Easter in the Greek island of Astypalea
Swathed in silky aquamarine waters, butterfly-shaped Astypalea is ideal for wanderers and history buffs. For any alternative island hunter, this is the ultimate Easter escape.
It’s that time of year, when spring paints a marvellous landscape, ideal for nature seekers and lovers alike. Think mountainous meadows straight from the pages of Homer and rugged beaches fringed in blue water. If you add the local traditions and customs during the Greek Orthodox Easter, Astypalea makes the perfect alternative destination to spend Easter.
Countless herbs, thyme, sage, flowers like daisies, climb upon the rocky surface of the island creating a one of a kind natural setting. Colours and aromas burst out and so do the locals!
Make sure to indulge yourself in exceptional Astypalean gastronomic delicacies that local women, traditionally prepare that season. Stay alert, for those yellow cookies made of -wild handpicked- crocus (commonly known as saffron), and plenty of love from our beloved Grandmas. One more local culinary treasure you have to experience, is “lazarakia”, the sweet and spicy breads made of sugar and cinnamon. Yes! That’s what you’ve been smelling in the air of the island, for so long. It is cinnamon and sugar!
A violin, a lute and the waves of the Aegean Sea offer the ideal atmosphere to enjoy a peaceful Easter. On Holy Saturday night, when the clock strikes midnight, find yourself either at St. John’s down at Pera Yalos, or at Panayia Portaitissa at Chora and enjoy along with the locals the warm feeling of the ceremony.
The family of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel wishes everyone peaceful days ahead and we are looking forward to seeing you on the island soon!