Celebrating Love

Celebrating Love: Unique Valentine's Day Ideas for Every Couple

Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to love and affection, offers a perfect opportunity to show your significant other just how much they mean to you. Whether you’re in a new relationship, have been together for years, or are enjoying the journey of self-love, February 14th is a day to celebrate love in all its forms. As a blogger passionate about creating memorable experiences, I’ve curated a list of unique Valentine’s Day recommendations to make this year’s celebration unforgettable.

Embark on a Culinary Adventure at Home

Transform your kitchen into a culinary studio and embark on a cooking adventure together. Choose a cuisine that you both love or have always wanted to try, and spend the evening cooking a special meal together. Whether it’s Italian, Japanese, or a fusion of your favorite flavors, the act of cooking together can be incredibly bonding. Set the table, light some candles, and enjoy a romantic dinner you’ve made with love.


Plan a Themed Movie Night

Celebrating Love with food

Create a cozy movie theater experience at home with a themed movie night. Select films that align with both of your interests—be it romantic classics, thrilling adventures, or laugh-out-loud comedies. Don’t forget the popcorn and your favorite snacks! Make it extra special by building a fort with blankets and pillows for a nostalgic touch that adds to the charm of the evening.

Take a Virtual Class Together

Learning something new together can be both fun and enriching. With countless online classes available, choose one that sparks your interest—be it a dance class, a cocktail making session, or a pottery workshop. Not only will this provide you with a new skill or hobby, but it’s also a great way to spend quality time together, creating memories that you’ll cherish long after Valentine’s Day.

Online class

Explore the Great Outdoors


For couples who love nature, plan a day out exploring the beauty of the great outdoors. A hike through local trails, a picnic in a scenic park, or a leisurely bike ride can be wonderfully romantic. Fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and the tranquility of nature provide a perfect backdrop for deepening your connection and enjoying each other’s company.

Craft a Personalized Gift

In a world of store-bought gifts, something handmade carries a special significance. Spend some time crafting a personalized gift for your partner. It could be a scrapbook of your favorite memories together, a playlist of songs that tell your story, or a hand-painted piece of art. The effort and thought put into a DIY gift often hold more value than the most expensive present.

Celebrating love with gift

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love in all its forms. Whether you’re spending it with a partner, friends, family, or honoring your own company, it’s the perfect occasion to make those in your life feel special and loved. Remember, it’s not about grand gestures or expensive gifts, but the thoughtfulness and love that accompany whatever you choose to do. Here’s to a Valentine’s Day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories!

Naxos jewel in cyclades

A Guide to Cultural Tours and Sightseeing

Naxos, a jewel in the Cyclades archipelago, is a Greek island renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. For those looking to delve into the heart of Naxos, several local businesses offer unique experiences that combine the island’s natural beauty with its cultural heritage. Here’s a closer look at four of these enterprises.

Naxos Cultural Tours

A guide to cultural tours

Naxos Cultural Tours, provides an immersive experience into the island’s history and traditions. Located in the heart of Naxos, this company specializes in guided tours that showcase the island’s archaeological sites, historical landmarks, and local art scenes. Their knowledgeable guides, fluent in multiple languages, bring to life the stories and legends of ancient temples, Byzantine churches, and Venetian castles. These tours are perfect for history buffs and anyone interested in getting a deeper understanding of Naxos’ rich cultural tapestry.

Naxos Trekking

For the adventure seekers, Naxos Trekking offers a unique way to explore the island’s diverse landscapes. Situated ideally for easy access to various trails, this company organizes guided trekking excursions that cater to all skill levels. From leisurely walks through olive groves and vineyards to more challenging hikes up the island’s rugged mountains, Naxos Trekking provides a blend of natural beauty and physical activity. These treks not only offer breathtaking views but also a chance to learn about the local flora and fauna from expert guides.

a guide to sightseeing


cultural tours and sightseeing

Philema stands out for those who wish to experience the culinary delights of Naxos. This charming establishment is dedicated to showcasing the best of Naxian cuisine through cooking classes and food tours. Located in a picturesque setting, Philema invites guests to learn about traditional cooking techniques, local ingredients, and the secrets behind famous Greek dishes. Their hands-on cooking classes are a delightful way to immerse yourself in Greek culture and come away with recipes you can recreate at home.


