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North Aegean news and views

The North Aegean are a loose assortment of islands off the Greek and Turkish mainland. Long distances and infrequent ferry connections put them off the main tourist trail but those with airports, like Samos and Lesvos, are popular holiday destinations. Thassos has no airport but good ferry and road links to Kavala airport on the mainland. Rugged Ikaria and Chios have good beaches and walking while Lemnos and Samothraki are largely untouched by tourism.

Great views over Thassos

Thassos is not only one of the less 'discovered' destinations for Greek island holidays, it also has some of the best 'undiscovered' sights. Those visitors on a holiday to Thassos who stick to the beaches will miss out on one of the best features of Thassos . . .

Marble quarry at Alyki on Thassos

Anyone who has been on holiday to Thassos will not have failed to notice the island's marble heritage. Thassos marble is famed throughout the world for its translucent quality and lorries loaded with huge marble slabs . . .

Book authors love Lesvos island

Scatterlight Donkeys & Foxballs Ice Cream is a book of photos and stories from Lesvos by Julie Smit and Jan van Lent with artwork by Jeroen Koster. Dutch residents of Molyvos, Julie Smit and Jan van Lent, clearly love the Greek island of Lesvos . . .

Lesvos forest museum

A 20 million-year-old forest on Lesvos holiday island has been declared the top European Geopark for 2011-2014. The Petrified Forest of Lesvos is considered an ideal example of how to run a geopark, according to . . .

Beach on Mykonos Greece

Gay tourists are giving Greek Island holidays the thumbs down, according to the latest research into the Greek beach holiday tourism market. Greek island holidays on Lesbos and Mykonos beaches have been popular destinations with the gay . . .

Healthy eating at Ikaria taverna

People living on the Greek island of Ikaria are ten times more likely to see their 90th birthday than those from the rest of Europe thanks to a regular diet of fish, fruit and vegetables.

Lesvos olive press

Holidaymakers on Lesvos can drop into a series of cultural events at the end of July to mark the centenary of the birth of Nobel Literature Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis. Elytis, born Odysseas Alepoudelis in 1911 in Heraklion, Crete . . .

Greek racing yachts compete

The oldest and biggest yacht race to be held in the Greek Islands is set to get underway later this month. The Aegean Rally, now in its 48th year and organized by HORC (Hellenic Offshore Racing Club), will set sail from Faliro Marina . . .

Flamingos on Lesvos

The wetlands of Lesvos help make the island a favourite with birdwatchers who can combine their Greek island holiday with their favourite hobby.

Marathokambos on Samos

A competition has been launched to build a new harbour for tourist boats on the south coast of Samos island. The south-west coast of Samos has become increasingly popular in recent years. The port of Marathokambos and nearby beaches . . .

Petrified forest on Lesbos

Geopark experts have arrived on the holiday island of Lesvos this week to study the petrified forest in the remote western region of Lesvos island. Park evaluation takes place every four years to ensure high quality standards of maintenance . . .

Yiannis outside his Samos shop

I love the sound of the bouzouki and the bouzouki is, of course, the sound of Greece.Now you can learn the basics of bouzouki playing or even make your own instrument in workshops held on the holiday island of Samos. The workshops are held . . .

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