Posts include information about Ermioni and the Argolida region.

2nd Lockdown Retail Easing

The government announced that the retail sector, along with hairdressers and nail salons can reopen for business between 7:00am to 8:00pm from Monday 18th January 2021.  In areas of increased transmission risk, some stores will operate on a cubside pick-up basis only.  In order to make their purchases, customers must send an SMS to the country's toll-free number using the number 2, which was the code for m

Argolida in further lockdown

Due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Argolida and Laconia, as well as their older populations, the Greek Deputy Minister for Civil Protection, Nikos Chardalias, announced a series of stricter lockdown measures for both of these regions.  Starting on Thursday 14th January, these two historic regions located in the Peloponnese, will be under a night-tim

2nd Lockdown Extended (again)

The head of Civil Protection announced on Friday 8th January that the existing 2nd nationwide lockdown, that started on 7th November 2020, will be extended one more week.  The lockdown restrictions that were supposed to end on Monday 11th January will now be in force until 6:00am Monday 18th January 2021.  The opertation of clickaway services for retail stores, bookstores, hairdressers and nail

When is Orthodox Christmas?

For most people around the world, the Christmas celebrations are over, but for some Christians, they have just begun.  For millions of Orthodox Christians, particulary in Central and Eastern Europe, Christmas is actually celebrated on the 6th and 7th January.  Orthodox Christian celebrations begin with the sighting of the first star on Christmas Eve, 6th January, and cont

Epiphany in Greece

Epiphany is one of the most sacred Greek Orthodox celebrations, rich in many Christian traditions which also date back to ancient times.  Epiphany (also called Theofania or Fota) is celebrated annualy on 6th January and is a day of joy and brightness, as Christians celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist.  The most important ritual

New Year Traditions

The New Year is when Greek people celebrate the arrival of Saint Basil (Agios Vassilios).  Saint Basil wore Byzantine style robes and had a dark beard, unlike Santa Claus with his red fur-lined outfit, white beard, rosy cheeks and a 'jolly' large belly.  Saint Basil was born in Caesarea in Cappodocia, Asia Minor, during the 4th Century and visited Greek homes at the New Year, giving his blessings.  Saint Basi

Greek Family Christmas

While Greece will still be under a strict lockdown for the 'Holiday Season', with a 10:00pm to 5:00am curfew in effect, Greek citizens will be able to celebrate together in groups of nine people from two families on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2021.  In order to partake in the festivities, Greeks hoping to share their holiday with family and friends should send an SMS with the number 6 to

2nd Lockdown - Limited Reopening

Although Christmas (decoration) shops, mostly located in the larger cities, had already been permitted to open from Monday 7th December, the Greek Government announced on Friday 11th December some further limited reopening measures for the Christmas holiday period.  These Christmas reopening measures are limited owing to a continuous high number

New Sea Airport of Elefsina

A new Metropolitan Sea Airport will soon open in Elefsina.  The blueprints for the design of Elefsina's sea airport were released in 2019, designed in partnership with Pieris.Architects and Hellenic Seaplanes.  With its waterfront area, waterpark, conference centre and seaplanes that form part of the largest waterways and seaplane investment programme in Greece, reportedly to be completed and ready in 2021.  Currently under

Outbreak of Covid-19 in Didyma

It was initially reported on Friday 27th November that two people had been confirmed positive with Covid-19 in Didyma.  It seems that this was following a children's birthday party that was held in the village.  A team of EODY set up a test facility in Didyma to track down the two recorded cases and to test any more people who attended the birthday party.  From Tuesday 1st Decembe