Saturday 19th April 2014
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Greek Islands Travel

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 lie west of the mainland.

View over Santorini caldera

Holiday visitors to the popular Greek island of Santorini can pick up the language at a series of 'speak Greek' courses being run over the summer. The Hellenic Culture Centre is organising a series of two-week intensive courses on Greek language and culture on the popular holiday island this year. The courses, which run from June to September, are aimed at non-native speakers and consist of 40 hours of language tuition and Greek speaking workshops as well as 34...

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Tourist visitors to Greece and the Greek Islands surged to just under 18 million last year in one of the best holiday seasons ever for the country. Latest figures show arrivals leapt 15.5%.

crete whale stranding

Holiday visitors on the island of Crete report concern at the large number of dead and stranded whales being found on beaches along the popular south east coast of the island.

olive oil bottles

Greece is to keep its olive oil 'pure' by continuing a nationwide ban on blending it with cheaper vegetable oils over fears it could spoil one of the country's signature products

cruise ship

Holiday visitors to the Greek Islands could find ferry services halted if shipping companies fail to find back pay owed to crews. Seamen's unions are angry over unpaid wages.

Ionian Sea Kyparissia Bay

Greece faces action by the European Court of Justice for failing to protect the nesting sites of endangered turtles. The announcement comes just as the 2014 turtle nesting season is about to begin and a case is expected to come before the European Court later this year.

Elafonisi beach Crete

he astonishing white sands at Elafonisi, one of the most attractive beaches in Western Crete has been ranked in the world's top twenty most beautiful beaches by a leading travel website.

Arrivals at Kos airport are down

Tourism experts forecast a record breaking year for Greek Island holidays this year with more than 18.5 million visitors expected to fly out to Greek holiday beaches in 2014.

National Hellenic Music

The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago is one of America's oldest institutions. It celebrates Greek cultural influences and is home to an impressive library of artefacts dating back thousands of years.

aegina temple aphaia

Holiday visitors with an interest in the culture of Greece are in for a treat this year. The Greek government has agreed to extend the opening hours of 33 museums over the summer.

Leros windmill

Tourism looks set to be Greece's biggest money spinner this year with up to 18 million tourists forecast to visit Greece and the Greek islands more than double the population of Greece.

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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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