Maria Kalyakina

29 Mar 2021

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Greece is already open to Russians and is slowly gaining momentum: since the end of March, the country has been receiving 4,000 of our compatriots every week. Currently, there are direct flights from Moscow only to Athens, but by the end of spring it is planned to open flights to Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete).


There are still enough restrictions for tourists: in addition to the standard PCR test for coronavirus and a QR code for entry, upon arrival, you will have to serve 7 days in quarantine. Local authorities promise that all these restrictions will be lifted by mid-May. In the meantime, museums, restaurants and cafes are closed, and for walking you need to fill out a special form.

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But if the difficulties do not scare you, and the thirst for real travel is strong, then here is what you can do and see in Greece in the spring of 2021.

Climb Olympus

If you arrive in Thessaloniki, be sure to plan an ascent to the sacred Mount Olympus. After all, everyone needs pictures “I’m on top of Olympus”!

But seriously, this is one of the must see sights of Greece, the most beautiful and highest point in the country. By the way, Olympus is not one mountain, but a mountain range with many peaks. To conquer it, no special physical training or special equipment is required. Both retirees and schoolchildren can climb Olympus.

Usually Olympus is conquered in 2 days. It happens like this: first you go up to the Prioni parking lot at an altitude of 1100 m. You can get here on foot, by a rented car or taxi. The trekking route to the top begins from Prioni. In the middle of the route there is a shelter where most of the conquerors of Olympus stop for the night. After spending the night in 3-4 hours, you climb one of the three-thousanders (there are 3 in total) along a well-marked trail. And that’s it – you “took” Olympus!

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You can conquer Olympus on your own, remembering along the way the myths of ancient Greece, gods and heroes, or by buying a copyright tour to Greece with one of the guides who are in love with their work.

Important: on the peaks of Olympus, snow lies almost until August, so do not forget about warm clothes and gloves.

Explore non-beach Crete

The largest Greek island, Crete, is literally packed with sights. Examining them in the summer is not a big deal. Only in the Palace of Knossos, the very famous labyrinth of the Minotaur, hundreds (!) Of buses with tourists come every day during the season. Do not forget about the temperature, which rarely drops below 30 ° C in summer.

Spring is a completely different matter: the sun is not yet merciless, there are few travelers and the best guides are at your disposal. Besides historical sightseeing and holy sites, spring is the ideal time for trekking in Crete.

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From the obligatory one, we recommend getting to the imposing Samaria Gorge, located in the territory of the national park, going to the uninhabited islet of Spinalonga, better known as the “island of the lepers”, and seeing with your own eyes the cave of Zeus, where, according to legend, the god of thunder was born.

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You can make a route yourself or choose one of the author’s tours to Greece in April… For example, you can go on a weeklong hike in the west of the island: sleepovers on the beaches, chic canyons, orange orchards and impressions of non-beach Crete that will last a lifetime.

Chillin ‘by the sea

When you have neither the strength nor the desire to conquer the mountains and see the sights, you can choose the relaxation option. Spring is perfect for such a holiday. The temperature in April-May is about 20-25 ° С, prices for hotels and apartments are pleasant, guides are missing work and guests.

In the spring, all of Greece blooms and is literally buried in greenery. Almond trees are blooming, at the foot of Olympus is a carpet of blossoming poppies. Take leisurely walks along the coast, picnics at sunset on the beach, breathe in the iodized sea air and bask in the gentle spring sun. It is too early to swim, but resting near the sea in spring is priceless. Doubly priceless after a year of lockdown.

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Back in May, the Greeks celebrate their main holiday – Easter. Being in Greece for Easter is a very special experience. The Greeks celebrate it loudly and on a large scale: with fireworks, feasts, festive tables set by the city authorities and an atmosphere of universal joy.

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