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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.
No matter where you choose to stay in Greece, you will find lots to see and do for a great holiday.
The island of Kos boasts a beautiful long sandy coastline, with the luxurious Helona Beach Resort set on one of the most idyllic beaches on the island. Meanwhile, Lakitira Beach Resort offers amazing tennis and watersports facilities for a more active holiday.
You will not be short of things to do in Greece. From sunbathing on long sandy beaches, to shopping for crafts, soaking up history, or exploring the countryside –there’s lots to see and do.
With a rich history dating back to prehistoric times, 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.
With Greek Orthodox religion a major part of life and culture across the country, it comes as no surprise that religious festivals throughout the year take a big place in the calendar. Three areas that are main hubs for religious events are Kardamena, Kefalos and Antimachia, all of which are on the island of Kos; one of our most popular destinations. A big focus for these celebrations takes place around Easter and during the month of August.
The Easter-linked Shrovetide, for example, is traditionally celebrated with a marvellous masquerade procession while in late April Saint George is celebrated in Pyli, with horse races and a street style party with by lots of food and wine as locals love to really make a big day of it.
Saint John is celebrated in the same way on August 29th in Kardamena and Kefalos, while Antimachia and Kefalos celebrate the Assumption of Mary every year on August 15th. Both events involve plenty of wine and it is quite common to see plates of boiled goat being served for dinner.
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, theatre, poetry and music - most of which comes from local talent. During this time, the Hippocratic Oath is also re-enacted each Sunday at the Asclepeion.
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.
The weather in Greece consists of long hot summers, coupled with mild winters keep holidaymakers coming back year after year. Blessed with plenty of sunshine and warm waters, even in the lower seasons of autumn and spring when the island is less busy.
The height of summer can see up to 14 hours of uninterrupted sunlight per day, with hot temperatures made softer by cooling breezes.
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