Dodecanese news and views
The Dodecanese is the name given to the long string of islands follow the Turkish coast. Where east meets west, many ate rich in culture and history with a strong Ottoman influence. Rhodes and Kos are the premier holiday islands with good flight and ferry links. Other popular holiday islands for independent travellers are Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros while Halki, Symi, Lipsi, Pserimos, Tilos and Nisyros are favourite day trip destinations.
The Hoppet is a wooden-hulled sailboat that is sailing the Greek islands as part of a three-year artist project called 'Meeting the Odyssey' and it sailed into the Geek island of Leros recently.
UK civil engineers are involved in the scheme to recreate the former Wonder of the Ancient World that once stood over the port of Rhodes. The original 30-metre bronze Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC.
UK holiday visitors to Kos are bemused at the 'hellhole' tag as few come across any refugees as they sunbathe on the island's beaches. Locals on Kos have also attacked a newspaper article's 'racist and provocative' style that they blame for discrediting the holiday island.
Rhodes is set to greet the 'early-bird' British holiday arrivals in style with a special welcome reception. The Manchester flight by package holiday giant Thomson will just pip the post in starting the Greek holiday season on Rhodes this year.
Each year sees a decline in the number of family-owned Greek island tavernas and bars as they have been driven out of business by cut-price all-inclusive holiday deals.
Famous as the island where apostle St Paul wrote the Book of Revelation, the small Greek island of Patmos also has good sandy beaches and plenty of tourist infrastructure
The cash-strapped Greek government is offering a 50-year lease on the abandoned Villa de Vecchi on Rhodes built for former fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
The former beachfront mansion near the Rhodes holiday resort of Pefkos and which once hosted many of David Gilmour's celebrity friends has been put on the market at around €1.1.
The sun-kissed island of Rhodes may be a blaze of sunshine during the peak summer holiday season but this winter is one of the worst ever with torrential downpours and floods.
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.
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.
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.
Fishermen on the Greek holiday island of Lipsi have been urged to back an appeal to save their livelihoods, preserve fish stocks and protect marine mammals by switching to larger mesh nets
Cultural leaders on Kos are pleading for help to boost tourist holiday visitors. Top of the list is free use to stage cultural events on important archaeological and cultural sites, such as Kos Castle
Latest figures reveal a major reversal of the tourism landscape in Rhodes with more Russian visitors arrivals than any other country, including former table toppers Britain and Germany
The holiday island of Symi looks set to be the backdrop for a low budget horror movie. Moviemakers have raised cash backing to film 'The Judas Curse' later this year.
Tourist trains, open-top coach companies and other may face new regulations as island authorities toughen up rules. It follows rows over the most profitable routes
Kos is to step up moves to bring even more holiday tourists to the island. It is part of a joint plan with Crete and Cyprus to promote marine tourism in the region and to promote the islands to overseas visitors.
Alarm bells are ringing after a pollution incident in the hugely popular holiday resort of . Pollution in the top holiday resort was a problem for many years until a new waste treatment system was put in place.