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Fine facts about Greek Feta cheese

Feta is the best known of Greek cheeses and considered a healthy option when it comes to choosing cheese.

Feta dominates the Greek cheese market, accounting for 70% of all sales and the name is now protected by EU law.

If it says Greek feta, then it must be made in one of the Greek regions of Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly, Peloponnese or the Greek island of Lesvos.

Most Feta is made from a mix of goat and sheep milk, is easy to digest and a healthy alternative to cheese made from cow's milk.

Not only is it rich in nutrients it tastes pretty good too, though some don't like the nutty,

Psarou Beach Mykonos
Greek holiday tax crackdown

Holiday visitors to the Greek Islands may spot officials snooping around apartment complexes, tavernas and even beaches this year.

There is no need for holidaymakers to worry but hotel and taverna owners, and even those charging for beach umbrellas, should be rather more nervous

The snoopers are most likely government inspectors trying to track down on tax avoidance and police checking on labour law violations.

Tax and labour squads have stepped up inspections across the Greek islands this year after reports that more than half Greek tourism businesses were found to be flouting the law in the

Ouzo glasses on taverna table
How to enjoy a glass of Greek ouzo

A Greek holiday is not complete without enjoying a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Ouzo is a liquorice flavoured alcoholic drink that can be served as an aperitif or enjoyed after a meal.

For many years ouzo was considered a drink for the older generation but nowadays it has picked up a cool reputation among the young.

Like wine, ouzo is made from vines, but it's mainly the leftover grape skins and vine stems that are distilled into a strong, sweet, liqueur-like alcohol with a high proof.

The liquorice flavour comes from the addition of anise but other spice and herbs are often

New ferry link for Sporades islands

Holiday visitors to Skiathos have a new ferry link from the Greek mainland as Golden Star Ferries launches a new service to the Sporades islands.

Gold Star is operating two high-speed ferries to the Sporades islands daily over the summer months.

The ferries both run daily between the mainland ports of Volos and Thessaloniki to the Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

The routes will give Greek island hoppers in the Sporades a major boost to ferry services between the islands.

The ferry company's Super Cat ferry runs a morning service from Volos to Skiathos and back leaving

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Boost for Greek island airports

Holiday visitors to the Greek islands will be well aware of how frustrating airport check-ins can be with long queues at outdated and inadequate island airports.

That looks set to change this year following the sell-off of 14 regional state-run airports to the private German-Greek consortium Fraport last year.

The sell-off went ahead with pledges to pump millions of euros into upgrading airports on islands such as Rhodes, Crete, Corfu and Skiathos.

As well as five new passenger terminals at Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos and Lesvos, Fraport has promised major upgrades at airports across Greece and the

Elafonisi beach Crete
More Blue Flags for Greek beaches

Greek island holidaymakers can look forward to even cleaner beaches this year.

The country has increased the number of holiday beaches gaining Blue Flag quality status.

It has added 33 beaches and three marinas to its award-winning resorts to take this year's total to 519.

It ranks Greece second in the world, after Spain, for Blue Flag awards from the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF).

A total of 15 Greek marinas and a sustainable tourism boat also bagged a quality Blue Flag award for 2018.

Last year Greece picked up Blue Flags for 486

Olive tree of Vouves Crete
Cretan olive tree at least 3,000 year old

Plenty of Greek villages lay claim to ancient olive trees, some claimed to date back thousands of years.

But the village of Ano Vouves near Kissamos in West Crete has a substantial claim to having the oldest olive tree in the world.

International scientific experts have carried out tests that lend some integrity to the village claim that the tree is more than 3,000 years old.

The ancient olive of Vouves has a trunk circumference measures at 12.5 metres and a trunk diameter of 4.6 metres.

The exact number of years cannot be determined as the

Hellenic Seaways two ferries
New owner for Greek ferry firm

The new owners of Greek island ferry operator Hellenic Seaways pledge not to increase ferry ticket prices on popular Greek island routes when they take over the Greek ferry company later the year.

The ferry company Hellenic Seaways is to be taken over by Attica Group following the green light from Greece's competition authority.

Attica Group, which already operates the Blue Star and Superfast ferry lines, will take a controlling interest in Hellenic Seaways from the Italian Grimaldi Group.

The deal raises concern about ferry ticket prices and the ability

Santorini cruise ships
Santorini sinks under cruise ships

Santorini may be a favourite island for holidaymakers but it's also a must-see port of call for cruise ships and looks set to pose problems for yet another year.

Not only its Santorini the most popular Greek island destination for regular tourists but in the spring the island also gets swamped by tens of thousands of cruise ship visitors.

Any holidaymaker staying in the island resorts of Fira to Oia will experience the heart sink as the next cruise ship pulls in and thousands pour down the gangplanks before ascending the cliff face to cram the streets.

You might think that local shopkeepers

Greek food

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 culture

As the cradle of western civilisation Greece has probably done the most for western culture. Today's Greece is packed with museums, monuments and archaeological sites.

Greek travel

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.

Greek holidays

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.

Greek life

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.