Lastly, Smirili offers a unique cultural experience that blends sightseeing with the art of traditional Greek weaving. Nestled in a scenic location, this establishment not only displays beautifully crafted textiles but also provides workshops where visitors can learn the art of weaving from skilled artisans. The experience at Smirili is both educational and therapeutic, offering a rare glimpse into a vanishing art form. It’s an ideal stop for those interested in arts, crafts, and taking home a unique and personal souvenir from Naxos.

a guide to weave

Each of these businesses provides a unique window into the heart and soul of Naxos. Whether you’re trekking through its stunning landscapes, diving into its rich history, savoring its culinary delights, or learning a traditional craft, Naxos promises an unforgettable cultural journey.

Naxos view from a hole in the wall

Naxos Family Holiday at Their Best

The Quintessential Guide

Unveiling the Jewel of Naxos

Naxos is a destination that exudes a magical blend of ancient history and natural beauty. It’s a place where families can create unforgettable memories. It all begins with choosing the right place to stay. I’m thrilled to share why Natura Villas is the ultimate choice for families seeking the quintessential Naxos holiday.

Naxos view from a hole in the wall

A Haven of Comfort and Serenity

Firstly, Natura Villas offers unparalleled comfort and serenity, vital for any family vacation. The villas are designed with a deep understanding of family needs. Spacious living areas ensure everyone has their own space, while communal areas are perfect for family bonding. The blend of modern amenities and traditional Greek aesthetics provides a tranquil and luxurious atmosphere. After a day of exploring, families can relax in a villa that feels like a home away from home.

Tailored Experiences for All Ages

Secondly, the beauty of Natura Villas lies in its ability to cater to all ages. The villas offer various activities, from serene gardens for parents to unwind to playgrounds where children can frolic safely. Additionally, the staff at Natura Villas are experts in crafting experiences that delight every family member, ensuring a balanced holiday where everyone finds something to cherish.

Family Adventures in Naxos

Beyond the comfort of Natura Villas, Naxos itself is a playground for families. Here are some activities that families can enjoy together:

Exploring Ancient Ruins
Naxos, steeped in history, beckons families to explore ancient ruins like the Temple of Apollo, creating a thrilling educational experience.
Beach Day Fun
No family holiday in Naxos is complete without a day at the beach. Agios Prokopios and Plaka Beach are family-friendly options with shallow waters and soft sands, perfect for building sandcastles or splashing around.
Hiking the Scenic Trails
For adventurous families, hiking the scenic trails of Naxos is a must. Trails like the ones in Aliko offer breathtaking views and a chance to discover the island's diverse flora and fauna.
Local Cuisine and Workshops
Indulge in the local cuisine by visiting family-friendly tavernas that offer traditional Greek dishes. Also, keep an eye out for cooking workshops where you can learn to make Greek delicacies together.
Sailing Excursions
Explore the surrounding azure waters through a family-friendly sailing excursion. These trips often include stops at secluded beaches and opportunities for snorkeling.

Wrapping Up the Naxos Experience

Naxos, with its blend of history, natural beauty, and family-oriented activities, is a perfect destination for a family holiday. And at the heart of this experience is Natura Villas, where comfort, luxury, and tailored experiences come together to create an unforgettable stay. Whether it’s exploring ancient ruins, enjoying beach days, or relishing in local cuisine, Naxos has something for every family member.

Natura Villas is more than just a place to stay; it’s the starting point of a journey filled with discovery, relaxation, and family bonding. So, when planning your next family adventure, remember that Natura Villas in Naxos isn’t just a choice; it’s the gateway to creating lasting family memories.

traditional easter food, tsoureki

Greek Orthodox Easter is probably the biggest celebration of the year for most Greeks, with a lot of special traditions and family gatherings.  So, how do Greeks celebrate Easter?

