Greece’s Top Carnival Destinations

This Sunday marks the end of the carnival and the beginning of the 40-day Fast before Easter Sunday. However, the end of the carnival can only be celebrated in one way — endless fiestas all over Greece with big parades, dancing in the streets and tons of confetti.

There are several places in Greece that are known for their carnival fiestas and parades. These popular cities draw in large crowds of people who travel near and far to join in on the fun.

Patras
Partying and fun are the only words to describe the carnival days in Patras. It is one of the oldest and most popular carnivals; the city is well known around Greece and many parts of the world for the elaborate decorations and vibrant colors. The preparation of the floats that are featured in the parade are often prepared throughout the whole year.

patrino karnavali stage

Rethymno
One of the most popular and biggest events of the island, that largely owes its success to the unique and fun shows which are full of satire and energy.

rethemniotiko-karnavali

Xanthi
A very spectacular carnival from Xanthi that moves to a Latin beat. Apart from the parade with exceptional floats, there are theatrical shows that share the tradition and culture of the city.

karnavali parelasi

Moschato
This carnival dates back to 1987 and is one of the most popular in the area of Athens. Aside from the common Greek carnival traditions, every year it hosts Brazilian dancers who transform the carnival into a Latin party.

karnavali moschatos