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.
The remote location of Seychelles Beach on Ikaria is well off the Greek Islands tourist trail, but it's no worse for that. UK's Stylist magazine says this is one of the best 'hidden beaches' in the world
Popular Greek holidays islands such as Lesvos and Samos have become a gateway for refugees fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East. And news reports of thousands of migrants arriving on Greek island beaches and the tension growing.
Each year at the end of July the ouzo makers of Lesvos link up with the town hall of Plomari, organize the famous ouzo festival to promote the drink.
The 40-year-old TV chef Jamie Oliver visited the coastal resort village of Armenistis on the Greek island of Ikaria where he tasted local dishes of pan fried mullet.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum for the Lesvos Petrified Forest were alerted to the finds and have carried out an extensive search of the roadworks.
Known today for its links with links with lesbian women and the female poet Sappho — there is even an annual women's festival on the island — Lesvos was once a sex playground.
A flower covered street on the island of Lesvos has taken the top slot on a leading art and design website after picking up thousands of votes.
Only a short boat hop from the Lesvos capital port of Mytelini, the tiny 16-acre islet called Little Mytilene is on the market for a cool €800,000, around £640,000 at the current exchange rate, and bidders are welcome.
First created by Levos travel firm Sappho Travel in 2000, the Women's Festival has grown each year at the gay-friendly beach resort of Skala Eressos on the south coast of the island.
The unique and ancient petrified forest of Lesvos site has been submitted as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site in a bid to boost tourism on the popular Greek island.
A heart warming story extolling the virtues of the Greek lifestyle has been making it's way around the internet. We doubt whether there will ever be a better advert.
This year the Lesvos Beach Street Festival will be staged in the island's capital town, Mytilene and features more than 80 graffiti artists joined by more than 50 musicians.
Samos was the only Greek islands that failed to record a rise in holiday visitors this year. Hoteliers on Samos will be disappointed at the holiday figures which shows the island missing out.
While the rest of the Greek islands show a big surge in visitors this year and Ikaria are comparatively empty. Now hotel owners want to tempt low cost airlines to open up cheap flight routes to Samos in a bid to boost holiday traffic
Lesvos has been cut off from all ferry routes to other Greek islands for the past 20 days and there is little prospect of services being resumed this summer.
Greek island hotels are to promote the 'Greek Breakfast' to help promote local products to tourists. It follows a successful events on the Greek Island of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean and on Corfu in the western Ionian.
The holiday resort of Limenaria, on the Greek island of Thassos, should get a welcome boost with the building of a new boat marina. This popular holiday spot located on the south coast of Thassos.
Plenty of holiday visitors to the Greek Island of Samos like to take in a tour of the island's famous vineyards. Now a clutch of Samos wines have picked up gold medals at an international wine competitions held recently in Europe . . .
Greece has lived through troubled times recently and Greek Island holidays have suffered a drop in visitors as a result. Having just returned from a holiday on Thassos I can honestly say it has been one of the best holidays ever . . .
Any regular visitor to the Greek Islands will know there is little love lost between Greece and its close neighbour Turkey. Military boats and planes regularly patrol waters and airspace between the two countries. But, in a rare example of cooperation . . .