If you can not be in Naxos during Easter, but you are curious, then read below what Greek Easter is about

40 days before Easter – fasting period

The preparations for the Greek Easter actually start from “Kathara Devtera” (Clean Monday) onward. All Greeks celebrate the national holiday “Kathara Devtera”, which is the last day of carnival and the first day of the so-called “fasting period”.
Take a look at the video, to get an idea what are the typical foods for celebrating Kathara Devtera

From that day onward till Easter people might greet you with “kali sarrakosti” (We wish you a nice 40 days!), since there are 40 days till the “holy week” (the week before Easter Sunday).

The “Holy Week”

The week before Easter Sunday, the Holy Week, begins on Palm Sunday.
Greek Easter is a very special and holy time indeed! Even for non-religious Greeks or foreigners, the atmosphere is nice and it is a part of the Greek culture and traditions.

There are church services everyday commemorating the last week in the life of Jesus Christ. The evening services are the most attended, except for Wednesday when the Service of the Holy Unction is held in the afternoon. On Thursday morning the service commemorates the Last Supper and the Betrayal of Christ.
This is the day that the hard-boiled eggs are dyed red, signifying the blood of Christ, and the Easter bread, called tsoureki, is baked.
The evening service on Thursday is a long one and features twelve gospel readings.

Meanwhile, people are shopping for their Easter gifts and buying their lambs of all sizes for Easter Sunday. Athenians who have family-connections to the islands and villages on the mainland are preparing to leave the city, as well as people with no family ties!

Good Friday

On Good Friday, the figure of Christ is taken down from the cross. The epitaphios , decorated with flowers by the girls through the night, is brought into the church. The bells of the church can be heard all over and all the flags in Greece are lowered to half-mast. In the evening a “funeral service” is held and at about 9pm the epitaphios is taken from the church and carried through the streets in a procession. Now everybody follows the epithaphios while carrying “beige” candles.

On Good Friday the candlelit funeral procession takes place in three churches (Mitropoli, Bantanesa, Agios Nikodimos) around 20.00-21.00 h.

The procession takes place all over the town, while (some) people also sing and afterwards the different “epitaphia” from various churches, are coming together on the main square

During the whole week till Saturday evening you can greet each other with the usual “Xronia Polla”, but also with “Kalo Pasxa” (Happy Easter) or otherwise “Kali Anastasi”. Just be careful when you want to translate the latter into English. (a nice Greek man wanted to translate it for some students in English and said: “Have a nice erection!” ( instead of “resurrection”!).

Easter Saturday

On Saturday the Orthodox Patriarch breaks the seal of the door of the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and emerges with the Holy Fire, which is then flown by Aegean or Olympic Airways, accompanied by high-ranking priests and government officials to Athens airport where it is met by an honor guard to the small church of Agia Anargyroi in Plaka (center Athens). From there the light is distributed to churches all over Attika and the rest of Greece.

At 11pm on Saturday night pretty much the entire Naxos is in church. The lights are turned off at midnight and the priest announces that Christ has arisen from the dead as candles (this day only white candles!) are lit. The tiny glow at the front of the church grows and soon the whole room is illuminated by the light of everyone’s candles. Exactly at midnight the priest sings the Paschal hymn:

“Christ has risen from the dead and in so doing has trampled on death and to those in the tombs he has given life”.
The church bells ring in celebration, fireworks go off, ships sound their sirens and the light and sound makes any European New Year celebration seem tame in comparison! People greet each other happily with the words Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) which is replied to with Alithos Anesti (Truly He has arisen).

Gunshots, dynamite and fireworks will be going on for the next 3 hours or more, with every year blowing off a finger or two! Just be careful!

Easter Sunday

Easter day, Sunday,  is most people’s favorite day of the year. A lamb is roasted (or baked in the oven) and friends and families get together to eat, drink, talk and dance. And this is what we plan to do as well in Natura Villas, with family and friends.

So Greek Easter Sunday means eating Greek lamb, goat, kokoretsi, wine, tsoureki bread and cracking red eggs.