Three Islands: Greek Pilgrimage Destinations to visit in August

August is one of the most significant religious months in Greece, when on the 15th of the month, during the religious celebration known as the Virgin Mary’s Assumption, Greek pilgrimage destinations across the country receive thousands of worshippers from all corners of the world. This special occasion has been referred to as “ the summer Easter” to highlight the importance of the celebration, and this is the day that marks the Dormition of Virgin Mary.

The importance of Greek Pilgrimage Destinations 

Since ancient Greece, Greek pilgrimage destinations were frequented every year by the population.  To this day, they are special places to reflect, pray and honour religion. Greece has evolved over the millennia, but pilgrimages remain a part of life.  Today, Greek Orthodox festivals take place year round in some of the most beautiful Greek mainland and island destinations.

We have picked three authentic island destinations that will let you discovered a unique, alternative and religious side of Greece.


Amorgos is a special destination one can experience from the sky. Located in the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades, it is known for its unique monastery – a masterpiece built high in its cliffs. The monastery of Panagia Xozoviotissa with it’s bright, white exterior contrasts beautifully with the surrounding mountain cliffs and the blue of the Aegean Sea. This whitewashed wonder is vertically tucked into the ragged walls of the Profitis Ilias, 300 meters above sea level. The monastery is a highly visited destination during the August celebration in honour of the Virgin Mary.


Folegandros is a small island close to Santorini and although it is located next to the most visited Cycladic islands, it has managed to remain a secluded destination. Folegandros does not have an airport and the only way to reach the island is by a helicopter or a boat. A helicopter tour opens up breathtaking views from above of its sheltered beaches, its rocky landscape and the streets of its picturesque whitewashed main village.

Church of Panagia Folegandros

A small church of Panagia rises above the highest point of the island’s landscape, a unique site that can be reached by a white painted path. The church hosts numerous religious festivities during the month of August.


Sifnos is an island with more than 200 churches, dedicated to Virgin Mary.  These whitewashed churches are spread across the island’s landscape and dot its seaside villages.


The Church of the Seven Martyrs, is a small whitewashed and blue-domed church which stands on its own tiny islet out in the expanse of the blue sea.  It is considered to be the most photographed of the island and an aerial view is even more breathtaking.  Another impressive site that is guaranteed to awe is the Church of Panagia Kitriani, the oldest ecclesiastic monument dating back to the 11th century, that stands alone on a small uninhabited island.

Are you ready to expand your horizons and visit the next top Greek destinations?