Greek island holidays

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Greece is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, and it is not hard to see why. Visitors are understandably drawn to the country's beautiful beaches, reliable sunny weather, its historical sites and natural rugged beauty. But Greece holidays offer so much more too.

Greece is well favoured with watersports enthusiasts who enjoy superb conditions for some fine windsurfing and outstanding sailing. No matter where you choose to stay in Greece, you will find lots to see and do for a great family holiday.

 

 

 

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Why choose Greece for your family summer holiday

Local Food

Greek Mediterranean cuisine consists of meat, fish, vegetables, olive oil and pasta. You’ll find typical Greek dishes such as tzatziki, moussaka and stuffed vine leaves on many taverna menus, as well as more local traditional dishes and plenty of fresh fish. However, thanks to its flourishing tourist trade, it’s easy to find chips, burgers, pizzas, British food or international cuisine here too.

Culture & History

Greek Culture & History

With a rich history dating back to prehistoric times and fertile farming soil, it's no wonder the Greek local culture involves a lot of celebration. The villages in particular like to celebrate the patrons and saints of their local churches with traditional dances, music and even boiled goat. 

Religious festivals
Greece is home to many religious festivals, which relate to the Greek Orthodox religion that practiced here. The biggest of these are held in Antimachia, Kardamena and Kefalos. The Easter-linked Shrovetide, for example, is traditionally celebrated with masqurade processions. Antimachia and Kefalos both celebrate the Assumption of Mary on August 15th with plenty of wine and the latter even serves boiled goat for the occasion. Saint John is celebrated in the same way on August 29th in Kardamena and Kefalos, while on April 23rd Saint George is celebrated in Pyli with horse races followed by more food and wine. 

Cultural festivals
During the summer months of July and September, Greece comes alive with the rich cultural festival programmes of Hippocrateia and Alassernia respectively. The programmes include painting, sculpture, photography, theattre, poetry, music - most of which comes from local talent. During this time, the Hippocratic Oath is also re-enacted each Aunday at the Asclepeion.

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