Travel in the Greek islands can seem a marathon, given the number of islands and fascinating sights. Many visitors stay on one island but, with regular ferries and flights, there really is no need. There are seven island groups each with its own character — no two islands are the same but groups tend to share attributes, from the classic style of the Cyclades to the Venetian echoes of the Ionian; the Crusader castles of Rhodes to the green of Thassos.
Cruise ship visitors spend a lot less in the shops and cafes than other tourists. You only have to wander the overcrowded streets above the port to wonder if the drawbacks outweigh the benefits.
A new ferry route to link all the Ionian islands for the first time looks ready to set sail daily, except Sunday, from May 1 and run right through the summer season until the end of October.
Seaplane test flights on Corfu only show what slow progress has been made in a project bogged down in Greek red tape.
Plans to launch seaplane services between the Greek Islands remain a pipe-dream; bogged down by red tape, government inertia and endless political wrangling.
The Greek government says development work on revamping the country's 14 regional airports will start soon. Tourists travelling to many Greek islands can expect fewer delays.
Temperatures in the Greek Islands are projected to stay in the high 30s Celsius well into August, and it will probably feel even warmer thanks to high humidity.
Hellenic Seaplanes has been trying to get a seaplane network in the air since 2013. The latest setback is a Greek government plan to place private waterway projects under state control.
The Greek government has finally ratified contracts with a German-Greek consortium to run 14 of its regional and island airports including Crete, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos and Mykonos.
The Greek government is set to draw up new criteria for the allocation of airline subsidies for flights to many Greek islands. Zante looks like it may lose out with domestic flights to Athens cut back.
The Greek government is expected to give the go-ahead for the first seaplane flights early this year. And if licenses are granted, Greece's first seaplane network could link the islands of the Ionian.
Latest figures show a 12% rise in curse she arrivals in ports across Greece and the Greek islands in 2015. Greece is slowly turning into one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Mediterranean.
Greek car rental outfits have been legally obliged to renew any vehicle more than nine years old. An update to the regulations means that car rental firms can hang on to hire cars for 12 years.
Plans to launch a Greek island seaplane service in 2016 appears to be drowning in red tape. It's not the first time that a scheme to link the islands with seaplane service has failed to get off the ground.
International arrivals at airports in Greece and the Greek Islands in 2015 jumped nearly six percent to 15.5 million. When arrivals by sea are factored in it could jump to more than 25 million.
A sell-off of Greek airports has triggered fears of a big hike in landing fees that will put off low-cost airlines and charter companies with a knock-on effect for Greek holiday package deals.
Latest figures show an 8% rise in tourist spending in the first six months of 2015 as more tourists then ever book holidays in Greece and the Greek Islands. According the Bank of Greece this week, a total of 7.56 million visitors arrived on Greek island holidays.
Many holidaymakers prefer ferry hopping around the Greek islands to booking the usual package tour trips. But ferry tris eill cost more after a VAT hike.
The latest operational plan to operate much heralded seaplane services in the Greek islands has been shelved until 2016 and includes a network of 112 waterways, ten of which will be regional, with each waterway capable of servicing two to three seaplanes.
Reports claim there have already been several delays to night flights and a number of schedule changes in services to the airport of Mytilene on Lesvos as maintenance of night flying navigational aids have fallen behind schedule
Despite plans to open up to 100 seaplane routes across Greece and the Greek Islands this year, the company now admits that Corfu island has the only port with a registered waterway. There will be no seaplane services in the Greek Islands in summer 2015.