Mt. Athos, March 17, 2018
Russians make up 60% of pilgrims visiting the monasteries of Mt. Athos in Greece, reports Interfax-Tourism with reference to the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the Greek Ministry of Tourism.
“Besides beach vacations in the high summer season, Russian tourists actively visit Greek churches and holy sites as part of religious tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, 60% of pilgrims to the monasteries of Mt. Athos are citizens of Russia,” the statement reads.
According to the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism, the proportion of Russian tourists visiting holy sites in Greece has grown in recent years from 8 to 22%.