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Combining genuine authenticity with refined glamour, the island of Santorini offers the perfect setting for travelers wishing to celebrate Easter in style in a land taken from fairytales.
As the Passion Week begins to unfold, the majestic ambiance is enhanced by the intriguing fragrance of spring flowers that brilliantly blend with the scents of frankincense and the sweet smell of Easter buns and cookies.
Travelers are welcome to unwind in this energetic ambiance as they relax in the comfort of their own luxury suite overlooking the Caldera and experience a true sensual awakening with a soothing spa session at one of the finest luxury hotels in Santorini.
The balmy spring weather allows for traditional riding on a donkey or island excursions by foot through the winding paths of Oia as well as romantic cruises to the volcano on a luxury private yacht. On the other hand, the blooming wineries welcome visitors to attend a wine tasting session and breathe in the essence of this marvelous island of the Cyclades.
Fences and yards are being whitewashed, the liturgies are heard throughout the villages and everyone is getting ready for the spiritual rebirth.
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The procession of “epitafios” the symbolic bier of Christ at the scenic village of Pyrgos is a must-see event. Hundreds of pilgrims, holding lit candles, walk the picturesque paths of Santorini, all houses turn on their lights and the night sky is illuminated by the mystique glow. The majestic scenery of Santorini becomes even more spectacular so make sure to attend this marvelous procession.
The midnight liturgy of the Resurrection on Holy Saturday is held in most churches throughout the island but the monastery of Prophet Elias offers the most scenic setting for such spiritual awakening. After the resurrection you can relish the local “sgardoumia” soup specialty and sweeten your evening with a taste of “meletinia” pastries. If you are seeking a more delicate combination of flavors, you are welcome to savor gourmet delights prepared by the executive chef Andreas Evangelatos at the Canaves Oia fine dining restaurant in Santorini, while gazing at the awe-inspiring view of the Caldera and the scintillating Aegean.
So plan ahead, arrange your stay at Canaves Oia hotel and celebrate Easter in style!