If you had to represent Easter in Greece with one image it would be that of a bright red egg nestled warmly in a freshly baked loaf of bread. The bread is tsoureki, a rich, sweet, brioche-like bread, flavoured with mastic and vanilla and finished with a wash of decadent melted butter. But it is the eggs, hard-boiled and dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, that make the tsoureki so special. Tsoureki is a sweet treat but like every other aspect of Orthodox Easter its religious significance is what really matters.
The majority of visitors to Greece are interested in three things – sun, sea and sand. In July and August major Greek sights vibrate underfoot with the stampede of tourists passing through. Families on package holidays fight for beach territory and weekend warriors do battle for the best vacation properties and restaurant reservations. But who wants to be in the majority, anyway? Visiting Greece in wintertime is a chance to see the country in its raw state, without the gloss and glitter of tourist-trappings, and immerse yourself in a local way of life. Here are five reasons to give winter in Greece a try.