Saturday 20th September 2014
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Greek Islands Travel Guides

News, views and opinions from the Greek islands

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 islands lie west of the mainland.

Corfu's Paleokastritsa loses its Blue Flag

Spot checks on Greek island holiday beaches this summer have resulted in a total of 38 beaches being stripped of their coveted international Blue Flag status. It means that some beaches on popular island holiday destinations like Corfu, Crete, Lesvos and Zante will not be able to fly the Blue Flag in the 2015 summer season as they will not be eligible to enter for consideration. In 2014, a total of 408 Blue Flags were awarded to Greek beaches in the Islands and on the Greek mainland, adding...

paros airport construction

The Greek island of Paros in the heart of the Cyclades group of islands looks set to open a new island airport next year after the Greek government stepped in to speed up the project.

russian travel intaer

The surge in Russian tourists to the Greek Islands has suffered a further setback as two more holiday companies from Russia go bust leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded.

kos kardemana hotel

Regular holiday visitors to the island of Kos will no doubt have seen how popular beach resorts have been slowly turned over to all-inclusive hotel aimed at the cheap package holiday market.

crete crocodile sifis

Tourist souvenir shops in Rethymnon, Crete are stocking up on toy crocodiles after a real croc was spotted in a local lake. All efforts to trap the elusive crocodile have failed.

kefalonia earthquake

Cash help could be on the way for the Ionian island of Kefalonia hit earlier this year by a 5.8 earthquake and several dozen severe aftershocks that made local people homeless.

lesvos sappho festival

Lesvos will welcome over 1,000 women from all over the world at the two-week International Eressos Women's Festival 2014 that is launched on the island every September.

lesvos petrified forest

The remarkable petrified forest of Lesvos, the largest such site in Europe and of international scientific significance, could be in for a world ranking heritage award.

patmos st john monastery

The Dodecanese island of Patmos has long been slightly off the Greek island holiday tourist trail but that could all be about to change with plans to promote the island in 2015.

Greek Island Beach

Most visitors are highly satisfied with their holidays in the Greek Islands, according to an independent poll of visitor satisfaction.

Alykes holiday beach on Zante

UK tourists on holiday in the Greek islands are opening their wallets and spending a lot more money this year, according to latest figures on revenue from tourism.

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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.

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