The Greek Islands is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The islands fall into several groups with the Argo-Saronic near Athens, the Cyclades in the central Aegean, the North Aegean islands off the north-west coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese along the Turkish coast, the Sporades off the Greek east coast, while the Ionian lie west of the mainland.
As we recall the delights of our Greek summer holidays it is hard to believe that the Greek Island are anything but endless days of summer sunshine and blue seas. But winter sets in for Greeks after all the summer tourists have flown home and this year is no different as the Greek Islands batten down the hatches for weeks of winter storms. Bad weather has already hit many Greek Island beach resorts with strong winds and heavy rains...
Kos Town plans to do much more promote its historic centre and create an 'Open Archaeological and Historical Park' to attract more visitors. Kos town is already famous for its heritage sites.
Residents on Ithaca are pleading for help to restore a vital ferry service to Kefalonia and the mainland. Ferry services from Patras to Ithaca, via the port of Sami have been put on hold
Greece recently announced a new law that will make yacht owners pay a 'sea circulation' tax for the privilege of sailing through Greek waters or for mooring their vessels in Greek ports.
At least two people have died in storms that swept across the island of Rhodes. Two women have died on the Greek tourist island and two men are missing after heavy rainfall hit resorts.
Excavations to build metro stations in Thessaloniki, the gateway city for holidays in Halkidiki have unearthed more than 100,000 ancient treasures such as coins, vases, jewellery and ceramics.
Holiday travel videos promoting the delights of a holiday in Chania in Crete are picking up a clutch of prestigious awards. The tourist video promo was inspired by the classic film Zorba the Greek
Greece and the Greek Islands should be aiming to welcome 24 million holiday tourists by 2021 says a report that adds it could mean more than €18 billion annually for the Greek economy
Scuba divers on holiday on the Greek island of Leros could soon be able to visit the site of one of Greece's legendary warships. Queen Olga was a Greek destroyer in the Second World War
Seasonal holiday workers on Kos are protesting at the low wages and poor working conditions for part time holiday workers. Hotel staff and taverna waiters claim they are being exploited.
As the cradle of western civilization Greece has probably done the most for western culture. Today's Greece is packed with museums, monuments and archaeological sites.
Greek food has never been as enjoyed as much. Supermarket shelves heave with Greek-style yoghurts and the Mediterranean diet is world famous for its health benefits.
Greek holiday visitors will quickly notice two things about the Greek lifestyle. First is the sheer friendliness and second is the relaxed attitude to timekeeping.
Travel in the Greek islands can seem a marathon, given the number of interesting islands and the fascinating sights. Most holiday visitors restrict themselves to one island.
Variety is the key to a Greek island holiday and you can take your pick of barely inhabited peaceful retreats to 24-hour beach parties but each island has its own unique attractions.