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Dodecanese news and views

The Dodecanese is the name given to the long string of islands follow the Turkish coast. Where east meets west, many ate rich in culture and history with a strong Ottoman influence. Rhodes and Kos are the premier holiday islands with good flight and ferry links. Other popular holiday islands for independent travellers are Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros while Halki, Symi, Lipsi, Pserimos, Tilos and Nisyros are favourite day trip destinations.

Harbour at Symi Greece
Symi movie

The holiday island of Symi looks set to be the backdrop for a low budget horror movie. Moviemakers have raised cash backing to film 'The Judas Curse' on Symi island later this year.

Kos Asklepion ruins
Kos trains

Tourist trains, open-top coach companies and other Kos attractions may face new regulations as island authorities toughen up rules. It follows rows over the most profitable routes

Tingaki beach on the island of Kos
Kos tourist boost

Kos is to step up moves to bring even more holiday tourists to the island. It is part of a joint plan with Crete and Cyprus to promote marine tourism in the region and to promote the islands to overseas visitors.

Lindos castle and beach Rhodes
Lindos pollution

Alarm bells are ringing after a pollution incident in the hugely popular holiday resort of Lindos on Rhodes. Pollution in the top holiday resort was a problem for many years until a new waste treatment system was put in place.

Mastichari Kos beach seaweed
Kos beach clean-up

Holiday visitors to the resort of Mastichari on Kos cannot fail to have noticed the rotting seaweed that lines the shore. The seaweed has been a problem for years both on the beach area and in the port that links the resort to neighbouring Kalymnos.

Racing yachts
Rhodes regatta

Talks are under way to stage a major annual international yacht regatta and sailing competition on the holiday island of Rhodes. Island leaders say the even could bring in €60 million to local businesses each year and boost the island's economy.

Wilfires on Greek Island of Serifos
Widlfire alert

Holiday visitors to the popular resort of Lindos on Rhodes are on a state of alert as wildfires threaten to spread. The annual round of forest fires on the Greek islands has hit yet again at the height of the summer holiday tourist season.

Symi harbour
Symi visitors soar

Everyone in the Greek Islands welcomes this year's rise in tourist visitor numbers but it has brought some problems too. The island of Symi, in particular, is suffering under the weight of tourists who arrive on cruise liners and daily boat trips.

Rhodes city gates
Rhodes traders

Shopkeepers in the old medieval quarter of Rhodes have called for a ban on rogue street traders. Authorities have been urged to crackdown of the dozens of illegal street traders who make a living selling to Rhodes holiday tourists.

Rhodes Diagoras Airport
Rhodes chaos

Tourists flying into Rhodes Airport face chaos and delays as the peak summer holiday season looms, authorities have been warned. The biggest problem is the lack of co-operation between services and agencies which leave new arrivals confused and bewildered.

Kos douglas zeta-jones yacht
Stars on Kos

Hollywood superstars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have arrived on the Greek Island of Kos on a summer holiday tour of the Mediterranean. The most couple has chosen the Greek Islands to spend their holidays this summer.

Medieval Rose Festival
Medieval festival

Rhodes takes a trip back in time this month with its 'Medieval Rose' festival. The popular Rhodes attraction is now its seventh year. Holiday visitors will find streets in the old city crammed with 'crusaders' as locals stage events throughout the last two weeks in June.

Kalymnos Myrties Beach
Kalymnos beach bar is tops

A family-run beach bar on the holiday island of Kalymnos has been ranked one of the best in the world. A survey by TV news company CNN voted the Babis Beach Bar at Myrties beach the fifth best in its World's 50 Best Beach Bars.

Kolymbia harbour Rhodes
Kolymbia chaos

Bewildered holidaymakers on a visit to the holiday resort of Kolymbia on the Greek island of Rhodes are going round in circles. It's all thanks to a new one-way road traffic system that is causing chaos.

Rodini Park near Rhodes Greece
Rodini park

The Greek island of Rhodes has always been proud of its Rodini Valley Park which it promotes as a major Rhodes holiday attraction. Now the Rodini Valley park is to get its own management team to develop and promote the green space.

Rhodes locusts

Tourists probably wouldn't find fighting off locusts one of the highlights of abeach holiday on Rhodes. Local farmers too are particularly concerned at the 'biblical' danger to crops if their numbers get too high.

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