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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.

Psarou Beach Mykonos
Greek holiday tax crackdown

Holiday visitors to the Greek Islands may spot tax and police officials snooping around apartment complexes, tavernas and even beaches this year searching for tax dodgers

Agios Ioannis chapel Skopelos
Mamma Mia sequel heads to Croatia

Tourism officials in Greece are astounded at claims that the sequel to the popular movie Mamma Mia is to be filmed not in Greece but Croatia.

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.

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.

The Hoppet Sailing Ship
Leros welcomes the Hoppet

Leros island holidaymakers have been dancing in the street since the arrival of the Hoppet sailing ship. They were joined by local people and Syrian refugees for a display of traditional Greek dance.

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Greek hire cars to get older

Your rental car in Greece could be a few years older after a recent decision to extend the life of hire cars. Under previous laws, Greek car rental outfits could not hire out cars more than nine years old.

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.

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.

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Tourist flock to museum sites

Greek holidays are not just sea, sand and sun it appears. More holiday visitors than ever are flocking to museums and historic sites across Greece and the Greek Islands.

cape sounio full moon
Greek sites open for full moon

Another Greek August, another Greek full moon and scores of archaeological sites, museums and other tourist attractions will stay open late. Visitors to Greece and the Greek islands can witness historic sites in the light of a full August moon

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.

Greek hotel rooms booking scam
Greek hotels in tax probe

Room owners in the Greek Islands have been warned to register their holiday lets or face a stiff fine as the Greek government tightens up on tax evasion. The initiative has been launched by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), as it tries to fight back against the rising rate of black market rooms.

parthenon elgin marbles statues
Greeks Marbles snub

Greek culture officials are furious after the British Museum refused to take part in talks over the future of the Parthenon Marbles. Museums director Sir Richard Lambert rejected a United Nations' offer to chair talks over the future of the Marbles.

corfu easter candles
Greeks gear up for Easter

Thousands of holidaymakers will be making their way to the Greek Islands to enjoy the traditional Easter celebrations that are famed throughout the world. Holiday website firms report a surge in visitor numbers

Greek museum acropolis athens
Museums open longer

Greek culture lovers get more time to tour museums and archaeological sites as they stay open longer. A total of 46 major museums and sites will stay open 12 hours daily.

parthenon marbles protest
Parthenon protest

Driving rain failed to dampen the mood of hundreds of Greek in a candlelight protest over the loss of the Parthenon Marbles this week. Greeks gathered outside the Acropolis Museum for a candlelight vigil.

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