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As the cradle of western civilization Greece has probably done the most for western culture. Today's Greece is packed with museums, monuments and archaeological sites. With so much history it is no wonder that Greek museums are among the best in the world. Most islands have annual festivals where they stage parades, concerts, plays and pageants that almost always include dance displays, feasting and drinking.

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Amal to fight for Greek Marbles

The fight for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from Britain to Greece has taken a celebrity turn now that the newly married barrister wife of US actor George Clooney has pitched into the affray.

Before Midnight movie poster
Before Midnight

The latest movie in the 'Before' trilogy has opened the third Athens Open Air Festival. And the latest of the series of romantic comedies 'Before Midnight' is set at the end of an idyllic six-week holiday in Greece.

August full moon acropolis
Full moon

Artistic and cultural events of every kind are planned for the August full moon celebrations at archaeological and cultural sites across Greece and the Greek Islands this year. More than 70 sites, from monuments to museums, plan to stage events for the August full moon.

Kassiopi harbour Corfu
Corfu land sell-off

The small but popular Corfu beach resort of Kassiopi looks set to undergo a multi-million euro facelift. A deal to develop a massive hotel complex looks likely.

Ionian Sea Kyparissia Bay
EU court action on turtles

Greece faces action by the European Court of Justice for failing to protect the nesting sites of endangered turtles as turtle nesting season is about to begin.

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Museum queues

The soaring popularity of Greek museums and historical sites has triggered a problem with queues, especially as cruise ships dock and thousands head straight for the top historical sites

Delphi voted top Greek attraction
Delphi scoops award

The archaeological site of Delphi, near Corinth, has been voted a top Greek tourist attraction site. InGreek mythology, Delphi was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. Delphi won the accolade as part of the European Destinations of Excellence . . .

Paliouri beach on Halkidiki
Doughnut ring

Greek undercover police have smashed a violent doughnut ring in a popular Halkidiki holiday beach resort. Police moved in on the Halkidiki beach resort of Paliouri, on the Kassandra peninsula, following complaints that beach doughnut sellers . . .

Fourni shipwreck
Shipwrecks found in the Aegean

Waters around the Greek Islands have long been noted for ancient underwater shipwrecks. Now scuba diving archaeologists on a Greek-American expedition have discovered 22 shipwrecks.

Poster for Zorba the Greek
Greek movie moments

Since the 1960s, Greece and the Greek Islands have set the scene for any number of international and Hollywood movies that helped put Greece on the holiday map.

The caldera of Santorini Greece
Wedding firms tie the knot

Expect to find it easier to hold your wedding on one of the Greek islands soon. A deal agreed by holiday giant TUI UK and the website BookYourWeddingDay do a deal.

Marbles legal threat dropped

Greece has dropped its threat to take legal action for the return of the Parthenon marbles. The Greek culture minister said tactics would switch to a 'diplomatic' campaign.

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Greece August full moon 2014

August full moon has now become a traditional time for cultural events across Greece and the Geek Islands and this year is no exception with events on August 10

The Acropolis in Athens
Acropolis up for rent

A holiday visit to the Acropolis in Athens is on the must-see list of many tourist visitors to Greece. Greek holiday islands close to the mainland make perfect spots for a day trip visit to one of Greece's most famous sights.

mykonos beach party paradise
Greek beach party ban

Greek holiday beach parties are famous all over the world but their days may be numbered. According to Greek reports, the government's Finance Ministry has informed local authorities in the Greek islands that noisy, all-night beach parties are now illegal.

The 'lost' Greek city of Pavlopetri
Lost Greek city

Gazing out over the aquamarine sea is a favourite occupation of those on a Greek island holiday. Now underwater archaeologists have given them a fascinating glimpse of former Greek glories that lie beneath the waves . . .

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