athens and an essential stop on any holiday to Greece.
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