It is no surprise that accommodation in several Greek Easter destinations is experiencing 90% occupancy rates, while a local saying encourages Greeks to, traditionally, celebrate Easter in small villages outside urban centers. However, the current accommodation prices especially in the country’s most famous Easter-destinations do raise some eyebrows.

Hydra Island

Hydra island, well-connected to Athens and nestled in the scenic Saronic archipelago, leads the way anticipating a 97% occupancy, especially during the Easter weekend May 3-5, marking the peak of Easter celebrations. It is worth mentioning that prices for short-term rental properties in Hydra during the aforementioned period start from €1.055 per night.

For the rest of the Saronic islands (Aegina, Spetses, Poros, Agistri, Salamina etc.), high demand is observed, with prices starting at €50 and possibly exceeding €300 for a one-night stay.

Members of the “Kapodistrias” Philharmonic perform during the Greek Orthodox Easter tradition of “Botides” on Holy Saturday marking the so-called “First Resurrection”, on the island of Corfu, Greece, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Moving to Corfu island, renowned for its longstanding festive traditions and popularity as an Easter destination, the occupancy rate stands at 90% accompanied by short-term lease property prices starting at €780 per night.

Corfu Island

Regarding the picturesque Cycladic island of Tinos, accommodation bookings soar for the festive period of Easter, May 3-6, presenting an 85% occupancy rate, which, according to local tourism professionals is attributed to the island’s unique and lively Easter traditions. Prices for short-term lease properties begin at €305 per night, during the Easter weekend, while a family of four can book accommodation in the island’s hotels for the same price.

Tinos island

Finally, in anticipation of the upcoming high season, which has just begun, four Greek destinations emerged in the top 10 of the most affordable package holiday destinations according to the British Consumer Observer, Which? Paper.  Kalymnos, Thassos and Lefkada islands occupy the first three places, with Skopelos ranking seventh, attracting package-holiday visitors who wish to spend some days in our country.